Laurie Stewart is amazing! Students and community members across our district have reached out to me to talk about the impact her work has had on their lives. She approached climate and culture issues from a strength based perspective. Our students have been supported and forever changed by her work at Bronson Community Schools.
Bronson Community Schools, Bronson, MI
If you’re committed to bringing about positive change in your school’s climate, in my opinion, there is no one better than L.A. Stewart Presentations…. Laurie Stewart helps you set up a system that will empower your students to become effective agents for change in your school and community. The program’s result is always the same — a heart-felt desire on the part of the students to create an atmosphere where each student is cared about and respected.
Armitage Academy, Kenosha, Wisconsin
I have heard Laurie speak many times. She is truly amazing! In thirty years in education I have never heard a speaker who could hold the attention of high school students for three hours and then have those students beg for more — every single time! She has the unique ability to connect with students in such a way that motivates them into action — making positive changes to show respect and dignity to each other. Her three step approach includes a pre-presentation meeting and a post-presentation workshop with students to develop ownership in the program and build leadership to continue reminding everyone after the presentation of the importance of treating others with respect Students do not forget her message. In fact, I received the recommendation to bring her to our school from a student who had listened to her speak somewhere else! If you need a recommendation before bringing Laurie to your school, please feel free to contact me.
Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Garrett-Keyser-Butler Schools, Garrett, Indiana
What an awesome experience! I’ve been in education for more than 20 years and I have not seen a more positive program. Laurie worked with our students from the start to organize this event on a very tight schedule. Her willingness to collaborate with our students prior to the assembly ensured a focus on real student needs and, as a result, tremendous student engagement! This was, however, much more than an assembly as Laurie preplanned with students and staff and also provided classroom extension activities that allowed our staff to continue the program after the assembly was complete.
We had 700 students completely engaged for more than three hours! They listened, they got involved and they heard the positive message about caring for each other. Before the program, the staff expressed concern about having 700 students in the gym for three hours. After the program, the staff and students all said we could have stayed all day! Our students and staff are now excited about Making it Cool to be Kind at CPHS and are already planning to continue the effort next year. Thank you for sharing your positive message and expertise with our community!
I would recommend Laurie in general as a speaker and this specific program without hesitation to anyone who is interested in promoting or creating a positive culture in their organization. The message that Laurie very effectively delivered to our students and staff has resulted in a stronger feel of community and a sense that we are all responsible for each other. We achieved everything that we hoped to achieve and more.
Comstock Park, Michigan
It has been a blessing to have Laurie Stewart interact with our students on four different occasions. I have been in education for over 40 years and Laurie is truly the best speaker we have ever witnessed. Her depth of spirit, compassionate understanding and dedication to young people is a special gift to all who are part of her audience. She has an uncanny ability to reach beyond the surface and help students take a very close look at who they are and where their journey is taking them. Her presentation will challenge them, “shake them up” and then gently set them down again. We cherish our relationship with Laurie and are deeply touched by her ministry to young people everywhere. Laurie will always be welcomed at Notre Dame Academy!
Dean of Students
Notre Dame Academy, Toledo, Ohio
Our Michigan Rotary District 6290 Life Leadership Conference has very successfully worked with Laurie for over 25 years to help us annually prepare 140+ student leaders to go out and serve and make a big difference in the world. She has the skills to communicate very effectively her messages of respect for yourself and others that resonate so well with our youth leaders. She is our main keynote speaker who “brings it all to the table” for helping our conferees see their potential in the world of leadership. We are blessed, indeed, to be able to work with Laurie to positively impact our student audience and further our conference mission.
Chair, Life Leadership Conference
Rotary District 6290, Tustin, Michigan
I strongly recommend professional speaker Laurie Stewart. I have worked with teenagers for over two decades in a high school setting. Every few years we bring in an expert or motivational speaker to talk to the staff and kids. I have seen many professional speakers over the years. None of them can hold a candle to Laurie Stewart. I’ve seen her take a gymnasium full of 1,200 kids and have their full attention for three hours. She has been to our school three or four times in the last 20 years. We keep bringing her back because she is so effective and our kids love her. What sets her apart from other people is that she takes the time to get to know your school before she comes and stays in touch with staff and students well after her visit. Her small group follow-ups are tremendously popular. Any school would be remiss if they didn’t seriously consider bringing Laurie Stewart to help. Please feel free to contact me for further communication on Laurie’s strengths.
