‘It’s not what happens to us that is important, but what we do with what happens to us and if we choose to, we can get past anything that happens to us in life.’
– MADELEINE BLACK
INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER AND BEST-SELLING AUTHOR
Madeleine has an unusual personal story which she uses to inspire and motivate others. A deeply moving and empowering story, as she discovers that life is about how a person chooses to recover from adversity. We are not defined by what knocks us down – we are defined by how we get back up.
Violently gang raped when she was thirteen years old, and raped three more times before the age of eighteen, Madeleine has experienced more trauma in her life than most ever will. Living in a state of shock and self-loathing, it took her years of struggle to confront the buried memories of that first attack and begin to undo the damage it wrought, as men continued to take advantage of her fragility in the worst possible way.
Yet, after growing up with a burden no teenager should ever have to shoulder, she found the heart to carry out the best revenge plan of all; leading a fulfilling and happy life. For Madeleine, forgiveness was the key. True forgiveness takes genuine effort. It takes a real desire to understand those who have done us so much harm. It is the ultimate act of courage.
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An experienced Keynote Speaker, Madeleine has an unusual personal story which she uses to inspire & motivate others.
In Unbroken, Madeleine tells her deeply moving and empowering story, as she discovers that life is about how a person chooses to recover from adversity.
At TEDx in Glasgow, Madeleine shared her personal and moving story to shatter the shame, stigma and silence surrounding sexual violence.
Landi Jac (Business Strategist)
‘For our most recent international event in Namibia, we appointed Madeleine Black as the closing keynote to our conference, knowing she will help our audience to reconnect with their hearts. The power with which she spoke and the message about courage that she delivered got her a standing ovation and far exceeded my expectations. Madeleine clearly lives her values, understand how to create boundaries and is the face of hope.’
Eksteen de Waal (CEO of Exponentially Me)
‘Powerful, impactful and courageous. Madeleine does not leave a single person unmoved. With her vivid keynote and take always she inspires the audience to act.’
Matt Wallace (Helping HR managers)
‘Madeleine presented at the Life Through a Lens event in Inverness and it was incredible. Her story showed how one event can shape an entire life and affect our core beliefs. She was raw, full of passion about her subject and hooked you from start to finish to teach valuable lessons.’
Karen Tui Boyes (Champion for lifelong learning)
‘From the moment she took the stage, I was captivated by her presence, story and powerful message. Most of all I was moved by her grace, heart and courage in which she told her challenging story. Her words have stayed with me and made a positive impact on my life.’
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Unbroken is Madeleine’s memoir and tells her story of being gang raped at thirteen by two American teenagers in the late 1970’s. It follows her journey of survival, healing, forgiveness, transformation and hope.
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