2015 Keynote Speaker: Travis Lloyd
After Travis Lloyd’s parents divorced and his family fell apart, he faced several hardships which inevitably landed him on probation at age 11. An unstable home environment led to mental and emotional anguish that precipitated being labeled and diagnosed. Those experiences became the real life stories he now uses to empower students, parents, and professionals through speaking, entertaining, and authoring his latest book Overcoming Emotional Trauma. Having experienced and overcome foster homes, group homes, and a stay in an adolescent mental health unit enables Travis to offer hope, not only to audiences across the country, but to his own community where he previously served as a Mental Health Mobile Crisis Worker and still occasionally serves as an Adjunct Professor and licensed emergency nurse in a pediatric hospital.
As a child, Travis coped with extremely difficult situations by writing music lyrics and poetry, adding an entertaining dynamic to his stories. Performing pieces written from his childhood and teen years is what first launched his story telling when leading a foster youth advisory group in 2007. He later taught life and coping skills as a Life Coach for transitioning youth before re-entering mental health services and then becoming a full time speaker, author and consultant.
In his presentations, Travis shares how he overcame negative generational cycles by having “just 1 person” make a difference in his life, which encouraged the hard work of personal development and education. His stories, such as the time he talked a suicidal man from a high bridge, demonstrate how anyone can make a difference if someone once made a difference for them.
Having been a “kid in the system,” who built a career serving in the system, provides a unique perspective and Travis is always eager to share the lessons that helped him learn how to live a happier and healthier life, despite the chains of the past that never go away. He is a board member of Foster Care Alumni Of America, VP of the Our Fields Of Hope Foundation, Google Certified contributor of Social Work Helper Magazine and Foster Focus Magazine, co-author of Fostering Hope For America and author of Overcoming Emotional Trauma: Life Beyond Survival Mode. Tweet Travis @TravisLloyd and learn more at www.TravisLloyd.net.