Greenville High School, Michigan
Laurie Stewart put the SWAG back in Central Montcalm. The atmosphere and attitude completely changed after she came in. I always knew a school’s culture could change, and I saw it happen right before my eyes. After seeing this, I know anything is possible.
Note: Kristi shared the above comment as Superintendent at Central Montcalm Public Schools in Stanton, Michigan. When she moved to St. Louis Schools, she invited us to bring our Making It Cool To Be Kind program there. Here’s what she had to say after that program:
You have done GREAT things for kids and for our district (both districts I have been in)!!
St. Louis Schools, St. Louis, MI
Your enthusiastic presentation on self-esteem and self-respect were so well received. I have also heard so many favorable comments from the community, our students, and staff noting your timely message and effective presentation skills.
Lakeview High School, St. Clair Shores, Michigan
Laurie has presented at Big Rapids High School multiple times and is always received exceptionally well. We continually get multiple requests, by students and staff, to have Laurie back at our school. It is obvious, based on comments and observations, that Laurie’s presentation has changed the lives of many and the climate of our building.
Because of the overwhelming response to Laurie at the high school, we recommended the district bring her in as the keynote speaker to kick-off the school year for all Big Rapids Public School employees. In Laurie’s presentation, “Igniting Your Professional Passion!” she was able to motivate and inspire our teachers and staff to begin the year with a positive attitude and a desire to try to reach each child.
…Laurie expressed the importance of the teachers and staff taking care of themselves and each other. She was instrumental in a great start to the school year for Big Rapids Public Schools. Administrators, teachers, and staff left Laurie’s session inspired and excited to begin the year and determined to try to make connections with all the students.
Laurie’s expertise in leadership, respect, school climate, human relations, and communication skills are cornerstones for an effective learning community. She is able to connect in a way that allows each individual to reflect on what he or she is doing and makes them want to do better. Laurie’s passion for working with students and educators is clear and unmatched by any other presenter.
Big Rapids High School, Big Rapids, Michigan
The day of the conference, Laurie exceeded any expectations we could have had. Her ability to engage each student, respect each student, and honor the differences in each student had a group of 185 7th – 12th graders sharing, taking risks, celebrating themselves and others and motivated to go into their world as kinder, more respectful people. The impact Laurie made is still being felt among those who planned and those who attended the conference. Students have recognized their ability to change the environment at home and at school through the simplicity of kindness.
As an adult leader I am particularly touched by Laurie’s ability to allow students to direct the course of her work. She listens to these young people, eager to hear their observations and wisdom and weaves her knowledge with their ideas. It is very obvious that Laurie thrives on her work with young people. Her skills as a facilitator have been keenly tuned and are evident at the end of the day when each young person stands in line to thank her for her presence.
Allegan County Community Foundation, Michigan
Call it a phenomenon. That is exactly what it was. Something happened to the student body which made a great difference. It was public speaker, Laurie Stewart. For over three hours, Laurie held the undivided attention of students and faculty. The students even willingly gave up their lunch time to continue the assembly.
Hernando High School, Mississippi
I highly recommend Laurie Stewart as a very positive motivator and thought- starter to recharge your staff and to enhance total team effort in a positive, challenged direction. Her material is adapted to the target needs of your market and she does effective research to cater to your group.
Racial tensions have been eliminated, conflicts among students and staff have been sharply reduced, and individual self-worth has been enhanced….
The message you brought to our school, as well as the character you consistently demonstrate, has infused our students with a renewed enthusiasm to create a better community…. We have had no other speaker and workshop leader who has had the impact that you have.
In our school, students have become inspired to embrace fundamental values such as concern for others, taking care of themselves, and being willing to show appreciation toward their teachers.
