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Addiction Prevention Advocate and Emmy Award-Winning ESPN & SEC Sportscaster

Lauren Sisler

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Sportscaster and former collegiate gymnast passionate about sports, and even more passionate about telling the stories of the coaches, athletes, and fans who make it more than a game.

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As a freshman she unexpectedly lost both of her parents within hours of each other to their concealed battle with prescription drug addiction; uses her story to help break the stigma and eliminate the shame associated with substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Reasons to book Lauren Sisler

  • Her unforgettable presentation inspires and her infectious energy impacts everyone in the room. Your attendees will be motivated to lead with courage through adversity and moved to fall in love with their own story.
  • Lauren shows up prepared, flexible, and passionate about your event. She will become a part of your event team dedicated to your success.
  • Give yourself one less thing to worry about. Lauren’s team operates with lightning-fast communication and precision details, giving you the confidence you have booked the right speaker.

Lauren had a choice to make when she lost her parents: hide the story and suffer alone, or use her struggles to help someone walk out of the shadows. In 2003 as a freshman at Rutgers University, tragedy struck Lauren’s world when she unexpectedly lost both of her parents within hours of each other to their concealed battle with prescription drug addiction. She struggled with the truth surrounding her parents’ secret life and death for the next ten years.

Through her grief and despair, Lauren found the courage to continue moving forward and find success. Having triumphed over this hardship, Lauren now spreads awareness about addiction and the devastation it can cause for those who abuse substances, their loved ones, and the community.

“From this point forward, how are you going to respond to adversity? How will your resilience shine through and lead you on your journey despite the challenges and disappointments?”

As a professional storyteller, Lauren realized that her own story and experiences have the propensity to inspire and empower others to break down the barriers that stand in the way of us living our best life. Through her authentic nature and vivid storytelling, Lauren’s presentations will take listeners onan emotional passage that will ignite gratitude and a reimagined purpose in their lives.

Sisler is a two-time national and regional Emmy award-winning sports broadcaster who joined ESPN and SEC Network in 2016 as a sideline reporter for both college football and gymnastics. She reflects on how her faith bolstered her journey through grief, gave her the courage to trust in God’s timing, and has led her to serve as an addiction prevention advocate.

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Defined by Defeat: The Real Champion's Story

Life rarely goes according to script, and our success is often defined by our defeats.

As a freshman at Rutgers University, Lauren unexpectedly lost both of her parents within hours of each other to their concealed battle with prescription drug addiction. In the aftermath, she was forced to navigate the world unknown and make some tough choices that are bound to every chapter of her story. Whether you are a team leader, a company owner, or taking the next step in your career, you can use the power of your story to rebound from tragedy with courage and resilience.

“Sports is my passion, but my purpose is to share what I learned from my parents’ story – and how I learned to fall in love with my own.” -Lauren Sisler

In her keynote, Lauren will guide you on an emotional journey through her personal story woven together with compelling stories from the sidelines.

The audience will be:

  • Empowered to embrace their own story and find value in life’s challenges as a means of strength and catalyst for growth.
  • Inspired to be resilient during times of change.
  • Encouraged to maintain a sense of humor through some of life’s embarrassing moments.
  • Motivated to take chances and walk through doors they never dreamed possible.

Unlocking the Shackles of Shame

As a freshman at Rutgers University, Lauren Sisler unexpectedly lost both of her parents within hours of each other to their concealed battle with prescription drug addiction. She had a choice to make: hide the story and suffer alone, or use her struggles to help someone walk out of the shadows. It was only when Lauren started working as a reporter for ESPN more than a decade after the death of both her parents that she started to truly undo the shackles of shame.

