With relentless honesty, humor and vitality, Angela Shelton opens the door for countless others to stop denying their pain, tell their stories, and join together in the revolutionary act of getting well and loving themselves.
CHARLOTTE SOPHIA KASL, author of Women, Sex, and Addiction and If the Buddha Dated
My mission is to inspire and empower everyone I meet to lead joyful lives, no matter what they’ve been through. This is exactly what I do when I am on stage, especially when I am talking about difficult subjects like child sexual abuse or rape.
I educate and entertain audiences by telling real life stories that inspire humor and healing. Because I speak to very diverse audiences from the military to college campuses, I customize my presentations to fit the community I’m visiting.
I have inspired audiences of all ages from Congress, universities, Air Force bases, high schools, elementary schools, community centers, conferences and seminars worldwide. A longer list of some places I’ve spoken is at the bottom of this page.
I have also helped raise millions for non-profits with my ability to make heavy subjects palatable and humorous so if you’d like to ramp up your fundraising this year, check my availability. I’d love to come speak and help your organization. I once raised a million dollars in ten minutes (and no, I did not get a cut of it).
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Though I talk about heavy subjects, my events are always uplifting, joyful and fun.
What You Can Expect
Here’s what you can expect from me and my agency:
- Courteous replies to your phone calls and email messages.
- A personal phone consultation with me prior to your event, to go over your goals and how best I can serve you and your particular audience.
- An announcement about your event on my blog and social media channels. (Assuming it is open to the public)
- An option for wholesale copies of books to sell at your event for you to make the profit instead of me.
- A Free PDF of my workbook to print for your audience.
- Time with me before the event for any VIP dinners with students or staff.
- Time with me after the event for Q and A, book signing or one-on-one sharing time.
- A quick follow-up communication after the event, to make sure I met your goals.
~ Humorous Healing ~
~Be Your Own Hero ~
“It is time to get off the Trauma Train and get a ticket for the Joy Jet. Enough trauma, we need some Giggle Therapy!”
In this humorous and powerful presentation that has been called Be Your Own Hero, Humorous Healing and Break the Cycle I tell the story of how creating my documentary, Searching for Angela Shelton, propelled me into the face of the epidemic of sexual and domestic violence. I share how I went from thinking it would be funny to being mortified by the thousands of stories I heard, including my own.
But after speaking to over 30,000 survivors and advocates, I came up with the theory of the Sword of Trauma. Trauma – like abuse, neglect or bullying – is like being pierced with a sword. Being pierced with the sword can leave you silent, frozen in fear, stuck, and in pain. It is nearly impossible to have intimate relationships or a fun joyful life while you are sporting a sword and the pain from it! You can have chronic migraines, body aches, bad memories, insomnia, or numbness.
After watching people apply the tips from my theory in their lives and do complete 180s, I put together the Be Your Own Hero Workbook.
During this presentation I go through the 5 stages of the sword, from acknowledging your pain to healing and using it for good. It is powerful and hilarious.
This event is also great for children and teens and covers bullying and gossip. It is also perfect for those working in the trauma field from social workers, nurses and therapists. This event is also available as an interactive workshop.
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You may also share the award-winning film Searching for Angela Shelton at this event or prior to my visit.
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~ Breaking the Cycle of Trauma ~
As child sexual abuse continues to show up in the media, the silence is broken again and again. I speak to audiences in any community from churches to military bases to educate them about the realities of child sexual abuse, how to protect your children from perpetrators and stop child abuse by stopping the denial of it.
My presentation is educational and entertaining. I use a lot of humor to make the horrible subject of abuse palatable for audiences to actually listen. Every time I have spoken at one of these events, survivors in the audience come forward and communtities are armed with what they need to protect themselves and heal those who have been wounded.
This is all about Community and there is no Community without Unity and there is no Unity without U!
So bring me to your community!
~ Making an Artistic Living ~
After years of working as an independent artist Angela shares secrets on creating your book, film or other creative project, gathering an audience and distributing your work yourself. She believes artists and filmmakers should make a profit on their projects and teaches you ways you can do just that.
