Candace Lightner

   WITH EVERY CONTRIBUTION, CANDACE LIGHTS A POWERFUL FIRE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO HEAR HER SPEAK.”
- Hitendra Wadhwa, Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School & Founder of the Institute for Personal Leadership

Speaking

Candace Lightner Public SpeakerCandace Lightner is an award-winning keynote speaker, author, producer, consultant and agent of change who founded two international corporations Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and We Save Lives.

She knows what it is like to become a victim and a survivor. She also knows how to turn tragedy into triumph. For more than 30 years, she has convinced thousands of people to believe that positive change is possible. She has mobilized advocates and activists to create cause-related organizations, both through her speaking and consulting work. As a successful leader, she offers practical ideas and strategies, based on the techniques that have worked for her. She has become the “go to” expert on how to create a successful movement.

Her speaking takes her around the world to audiences of all ages. She is an inspirational speaker and advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. Her subjects are varied, timeless, and always remind us how much power one person – on a mission – can wield. Candace has an outspoken delivery style, and her messages range from sobering to humorous to impassioned. She’s known for bringing everyone in attendance to their feet, and sending them home with renewed resolve.

She has brought life back to those who have resigned themselves to the status quo and encouraged others to speak out against injustice. She will motivate and captivate an entire organization.


Her topics include:

Candace Lightner Public Speaker How to Transform a Movement into a Revolution. Based on her successful grass roots and legislative advocacy, this is a passionate and informative “tool kit” for changing the “status quo.”

How Candace Lightner Changed the Culture of a Nation. The story of a One Woman crusade that became everyone’s crusade and how that is continuing today with We Save Lives. She shares her personal story and the challenges she faced when changing the culture of a nation.

Courage to Intervene - A speech aimed at younger audiences and their parents that address dangerous driving choices. Candace speaks with tough love, showing young adults how to save lives on a daily basis, one friend at a time.


Candace has spoken to many organizations including:

Candace Lightner Public SpeakerHarvard University; Stanford University, National Association of Broadcasters, Center for Creative Leadership, Conde Nast Publications, SAX LLP, Dräger USA, The CIA, American Trial Lawyers Association, International Commission for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, National Restaurant Association, National League of Cities, Marymount University, University of Delaware, Centers for Disease Control, and the National Center for Victims of Crime and Grandparents Against Gun Violence. And she is an ongoing guest lecturer at the Institute of Personal Leadership at Columbia University.


Candace's Speaker Reel


Candace's Speaker One Sheet

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To inquire about having Candace appear at your speaking engagement:

Email: clightner@wesavelives.org
Phone: 571-970-1989


 
 

"I WORKED ON THE LAUNCH OF LUCKY AT CONDÉ NAST AND WAS TASKED WITH CREATING PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES THAT BOTH INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED A NEW TEAM. HAVING CANDACE LIGHTNER SHARE HER WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE AND GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING STRATEGIES WITH THAT TEAM WAS THE PERFECT WAY TO GET EVERYONE FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS. CANDACE IS A MAGNIFICENT SPEAKER."

-Cindy Schreibman | President, Cinderblock Communications

"No one speaks to energizing the victims of crime to pursue civil justice like Candace Lightner. If she can bring 1,000 lawyers, law enforcement, and victims’ rights advocates to their feet speaking at one of our national conferences, there is nothing she cannot do."

-Stan Marks, President Emeritus, National Crime Victim Bar Association, Washington, D.C.

"On behalf of the Auxiliary to the American Dental Association, I am writing to thank you for the tremendous presentation that you made as keynote presenter during our annual session. Your presentation was educational, motivational, thought provoking and inspiring. The responses from those in attendance was overwhelmingly positive and I believe we all shared the same warm, positive sentiments about you and your contribution to society."

-Susan Seffren, Executive Director, Auxiliary to the American Dental Association

". . .You spoke at the Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils in Altoona, PA. As a result of that speech, the Dallastown Area high School Student Council was inspired to begin a project which now includes 14 high schools. We all thank you for the inspiration that set us on the road to making an impact on the drunk driving problem."

-Ruth Sabey and James Filizzi, Student Council Advisors

Some of the feedback from the IACP (International Association of Chief of Police) conference panel Creating Teamwork: Solving the Drugged Driving Problem. Candace Lightner was the moderator and a Speaker.

"Motivating! I have such admiration for those who have lost loved ones to speak out." "Great presenters, ideas, and overall message. Very motivating and inspirational."
"Loved the panel that was able to give input from many aspects of the DUID problem. Gave me ideas for programs I am going to institute at my desk regarding public knowledge."
"Awesome group, message, presentation!!! Thank you!! Please invite them back for updates!"
"Excellent session. Very good session format, four effective and engaging speakers, each with a different perspective in the same topic. Very relevant topic! Please consider offered this topic at future conferences."
Excellent. All of the speakers were great. Very relatable and they provided great information."

COMMENTS FROM COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PERSONAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

"She speaks with honesty, passion and transformative insight on what it really takes to be a courageous leader.”
"Courage, perseverance, passion, leadership, love. So inspirational.”
“Nothing better than real life experiences.”
“Very heartfelt & moving. Taught us about "when there is a will, there is a way!"
“She was an amazing speaker! “
“Great experience.“
“Perfect Inspiring!“
“Quite impressive to see how a real drama can be used in a positive way. "