Speaking Topics

All presentations are tailored to the specific audience. Here are a few examples of topics to choose from:

Recovering Workaholic Ticket to Relax: Guide to Unplugged Vacation
Do you need a vacation? Do your friends and family avoid traveling because you can’t cut the umbilical cord to your phone, electronics, and work? It is possible to take a vacation without focusing on your business or job. I even wrote a book about Can My Business Survive My Vacation? for business owners, directors or managers.

Supporting Abuse Survivors While They Are in Recovery
After all the times they were shamed, told that they “asked for it” or “wanted it,” or family members or loved ones were threatened if the sexual and/or other abuse was ever reported, survivors need people to listen, support, and be there for them. I share many tips to help you prepare for and support a survivor while they are in the healing process.

Fighting to Tell My Story
Often, when a survivor tries to tell someone about what is going on, they are not believed. I share my struggles as an adult when I wanted help to ensure the cycle was broken and my children were safe. Professionals told me I was lying and making stuff up to get attention. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Because I persisted, I found the help I needed, went from survivor to thriver, protected my children, and have a wonderful life now. I also share tips on how to act when you want to support a survivor in their journey.

How often do you encounter trauma victims and survivors?

The Cleveland Clinic website shares this definition of “What is Trauma?”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines trauma as “a result from an event, series of events or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional or spiritual well-being.”
“When people think of trauma, they typically think of physical injury. A person has a life-threatening car accident or gunshot wound — something very traumatic happened to their physical body,” says Reali-Sorrell. “So yes, that’s part of it. But trauma is also emotional trauma, mental trauma and spiritual trauma.”

Some symptoms of trauma may include:

  • Being hypervigilant or easily startled.
  • Having difficulty paying attention or concentrating.
  • Portraying negative thoughts about themselves or the world.
  • Feeling guilt or blame.
  • Losing interest in enjoyable activities.


Even though it makes people uncomfortable, she provides information about child sexual abuse and dares to bring up the topic in conversation. She strongly believes people who ignore it help perpetuate the abuse of children in our families and society.

A business owner since 2007, Mary Jo now speaks about and does workshops for other small business owners to help them prepare their businesses so the owner can take a “real” vacation.
Mary Jo also speaks at events and podcasts on subjects near and dear to her heart.

Mary Jo enjoys travel and has visited 30 countries, all 50 states, and many national parks. An avid reader, she has read thousands of books and is finally writing ones of her own. STOP THE SILENCE® Thriving After Child Sexual Abuse and Can My Business Survive My Vacation? were both published in 2023.