February 25, 2015, 6:15 PM by
Born and raised in Eureka, South Dakota, Holly Hoffman was the last remaining member of the Espada Tribe and the last woman standing on Season 21 of CBS’ hit reality show “Survivor Nicaragua”. Through that experience, and others throughout her life, Holly was inspired to share her message of positivity, determination and confidence with business leaders, teachers, and students across the nation.
An accomplished motivational speaker and the author of Your Winner Within, Holly acknowledges that life is made up of challenges, and we are oftentimes faced with situations that seem insurmountable. But within each of us is an ability to focus our thoughts, emotions, and energy to succeed—if only we have the knowledge, tools, and discipline to do so.
Holly’s writing and speaking not only offer encouragement and optimism but a roadmap for self discovery and spiritual enlightenment. Her methods—the ones she uses everyday in her own life—are intuitive, honest, and adaptable to nearly any situation. Readers and audience members alike walk away inspired to light the fire of successful living within themselves.
A lifelong resident of America’s heartland, Holly graduated from her hometown high school in Eureka and then attended Northern State University, where she met her husband Charlie. Together, they built and continue to manage a ranch in north central South Dakota and are the parents of three wonderful children, who have each gone on to inspired and successful careers. Their oldest, Austin, is married to his wife Megan, and is a law school student at the University of South Dakota. Holly is a very proud grandmother to their beautiful baby. Alexandra—a former Miss South Dakota and top 15 finalist at the Miss America pageant—is married to her husband John, and is a graduate of South Dakota State University and works as a broadcast journalist in Omaha. Their youngest, Elizabeth, attended the University of South Dakota and is now attending medical school to become an obstetrician and gynecologist.
Today, Holly travels across the country, speaking to schools and universities, healthcare organizations, women’s organizations, community leaders and business professionals, inspiring audiences to take opportunities and focus on attitude, determination, confidence, desire, faith, and perseverance.
View these wonderful videos, featuring Addie Graham-Kramer, Jeannie Johnson, Rochelle Lauret, and Don Ryswyk, where they discuss their thoughts and impressions after hearing Holly Hoffman speak. We thank everyone for their time and kind words!