Motivational College Speaker Elaine Williams Reflects on Food, Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Motivational College Speaker Elaine Williams Reflects on Food, Alcohol and Drug Addiction

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...
Elaine Williams – Raising Addiction Awareness Through Laughter

Elaine Williams – Raising Addiction Awareness Through Laughter

Elaine Williams, “girl next door” had it all – the brains, the charm, and the 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 an emotional and sexual assault. 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. She shares her life story to raise addiction awareness as a college speaker and author. Elaine Williams is an award-winning stand-up comedian who has appeared on Saturday Night Live, HBO, ABC, NBC, FOX, and has been featured in The New York Times. She is the author of “Stop the Madness” and today as a certified Life Coach, she helps readers to Addiction Awareness by using her comedic talent to engage audiences in discovering that the way to the heart is not through the stomach, and happiness is not found in a bottle. Elaine speaks to corporate groups, schools, and organizations who are trying to elevate awareness around addictions and abuse. Contact Elaine: www.ElaineWilliams.com...
Comedic Motivational Speaker Part of Aggie Welcome and Orientation

Comedic Motivational Speaker Part of Aggie Welcome and Orientation

LAS CRUCES - College is often a place where young adults face difficult situations for the first time. Comedic motivational speaker Elaine Williams visited New Mexico State University to share her experiences and strategies to help students avoid common pitfalls. Williams is a comedienne and certified life coach who speaks at colleges around the country and shares her story of sexual assault and ways students can avoid dangers that put themselves at risk. She uses her comedic talent to engage audiences on how to have fun and be socially safe. “This is such an important topic that I wish all students could hear the message,” Williams said. “I don’t preach. I tell my story in a humorous and powerful way and explain how I overcame some bad choices. I also educate about how to avoid becoming a victim.” Williams also gives tips about being balanced in the college environment, how to have a successful college career and how to relieve stress and unwind without abusing substances. According to Williams, her goal is to help students embrace the challenges of student life in healthy and moderated ways. Williams’ motivational speaker appearance is part of Aggie Welcome and Orientation, which takes place each fall. This year’s activities include an AggieSplash event at the natatorium, an Aggie Hoedown at Corbett Center and an improv show at the Corbett outdoor stage. “I am thrilled the university asked me to be part of Orientation week and that NMSU has such high regard for its students that it’s willing to tackle and address these issues out in the open,” Williams...
Motivational college speaker helps uplift Washburn students

Motivational college speaker helps uplift Washburn students

Students recently had the opportunity to hear from motivational college speaker, Elaine Williams, in the Washburn A & B room of the Memorial Union. There are several organizations responsible for sponsoring and organizing events. Williams was brought here by the Campus Activities Board. CAB had to set up the event well in advance. “They first contacted my agent and I said that I would love to come and speak,” said Williams. Throughout the year, CAB hosts events and games on campus. Sierra Valdivia, a junior was the one in charge of contacting Williams’ agent. “The group last year went to a conference and chose Elaine out of a bunch of different comedians,” said Valdivia. Like many speakers, Williams wanted to try and change the way students viewed things. She focused on drugs, sex, alcohol, and sexual assault. Many speakers use personal stories as a way to connect with their audience. Williams was no different and knew that these topics were serious. However, she also used comedy to keep the audience engaged. The statement, “think it through,” was seen by many as being the theme of the speech. It was repeated multiple times throughout the evening. Williams provided tips on how to reduce stress and improve focus. She also gave advice about staying safe when attending parties. “I hope they remember my rules like always go out in groups and never leave your drink unattended. Even if it is just water,” said Williams. The majority of the people in the audience were freshmen and peer educators in the WU 101 class. This is because the event qualified as one of...
Motivational Speaker Talks to College Students About Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Motivational Speaker Talks to College Students About Alcohol and Drug Abuse

EDU in Review News - For many students, the first time they will drink alcohol or experiment with drugs is during college. For some, the first time leads to a second and a third and a fourth, and before they realize it, they are heading down the road to substance abuse and addiction. Of course, students hear about the dangers of this path all the time, but these messages can be easy to ignore. Unless the message is coming from Elaine Williams, a comedian and motivational speaker who has recently been touring college campuses across the nation to talk about substance abuse and addiction. “There is so much shame, darkness, and isolation in being an addict,” Williams said. “Laughter is the opposite of that. It also releases endorphins. So, I don’t preach, lecture, point my finger or scare the students. I tell my story and how I overcame the abuses, but I also empathize and listen to the students. I get what they’re going through. There’s a lot of pressure to perform, be liked and feel part of a group.” It seems that Williams’ message is getting through to those who see her presentation as well. “Elaine was real and really funny,” said Steven, a student at Southwest Tennessee Community College. “She had our attention the whole time. I can tell she really cares about the students.” This semester, Williams has spoken at several schools, including New Mexico State University, Bethany College, University of Memphis, University of Arkansas, and the University of Texas. Approximately once each week, one person in the USA dies from alcohol poisoning. Recently, teenage abuse...

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