Liz Murray


Liz Murray's keynote introduces the audience into a world of possibilities.  

From homeless to Harvard... it's an unlikely turn of events. Liz's life is a triumph over adversity, and a stunning example of the importance of Dreaming Big.

"I knew I had to change my circumstances for the better, and that no one could do that for me. But, I quickly found that I also could not do it alone. "

Liz Murray's upbringing in the Bronx, as the child
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of cocaine-addicted parents, was filled with severe challenges. There was never enough food in the house, the apartment was filthy and drugs were everywhere. 

Determined to change her life, Liz finished high school in just two years and, with the help of dedicated mentors and teachers, was awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University all while camping out in New York City parks and subway stations. After graduating from Harvard, she went on to earn her Masters in Psychology of Education at Columbia University.


Movie, Book and Awards

Her story sounds like a Hollywood movie and it practically is. Lifetime Television produced a movie about Liz's life story entitled Homeless to Harvard, which was nominated for three "Emmy Awards". She is the recipient of the White House "Project's Role Model Award" and Oprah Winfrey's first-ever "Chutzpah Award". Her memoir, Breaking Night, landed on the New York Times best seller list within a week of its release and it quickly became an international bestseller published in twelve countries, in eight languages.


What to expect from Liz Murray's keynote

Inspired by possibilities, Liz's keynote takes audiences along on a truly inspiring journey of her personal challenges living off the streets and how determination led her to succeed at one of the most notable universities in the country. Liz is passionate about speaking on the importance of personal motivation, transforming problems into opportunities, and what it really takes to make a difference in people's lives.