Hi, I’m Holly

A Professional Speaker & Author

Faith | Attitude | Determination | Confidence | Desire | Perseverance

With over 8 years of experience, Holly travels across the country and is proud to have been to 35 states, speaking to schools and universities, healthcare organizations, women’s organizations, community leaders and business professionals, inspiring audiences to take opportunities and focus on faith, attitude, determination, confidence, desire, and perseverance.


As a CSP® (Certified Speaking Professional™), Holly’s speaking and writing 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.


Holly Hoffman is an author of two books Write Yourself a NoteYour Winner Within, and is currently working on her third book.

Her books are available online and also at her speaking engagements.


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.

Holly nailed it. Audience rated her 4.84 out of 5. She was a delight to work with, incorporated our convention goals and personalized the presentation. She’s low-maintenance and a crowd-pleaser; Holly is an incredible value. Fully self-aware that someone who spent a month on a reality TV show doesn’t automatically have expertise to serve as a life-coach, Holly crafted an interesting and engaging story for fans and non-fans of Survivor, and connected her life lessons to our industry.

Clint R. Armistead

Director of Training & Events, Heartland Credit Union Association

Impressive person!  Her story of the obstacles she over came in her life and on the CBS show “Survivor” will give you a glimpse of her strong character.  A true survivor, a great person and someone you need to know.  What a treasure her message is!

Phillip Larabee

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Lions Club

We were so excited to have Holly Hoffman as our keynote speaker at our 50th Anniversary Celebration.  We knew we had to have someone phenomenal and Holly delivered.  Some of our team members were skeptical with a reality TV show personality as our speaker; but Holly’s energy and message of determination woven into her experience on Survivor won the day.  She is fantastic; you will not be disappointed.

Cindy McGregor, DDS

Doctor Executive Team, Metro Dentalcare

Holly was everything we asked for and more. Not only did she engage and energize the crowd; she got a standing ovation and connected to all of us with a relatable message. She delivered a laughter-filled keynote address with a powerful message. Her passion and energy got our retreat off to a great start and our event is being called “The Best Ever” by our staff! Thank you again, Holly!

Janelle Scherr

Human Resource Generalist

Holly spoke to our high school, middle school and elementary students.  Holly’s energy and wisdom will be remembered by the students and teachers of Polk County for a very long time. I loved watching her speak, but the thing I truly loved, was watching her talk to each of the students and teachers afterwards. It was so heartwarming, and seeing the personal connections Holly made with the audience was very inspiring. 
Holly truly is an inspiration to people where ever she goes. God knew what He was doing when He picked the small town South Dakota girl for Survivor. He had such bigger plans for you. 39 days on Survivor…and now, a lifetime of inspiring people!!
Jodie Roberts

12 year school board member

Holly Hoffman was the talk of our convention! I personally thought she was a fantastic speaker! The make-up of our audience was approximately 20% female and 80% male. I was pleasantly surprised that Holly appealed to everyone. After her presentation I was in the spouse program and the women all shared how much they enjoyed Holly’s presentation. Thursday evening and Friday, when I was able to speak with the entire membership, they were all saying what a great presentation it was. It was obvious Holly touched the entire room. I would wholeheartedly recommend her.

Rochelle Hitz

Nebraska Concrete & Aggregates Association

Holly’s presentation rocked our conference. She was so inspiring and motivating. I left feeling so good about myself and can’t wait to start living my life and taking chances. She gave me the confidence and extra boost I needed. I will be forever grateful.

Marcia Schultz

President, MAEOP

Holly was outstanding! She did two breakouts and our keynote, but she stayed through the entire day, listening to our general sessions and then incorporating key elements and tying things into her presentations, making them very relatable to our staff. She brought energy, passion and positivity and delivered a powerful message that everyone truly enjoyed. Holly was an absolute joy to work with.

Gina Evans

AVP HR and Talent Development, CUDE Credit Union of America

Holly’s keynote address was the highlight of our Women’s Leadership Conference! Her passion and enthusiasm kept the audience engaged from the moment she began speaking. It was remarkable how she was able to mold her message to speak specifically to our group of law enforcement professionals. Holly’s positive outlook on life and ability to relate the lessons she learned to everyone in the audience was truly amazing. We would have Holly back in a heartbeat to speak.

Stacy Murphy

Training Unit Commander, Saint Paul, MN Police Department

Run and book Holly today! She was so well received by our staff and in fact, many employees said she was the best presenter they have ever seen. I can’t express how impactful her story is and how she will resonate with everyone. She is truly one of a kind!

