Statistically, I should be dead. It’s a miracle I’m not. This podcast is part of my journey to TRULY live. Thanks for joining us!
LONG VERSION (What people typically print when I’m invited to speak at an event):
Beth is a believer, dreamer, wife and mother, former teacher, social entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and mental health activist.
After enduring a series of traumatic events as a child, she attempted to fill her emotional voids in a variety of unhealthy ways, including drugs/alcohol, binging/purging, cutting and other self-harming behaviors, which ultimately led to severe depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts as a teen and young adult.
Hiding behind academic achievements, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Montessori Education before teaching Kindergarten for 12 years in one of the highest achieving school districts in the country.
While working with five- and six-year-old children in the classroom on a daily basis, she found it easy to recognize the signs of a student in crisis, and then implement emotional supports to help him/her cope and overcome. As the years passed however, Beth observed more and more students suffering from what appeared to be early signs of stress and trauma, which negatively impacted their social skills, emotional resilience and academic performance.
Desperately searching for ways to help young children find purpose and passion in hopes of increasing their self-esteem, she resigned from teaching in 2012 to create a social enterprise designed to help parents and children give back in their communities together, as a family.
Her work in that arena earned her: the “Emerging Philanthropist” award from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation; the “Alumnae of Excellence as a Leader of Promise” award from the Girl Scouts; an Honorable Mention in Stanford University’s Compassion & Technology Competition; and an opportunity to present “Helping Our Littlest Helpers” at TEDx.
Shortly after presenting at TEDx in 2014, Beth was invited to share her experiences with depression and anxiety –as well as the healing power she experienced from helping others– with students at a local high school. That invite sparked a variety of other invites, including invitations to speak at MOPS groups, parenting conferences and faith-based women’s retreats.
Her most recent project is co-hosting a podcast, called That Conversation, which encourages and equips listeners to overcome their past so they can live in the present and enjoy the future.
Firmly believing helping others is critical to maintaining her physical, emotional, and spiritual health, she volunteers at her church and her children’s school on a regular basis while also providing care for her elderly father.
She lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband, Andy and their two young children, Harper and Frank.