From the Crack House to the State House

Dispelling the Concept of Throwaway Lives

“From the womb to the tomb – from the jailhouse to the nursing home there are no throwaway lives. All life is precious, purposeful and valuable.”
~ Lisa Kratz Thomas

Thanks for stopping by to check out my web site. If you are looking for a speaker for your next event I want to be the person. 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

    “Awesome Workshop!”Sussex I & II Correctional Center Teresa Birkhead, Offender Workforce Development Specialist
    “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
    “Excellent! You are always welcome. Offenders were very pleased and inspired.”Keen Mountain Correctional Center Yvonne Taylor, IPM
    “She is the greatest speaker I have ever heard” “I not just an offender, I AM A MAN!”Inmates, Lunenburg
    “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
    “Excellent, motivational speaker. Mrs. Thomas was a delight. We enjoyed it very much. Hope she can come back again!”Haynesville Correctional Center Sharon Westman, Cognitive Counselor
    “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
    “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 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
    “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


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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