Motivational & Educational Speaking

Imagining More Foundation provides a robust motivational and educational speaking program to provide encouragement, guidance and information on how to pursue multi-dimensional interests through athletics and art.  This program also offers training and competition advice from seasoned, professional athletes.

The purpose of these speaking engagements is to connect individuals with inspirational role models and discuss strategies on how to overcome various obstacles for accomplishing personal and professional goals.  Through education and mentorship, we ultimately strive to encourage the development of multi-dimensional individuals through sport and/or art in ways that financial assistance cannot achieve.

The initial focus of this program prioritizes schools and businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area.  As this program develops it will expand beyond the Bay Area borders.

2019 Motivational & Educational Speaking Engagements:

  • Ongoing:  lead a clinic entitled: “One hour to warm up”.  Goal is to take participants through the pre-race routine of an elite athlete and teach them how to get properly warmed up/prepared for a race
  • February 1:  USATF Instagram Takeover 
  • February 17:  IGTV Video for Alysia Montano / Just Keeping Track re: being an athlete mom / training postpartum 
  • March 15:  Hibernian Newman St. Patrick’s Day Keynote speaker for ~800 people / Topic: An Elite Athlete’s Journey, women’s empowerment through sport, how to have a healthy approach to sport that leads to long term success, how to incorporate the athlete mindset into your own life
  • June 24:  YMCA Run Club: Injury Prevention and Rehab Clinic 
  • October 18:  SHCP XC Team Talk: The Varsity Mindset 
  • October 27:  Youth Cross-Country Meet / Attended race, spoke to parents and kids, autograph signing 
  • October 31:  Q&A @ NYRR Run Center, broadcast on

2018 Motivational & Educational Speaking Engagements:

  • February 24:  AM – Autograph signing at Juana Run  /  PM – SHCP Hall of Fame Induction (Speech about the Elite Athlete journey)
  • March 7:  Nike – Chicago House of Go
  • April 6:  Mirror: The Salon Experience (Talk on Women’s Empowerment Through Sports)
  • April 29: Broadcasting – NYRR UAE Healthy Kidney 10k 
  • May 12:  The Stroller Run – Bay Area
  • May 17: Broadcasting – Distance Classic 
  • June 9:  The Stroller Run – Portland
  • July 20:  Carbon Friday Speaker Series (Talk about the Elite Athlete journey)
  • October 2:  SF Striders Visit – Talk & Lead Practice
  • October 17:  Woodside Priory Visit – Talk & Autograph Cards
  • November 7:  Nike – Bank of America / Chicago Marathon
  • November 21:  Sports Basement / Silicon Valley Applied Materials – Prerace appearance at bib pick up

2017 Motivational & Educational Speaking Engagements:

  • January 7:  Gold Meets Golden Brunch for Olympic Athletes leading up to the Golden Globes 
  • January 24:  Visit to Mexican Olympic Committee running team, Q&A + gear donation 
  • February 10:  NYRR Millrose Game Press Conference followed by NYAC Reception honoring 2016 Olympians 
  • March 15:  SHCP Meet – Athlete meet/greet & pre-race motivational speech 
  • March 25:  SHCP Silent Auction – Donated a piece of Olympic Gear and a dinner with Shannon Rowbury, this was so well received that we added a second Olympic Gear and dinner.  These auction items raised a total of $13,000 SHCP (2x $6,500)
  • April 19:  SFSU Talk with Women’s Track team. Topics included: An elite athlete’s story:  progression from dance to running to now Being the best version of yourself, Being the best at whatever level you’re at, Big dreams but short term achievable goals
  • May 2:  Tracktown Tuesday Q&A 
  • September 23-29:  US Department of State Sports Envoy to Morocco, led clinics, talks and outreach on the topic of “Women’s Empowerment Through Sport.” Worked with emerging elite athletes, coaches, and underserved communities 
  • November 1:  Black Tie & Sneakers Gala – Award Presenter 
  • November 24-25:  NXN SE Regionals – Keynote speaker + Q&A + Autograph signing at prerace dinner & race
  • December 2:  St. Stephen’s Elementary School Silent Auction, same offering as March 25 @ SHCP.  Raised a total of $3k for St. Stephen’s School

If you are interested in scheduling a Motivational & Educational Speaking Engagement at your school, running club or business, please contact us at:

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