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.
Holly Hoffman is an author of two books Write Yourself a Note, Your 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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
See Holly in Action
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
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