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

    “Please come again, I could listen to you over and over. You have motivated me more than anybody I have ever listened too. I have the opportunity to be better.” “You put some positive thoughts in my mind about serious living, changing my life.”Inmates, St. Brides
    “Wonderful and realistic; Purpose Driven!”Indian Creek Correctional Center, Dara Robichaux, Assistant Warden
    “Awesome Workshop!”Sussex I & II Correctional Center Teresa Birkhead, Offender Workforce Development Specialist
    “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
    “I realize that I DO have dreams.” “I’ve been in prison for 16 years and I’m impressed, this young lady encouraged me as a survivor.”Inmates, Greensville
    “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 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
    “You have a lot to offer inmates here. Today I believe I am somebody.” “When you first started talking, I thought you were lying, but you won be over, you brought tears to my eyes. I will read your book and when I become great it will be because of your inspiration.”Inmates, Indian Creek
    “She made me think about what I want to do with the rest of my time in life!” “This presentation needs to be available in video for inmates and the general public.”Inmates, Coffeewood
    “This was a great presentation from a motivational speaker that should speak to all prisons across the United States.” “Miss Lisa, Thank you. You hit on a lot of things I’ve been thinking about and changes I want to do. You made it much easier for me to clear my mind and tell myself that change is possible if you want it. You’ve changed my life.”Inmates, Deep Meadow


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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