“My job is to find the truth in athletes’ stories and report on how their personal lives shaped who they are on the field. And yet, I couldn’t tell the truth about my own story because of the shame I inherited. Once I started the painful process of opening up, I discovered that there are silver linings in the trauma I experienced from my parents’ addiction. It has shaped me into who I am; it has given me a different lens.” -Lauren Sisler

Through her addiction advocacy work, Lauren seeks to help break the stigma and eliminate the shame associated with substance abuse and mental health disorders. In her keynote, Lauren will take you behind the scenes of her extraordinary journey and how tragedy ignited purpose and gratitude in her life.

The audience will be:

  • Empowered to shatter the stigma they might feel surrounding the obstacles they are confronted with.
  • Inspired to embrace their own story with great courage and fortitude.
  • Led to discover the powerful and often life-changing impact their story can have on the lives of others.
  • Encouraged to be resilient and build confidence during times of uncertainty.
  • Motivated to view life through a lens of purpose and gratitude and live like champions.

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I thoroughly enjoyed working with Lauren on our sold-out event! Lauren's mix of passion, humor, and authenticity on the stage made her the perfect leader for our event. Her story is so powerful and her wisdom is beyond her years. Most of all, she is the same backstage as she is on stage. I am a huge Lauren Sisler fan!

Shawn Lovejoy

Courage to Lead, CEO

Lauren was terrific when she spoke to our basketball team. Her knowledge of the sports-media industry, her advice on how to handle yourself during interviews and her insight on brand-building were all very helpful to our student-athletes. She has a vivacious personality which made it a fun and enjoyable experience for our entire team. You could immediately tell she has a passion for what she does. She did an excellent job in preparing our guys for what was to come and we would welcome her back any time.

Nate Oats

University of Alabama, Men's Head Basketball Coach

Lauren Sisler is not only good at what she does, but she also made us better at what we do. Lauren added far more to Impact Leadership Conference than her personality and poise on stage and camera – which are, themselves, world-class. She fully adopted our goals as her own and filled the role of an expert guide through the planning process. Her energy was contagious and lifted both our team and our audience.

Mark Pettus

President of Highlands College

Lauren’s personal story and willingness to share with our student-athletes and staff continues to have a tremendous impact to this day. She made us all realize that we will have struggles as we go through life but they don’t define us or hinder us from using the gifts that God has given us to make a difference. The world is truly a better place because of Lauren, her story and her gifts.

Martin Newton

Samford University, Director of Athletics

Lauren did not disappoint. From the first time I contacted her about speaking to our group, she was receptive to the opportunity. She remained a consummate professional throughout the process, ensuring that everything would run smoothly on the day of the event. When she spoke to our group, she was charming and witty, but her message was extremely powerful.

Tim Ayers

Alabama Utility Contractors Association

Lauren came to speak at a ladies night we had at First Baptist Church of Trussville. Her story is a beautiful picture of both strength and grace. But, it’s what Lauren did OFF of the stage that will leave such a lasting impact. She was engaged and tuned in to everything we did that night. She was willing to just BE with us for the evening and talk about life’s messiest of situations with each individual that wanted to. Her time with us was truly a treasure that won’t be forgotten.

Kelsey Walk

First Baptist Church Trussville

Lauren delivers a powerful message, unmasking the global struggles with addiction, and delivering it right into her audience's lap. Her story knocked me to my knees, and then lifted me up with hope. I was shocked that this happens, angered that more wasn't being done, and inspired to join the fight. It honestly made me want to love those close to me more, work harder, and chase my dreams. It didn't take long for Lauren to expose every nerve and make me feel alive.

Jim Dunaway

The Next Round, Award-Winning radio host

We were fortunate to have Lauren speak to the students and faculty of Leeds High School. What an impactful testimony. She delivers her message with such passion and zeal that everyone in attendance was captivated from start to finish. Anyone struggling with a difficult situation, addiction, lack of motivation, or self esteem issues would benefit from hearing Lauren Sisler speak. After listening to her we were all motivated to persevere and work through the pitfalls of life. Thank you Lauren you have been a blessing to Leeds High School!

Rayford Williams

Leed High School, Principal
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