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Amber Krzys

Amber Krzys is helping young people recognize and end cycles of self-criticism, blame, and comparison – for themselves, their bodies and organizations.

Amber Krzys is a professional coach, speaker and author, who left a Broadway career to form her own companies, bodyheart and Fierce Loving. She is committed to supporting students in living their best life, rising to their fullest potential and getting out of their own way.

Body Image

Fierce Loving: For Your Body

Most students believe their body isn’t good enough. They think changing it (making it taller, thinner, stronger) is the key to their happiness and success. This is the fundamental misunderstanding that is blocking them from the exact experience they seek. Amber knows, because she has lived it.

In this inspiring keynote, she shares how her obsession with making her body better destroyed relationships and even the joy of reaching her childhood dream of working on Broadway. She was a prisoner in her own life, who ultimately broke free. Now, Amber is helping students embrace what’s special about them, instead of what they perceive as inadequate. (To enhance this experience, add-on a bodyheart photoshoot. See below for details.)

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • a new way to relate to their body (because it’s not the enemy),
  • the eight forms of punishment unwittingly applied to their body daily,
  • how to stop the cycle of body comparison and shame
  • how to offer themselves and their body compassion, and
  • a clear action plan to support themselves.

Your Body Talks

You can take a class to learn French. You can take a class to learn chemistry. You can take a class to learn yoga. But, you can’t take a class to learn the language of your body. Your body is communicating with you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. But, are you paying attention? What does that headache mean? Or that anxiety and overwhelming feeling you seem to always have? Why do you have to get sick to slow down and rest?

In this keynote, Amber will teach audiences how to listen to what their bodies are saying. She believes your body is your best friend and can be the greatest ally in life. Audiences will learn a specific skill set to foster this relationship so that they can stop constantly fighting, denying and ignoring their bodies and start celebrating it as the gift it is meant to be. (To enhance this experience, add-on a bodyheart photoshoot. See below for details.)

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how their body talks on the physical, mental, and emotional levels,
  • the four foundational qualities of a successful relationship,
  • how to apply those qualities to not only their body, but all relationships in their lives, and
  • resources to continue nurturing this newfound relationship

Body Love Photo Shoot

Amber Krzys

As a perfect add-on to one of Amber’s body image keynotes, your campus can help students experience what it’s like to know their body is enough today through a bodyheart photoshoot. Open to men and women, this exciting opportunity brings Amber or one of her professional photographers to campus to document the day! Drawing hearts on faces and body parts that need love or are loved, Amber and her photographer capture the magic with clarity and creativity.

 

 

Attendees walk away with a sense of empowerment and with that feeling caught in a lasting image they’ll always remember. Releasing the photos via Facebook, Amber creates both a campus and an online community for students to help lead and support each other in the crusade against poor body image. Benefits to hosting a bodyheart Photoshoot include:

  • allowing students to stand in the experience and feeling that their body is enough right now,
  • anchoring the keynote presentation with additional time for each student to participate in one-on-one time with Amber and her message, and
  • providing a call back to the presentation following Amber’s visit, helping students to reconnect what they’ve learned and have a tangible touchstone to their experience.

Learn more about the bodyheart campaign

Leadership

What Do You Really Want?

What do you really want? And, more importantly, why do you want it? When was the last time you asked yourself that question about yourself or your organization? Do you want to ace your exams just for the A? Do you want to lose ten pounds just to say you did? Do you want to be part of a fraternity or sorority “just because”? Probably not. There’s something deeper at play–and that is your point of power, this keynote focuses on just that.

Based on Amber Krzys’ TEDx Talk, this session will touch on the paradox of desire. Amber helps students understand the paradox, which is how often we seek fulfillment “out there,” when really the best way to have anything you want is to start from within. What if you could have more confidence, freedom, and joy right now—without anything in your life changing on the outside? Amber’s keynote will help illuminate how to release the potential for success you’ve always had within.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • a new way to relate to goal setting and goal getting,
  • the difference between Ego-Based Desires and Ego-Less Desires,
  • how to determine where their motivation is coming from (Is it to prove something to someone? Or, to contribute to the betterment of themselves or others?),
  • how to use their feeling state to produce more effective results, and
  • a clear, specific action to implement that week for both types of desires.

