From the Crack House to the State House

Using the adversity in my life to help bring out the best in yours!

“Things happen in life for a reason and it’s up to you to use it for change!”
~ Lisa Kratz Thomas

Are you looking for a speaker for your next event? Then you have come to the right place. For years I have been giving people the courage to change by sharing my stirring account of survival from alcohol abuse, cocaine addiction, domestic violence, prostitution and incarceration. Many people may be able overcome these adversities but few are able to bring it full circle and utilize them as assets. What people love most about my presentation is my authentic and real approach, I tell it like it is and leave you with something of value and wanting more!

  • Testimonials

    “She makes a big difference with offenders coming back home. She motivates me to think more positive. This was the best speaker ever, you can tell she cares.” “I love this speaker, she was great. She broke my hard shell.”Inmate, Keen Mountain
    “After hearing Ms. Kratz-Thomas, I am convinced that we do have some people outside that are concerned for us who are on the inside.” “The most beneficial thing about this presentation was learning that you have to be real with yourself and to yourself and deal with the adversity, don’t run from it.”Inmates, Dillwyn
    “I read her book, I can totally relate. The fact that she can be so positive and inspiring after her lifestyle makes me look forward to getting out. I feel motivated!” “She was outrageous and now I am totally ready to get out.”Inmates, CVCU#13
    “She is the greatest speaker I have ever heard” “I not just an offender, I AM A MAN!”Inmates, Lunenburg
    “In an environment of lies, of deceit and treachery her realness was refreshing.” “Can Lisa come back and speak again??? Please!!!”Inmate, Wallens Ridge
    “I heard her very clearly and want to do better and change my life. You should be a counselor at DOC” “I learned that when I am released I need find a mentor and volunteer my time.”Inmates, Bland
    “Excellent presentation! The inmates really connected with your struggles and background and I have NEVER seen them so attentive and focused on what you had to say.”Powhatan Correctional Center Amber Leake, Cognitive Community Director
    “I am not a presentation person but out of the 10 years of being locked up and hearing speeches, this was the best speaker I’ve heard. She taught me new things.” “Be honest with yourself and with others.”Inmates, Sussex II
    “I wouldn’t change anything about Ms. Lisa’s presentation. Keep it coming, Give us more!” “Enjoyed it so much, made me think. Just goes to show that all things are possible, even in the midst of trouble there can be hope.”Inmates, Fluvanna
    “She inspired me to do more for my transition from prison to freedom.” “We all need to sit back and take a hard look at our lives and think about what she shared.”Inmates, Sussex I


Author, radio talk show host, and former offender, Lisa Kratz Thomas speaks at Governor McDonnell’s press release regarding restoration of voting rights.

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