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Donna  Hartley

Donna Hartley

Cancer, Plane Crash & Heart Disease Survivor


Donna Hartley is proof that one woman can walk through fire and deliver a message powerful enough to impact millions of lives. For more than two decades she has captivated audiences worldwide with straight talk, vision, and wisdom-based strategies to master life’s challenges. In her empowering story of survival, she draws on three life-changing events in her life, igniting her audience with the firepower to awaken their untapped potential and master change in their lives. Read More >

On March 1, 1978, she survived a fiery DC-10 plane crash that transformed her life in seconds and inspired her to successfully change airline safety regulations; on March 1, 2002, she was diagnosed with Stage III Melanoma and today is a cancer-free, active spokesperson for cancer awareness; on March 1, 2006, she triumphed over unexpected open-heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve, and is now is a women’s health advocate.

Through her mentor, George, Hartley was coached on the value of persistence and learning the immense power of self reliance and determination to handle change and challenges. Armed with this knowledge and a passion to share her visionary insight, her enthusiasm is contagious as she infuses her audience with firepower to transform their lives.

A former Miss Hawaii and television actress, Hartley offers a captivating account of the momentous events that reshaped her life and revealed her calling to motivate. Her compelling story has been featured on NBC, ABC, PBS, and in The New York Times. A sought-after expert on piloting the changing tides of life, Hartley is a member of the National Speakers Association and is the owner of Hartley International. She has six stories in the Chocolate for a Women’s Soul series and is featured in Chicken Soup for the Miracles.  In addition, she is the author of Fire Up Your Life! and Fire Up Your Intuition!  and has two additional books forthcoming: Fire Up Your Healing and Fire Up Your Heart! Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Fire Up Your Life!

Be inspired by a true survivor. This presentation will transform your awareness with nine strategies to thrive during these challenging times. You will learn how to ignite your personal and professional firepower. This incredible journey is entertaining and dramatic with a twist of humor. This story is about keynote speaker Donna Hartley being the last survivor of a DC-10 plane crash and challenging the airline industry for better safety regulations. You will believe in miracles.

Fire Up Your Heart!

This presentation re-lives incredible life-threatening events delivered in storytelling style. Three times motivational speaker Donna Hartley had to fight to stay alive on the date of March 1st. Her mentor had predicted she had three life lessons and if she survived them she was destined to help people. Prepping for open-heart surgery for and aortic valve replacement, she wasn’t sure she would live. Today she is a health advocate who infuses you with five powerful health strategies to keep your intentions and your actions heart healthy.

Fire Up Your Healing!

When you hear the word melanoma it strikes fear in your soul. Inspirational speaker Donna Hartley heard those words when she was a single mom and her daughter was only six. She set in motion proactive strategies to be a survivor. With a team of doctors, a strict regimen, and a self-affirming mindset she proved the statistics wrong. Her story is powerful and insightful and she concludes with five proven techniques to survive a health crisis.