Liza Pavlakos

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Liza Pavlakos
Survivor, Entrepreneur & Keynote Speaker

The 2021 Toastmasters International Golden Gavel recipient

Overcoming homelessness, abduction, intense abuse and human trafficking to achieving extraordinary success.

Liza Pavlakos is a successful entrepreneur and a powerful speaker who has inspired over 100,000 audiences across six continents. Founder of Positive Breakthroughs, working with a team of experienced chartered psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and coaches who are passionate about improving mental health and committed to offering therapy to all individuals regardless of their age, race, culture, disability, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background.

Having experienced enough trauma to last a lifetime, she draws from her own inspiring story of grit and resilience to influence thousands, to convince them that obstacles are not insurmountable. Her life story is a narrative of grit and gravitas, a tale of one woman’s journey of overcoming the impossible adversities and triumphing against all odds to becoming a self-made entrepreneur, inspiring others to thrive.

As an inspiring speaker and mentor, her life mission is to drive entrepreneurs and corporate teams to overcome adversities with steadfast determination. To show them that if they have the courage and a burning desire to succeed, nothing can stop them from reaching their goals.

Liza is best known as an inspirational force for leadership, team building, and performance. Her heartfelt keynotes have led Liza to be recognised as Top 10 Female Speakers in the World for 2020. Having been featured as a thought leader in empowerment on CNN, BBC and other media outlets around the World, Liza inspires change.
Winner of the Super Achievement Award from The Women’s World Leadership Congress and People Choice of Excellence Award from the HR Asia HRD Summit, she has motivated countless teams from Fortune 500 companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, Marriott International, AON Insurance company, among many others.
When the challenges are insurmountable, the goals audacious, and the competition intense, Liza gives individuals and organisations the tools they need to push through to beyond survival and thrive in the face of challenges. Author of her upcoming book “Voiceless No More”, Liza’s mission is to help people succeed amid any adversity.


Beyond Survival.
Embracing Life, Embracing Change.

With her unique life story and incredible storytelling, Liza takes her audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Her keynotes inspire audiences to
adapt and thrive in uncertain times, and discover their latent potential by harnessing self-love.
She talks about viewing obstacles as opportunities and pushing through beyond
survival by embracing life and harnessing change.

Learning Outcomes

Learn how to adapt and thrive in uncertain times
Learn how to deepen resilience through self-awareness and self-love.
Discover how to adopt a profoundly resilient mindset regardless of the obstacles that stand in your way.
Reclaim your passion for your life’s work by changing the narrative of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. ( PTSD)

2. Becoming by Overcoming.
Staying resilient in times of uncertainty.

In this keynote presentation, Liza imparts her knowledge on thriving in the most challenging environments by mastering adversity and embracing the idea of possibilities and hidden opportunities. Liza shares how to succeed in the most agonising circumstances by pushing past mental and physical barriers and exploring your natural inner strength through her soulful storytelling. Liza shows her audiences how conviction, mixed with determination, perseverance, and an incredible amount of hard work leads to success. Liza will inspire your audience to leave a legacy of kindness, which has the power to change the World.

Learning Outcomes
Learn how to master adversity by embracing possibilities and hidden opportunities.
Learn how to thrive in the most agonising and challenging environments by changing your narrative on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Learn how to cultivate an unwavering belief in oneself to triumph through change.
Discover how constant determination, perseverance leads to success.
Discover how leaving a legacy of kindness has the power to change your World.

3. What’s your Narrative
Discover the power of your story.

In this keynote presentation, Liza shares her ideas on how to stand in your
power in the most challenging times of your life, sharing her journey of what our human spirit is truly capable of simply by “controlling the controllable”.
Her talk aims to lend inspiration to anyone facing a challenge while imparting helpful insight into discovering your story’s psychological power. Learn how to overcome even the most daunting impediments by taking action while adapting to uncertain situations.

Learning Outcomes
How to stand in your power in challenging times
Discover the psychological power of your story
Learn tools to take action, adapt while embracing controlling the controllable
Learn how to overcome even the most daunting impediments by changing your narrative of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. ( PTSD)

From homelessness to millionaire entrepreneur


Very early in life, Liza triumphed over daunting challenges. Not only did she courageously get her life back on track, but she also emerged as a self-made entrepreneur.  Liza will teach your audience how to develop mental agility, achieving breakthrough performance in the corporate world, and how to thrive in the face of adversity.   


Liza is devoted to presenting the most captivating and emotional keynote presentation. Her material is on real-life events, emotional intelligence, and positive psychology that are proven to reap enormous rewards for your business.


 Her business achievement

Miss India International pageant: At the age of 23, Liza set up and organized this prestigious pageant that ran successfully for five years. In its very first year, the event attracted a 4,000-strong audience and generated around $100,000 in ticket sales. 


Minibar Piccollo, Melbourne: This restaurant and bar in Melbourne Australia’s central business district and was on the brink of being closed down

Liza transformed the floundering Minibar Piccollo into a flourishing café.  

Finest Alterations: Liza’s lack of a background in sewing did not deter the fearless entrepreneur in her from investing in and turning around this small, loss-making clothing alteration and tailoring enterprise into a thriving, five-outlet business with corporate clients such as Australian Grand Prix, Australian Open, Melbourne Cup and more.   


Liza Pavlakos, the speaker: Liza has spoken all around the world. She was featured on CNN as a thought leader, empowering her audience to overcome adversity and emerge as successful entrepreneurs.


Liza’s presentation is insightful, actionable and authentic.

Coco-Cola Company

Liza is an authentic speaker. She makes her audience see their future with possibilities.

Marriott international

Liza is an outstanding speaker. Her story inspires us to change for the betterment our families, our teams and our clients.

Zurich Insurance Group

Liza is a dynamic speaker. Her motivational keynote inspires synergy and success.

Qatar Airways

Liza is a phenomenal speaker. She inspires transformation.

The Oberoi Grand

Mesmerising Speaker. She received a standing ovation from our audience.


Liza was ranked the highest rated keynote speaker for the entire event.


She is one of Australia’s most inspirational speakers. Her story is absolutely gripping. 


Liza speaks from the heart — and the depths of her soul — relying on her own incredible success to encourage and motivate others to seek higher levels of achievement in their own lives.


Liza is one woman the entire world needs to hear. She has fantastic skills in connecting to people, she helps people find their self and be a light within using her story as a great learning intervention. 

PM HUB- South Africa

Inspiring, actionable and insightful for our organisation. She is an example to womanhood.


‘She is a phenomenal speaker. Her authenticity had me captivated during her entire talk.’

National Australia Bank

Motivation and inspiration personified, warm and down to earth.


She made this year’s convention a great success. She was rated our top speaker.