Candace 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:
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:
Harvard 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.