No is a complete sentence – and six other things I wish I had known…

No is a complete sentence – and six other things I wish I had known…

Elaine Williams, comedic motivational speaker, author, life coach, trainer, and comic, has had plenty of exposure to the business world. She has over 30 years of experience working with companies such as Hard Rock Café, Marriott, Miller, and Del Frisco’s Steakhouse (which is the highest grossing restaurant in the United States). Elaine’s comedic experience is equally as impressive: she has opened for Dane Cook, Darrel Hammond, Dwayne Kennedy, and twice voted comedic of the year, Spanky. She has also appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” the “Colbert Report,” “Saturday Night Live,” HBO’s “Lucky Louie”, “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and numerous commercials. More recently, she has been voted Up and Coming Comic at the New York Underground Comedy Festival. Elaine also possesses the ability to use her comedic talent to teach others, both in the business and collegiate world. While she is often invited to talk to and train staff about the finer points of customer service, she is also asked to speak at colleges and universities about the struggles of stress eating and binge drinking. Through humor and her own life experiences, she engages younger audiences and helps them understand how to break bad habits and deal with stress through using certain tools and solutions. 7 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Went Into Business (and Life) Let me begin by saying that I am truly grateful for my life, my health, my support network, and for the work I am doing in the world. My life has taken some interesting twists and turn, and although there have been some PAINFUL lessons along the way,...
Today’s Honoree is Elaine Williams

Today’s Honoree is Elaine Williams

Elaine is a victim of sexual abuse which led her to food, drug and alcohol addictions throughout high school, college and her early teens. Now 11 years sober, Elaine is helping college students and professionals recognize the warning signs and dangers of abuses and addictions. She speaks to an average of 50,000 people a year and is also the author on the subject. She is different from most speakers who present on this topic because she is a comedian and uses humor to engage her audience and share her experience. She does not point the finger, lecture or scare the audience, but empathizes with them and gets them to laugh (the opposite of shame and loneliness which people often feel around addictions and abuse). Elaine Williams, “girl next door” had it all – the brains, the charm, and talent to be drill team captain, a national honor society member, on the dean’s list and involved in her choir and community. What she hid was she was also a victim of the emotional and sexual assault which led her to abuse her body with food and substances becoming bulimic and putting her life at risk. Realizing it takes the same amount of energy to make yourself strong as it does to be miserable, Elaine started her journey to a healthy life. Today as a certified Life Coach, she uses her comedic talent to engage audiences in discovering that the way to your heart is not through your stomach, and happiness is not found in a bottle. Elaine Williams is an award-winning stand-up comedian who has appeared on Saturday Night Live,...