Laurie’s visits have resulted in immediate and long-lasting improvements in our school climate. After Laurie’s program, our school has been able to address issues with individual students that resulted in dramatic positive improvement which otherwise would not have occurred.
Wilson High School, West Lawn, Pennsylvania
Thanks so much for another superb job! The student and teacher evaluations of your keynote are glowing and deservedly so. I am especially grateful for your graciousness in making yourself available to students after the opening session. Your warmth and concern for these young people is evident and means a great deal to them.
Missouri DECA State Advisor
Laurie’s program is very successful in it’s mission to impact youth and change lives. On behalf of those youth, I would just like to say thank you for investing so much effort into our generation. When I heard Laurie speak, her unique vigor and obvious passion on the topic really captured my interest – as I’m sure it has done for countless students. Causing youth to slow down and recognize the potential for positive change that lies in their hands is not an easy task, yet she recognizes the importance of this cause. Laurie has clearly been blessed with a gift and it is truly inspiring to see someone dedicate their life to utilizing their talents to inspire change.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
I would like to thank you a million times over for coming to my high school. You had a ginormus (gy-nor-mus) impact on the attitudes of many of my classmates and me…. Although you could use words to change the attitudes of my classmates, I cannot find the right words to express my utmost gratitude towards you and what you do.
Whitehall High School, Michigan
Thank you for the excellent presentation you gave for our school. The students are still raving about it! They keep commenting on the fact that you kept them pumped, motivated, interested, and energized the whole four hours. Lots of students experienced some life-changing moments and are now more outgoing, more involved, and more people-oriented than before, thanks to you!
Casa Grande, Arizona
Laurie, you are the best and most impacting speaker I’ve ever heard. Your spirit amazed me!
Worthwood High School, North Dakota
What makes this presentation stand out is the ability to reach each and every student, regardless of their background, experiences or interests.
From the very first moment of Laurie’s presentation at BRHS, the audience was completely captivated. Laurie’s program is clearly more than just words. She truly cares and is committed to helping students respect one another and themselves.
Big Rapids High School, Big Rapids, Michigan
I cannot think of my youth without remembering your influence on my life. Your presentation had a profound impact on my life…. The duration of your talk and the time you spent with us after still stays with me to this day — some 18 years later.
There is not a month that goes by that I don’t think how that weekend and your presentation/role in it served as a ‘springboard’ to equip the young people in that room — to be more than we thought we could; to master difficulties and capture the windows of opportunity that come along in our life.
It’s great to see that you are still changing young people’s lives. I know criticism flows freely these days in the rough and tough world. Therefore, I just thought I would drop you a line and say thank you for being you; and that you do make a profound difference at a pivotal time in young people’s lives.
Remember, what might be a difficult day for you at work, might just be a day that some young boy or girl will remember for the next 18 years. I did.
President & CEO
Integration Strategies, LLC
I think all went marvelously well. The message and the vivaciousness that you have has touched each and every one. I’ve had many comments and phone calls — you were a hit!
Youth & Campus Director
Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas
Laurie Stewart’s student leadership training grade is a definite A+!!
Sturgis School District, Michigan
The students felt your program was excellent. Thanks for making the students feel that they are special. Their self-esteem seemed to rise before my eyes!
FCCLA State Director
I have never witnessed such an event in all my years at Northview Public Schools…. You reached out and touched the hearts and souls of the students and staff. The positive impact…stirred all present to reach out in a caring and connective way to make a difference in themselves and the lives of others.
In the weeks following your departure, we saw a dramatic increase in the number of students reaching out to their peers and going to a trusted adult to seek help for the people they care about. We saw an increase in students taking a stand when they observed their classmates not being treated with respect and dignity by others.
I have been telling all who will listen, ‘If you decide to have Laurie Stewart come to your school, it will truly be an event your staff and students will not soon forget.
Daniel Matthews Jr.
Northview High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan
We were astonished with the complete success of the program…. She receives my highest recommendation and the sound endorsement of the Saugatuck High School students and faculty.
