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What People Are Saying

“Thank you for the great speech you gave Thursday night at the Youth Challenge Awards. The kids were very inspired.” — Mike Neumeister, Area Director, Alderwood Boys & Girls Club

“I recently had the pleasure of hearing Ingrid Ricks give a keynote speech at a conference for youth service providers. Ingrid held us all spellbound as she spoke of transforming students’ lives through personal storytelling. After Ingrid’s keynote I made sure I did three things : 1. I purchased two of her books, 2. I bought her teachers’ guide on how to work with youth in storytelling, and 3. I sought her out so I could get more tips. Without a doubt, hearing Ingrid’s keynote has changed my approach for working with young people who have faced difficult challenges.” — Jerry Sherk, Youth Mentoring Consultant and Trainer

For three hours, most of the time you couldn’t hear a pin drop as New York Times bestselling author Ingrid Ricks captivated participants at our Summer Institutes’ “Tapping Into the Soul of Teaching Retreat” in Port Townsend, WA. In my twenty-eight years as the President/Founder of Summer Institutes, I have never had a speaker that could hold a crowd just with her words–without the use of technology or notes. My goal now is to share her “Unleashing the Power of Personal Narrative” presentation to educators across the nation…she is that good! — Scott A Ricardo, President/Founder, Summer Institutes

“Informative, interesting, energetic – those are some of the words that come to mind after hearing Ingrid speak to the EDGE Literary Artist Trust writers.” Rebecca Redshaw, novelist, playwright, critic

“Yesterday was such a gift—not just for the students, but also for me. I left feeling so grateful for your presentation and being able to work for a grant that allows such experiences to happen for students.”  Sara Cameron, GEAR UP Success Coordinator, Cascade High School

“Without question, the best speaker I’ve ever heard at a Rotary meeting is Ingrid Ricks. Ingrid has an amazing talent for presenting her story in a way that keeps her audience spellbound. Her delivery is perfect, her enthusiasm is infectious and her message is impactful. Listening to her was like attending a one-woman show on Broadway. You didn’t want it to end. But when it did, the standing ovation was long and loud.Michael Kealy, Director and Past President – The Rotary Club of Edmonds.