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Keynote Speaker
Freedom in forgiveness
Amanda Lindhout

Amanda Lindhout is a sought-after speaker and New York Times bestselling author. A House in the Sky is being developed into a Hollywood motion picture by heavyweight production company Annapurna, with 2x Oscar nominated actress Rooney Mara playing Amanda.

Raised by a single mother, Amanda escaped the violence of her childhood by imagining herself in the pages of National Geographic magazine. Working as a journalist in Somalia, Amanda was abducted by a group of masked men and spent 460 days as a hostage, surviving on strategy, fortitude and hope.

Amanda’s unique experiences give her credibility to discuss important issues ranging from countering terrorism to supporting the women’s movement she regularly appears in the media.

Amanda has been featured in Vogue, New York Times Magazine, Dateline, The Today Show, Morning Joe and Anderson Cooper.

1. Understanding the world – How to live a significant life
2. Embracing compassion to experience freedom
3. Life before captivity, survival tactics, strategy, fortitude and hope