Speaking Topics

Equality & Social Justice



A keen Fortune500 executive needed only one song and three paragraphs of bestselling Bare Naked Bravery before grabbing author and singer-songwriter Emily Ann Peterson by the shoulders... "My colleagues NEED to hear absolutely everything you have to say and sing about. What are you doing next Tuesday? Will you come speak and sing at our national monthly luncheon?? You're the perfect fit." 

That first corporate event received such rave reviews it wasn't long before other organizations, nonprofits, retreats, and conferences caught on to the same idea: 

When the ingredients of true bravery mix with the magic of song, audiences of all sizes are empowered with the inspiration, knowledge, and confidence to be the bravest version of themselves. 

Flaunt Your Fear

Why Unpopular Methods Are Surprisingly Successful

What do millionaire nerds, rockstars, and comedic geniuses have in common? They actually enjoy failing. When we nurture an environment of celebrating only our successes and ignoring or punishing our failures, we waste a colossal amount of growth and progress. Using Emily Ann Peterson's bestselling book, Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous, and Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's world-renowned philosophy of music education, you will learn how to:

  • practice building bravery only on the days you plan to eat
  • utilize your multi-dimensionality as a secret ingredient
  • fail with grace and flaunt your fear with style
  • turn your failures into your biggest successes
  • plus, one lucky attendee will have their first music lesson!

The Art of Breaking Glass & Defying Expectations

Turning Constraints Into Creative Courage

The day will when you need to speak up with a risky idea or advocate for a colleague (or yourself.) When everywalking on eggshells after "an incident" or negotiating a new kind of sticky situation. There will come a day when you are called to shatter the ceiling or sit down to make room for someone else do it. 

Emily Ann Peterson, singer-songwriter and bestselling author of Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous shares a selection of songs and a new approach to finding bravery in impossible situations. You'll learn why we need to be brave for each other and how to:

  • stand up and speak up when it matters most
  • utilize your empathy as a super-power
  • transform limitations and constraints into opportunities
  • make room for everyone who needs to splinter the sky 

Radical Honesty

Compassionate Leadership With Bold Truths

Playing safe is not always the best thing. "Well that was nice..." is not always what you want to hear from a colleague, client, or boss. Sometimes you really want to wow them with boldness. But on the other side of the spectrum of truth you'll find a stark difference between being an insensitive jerk and giving feedback. Navigating how your truth-telling is received can be a huge hurdle.

Together we'll unfold how and why radical honesty is your new favorite tool for compassionate leadership. Using concepts from Emily Ann's own bestselling book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous, you'll learn how to:

  • contextualize your truth-telling in unique situations
  • highlight undeniable honesty with daily writing exercises 
  • stay honest while nurturing compassion for others
  • navigate the discomfort and freedom that comes from true authenticity

Additional Equality & Social Justice Speaking Topics

  • Conversational Acrobatics & Enforcing Relational Boundaries
  • Using Your Limitations & Innovating Beyond Borders
  • Being Different is Your Best Asset
  • Self-Love in a World of Self-Loathing
  • Overcoming Challenges with Grace & Grit

  • Sexual Harassment: Bravery in Impossible Situations

 What to Expect...

“I received INCREDIBLE feedback. I got so many emails and even had teammates I passed in the hall who made comments. Thank you again!”

- Keri McGregor, GVP, Enterprise Operational Risk & Inclusion at SunTrust Bank

"One thing the world needs is courageous, humble people who do what it takes to make a difference. Emily Ann is one of those people, a young woman with an inspiring story and welcoming approach."

- Troy Anderson, founder of Speak Up For The Poor

"I learned more truly impactful ways to improve my business in an hour with you than I have with others over the course of several months!"

- Jennifer Ballard, founder of JLN Cosmetics

"Whether you're dealing with illness, loss, pain, or struggle these concepts can help you make it through. Emily teaches you to be brave when you need it the most."

- Nina Ferreyra, CEO of 707Ave

"Thirty minutes with Emily Ann literally turned months of disheartened procrastination on its heels."

- Mandy Troxel, business owner

“It was a wonderful session and touched on so much that is happening in my life. It brought up feelings that I didn't know I was suppressing. I am sooo glad I was able to join. Thanks to everyone that had something to do with the event.”

- Keynote Attendee, SunTrust Bank

"Instead of making us feel bad for not being brave enough, Emily Ann Peterson compassionately encourages us to face our fears. She elegantly notes that it’s ok to feel but that we can be more of the people we want to be if we courageously move toward our fears."

- Dr. Chris Friesen, Ph.D., author of Achieve: Find Out Who You Are, What You Really Want, & How To Make It Happen

"Emily Ann draws on
real-life experience to write with honesty, intelligence, and pluck about how to overcome adversity by facing our fears, flaunting our mistakes, and becoming our authentic selves."

- Katherine Ketcham, author of The Only Life I Could Save

"Emily’s storytelling is authentic, moving and highly engaging."

- Akshay Nanavati, author of Fearvana

"You can live beyond the hurt. Emily Ann shows you how."

- Michelle Madrid-Branch, author of Mascara Moments

"Emily Ann Peterson explores what bravery really is and how you can achieve it."

- Dr. Elaine Hodge, author of Stepping Outside the Secrets

"Sometimes we need help to pull away the covering of fear and find the courage to be brave. Sometimes that help is a person: Emily Ann is that one."

- Janet Haney, author of Write Your Way Through Change