“She has enlightened and ennobled us all.” – Los Angeles Times

Looking for a powerful story and an engaging style that will not only inspire your audience but transform them?

Often hilarious, deeply moving, “Master Storyteller” Lyena Strelkoff tells the story of the fall that crushed her spinal cord and turned her life to gold. A lifelong dancer forced to confront her greatest fear, Lyena found herself on an epic journey of loss, beauty, and transformation. Along the way, she discovered the secret not only to thriving, but to using life’s hardest hits as a catalyst for transformation.

Her journey demonstrates an alternate approach to adversity, where obstacles become opportunities and there are no limits to our joy and satisfaction.

“Lyena is the most requested, well-received speaker that we host. We invite her every year.”
–- Craig M. Elliot II, PhD., Assistant Vice President, Samuel Merritt University

“Her story was completely different than my own, yet it had everything to do with my life. I’ll never forget it.”
– Anastasia L., Santa Monica, CA

Lyena’s talks address the following themes:

  • Transcending obstacles
  • Embracing change
  • Transformational power of loss
  • Success, motivation and empowerment
  • Empathy/Diversity training
  • Authenticity, personal story, and shame resilience
  • Disability awareness

And are ideal for:

  • Companies and organizations experiencing significant change/challenge
  • Health and wellness groups
  • Faith communities
  • Women’s organizations
  • Schools and universities


Lyena was recently recognized by the California State Legislature as a final nominee for a Woman of Influence Award.

A professional storyteller and writer, Lyena has performed in theaters throughout the United States, to both critical and audience acclaim. She was honored by VSA Arts, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as a selected performer in their 2010 International Festival, and her autobiographical, one-woman play Caterpillar Soup has toured from Alaska to Washington, D.C. As a speaker, Lyena is frequently honored with return engagements, and is hosted annually by several universities.

With a Master’s Degree in Human Development, Lyena is also a dedicated coach and spiritual leader with 20 years experience. Deeply committed to helping people rise to their potential, Lyena offers value added workshops and break out sessions on several topics related to her presentation. These highly regarded opportunities provide an intimate setting for participants to explore topics relevant to their professional and personal lives, and are generally scheduled the day of Lyena’s presentation.

“I expected to be inspired. I didn’t expect to be transformed.”
– Lana Tolls, Reach AK

To inquire about available dates, or for more information, please use the Contact page to connect with Lyena directly.

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