Liza Pavlakos

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Liza Pavlakos
Survivor, Entrepreneur & Keynote Speaker

Liza Pavlakos has a story that can transform lives to achieve breakthrough performance, learning agility, and develop adaptability by thriving in the face of adversity. 

In her life, she has overcome the worst adversities that include abuse, homelessness, abduction, disfigurement, and human trafficking by terrorism. 

Not wanting to be defined by the tragedies that overwhelmed her, she worked tirelessly to become a businesswoman, author, and keynote speaker. 

Watch Liza speak on her riveting journey to a better life, learning how, through courage, choice, and determination, that every person has the power to rewrite their story. 

 Liza has spoken at numerous speaking engagements across the world, including Win Summit New York, Columbia University New York, HR Conferences in Asia and Africa, Coco-Cola, Brand Ambassador for Qatar Airways, and more. 

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.