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Linda  Armstrong Kelly

Linda Armstrong Kelly

Motivator & Mother of Lance Armstrong

Linda Armstrong Kelly

Motivator & Mother of Lance Armstrong


Linda Armstrong Kelly is a shining example of spectacular triumph against incredible odds. From high school dropout to mother of Lance Armstrong - seven-time Tour De France champion and cancer survivor - Armstrong Kelly's story motivates people to achieve their own dreams, regardless of the obstacles they face.

Armstrong Kelly’s life is a lesson in self determination and hope. In her book No Mountain High Enough: Raising Lance, Raising Me (Broadway Books, 2005), she shares her life experience as a young, single mom raising her unstoppable baby boy.

Having grown up in the Dallas projects and received a GED, her guiding principles enabled her to rise from an entry-level temp job to her career goal as a global account manager with Ericsson Microelectronics. She spent 15 years demonstrating her strength, positive attitude, and survival skills.

A passionate activist and speaker, Armstrong Kelly captivates audiences on the causes closest to her heart, battling adversity, and overcoming odds much greater than the mountains Lance lived to climb. At the core of her inspirational messages are the importance of dedication and hard work in accomplishing one’s goals.

She is proud to be a member of the National Speakers Association. She also serves on the board of a nonprofit hospital, is an active volunteer, and assists nonprofit organizations with fundraising.

Linda Armstrong Kelly was the subject of a one-hour television biography on The Learning Channel (TLC) titled Raising a Champion: The Linda Armstrong Kelly Story. Most recently, she received the Outstanding Mother of the Year Award from the National Mother’s Day Committee. Her television appearances include The Dr. Phil Show, CNN, and ESPN. She’s been featured in national magazines such as People, The New Yorker, USA Today, Ladies Home Journal, and Texas Monthly, as well as many local newspaper, radio programs, and television news shows.

Speech Topics

No Mountain High Enough: The Linda Armstrong Kelly Story

Based on her book No Mountain High Enough – Raising Lance, Raising Me, in this keynote speech motivational speaker Linda Armstrong Kelly takes audiences on a journey through her early life, detailing the experiences that helped her form the values and positive attitude both she and Lance carried forward into adulthood. Through this inspirational keynote, your audience will learn how to:

  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Improve leadership skills
  • Achieve peak performance
  • Create work/life balance
  • Develop and deliver strong work ethic
  • Set and achieve goals both personally and professionally
  • Turn poor choices into life-learning opportunities

It is Always a "No" Until You Ask

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. You have all heard this before, but how do you apply it? Making a change also doesn't mean it's going to work the first time. In this keynote speech, Linda Armstrong Kelly will share her stories of facing setbacks, but never giving up. Highlighting the importance of never quitting, she challenges audiences to refuse to take "no" for an answer.

It's Not Where You Start But How You Finish!

Creating the life you want takes more than luck and skill – it takes a plan. It's a universal law that whatever you focus on is going to manifest itself in your life. This humorous, high-energy keynote presentation is filled with stories that highlight the importance of focusing on the positive and how doing so can change the way you think, look, and feel.

Listen for the Lesson

How do you prepare Gen Y for change? As parents and even employers we know that change in life does not always mean things are going to run smoothly. Yet, there is always something to be learned from adversity. With humorous personal anecdotes, speaker Linda Armstrong Kelly provides audiences guiding principles and actionable steps in navigating change in life and the difficulties that sometimes come with it.