Augustana University - Nationally known comedian and motivational college speaker Elaine Williams shared her inspiring and soul-baring story of food, drug and alcohol addiction in “Binge No More” at Morrison Commons / Augustana University.

The event, sponsored by Augustana’s Union Board of Governors (UBG) and the Augustana Women’s Association (AWA), is free and open to the public.

Widely considered the every-day “girl next door,” motivational college speaker Williams 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 victim of emotional and sexual assault which led her to abuse her body with food and substances becoming bulimic and putting her life at risk.

She made the decision to embark on a 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.

Williams has appeared on Saturday Night Live, HBO, ABC, NBC, FOX, and been featured in The New York Times and has shared her story on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In a workshop titled “Emotional Eating,” she shares her eating disorder journey and how she was able to stop abusing herself with food, dieting and laxatives. She addresses why so many students struggle with stress eating and offers tools and solutions for breaking the habit now before it’s too late.

Williams’ “Party Fouls” workshop shares her “highly functioning addiction” story, peppered with hilarious jokes about her “put-the-fun-in-” dysfunctional family. She shows students why “Moderation is Sexy” and how to party safely and responsibly. She addresses the pressure of wanting to do well in school while also feeling pressure to connect socially, fit in, and be cool.