Do you want creatively resilient thinking and radical self-care in your people?  Do you want them feeling more innovative, more peaceful and more grounded?  And do you want a resilient organization that meets change or crisis beautifully?  These are the kinds of things that interest us around here.

Lorca Smetana is an expert in resilience thinking and post-traumatic growth -- a speaker, resilience consultant, mentor and author who helps students and professionals in high-stress lives short-circuit burnout, expand resilience skills and grow as survivors into leaders.

She touches and changes the lives of her listeners. Through her personal story as a survivor of tragedy that made breaking news in 1986 as nine of her companions died on a school climb of Mt. Hood, Lorca gives voice to the fragility of life and inspires newfound purpose and strength to those who are coping with stress, negativity and grief.

She speaks into to her listeners’ need for the creating of a new story, and for the development of leadership in the face of the experience of crisis.

An insightful communicator, Lorca delivers practical wisdom with empathy, intelligence, and a profound understanding of the human heart.  She is a keynote speaker for companies, nonprofits and spiritual communities and institutes, as well as speaking to TEDx and PechaKucha audiences.  Your community will come out changed, heartened and strengthened.

Recent Speaker Topics

  • A Hunger for Joy
  • The Pillars of Resilience: Averting Burnout, Reclaiming Life
  • Strategic Mindfulness for Caregivers & Crisis Responders: Rescuers That Last
  • Mindsets for Innovation: Strength with Vulnerability
  • When Tragedy Comes to Community
  • On the Grace & Tyranny of Mortality: From Tragedy through to Joy

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Lorca came to speak at our most significant community event last year. She spoke, but more importantly she moved, all of us—4 year olds, to wide eyed 11 year olds, to cool 16 year olds, to staid adults. Lorca’s combination of storytelling, quiet passion and commitment, and calm centeredness made us all rethink our life choices: are we doing all we can to make this a better place? Lorca leads by example: she does not tell, she shows; her style is engaging, carefully thoughtful and compelling. The few moments she was able to spend with us have lingered on through conversation, thoughtful gestures and deep reflection.

Mo Copeland Head of School Oregon Episcopal School