Angela’s first film, Tumbleweeds, that she co-wrote with Gavin O’Connor based on her first novel, won the 1999 Sundance filmmaker’s trophy and garnered the lead actress, Janet McTeer and 2000 Golden Globe win and an Academy Award nomination. After writing for TV and film, Angela took to the road during the pending Writer’s strike to create her multi-award winning documentary Searching for Angela Shelton. The powerful movie began a grassroots movement of healing for abuse survivors worldwide.
In this presentation Angela shares with you the pitfalls, lessons and miracles she experienced along the way, educating filmmakers, writers and artists how to create and distribute their products independently.
There is no filming allowed of Angela Shelton without her prior consent and under no circumstances can any film, tape, audio or any recording whatsoever be sold in any form unless you have permission.
Private Consulting & Mentoring
If you have a movie, book, or other artistic project that you want to bring to the next level, I consults privately with artists, filmmakers and writers at various stages of their projects. Due to my schedule, I only take on two a year so email me directly about schedule and rates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 140 Conference about a Hashtag for Humanity:
Using Social Media to Change the World
Speaking to Teens:
I spoke to girls 11-17 in detention
Speaking in KY about Searching for Angela Shelton
Breaking the Cycle at Vance Air Force Base
What People Are Saying
Angela Shelton is amazing. She speaks for every abused person who has lived through the same hell.
~ Rosie O’Donnell
Though she takes on serious issues, Angela Shelton is joyous, irreverent, funny, and feisty!
Ellen Bass, author of The Courage to Heal
Angela is an unstoppable force for honor, justice, courage. By finding her voice she has given permission to tens of thousands of survivors to say, ‘me too, it happened to me….’ and thus begin their own journey of healing and recovering. As an organization that focuses on teaching responsible adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly we realize there are many aspects of the complicated issue of child sexual abuse we do not cover. And for the support, healing and how to become a healthy viable ‘force’ in the world, with honor, we point to Angela Shelton!
~ Anne Lee, Founder, President & CEO of Darkness to Light
Bold, brave, honest and inspiring, Finding Angela Shelton continues to promote awareness and healing to the masses. Angela’s self-professed “big mouth” is changing the world one survivor at a time…I hope she never shuts up!
~ Erin Weed, Founder of Girls Fight Back
Angela’s words will reach into your soul and shake you awake! She is fierce and bold and her passion to put a face on issues like domestic violence and child sexual abuse is compelling and necessary.
~ Jessica Weiner
Self-Esteem Expert and Author of “A Very Hungry Girl”
Some Places Angela has Spoken at:
140 Conference in NYC
The Air Force
Ft Sam Houston Army Post, Texas
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii
BACA International Meeting
Washington DC Smithsonian
Darkness to Light Gala
The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
in Detroit MI
Louisiana SANE Conference
Dare To Act
Family Violence and
Sexual Assault Institute
International Association of Forensic Nurses
Mercy Child Advocacy Center in Sioux City, Iowa
Texas Conference for Women
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)
Prevent Child Abuse Albany, NY
Voices In Action
YWCA Purple Sash Event
Family Partnership Center
Kentucky Assocation of Sexual Assault Centers
Las Vegas Rape Crisis Center
Louisiana SANE Conference
The Pine Street Inn
Salt Lake City Film Center
Stanly Memorial Hospital Foundation
Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
The Victims Resource Center
Walla Walla YMCA
University of Arizona
Buena Vista University
University of North Carolina
North Carolina State University
University of Albany
Southern CT State University
University of Delaware
Galesburg Knox College
University of Illinois
University of Hawaii
James Madison University
Western Kentucky University
University of Nebraska
University of Nevada
University of North Carolina
UNC School of Social Work
Shenandoah University, VA
Simpson College, Iowa
Southern Maine Community College
Tarrant County College
University of Tennessee
Umpqua Community College
University of Utah
Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur Conference
University of Vermont
WA State University
University of Wisconsin
Women’s Center of Stockton, CA
Women’s Night Out – CAASA – Iowa
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