Linda Larsen/ CSP, CPAE, award-winning international keynote speaker and best-selling author
Linda Larsen, CSP, CPAE, award-winning international keynote speaker and best-selling author, is passionately committed to helping women live their richest, fullest, and most successful lives. Her perfect combination of hilarious stories, life-changing ideas and fun interaction has made her a favorite presenter for over 1,500 conferences worldwide, for groups like eBay Europe Women’s Leadership Initiative, FedEx Women in Leadership and the Kuwait Women’s Leadership Summit.
Linda’s passion and drive to help women realize their fullest potential comes from her own terrifying and painful life experience. As a young woman in her 20’s she suffered from debilitating clinical depression and panic attacks that drove her to such despair that she frequently considered taking her own life. It was on one of those days of dire hopelessness and fear that she was abducted by an escaped convict and held hostage at gunpoint for over 6 hours. Her horrific and unfathomable experience, her dramatic escape and her heroic journey back to wholeness led Investor’s Business Daily to feature her in its Leaders & Success column. To this day, Linda credits this experience as the greatest gift she was ever given – the gift that actually saved her life.
She is the author of the best selling audio program, 12 Secrets to High Self-Esteem, the critically acclaimed book, True Power, and was recently named one of the Top 60 Motivational Speakers in the World by HungerToSucceed.com.
Specializing in Leadership Skills for Women, The Essentials of Credibility, Composure and Confidence for Women and Sparking Creativity and Innovation, Linda has been described by meeting professionals as “Absolute perfection!” “Uplifting and inspiring!” and “The perfect package!”
A former professional actress on stage, television and film, Linda is also a popular guest co-host on the ABC Florida television talk show, The Suncoast View, interviewing celebrities, artists and musicians from around the world.
Linda has earned a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Fine Arts, and in 2017 was inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®, receiving a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. To date only 242 people have received this honor.