Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

Marti MacGibbon

February 10, 2014
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Marti MacGibbon

Expertise:   Addiction, Recovery, Overcoming Adversity, Inspiration

Speaking Style:  Shocking. Funny. Real.

Travels From:  Indianapolis, Indiana or Orlando, Florida

Nancy Says:  “I can’t even fathom all that Marti has endured, and, yet, her outlook is sunny and hopeful, laced with gratitude. She’s an inspiration to anyone intent on finding more joy and happiness.”

From Human Trafficking Victim and Drug Abuse to Triumphant Survivor 

Marti MacGibbon has been through unimaginable circumstances that no human being should have to face. It’s a miracle she is who she is today. In her younger years, she hit absolute rock bottom as a hardcore drug addict, was homeless, and was trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by a Japanese organized crime mob. Her story of triumphing over such dramatic difficulties is compelling and inspiring, proving the human spirit can rise above anything.

Marti is now an inspirational speaker, author, addiction treatment professional, a Gorski certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, resilience expert, and get this: a standup comic! Marti has performed at the world-famous Hollywood Improv and the Comedy Store, and is the producer, founder and host of Laff-aholics, an annual standup comedy benefit for recovery programs.

Learn more about Marti MacGibbon...

Marti MacGibbon’s life story is like a Hollywood thriller, Lifetime Movie and Romantic Comedy all rolled into one. Marti was one of the first women to work as a laborer in the Texas oilfield. She set off explosives with a seismic exploration company, then switched to surveying, staking oil wells. Her spontaneous sense of humor led to a career in standup comedy in the 1980s, where she shared the stage with comedy legends Sam Kinison and Bill Hicks.

After moving to California and landing a scheduled appearance on The Tonight Show, Marti became entangled in an abusive relationship, drug addiction, and desperation. She wound up trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime figures, but escaped with the help of a Hong Kong smuggler. The tragedy Marti experienced left her traumatized and homeless, but she used positive visualization, relentless resiliency and hard work to turn her life around.

She quit drugs, and embarked on a journey of laughter and healing. Restarting her professional standup comedy career, Marti toured the U.S., appearing in clubs and colleges, and her solo show, Men and Mayhem, earned critical acclaim from the L.A. Weekly. Marti obtained education in chemical dependency studies and now holds four professional certifications in addiction treatment. She is a Gorski-certified relapse prevention specialist, and has worked with special populations such as combat veterans and chronically homeless veterans.

Today, Marti is an inspirational speaker, a member of the National Speakers Association and author of the bestselling memoir, Never Give in to Fear, a gritty and humorous account of her journey through addiction that inspires recovering addicts, their families, and anyone who enjoys a gripping story of the triumph of the human spirit. Her articles have appeared in over 150 magazines, and she’s been interviewed in Entrepreneur, Investors Business Daily, on ABC-TV and CBS-TV, and numerous radio shows.


Presentation Topics

Laughing all the Way Up from Rock Bottom 

Marti shares her personal comeback story-from human trafficking, addiction and homelessness to standup comic, professional speaker and bestselling author. Using humor, Marti reveals the core beliefs and simple, effective strategies she used to pull herself up from rock bottom.

You will discover:
  • Strategies for stress management to keep you laughing all the way up
  • Quick and effective attitude-adjustment techniques
  • How to use positive self-talk and visualization to transform your life

Derailed? Get Back on Track 

Marti is a resilience expert. She’s triumphed over human trafficking, homelessness, and addiction to become the success she is today. Marti will provide strategies for building resilience and flexibility to meet today’s business challenges.

You will discover:
  • How we all are responsible for our own success
  • How to find solutions in the face of adversity
  • Resilience-building exercises that will arm you to meet challenges and difficulties
  • Tips you can use to transform your attitude and keep you flexible and persistent

Kickass Personal Transformation 

Marti MacGibbon reveals fun strategies she used to turn her life around from victim of human trafficking, trauma, drug addiction and homelessness to triumphant survivor, resilience expert, mental health professional, bestselling author, and professional speaker and humorist.

You will discover:
  • Meditation exercises and positive visualization techniques you can use to change your life
  • How to use affirmations and mantras to change your brain’s chemistry and achieve a positive outlook
  • Why focusing on one day at a time is a game-changer for personal transformation

Hope After Dope 

Addiction/Recovery Presentation…

When it comes to carrying the message of recovery, laughter wins. Marti shares stories of hope with humor, drawing from her life experiences as both addict and addiction treatment provider. She offers clinical information about the disease of addiction and insight into implementing a successful program of recovery and relapse prevention.

You will discover: 
  • How having fun and “feeling good” are keys to building a healthy, chemical-free lifestyle
  • Simple yet powerful “happiness exercises” you can start using in the moment
  • Fun ways to make lifestyle changes and build life skills
  • Daily practices for relapse prevention

Human Trafficking: Victim to Triumphant Survivor

Many sex trafficking victims do not survive — even after rescue. The experience is so traumatic that survivors kill themselves, lose their lives to drugs, or are drawn back into the world of trafficking and disappear. Marti MacGibbon survived, healed, and now works as an advocate and activist, lending her voice to the anti-trafficking movement. Marti brings inspiration, hope and even humor to her own story of survival, how she turned her life around, and what is being done to combat human trafficking, a billion-dollar criminal industry.

Marti provides: 
  • Tips on how to recognize possible victims of human trafficking
  • An emotional connection and glimpse into the effects of trafficking on a victim
  • Strategies for building stress management and emotional resiliency skills 



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