Linda Armstrong Kelly challenges parents and leaders, motivates teens and team members, and lights a fire under anyone who's ever dreamed of making a difference. Delivering dynamic messages about work-life balance and personal potential, this self-made Cinderella shares a captivating life story that sweeps audiences from the Dallas projects where she grew up to the streets of Paris where she watched her son, Lance Armstrong, astonish the world with seven consecutive Tour de France victories. Recently on a special program hosted by Michael J. Fox, Lance attributed his determination and positive attitude to his mother!
Linda Armstrong Kelly is a shining example of spectacular triumph against incredible odds. From high school dropout to mother of Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour De France champion and cancer survivor, Linda’s story motivates people to achieve their own dreams, regardless of the obstacles they face.
Linda’s life is a lesson in self-determination and hope. In her book, NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH-Raising Lance, Raising Me (Broadway Books; 2005), she shares her life experiences as a young, single mom raising her unstoppable baby boy.
Growing up in the Dallas projects and receiving a GED, Linda’s guiding principles enabled her to rise from an entry level temp job to her career goal as a global account manager with Ericsson Microelectronics. She spent 15 years demonstrating her strength, positive attitude, and survival skills.
A passionate activist and speaker, Linda captivates audiences on the causes closest to her heart; battling adversity and overcoming odds much greater than the mountains Lance lived to climb. At the core of her inspirational messages are the importance of dedication and hard work in accomplishing one’s goals.
Linda is proud to be a member of the National Speakers Association. She also serves on the board of a non-profit hospital, is an active volunteer, and assists nonprofit organizations with fundraising.
Linda was the subject of a one-hour television biography on The Learning Channel (TLC) entitled, Raising A Champion: The Linda Armstrong Kelly Story. Most recently, she received the “Outstanding Mother of the Year” award from the National Mother’s Day Committee. Her television appearances include “The Dr. Phil Show,” CNN and ESPN. She’s been featured in national magazines such as People, The New Yorker, USA Today, Ladies Home Journal and Texas Monthly, as well as many local newspaper, radio programs and television news shows.
Linda’s presentation speak powerfully to timely tough topics such as:
- Teen Pregnancy
- Domestic/Substance Abuse
- Single Motherhood
- Cancer Survival
- Challenges Women Face in the Corporate Environment
She is ideal for many diverse audiences including corporate clients, students and educators, healthcare and professional associations.