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laura whitaker, keynote speaker & Non-profit consultant

Laura is a Lion Leadership keynote speaker and go-to consultant for non-profit organizations. Her history growing Extra Special People, a non-profit designed to create opportunities for people with disabilities to engage, connect, and thrive, is nothing short of legendary. She has spearheaded 1) Java Joy, 2) Camp Hooray, and 3) Miracle League of Athens, all of which are organizations charting new waters and hitting previously unreachable goals in the non-profit sector. Are you an executive director needing help with non-profit organization management? Fundraising? Leadership? Board functioning? Event management? Laura has you covered and then some.

Laura also can captivate an audience and inspire them beyond what you knew possible. On March 22, 2019, Laura gave a TEDx Talk titled “The Dandelion Shift: Seeing the Ability in Disability” at the University of Georgia. She shared with the crowd her unique perspective on ability, and how we can each be like the dandelion, spreading what makes us each dandy. Laura is excited to continue planting these seeds of wisdom and offers customized keynotes centered around shifting perspectives, inspiration, and spreading joy. You can get to know Laura on a deeper level by visiting Hope Sweet Home, a website dedicated to blogs and articles capturing hope for others and sweet life moments.

Laura has a BS in Special Education and a M.Ed. in Autism from the University of Georgia.