Keynote address

Michele Neff Hernandez

Join the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Soaring Spirits International and the creator of the Camp Widow® program for an inspirational and motivational keynote address. Michele speaks with honesty and vulnerability about the real life struggles faced by anyone who has outlived their spouse or partner. The lessons learned through grief are powerful, useful and life changing even though we would have liked to learn those lessons by some other means.

Michele was recognised as a 2021 Top Ten CNN Hero, featured in the Gutsy docuseries on AppleTV+, and has received local, state and national recognition for her work in founding Soaring Spirits, including a letter of recognition from then Vice President Joe Biden.

She has been privileged to offer resilience trainings and workshops to a variety of special communities, including National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Special Ops Survivors, Hospice bereavement and patient care teams, medical professionals, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, first responders, business professionals and funeral directors internationally.

Michele is the author of “Different After You: Rediscovering Yourself and Healing after Grief or Trauma”, published by New World Library. Her passion for supporting widowed people, and the power of integration, fuels her presentations and her community activism.

Michele resides in Simi Valley, California and shares her life with her three amazing children, their awesome partners, her grand-cats, and one very Australian husband.

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