Amanda Smith

Senior Vice President and Manager, Human Resources, First National Bank

Holly was an amazing speaker.  Her energy and her story dominated the room. Holly went “above and beyond” to spend time after she spoke to interact with my group.  She spent several hours observing our meeting prior to her time on stage, and pulled multiple points of interest from our program and integrated them into her speech.  Her engaging personality and her ability to relate to the crowd was the highlight of our meeting.  Holly is a true professional and an asset to any meeting.

Kris A. Rowe

Regional Sales Vice President, CPCU Nebraska

On behalf of the Nebraska Bankers Association, thank you for speaking at our Young Bankers of Nebraska Conference.  Your message was both inspirational and motivational and so much more than just another story from a reality TV show personality.  The comments from the attendees were extremely positive and appreciative of the information shared and the takeaways that you offered by sharing your experiences.  I will definitely look for future opportunities where we can have you speak to other groups within our association.  Thank you!

Ron Arrigo

NBA Senior Vice President, Nebraska Bankers Association

The Shakopee, MN Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to host Holly Hoffman at our annual Women’s Event and we would book Holly again without hesitation. Her message is profound and resonates with all ages. Throughout the numerous years of keynote speakers I’ve listened to, I can honestly say Holly Hoffman is one of the best. Highly recommended!
Elliot Johnson

VP Development, Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Shakopee, Minnesota

Holly spoke at our Annual Sales Convention in the Bahamas. She arrived at our event a couple of days prior to speaking and spent quality time getting to know our people and absorbing the special culture of our company.  “Never Give Up – The Survivor Way” was the most engaging, relevant, keynote presentation we have ever had! Holly is highly polished, personable, entertaining, and her message hits home to all ages, genders and anyone who has ever faced adversity.  Holly Hoffman may not have won the million dollars on Survivor, but she certainly delivered a million dollar presentation!
Jennifer Mond

Vice President of Administration, Platinum Supplemental Insurance

Independent Community Banks of ND, the trade association for community bankers in ND, has had the privilege of presenting Holly Hoffman on more than one occasion to our members.  Holly has been both a keynote speaker at our annual convention and at our Women in Community Banking Summit.  Holly is both effective and inspiring. She is a courageous and animated speaker who uses her own personal story to empower others.  Her candid and witty presentation helped insure the success of our event.

Holly is also an amazing person to work with as a planner.  Always in touch with you to make sure you have everything you need to make your event successful.  She goes above and beyond insuring that you as the meeting planner looks great!

Wendy J. Ruud

Vice President, Independent Community Banks of North Dakota

See Holly in Action

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

—Holly Hoffman

Write Yourself a Note

At the end of the day, unless I made a conscious effort to bring myself back to center and refocus, I found that often days I was just getting through the day to start the next one. That is not the way I want to live my life.

This desire to live focused every day was my inspiration for Write Yourself a Note — both the speech and this book. I wanted to give people a simple tool they can rely on every day to refocus and reprioritize. In this book I offer encouragement, optimism, and a roadmap for self-discovery. I hope you find my methods — the ones I use every day in my own life — intuitive, honest, and adaptable to nearly any individual or situation. My goal for this book is to inspire you to consistently work towards a successful and fulfilling life for yourself.

Your Winner Within

Life is made up of challenges. And, often times we are faced with situations we perceive to be insurmountable. In those times of uncertainty, many of us lack the internal compass to guide ourselves back into the light. Our thoughts turn to the negative and we inadvertently use our fears and emotions to our own detriment. Conversely, it is the ability to focus our thoughts, emotions, and discipline to do so.

Holly Hoffman’s book, Your Winner Within, not only offers encouragement and optimism, but a roadmap for self discovery and spiritual enlightenment. Her methods are intuitive, honest, and adaptable to nearly any situation. Best of all, the methods and ideas presented in this book are the very ones Holly uses herself, day-in and day-out to achieve success. You will receive the benefit of a lifetime of experience and the progressive evolution of her techniques to near perfection through the personal challenges faced in her own life.

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“Holly Hoffman delivered a fantastic keynote address to the 150+ women in the audience. She included so many strong messages that resonated with everyone and provided an inspiring message to not let fear hold you back, to believe in yourself and go for it!”

—Liz Wilson, CAE, Washington Bankers Association

“Holly has such an incredible warmth and authenticity about her that allows her to instantly make connections with all kinds of people. As she reveals her personal journey, both in writing and speaking, you can’t help but be drawn in. I wish everyone could hear her story!”

—Lauren Balleweg, Omaha, Nebraska

“Thank you Holly for reminding us that we can grow and learn throughout our lives and that it’s never too late to realize how strong and capable and resilient we have the potential to be!”

—Linda Scott, Maine Credit Union League

“Holly was a joy to work with and she truly listened to our needs. She received four standing ovations at our conference for women bankers and her message to new leaders was inspiring.”

—Cris Goncalves, New Jersey Bankers Association

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