Describe the work that you do.
I joyfully train, teach, empower, motivate, inspire and speak to various groups of girls and women at retreats, sales trainings, community and corporate events in-person and in teleconferencing formats. My mission: “Empowering women of all ages to enrich, improve and enhance their well-being, personal relationships and professional lives.”
Who do you serve/who is your preferred audience?
Over the past 20 years, I have joyfully immersed myself in the uplifting of girls and women of all ages.
How do you transform your audience?
Although the audience members might have a negative mindset before my presentation, I can empower them to transform to a positive mindset. Through demonstrations, participation, and impactful stories, I explain how thoughts affect their:
I motivate the audience to focus on their thoughts as a strategy for growth and improvement and I outline the steps on how to actually go about achieving this.
Presentation #1 Details
Let's Chat...Positivity! Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results. A person with a positive thinking mentality anticipates happiness, health and success, and believes that he or she can overcome any obstacle and difficulty. I believe that a positive approach to any challenge helps people to work through difficulties and gain a deeper satisfaction with the outcomes, thus leading people to more fulfilling lives and relationships.
Presentation #2 Details
Let's Chat...Love and Respect! Along with my husband of over 20 years, I facilitates a Love & Respect video seminar (developed by Dr. Emerson & Sarah Eggerichs) which explores the essential elements of a harmonious marriage. Participants embark on a wonderful adventure concerning the love that a wife desires and the respect that a husband needs.
As couples spend time viewing and discussing the videos, they answer 3 major questions:
*WHY DO WE NEGATIVELY REACT TO EACH OTHER IN MARRIAGE?
*HOW DO I BEST MOTIVATE MY SPOUSE?
*WHAT IF MY SPOUSE DOES NOT RESPOND TO ME?
*MEN LEARN PRACTICAL STEPS TO UNCONDITIONALLY LOVE THEIR WIVES
*WOMEN LEARN PRACTICAL STEPS TO UNCONDITIONALLY LOVE THEIR HUSBANDS
*BOTH WILL LEARN HOW TO GET OFF THE CRAZY CYCLE.
Share any books you've written, films you've produced, etc.
I'm currently writing my first book!
Share any Certifications, Degrees, or Awards you have.
*CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, HAYWARD
The Degree of Bachelors of Arts Liberal Studies with a Minor in Human Development
I've received the following awards and recognition including:
*2022-2023 WOMAN OF THE YEAR FOR THE LAKESIDE LEADERS CHAPTER OF AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION
*2012 STATE OF CA SENATOR ANTHONY CANELLA CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION FOR VOLUNTEERISM
*2011 AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR, PATTERSON-WESTLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Why would a booker choose you (sell yourself a bit)?
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I bring my experience and knowledge of diversity and multiculturalism to my presentations. I’m a charismatic speaker and facilitator and my love of connecting with people imbues my speeches with laughter and energy. My hands-on presentations are fun & interactive and participants will truly enjoy my dynamic energy while learning how to enrich their lives.
Share any recommendations, reviews, or testimonials you have.
“Inspiring, Innovative, and Impressive are just a few words to describe Wanda La Russa’s workshop at the Diamonds in the Rough Summer Camp.
Not only did Wanda dress in character to fully engage the girls; she also included them in her presentation via Q & A, and shared efficient strategies on how they can maintain a positive attitude even in the midst of challenges.
Wanda La Russa is fully equipped with poise, professionalism, and passion to effectively empower both girls and women – book her TODAY!!!”
Marguritte S. Johnson
Stand 4 Sisterhood, Executive Director
Diamonds in the Rough, Camp Coordinator
“Wanda La Russa’s Let’s Chat…Positivity was a great way to shake up the norm for our clients. They left engaged, with practical, easy-to-follow steps to improve their mindset and move forward with their goals. I watched as Wanda adapted her course to a small, intimate group, and adjusted to the responses she was getting from participants. She was truly masterful and gracious. Her passionate heart for serving women truly came through. Thank you Wanda!”
Keara King, LMSW
Program Manager In My Shoes, Inc.
“I got to hear Wanda speak at Soroptimist meeting about the importance of personal branding. The information that she provided was so useful for my job and for me in my daily life. She is not only informative, but entertaining and made her session so much fun!”
Jennifer Lentz Reeves
Former South Central Region Governor
Soroptimist International of America
“Wanda La Russa’s presentation Let’s Chat…Branding was inspiring and full of many practical ideas to put into effect. After her talk, I was moved to work on my own elevator speech. Her tips helped me to write a more personalized version that really captures a feeling, not just a statement of facts.”
District 2 Vice President and 2021 Top Ten at American Business Women’s Association
What is your primary speaker business model?
Paid Engagements Only
What is your minimum fee requested to speak?
What is the minimum audience size you require?
Will you travel to speak?
What is your speaking preference?
Both Live & Virtual