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- Overcoming Adversity
- Women's Empowerment
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Ashley Rhodes-Courter New York Times Best Selling Author of Three Little Words
The buzz after the luncheon was palpable ~ our guests love Ashley! She is a brilliant speaker who tells a tragic story is a poignant way yet keeps you in stitches. Brilliant! And, on a personal level, I truly enjoyed meeting such a warm and engaging young woman. I so wish she lived closer ~ I'd love to take her to lunch to thank her, celebrate her and get to know her a little better.
Ashley was amazing and very well received by the community, again! She is so powerful, inspiring and polished. She made people cry and laugh – her timing is perfect. We wish Ashley continued success and look forward to keeping up with her personal journey. We need more “Ashley's!”
On behalf of all of us here at Pendleton Place, THANK YOU for being such an integral part of a very successful day! We've received so many compliments and messages of positive feedback about this morning's benefit breakfast including high praise for your ability to share such a critical message in an accessible way (with plenty of humor inserted to keep us all smiling!). It was our honor to host you, and your words have already done much for the children and families we serve. If you are ever in our neighborhood in the future, we'd love for you to stop by our campus and check out what we're up to!
Ashley Rhodes-Courter was the Keynote Speaker for the Clearwater Community Woman's Club. She spoke of her life and that of one-half million American children who have grown up in the foster care system, and of the challenges, and sometimes the abuse, these children deal with in these environments. Ashley was fortunate enough to finally find a family that loved her and instilled in her the importance of a good education. This proved to be her way to improve her life and lead her on to become a nationally recognized figure and an author of two books: Three Little Words and Three More Words. She also started her own non-profit organization, The Foundation for Sustainable Families, through which she aims to help others to empower themselves to succeed. Ashley was very knowledgeable about her subject, and her sincerity and passionate presentation touched the hearts of our members. She helped us to understand the plight of many foster children and the need for change. The program was open to the public, and well attended. One of our guests, a former recipient of one of our Daisy Grants, Sewing Hope, presented Ashley with a blanket, made by their members, for her to give to a foster care child. Ashley was very touched and appreciative of this gift. The club also presented her with a donation for her Foundation. Ashley is a very caring person, and was a great personal motivator. She makes people want to strive to make a difference in this world. Her message was one that won't be forgotten and an excellent kick-off to our club year!
She was fantastic! My folks enjoyed hearing her story so much. Many told me on their way out that this was their best back to school in service experience. Please tell her thank you again.
Ashley had us from “hello.” Her infectious personality, engaging delivery and true compassion were perfect for our celebration of 20 successful years in child welfare. Over the course of her presentation she had 150 guests alternating between laughter and tears. And she seamlessly tied her journey to Neighbor To Family's mission of keeping siblings together. She was generous with her time and spirit, remaining behind to chat with guests and listen to one of our many success stories as told by two siblings and what became their “forever family.” I can't think of a better person to help us mark a milestone in our agency's history.
Ashley Rhodes-Courter demonstrated our mission beautifully on stage which touched many of our attendees. Some of which were in tears listening to her story. At the same time she was funny and connected in a way that was a blessing. She took time to speak and take photos after the event with all that wanted to which was very special for our guests.