Liza Pavlakos** is a motivational and keynote speaker, mentor, philanthropist, and human rights supporter. Her life story is a narrative of grit and gravitas, a testimony of a journey from abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, and abduction to a self-made entrepreneur.
Liza has a unique story of turning a paralyzing setback into a powerful comeback. Her life journey is a relic of how all our stories are interrelated because we have the power to take the smallest actions and make decisions that impact our world around us.
Her presentations are soulful storytelling. Your attendees will experience a roller coaster ride of laughter, tears, chills, and encouragement. Your audience will walk away with a fresh viewpoint on everything they have to be thankful for, with resolve to overcome personal and professional challenges long after the conclusion of your event.
As a small child, Liza became homeless having run away to escape sexual abuse. As a young adult, she endured violence and disfigurement but despite this she found the strength to grow and bounce back stronger, found a passion for achieving her goals. At 23, she pulled off the epic task of planning and staging a new international beauty pageant – the Miss India International Pageant that generated around $100,000 in ticket sales in its very first year. After that initial success, she took the plunge as a young, self-taught business entrepreneur and successfully transformed a struggling restaurant and bar, Minibar Piccolo, into one of the most popular small cafés in Melbourne.
Similarly, she transformed Finest Alterations, a floundering clothing alteration and tailoring enterprise into a profitable five-outlet franchise with A-list celebrity clientele and tailor for International events such as The Australian Open, Grand Prix and more. In 2015, she launched her career as a motivational speaker, speaking at prestigious events such as the 10th Annual HR Congress (Asia), Miss Earth Coronation Night, The Win Summit (New York) among others.
In October 2017, on her way to present a keynote presentation in Africa, Liza Pavlakos and her team which included her cameraman and assistant were human trafficked in the Middle East. Luckily, they were saved by military intelligence and lives to tell the tale of narrowly escaping death once again. Liza is a human rights supporter who believes in the empowerment of the girl child and victims of human trafficking.
A committed philanthropist and human rights supporter she has established the non-profit Liza Pavlakos Foundation, A Registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Non for Profits Commission (ACNC) for supporting the worthy cause to empower the disempowered through setting up on online school.
The Liza Pavlakos Leadership School hopes to educate the disadvantaged with accredited foundation courses for free.
Liza is and engaging and inspiring speaker and helping to guide corporate teams to tap their leadership potential and achieve business goals.
Liza believes that our life is defined by the space between what happens to us and our reaction to it. She empowers her audience to become fearless and reach their highest goals by cultivating a resilient mindset.
Her topics include –
- Pain to Purpose – Living with Courage and Hope in uncertain times
- Mind over Mood – How to cultivate courage and release your fears
- The Power Within – Create Accountability and inspire action
** Liza is based in Australia but available for online webinars for events outside Australia
‘Liza has this amazing ability to connect with people. She inspires change and her stories have the power to transform lives”
— The Oberoi Group
“Based on a survey her keynote ranked the highest for the entire event. She is a powerful communicator and storyteller.”
— The Win Summit New York
“Her presentation was inspiring, insightful and actionable for our organisation.”
— The Ritz Carlton and Marriot International