Are You a Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty Leader?

Great leaders believe everything is “figureoutable.” Great leaders inspire. Great leaders empower their community and encourage them to stretch beyond their comfort zone. Did you know there is one underlying, learnable skill that enhances great leaders in a powerful way? It also happens to draw people in and make them want to listen to you. That one skill is optimism. Something you’ve probably never given much thought to, AND has the power to truly impact your ability to be a great leader. Optimists are more effective at everything. They excel in school, have better jobs, make more money, and even live longer.

In this keynote, audiences will learn the detriment of pessimistic thinking and five ways to become more optimistic.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • the value of possibility thinking vs limitation thinking,
  • how to create partial solutions when full solutions aren’t available,
  • the importance of down time / renewal time,
  • how to interrupt negative thought-patterns, and
  • how to heighten the power of appreciation.

“I really appreciated Amber’s keynote. It was engaging and positive and I’m pretty sure every girl left that room feeling a little bit better about their self-images, if not inspired to work towards body peace of their own. I was so impressed with the entire experience and am grateful that you came to our house for Fat Talk Free Week. You left a lasting, positive impression.”

– Megan Ladd, University of Southern California

“Spearheading Fat Talk Free Week was unbelievably rewarding; I wholeheartedly believe in what you are doing. Seeing how much fun everybody else was having made me feel great. I loved that I was able to bring such a wonderful event to the sisters of my chapter. Overall, a HUGE THANK YOU for coming to our house. I am beyond enthused and appreciate you coming more than you know!”

– Chelsea-Anne Cymrot, University of Southern California

“The amount of positive feedback I got about your talk just keeps pouring in. Everyone there really got something out of it. Along with myself. You inspired me. Everything you said about your journey has reminded me a lot of mine throughout high school and has shown me how far I have come and how I can continue to improve. I thank you for that so much. It really allowed me to take some time to self reflect.”

– Kara Hemsley, Rockhurst University Panhellenic President

“Those of us that attended Amber’s keynote found her message to be a very unique and relatable way to address what can be an overwhelming and intimidating topic. Her program is thought provoking and inspiring to collegiate women and could be in a variety of audiences on any campus. The collegiate women responded well to her facilitation style as her program creates a comfortable environment and introduces a message that is easy to relate to.”

– Jackye Brown Clarke, Tri Delta National

“Last year, your material helped me gauge my desires; I gained a tangible tool to understand how I value myself, and the identity I am associating with. This year: while the material was the same subject, IT TOOK ON AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MEANING. I have always heard face your feelings, but your wording of “giving them a voice, and seeing what surfaced” hit me on another level; in a way it enabled me to contextualize some of my fears and desires. CONTINUE WHAT YOU ARE DOING; IT’S MAKING AN IMPACT ON PEOPLE’S LIVES.”

– Micheal Aldridge, University of Washington

Amber’s Bio

Born and raised in a single-parent home in Charleston, WV, Amber attended Point Park University where she received an MFA in musical theater. She moved to New York City to pursue her passion of acting, ultimately working on Broadway and touring with the musical Mamma Mia. In 2009, she left the world of theater and earned an MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She founded two flourishing businesses as a professional coach and facilitator—bodyheart and Fierce Loving.

Amber has a thriving coaching practice where she serves a wide range of individuals, and also creates and facilitates her own coaching groups for body, business and life. Her individual clients range from moms, artists, small business owners to corporate and creative executives.

Amber’s work as a professional speaker has been featured at TEDx Malibu, MSN, the White House blog, University of Southern California, Pennsylvania State University and more. Located in Los Angeles, Amber lives with her boyfriend and two rescue pups, and helps people change their lives for the better as a coach, speaker and author.