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“After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
― Philip Pullman

Gutless & Grateful: How Losing My Stomach Made Me Hungry For Life

In this motivational performance, survivor and entrepreneur Amy Oestreicher weaves her near-death experience and unexpected professional journey with musical and comedic flair, highlighting the disappointments, struggles, triumphs, and humor in her life, and how passion fueled her insatiable drive to outperform and turn survival into success.

Teams of all sizes will benefit from Amy’s innovative perspective and invaluable life experience.


Themes include

  • The Power of Words and Storytelling
  • Acceptance, Gratitude, Joy – The Path To Success
  • Navigating Your Beautiful Detours
  • Creativity & Innovation: Seeing Things Differently
  • Creating Anchors: Using Uncertainty as a Springboard
  • Stories that Connect – We Are Our Stories (how archetypes connect us with the human experience)
  • Performance as a transformative, connective, expressive tool
  • Letting hunger fuel success
Gutless & Grateful can be performed followed by a talkback on any of the following topics:

  • Late Bloomers Still Boom: The Joys of “Later On” After Happy Interruptions
  • Happy Interruptions: Working Through Illness and Making It Work For You
  • Passion Fuels Success: Live What Your Love
  • From Scratch: I Survived Organ Failure, 27 Surgeries, and Starting a Business
  • Marketing and Spreading Word: Connecting Through Stories That Unite Us All
  • What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You…Valuable: Delivering The Invaluable Gifts of Difficulties
  • Why Wait? Business Starts When You Do
Perfect For:

  • Team-Building
  • Business Conferences
  • Corporate Events
  • Office Programming
  • Explorations In Creativity
  • Storytelling Conferences and Workshops
  • Retreats
  • Continuing Education
  • Communications training

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Every Business Needs A Story

Every business needs a good story. With the explosion of social media, handmade artisan products, and the buzz of “local,” consumers want to know who they’re buying from.

Amy is living proof that anyone is capable of launching a business from scratch with a story and a passionate drive.

Storytelling, since the beginning of time, has driven change, created movements, and launched careers. We all have the ability to change the world through our stories, through connecting to others on a deeply personal, universal level.

Amy demonstrates the emotional and persuasive power of telling a good story and proves it to be an essential business and startup skill.

Amy delivers her story as an individual and content as a business, making her extraordinary tale of survival a compelling brand and livelihood. Stories inspire, persuade, motivate, connect, and resonate – stories are what build a lasting impression for personal brands.

As an entrepreneur, Amy demonstrates the emotional power and corporate success of storytelling

Amy Oestreicher B&W 2006A celebration of life through creativity, passion, and gratitude, “Gutless” can touch everyone, from trauma survivors to anyone needing inspirational words of courage, humor, and healing. Amy will perform her autobiographical one-woman musical (70 min), talk about how passion fueled her entrepreneurial drive for success, and provide tools for others to do the same.




Select Testimonials: (see more here)

  • As a motivational figure: “She is an inspirational figure to be sure, but her creativity expands well beyond her story.”
  • As an artist: “Amy has continued to inspire and surprise me, our patrons and other artists through her consummate, ever-flowing creativity, incredible message of strength and resilience, her overwhelming joy and love of life against great odds and her dedication and passion to her creative work. If I were reading this letter, I would think this was hyperbole, but I would be mistaken. She is a force of so much that is good in a person and an artist. She knows what she wants to say, yet is open to input to shape her output and to collaboration with many art forms. In her case, it is a benefit that she is so prolific in her writing, her art and her music. They all inform the work she is doing and it makes her an empathetic collaborator.”
  • As a performer: “ moving, emotional, and at certain points there was not a dry eye in the house. This beautiful, strong, woman could do all of this while overcoming a huge obstacle–why can’t we all learn to love more, and rethink how we see our lives? If you get the chance, you must see this performance, it will make you rethink a lot of things in your own life and inspire you to live your dreams.”

For more of Amy’s work in business, see:

How Almost Losing My Life Inspired Me To Start A Business

28 Lessons I Learned in 28 Years Turning My Passion to Business

Women Around Town:  My Career Choice

Roceteer:  Business Tale To Inspire

Work, Life and Creativity

Meet Woman In Business Amy Oestreicher

See Media Page for interviews and radio segments

View Amy’s other motivational speaking subjects and workshops here.

Learn about Gutless & Grateful for colleges, healthcare professionals, patients and individuals on its main page.

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