Toastmasters International-2021 Virtual Convention
2021 Golden Gavel Award Honoree

Announcing
2021 Golden Gavel Award Honoree

Liza Pavlakos

Liza Pavlakos
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Speaker

Liza Pavlakos is a successful entrepreneur and a powerful speaker who has inspired audiences across six continents after overcoming homelessness, abduction, intense abuse, and human trafficking. Founder of Positive Breakthroughs, she works with a team of experienced chartered psychologists, psychotherapists, counselors, 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.

As a qualified psychotherapist and transformational executive coach, she draws from her own inspiring story of grit and resilience to influence others that obstacles are not insurmountable. As an inspiring speaker and mentor, she has motivated corporate teams from Fortune 500 companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, Marriott International, AON Insurance company, and others, to overcome adversities with steadfast determination and courage.

Liza was recognized as one of the Top 10 Female Speakers in the World for 2020. She has been featured as a thought leader in empowerment on CNN, BBC and other media outlets around the world and is the author of the upcoming book “Voiceless No More.” Read more about Liza in an inspirational Toastmaster magazine article.



Watch as Toastmasters honors Liza and be inspired by her session:

Becoming by Overcoming




Liza Pavlakos imparts her knowledge on thriving in the most challenging environments by mastering adversity and embracing the idea of possibilities and hidden opportunities.

Through her soulful storytelling, Liza shares how to thrive in the most agonizing circumstances by pushing past mental and physical barriers and exploring a natural inner strength. Liza will explain how conviction, mixed with determination, perseverance, and an incredible amount of hard work, leads to success. Be inspired to leave a legacy of kindness, which has the power to change the world.

Session objectives:

  • Learn to explore and embrace your inner strength.
  • Identify hidden opportunities found within personal challenges.
  • Create a legacy of kindness that serves others.


Learn more about the Golden Gavel Award and see the list of past distinguished honorees.

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