Speaker Liza Pavlakos

Liza Pavlakos

Survivor, Entrepreneur & Keynote Speaker

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
    English, Malay
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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. 

Why Liza Pavlakos?

Liza’s mission is to show her audiences that we have the ability to overcome any challenge and that everyone can be fearless to reach their highest purpose and potential. Your life is defined by the space between what happens to you and your reaction to it. LIZA INSPIRES CHANGE.

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 achievements 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. 

Testimonials 6

  • Liza was mesmerising with her Keynote Talk. Her training to our staff on the learning session was flawless. It was such an honour to have Ms Liza Pavlakos at our 10th Annual HR Congress in Philippines. It takes a strong person to overcome the adversities she has faced and then to move the audience to the point that every single audience member gave her a standing ovation was something magical to watch.

    JM Matienzo

    Ariva Academy CEO

  • Her celestial-powerful command of language, her in-depth charisma as motivational speaker cuts through our hearts and left remarkable imprints of optimism, to stay for more than a lifetime. It’s her honesty which authenticated her integrity as a very effective speaker. Candidly, she can make almost everyone, cry.

    Her unfathomable courage and resilience in life’s extreme adversities; her overflowing empowerment on how to be a transformational leader, purpose-driven, focused, being strongly passionate in making things happen -made her, the “epitome of a strongly resilient woman ” – touching lives of millions, globally.

    Her every word is a blessing and enlightenment to every weary heart. Ms. Liza is such an awesome woman with an iron cloak of resilience but with the softest heart like an angel. She is heaven-sent messenger to motivate and inspire just anybody, regardless of race, religion, age, beliefs and customs. She has the magnetism to leave every listener with wonderful imprints of optimism and dynamism; equally gifted with divine light and presence which simply inspire and motivate others, effortlessly.

    Bhabes Comia Espina

    Pioneer Medical Lab

  • Liza Pavlakos is a phenomenal speaker. Her talks are absolutely mesmerizing and empowering. I love her authenticity and she had me captivated from the beginning to the end of the talk. She made this year’s convention a great success. Her enthusiasm and attention to detail were greatly appreciated.


    Director, Front Edge

  • I heard Liza Pavlakos speak at a Women’s Entrepreneurship Seminar and her talk was inspiring. She had the entire room captivated and I must say that when I heard her speak, she made me realize that anything is possible. Liza is a fantastic speaker.


    CEO, Mums Baklava

  • Liza Pavlakos has an enviable command of communications principles, and her skills lead to a high level of success and satisfaction. Our survey responses from our executive team members showed a superior level of satisfaction. She has an amazing ability to connect with her audience and stay connected for the duration of the presentation.

    Olu Osunsanmi

    Director, On Point Physical Therapy

  • Liza is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is inspiring, thoughtful and so hearty. I met her for the first time on her visit to Nigeria in 2018 but l felt like l had known her all my life. She is not just a motivational speaker but motivation and inspiration personified, warm and down to earth. She is worth hearing.


    Media Strategist, SA&B Mega Resources Limited

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