Saugatuck Public Schools, Michigan
Your presentation at the State Leadership Conference was awesome! I especially appreciated your willingness to step out of your box to meet my challenge. Your positive attitude combined with your message and genuine love for students made a lasting impression on your audience… It is very apparent that you truly care about students as you helped each of them gain an ‘I can’ attitude. Thanks again for all you do for kids!
Director, DECA High School Division
I would like to offer you our sincere thanks for the wonderful presentation at the Indiana 4-H Congress! Attitude Check: Being Real, Being Respectful, Being YOU!” was a definite success!
The manner in which you included the youth in the presentation throughout the day with your personable, conversational style made them relate exceptionally well to the stories that you shared. Your discussion and follow-up questions then allowed the youth to apply the principles to their lives.
Watching the youth interact with you during breaks, at lunch, and after the conclusion of your program confirmed the impact that you had made on them throughout the day. And, the tremendously positive evaluations that they completed for your presentation further illustrated the success of the program that you delivered to our youth. …
Thank you again for a great day!
4-H Extension Specialist, Leadership/Volunteerism
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Laurie absolutely motivated and inspired our delegates to do their best and make a difference. Because of her involvement in this training, we received the highest evaluations we have had in the past 5 years!
Laurie has such an amazing message to share with our youth. I am always in awe of her ability to connect with our student body. I have watched Laurie on four separate occasions and every time I am overwhelmed by the impact she makes!
Prairie Heights High School, LaGrange, Indiana
It is still beyond my comprehension how you were able to keep the entire student body’s attention for three and one-half hours while sitting in bleachers. However, this was done by you with absolutely no complaints from anyone. Your sincere concern, unlimited energy, fantastic rapport, and use of experiential stories provided the ultimate key to your successful presentation. Due to touching the lives of so many of our students in such a positive way, we are inviting you back.
Safe & Drug Free Coordinator/ Vocational Counselor
Forrest County School District, Mississippi
Laurie sparked a fire in our student body. School pride has soared since the assembly. We are grateful for the work Laurie is doing with our students here at Central Montcalm High School and all across Montcalm County.
Central Montcalm High School Stanton, Michigan
As always, you were magnificent at the Life Leadership Conference. Your presentation is what ties everything together for us and you never fail to deliver. My sincere thanks for another great job. We can’t do the conference without you!
Rotary Life Leadership
I’m currently taking time to reflect on the assembly we had today at our school. I see it as more than just an antibully assembly but as a new perspective on life. We don’t think of the perspectives of others and what they may be going through. Our speaker was amazing and if there is anything I know I’ll take away from her it’s these things:
1. Wake up CHOOSING to be positive
2. Think thankful thoughts
3. Appreciate others
4. Let’s make it cool 2 be kind
#antibullying #mic2bk #loveeveryone #love
Laurie Stewart had the students laughing, crying, singing, dancing, and just PARTICIPATING! The assembly had a time slot of three hours and many wondered how Laurie Stewart would ever fill it with enough ‘stuff’ to keep it interesting. But, the problem didn’t come in that. In fact, the students, myself included, didn’t really want the assembly to end.
We’ve never had a speaker who was able to captivate the audience, keep their attention, and make them participate willingly for the entire assembly. Not only that, but for once we all were accepting, understanding, and didn’t care what the person sitting next to us, or the one fifteen seats back thought. We were ourselves; we were real.
The camaraderie that presented itself was really amazing. Laurie Stewart was able to bring out a side in all of us that wasn’t afraid to be an individual; wasn’t afraid to stick up for its own morals and values; and wasn’t afraid to defend the unpopular kid who would normally be looked over. The emotions were high when the auditorium started to clear out almost four hours later, but there was still a sense of awe that filtered through the school. The entire effect was positive!
LaGrange County, Indiana
It is hard to imagine that we will ever have another speaker that can have the impact that you have had. We thank you for sharing your life with us. We welcome you back anytime!
Boyd-Buchanan Christian High School, Chattanooga, TN