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Mental Health & Wellness











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. 

Seasons of Bravery

Preparing, Enduring, and Recovering From The Darkest Nights

They are known to leak slowly into our lives and relationships. They might show up like a sudden dark cloud in a doctor's office. However they will appear or already appeared, Seasons of Bravery will happen for us all. But what can we do about it? Is it possible to prepare for them now with so much unknown? How do we endure the longest, darkest of days? How can we find our resilience after grief or transition? Using Emily Ann Peterson's bestselling book, Bare Naked Bravery: How to be Creatively Courageous, you will learn how to:

  • apply the 3 reasons why people do brave things
  • use the 3 forms of courage during your season of bravery
  • practice bravery in small ways for big results
  • incorporate the 12 ingredients of bravery
  • and why your bravery is more important now than ever

Power Tools for Productivity

Making Bravery Feel Easier One Day at a Time

Living with a serious, chronic, or terminal illness will ruin even the most productive of days. How does one not drown in an overwhelming to-do list on bad day, let alone a good day?! When you wake up on the wrong side of the bed or when the worst occurs, how many balls will drop? How many of your plates will stop spinning? Bravery is hard enough as it is, it *can* feel a little easier.

Emily Ann Peterson, singer-songwriter and bestselling author of Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous walks you through 9 productivity principles to use as power tools on any day. You'll learn how to pick the right tool for your needs and receive an introduction to software robots that help to:

  • boost your resilience from a "down day."
  • automate pieces of your life without faking it
  • automate scheduling and finances
  • and most importantly, up-level your productivity when it matters most

Self-Love in a World of Self-Loathing

Life After an Eating Disorder

When social media is such a prominent fixture in our culture and way of life, it's no surprise that the suicide rate in America is higher than it's been in 20 years.  Comparison-itis is the seed of a life or death problem, a problem that affects everyone. Having survived an eating disorder herself, singer-songwriter Emily Ann Peterson uses concepts from her bestselling book, Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous, to:

  • Liberate yourself from externally enforced boundaries
  • Use creative expression as a life-raft and tool of personal growth
  • learn ways to stop comparison-itis, once and for all
  • Finally understand why & how your measure of self-worth holds you back 


Additional Mental Health & Wellness Topics

  • Expression: The #1 Tool for Building Bravery
  • Overcoming Challenges with Grace & Grit
  • Being Different is Your Best Asset
  • Using Your Limitations & Innovating Beyond Borders
  • Conversational Acrobatics & Enforcing Relational Boundaries
  • Finding Your Way from Rock Bottom
  • Battling Depression with the Bravery of Forgiveness

 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