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To say that I was inspired and motivated from last week's Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium is such an understatement. Like we briefly discussed, it was amazing hearing stories from go-getters and achievers, like yourself, who have experienced setbacks but bounced back and conquered more than their expectations prior to said setback. Attending JWLS gave me a further burning desire to center myself around people that are smarter and that might not exactly look, walk, talk, or act like me. Folks that that will encourage me to reach for the stars and change my visions of where I want to be into realities. I've also set an intention upon coming back to Columbus to return the favor and build up those around me, because you don't build a strong team by tearing others down.

Keep on being you as you inspire the younger generations (like myself) to carry on your legacy. I noticed how you interacted with folks as you were waiting on your flight and let me say this: "Character is treating those that can do nothing for you with the utmost dignity and respect." I try to live my live based on this virtue, but I fall short a lot. Seeing someone like yourself emulating this is just amazing. Thank you!

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In the crowded field of motivational speakers, Martha LaGuardia-Kotite stands above the rest because of her genuine passion and courage. Pulling from her own experiences, facing one’s fears by taking the steps to move forward and breakthrough any barrier, Martha has realized new heights. In doing so, she is a positive role model for entrepreneurs, innovators, and women looking to achieve their bigger dream. In my role as TEDx program manager I was looking for an exceptional speaker to add to our lineup on “Decisive Edge” focusing in on empowerment. Featured on national news networks, an award-winning author, Martha was my number one choice to be part of the inaugural TEDxDAU at the Defense Acquisition University. Martha shined as an inspiration to both men and women, with her engaging TEDxDAU Talk, receiving overwhelmingly positive comments and feedback. If you are looking for a high impact keynote speaker who will bring your attendees to an emotional crescendo, it is without hesitation I recommend Martha as your best choice!

Patrice (PJ) Jackson

TEDx Program Manager, Influencer, Difference Maker, Author

I had the privilege of meeting Martha several years ago at the U.S. Coast Guard base in Portland, Oregon where she came to give a talk on her book, "So Others May Live" on Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers. As the wife of a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer, I was thrilled that someone had at last written a book that paid tribute to these courageous Guardians who risk their lives to save others.

Not only is Martha a fine writer, researcher, and public speaker, but she also proudly served as the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant's Press Secretary. I am honored to be acquainted with Martha and I have the highest regard for her.

Amy Goodpaster Strebe

Author, Editor and Historian

If you have not had the honor of hearing her speak, you have missed the proverbial "Coast Guard Boat". She will have you on your feet celebrating her story and the stories of those she has served with. She is a "hero" in every sense of the word! She doesn't act like a hero or trumpet her accomplishments. She doesn't have to. Martha is captivating and unforgettable in her humility and her courage. She is an inspiration to every person at every level in life! If your corporation or organization is in the market for the most dynamic speaker of our time, Martha LaGuardia Kotite is your Keynote!

Lauren Veach

Manager, Tiara Project

Martha LaGuardia Kotite is an exceptional author and speaker who brings her passion and mastery of storytelling to each project she undertakes. She has the uncommon ability to tackle grand themes with unforgettable human details that take readers and audiences into the moment while opening their minds to the big picture. I enthusiastically recommend Martha's books and encourage anyone looking for a dynamic speaker to get her onto their stage.

Jeff Carter

Director of Corporate Communications, Defense Finance and Accounting Service

Martha has dynamic oratory skills, that clearly captivates an audience in the same manner as she does in her writings. A true patriot - outstanding person, and someone who has served her country with pride and professionalism in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. I would recommend her for any position of responsibility, as well as any opportunity for her to speak in forums, conferences and workshops on any topic.

Vince Patton

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, ret., Senior VP for Leadership Development NewDay USA

As a freelance journalist and author, Martha's writing continuously covers topics with an emotional connection and a detailed eye. Her works are insightful and indicative of her love for the military, her country, and her fellow citizens and their stories.

This same passion portrayed through her writing can be equally witnessed through her dynamic speaking skills. She is enthusiastic and expressive about her works and dedicated to enlightening others on the subjects that she presents.

Through her writing or speaking, know that with Martha you will get indepth coverage on the subject matter illuminated in a manner which is detailed, emotional, and heart-felt. It is unquestionable to me that this is her true passion.

Kim Guedry

Ceveal Solutions CEO

Personally and since 2014, I have witnessed Captain LaGuardia-Kotite’s talent as a motivational, inspirational speaker, comfortable and captivating on both the large stage such as Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium with over 800 veterans or on the corporate and training environments or breakout rooms. A collaborative leader, Martha is highly respected and she was asked to Chair the symposium, leading us through a vacancy and transition of planning team to great success. Captain LaGuardia-Kotite served as the Symposium Committee Chair in Norfolk, VA. The positive reception from that Symposium resulted in many of the same attendees returning the next year. The Assistant Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard was so impressed by last year’s Symposium, she requested our assistance in holding a similar event in Canada.

John Dittmer

VI Sea Service Leadership Association, VP

Long before Martha wrote her books, she was an inspiration to me and others at TSI, a large New York PR agency where we both worked. Her shining spirit, strong ethics, and open, warm nature made it clear to us that she was going places. It’s wonderful to see all she's done with her talents.

Gary Baker

Global Communications Director at The Hackett Group

Thank you for your powerful and moving presentation at TEDxDAU. Your personal story was the perfect vehicle for your message. Empowerment is indeed a decisive edge. I know you put a hug amount of work into preparing for that day. I hope it was as rewarding for you as it was inspirational for the audience.

Jim Woolsey

President at Defense Acquisition University Alexandria, VA

Thank you so much for a wonderful memorial service last night at my church!
I wanted so badly to say thank you and to introduce my daughter to you- she is 15 1/2. You are a true inspiration for young women to strive to be like you! You are a true patriot. Thank you for all you do! Including and not limited to raising children. Your family and children are very blessed to have you in their lives!

Jeannette

New Life Church CT (9/11 Keynote Event)

Martha spoke to the Destin Rotary Club and the topic couldn't have been more timely! Leading Through Calm and Turbulent Seas was a valuable message for our group of local business and civic leaders. The reminder that we are all going through the same storm, but not in the same boat was spot on. Thank you Martha for sharing your time with us!

John Toombs

Harmony Beach Realty, Broker/Owner, GRI, RSPS

Our patrons thoroughly engaged and enjoyed Mrs. Kotite's presentation based on her book "So Others May Live." From the stories to the presentation itself, along with the Q&A afterwards the audience was hanging on Mrs. Kotite's every word.

Nathanael Fisher

Producing Artistic Director, Emerald Coast Theatre Company

Your rendition, coupled with the images on the screen behind you really transported me. Even though the pictures were obviously not taken at the time of the rescue, it was easy to mentally consolidate the two to make me feel like I was a witness.

Kevin Muckerheide

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Story Teller Series Event

Sometimes with daily activities and schedules, you forget your value and worth and abilities. Listening to Martha is a reminder to remember your power, your potential and your purpose.

Tiffany Morrell

Appreciated the passion of and factual presentation - difficult to add passion to fact - you nailed it!

Jan Wallace

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Story Teller Series Event

Incredible! You hooked me from the start and I was a little sad when it was over! I wanted to hear more!!

Sara Carrillo

You made us laugh, you made us cry, you gave me a renewed sense of hope.

T.J. Joncy