About Holly

Holly Hoffman is an author, motivational speaker, and television personality. She is best known for competing on the reality competition show Survivor Nicaragua, and for her books Write Yourself a Note and Your Winner Within.

Faith | Attitude | Determination | Confidence | Desire | Perseverance

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.           

A professional speaker and the author of Your Winner Within and Write Yourself a Note, 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 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.

Today, Holly is a member of the National Speaker’s Association and travels the country, speaking to schools and universities, healthcare organizations, women’s organizations, community leaders, and business professionals. Holly performs many motivational speeches and presentations each year, and in her eight years of speaking, she has traveled to 35 states and more than 180 high schools. Holly inspires her audiences to explore opportunities and focus on attitude, determination, confidence, desire, faith, and perseverance.

A lifelong resident of America’s heartland, Holly graduated from her hometown high school in Eureka, South Dakota, and then attended Northern State University. Holly is the proud mother of three wonderful children who all have impressive and successful careers. Her oldest, Austin, is married to his wife Megan, and is a lawyer in his hometown of Eureka, South Dakota. Alexandra ─ a former Miss South Dakota and top 15 finalist at the Miss America pageant ─ is married to her husband John, and is a broadcast journalist graduate of South Dakota State University. She and her husband live in Brookings, South Dakota. Holly is a very proud grandmother to four grandchildren—two from Austin and Megan, and two from Alexandra and John. Holly’s youngest, Elizabeth and her husband, Robert, are both physicians in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“Never let the odds keep you from doing something you want to do.”

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