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

    “Great presentation and very inspiring.”Dillwyn Correctional Facility Lawrence Jones, IPM
    “Thank you so much for spending time with Lunenburg correctional Center’s Cognitive Community. You may never know the impact you had on these offenders!”Lunenburg Correctional Center Cheryle Parrish, Cognitive Counselor
    “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
    “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
    “She is the greatest speaker I have ever heard” “I not just an offender, I AM A MAN!”Inmates, Lunenburg
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “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


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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