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

    “Everything you spoke was from the heart, it made me feel stronger about my life after release.” “What I found beneficial about his group is that I may always have to face the label of felon, but I can still survive and succeed”Inmates, Haynesville
    “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
    “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
    “Dynamic Presenter, who inspires hope and positive change to overcome addiction. She’s an excellent communicator and is a living testimony towards the strength of positive transformation. Her story was very insightful, captivating and inspirational!”St. Brides Correctional Center Clark Carping, Unit Manager, VADOC SBCC
    “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
    “Lisa has a way of making you feel like you can relate and if she can change her lifestyle, so can I.” “Listening to real life stories and circumstances lets you know you can change, overcome challenges and be someone again.”Inmates, VCCW
    “The offenders were able to relate to Mrs. Thomas’s stories of adversity and overcoming addiction. Following the program, a number of offenders asked for a way to stay in touch with Ms. Thomas and to thank her personally for her time.”Nottoway Correctional Center Adam Paige, Offender Workforce Development Facilitator
    “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 thoroughly enjoyed this seminar, it really challenged the way I think about my future and it allowed me to see that my success is possible. Realized today that I am afraid of success.” “The smarter I get, the more ignorant I realize I am.”Inmate, Nottoway


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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