Biography

“The best way out is always through.” — Robert Frost

Amy C. O’Neill

Survivor, Resilience Expert, Motivational Speaker

After being thrust into the role of Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor, Amy C. O’Neill has turned her crisis and recovery into her cause. In her new chosen role as Resilience Expert and Motivational Speaker, Amy shares her life lesson of rebounding with individuals in order to help them learn how to go through and overcome their own personal trauma; and with professional responders who deal with expected and unexpected trauma on the job; as well as with groups from around the world so that they may learn to continue in the aftermath of community trauma and adversity.

Having built a well-respected career in mental health counseling over almost three decades, Amy has intense breadth and depth of experience in both institutional and private practice. In addition to her dedication to helping others, she prides herself on being a life long learner and athlete. A former D-1 NCAA lacrosse player who went on to methodically train and successfully complete three Ironman Triathlons, and the prestigious Boston Marathon five times, Amy knows how mental and physical focus can lead to success. As a wife, mother, daughter and sister Amy has strong family ties that are important to her life story as well.

Her presentations and talks focus on how to morph the unexpected and undesirable obstacles in our lives into positive outcomes. Amy shares keen insight while providing necessary tools to help to overcome adversity, reduce stress, and thrive in our personal life as well as the professional workplace.

While survival is at the core, thriving is the greater message. Through her incredible testimony, Amy is living proof that anyone can come face-to-face with what may seem an insurmountable challenge and come out better for having experienced the adversity. Amy’s goal is to teach how resilience is the key element for success, and how it can be harnessed.

Trained at The Art of the Big Talk, Amy now adds Motivational Speaker to her long list of credentials. She has spoke at two consecutive Speaker Salons curated by award winning director, Tricia Brouk, in New York City.