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

    “In an environment of lies, of deceit and treachery her realness was refreshing.” “Can Lisa come back and speak again??? Please!!!”Inmate, Wallens Ridge
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “Great presentation and very inspiring.”Dillwyn Correctional Facility Lawrence Jones, IPM
    “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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