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Ellen Rogers, a former successful marketing executive and once a self-proclaimed tragedy snob, has had to radically reinvent herself since her son’s devastating injury in a car accident. Along the way, she has made a dramatic transition from being a never present mother to an ever present one, become an accidental caregiver, an unexpected monkey helper handler, a recipient of abundant human-animal bond benefits, and author of Kasey to the Rescue (Hyperion Books, 2010).
Ellen brings her inspiring story of love, determination and never-give-up spirit to audiences around the country. Her heartfelt yet humorous style reaches across a wide spectrum of people. Whether it is firing up a sales organization, motivating volunteers or donors for non-profits, offering her wealth of home health care knowledge or simply sharing her engaging story telling style to inspire others, Ellen is an outstanding addition to any meeting or event
Audiences: General: inspiration and motivation, non-profits (including disabilities, health issues, human/animal bonding) medical professionals, women, volunteer-driven organizations, college students, school students
Ellen Rogers, a former marketing executive, single parent and mother of five, had her life hijacked when her then 22-year-old son, Ned was in a terrible car accident leaving him a quadriplegic with severe brain injury. Rather than succumbing to the world-rocking challenges this tragedy brought, she harnessed the love and positive energy from her family and friends. She took courage from her son’s never-give-up spirit. And, she found inspiration and compassion from a most unlikely source: a monkey helper named Kasey.
With equal parts heart and humor, this single mother shows us that where there is life, there’s hope. That opportunity often presents itself in the most unexpected ways. Her story shines a big spotlight on the miraculous healing effects of an affectionate, good-natured animal on a young man whom doctors believed had no chance for survival. More than that, it puts into sharp focus the perseverance of the human spirit and the courage to fight in even the bleakest circumstances. It’s the story of an ordinary family thrust into extraordinary circumstances.
Author of Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle, Ellen recounts the uplifting story of her family’s journey and how a little five-pound monkey helper made a huge difference in their lives. Ellen’s message of finding hope and opportunity in the face of adversity resonates for us all.
Audiences: business (sales, marketing, human resources, IT) professionals, medical professionals, academics, non-profits, women’s groups.
A former marketing executive, Ellen Rogers had her life, her five kids’ lives and her 25-year career hijacked when her then 22-year-old son, Ned was in a terrible car accident leaving him a quadriplegic with severe brain injury. Rather than succumbing to the world-rocking challenges this tragedy brought, Ellen harnessed the love and positive energy from her family and friends and inspiration from her son’s never-give-up spirit. And, she found humor, compassion and wisdom from a most unlikely source: a monkey helper named Kasey.
With her personal, professional and financial environment in complete disarray, she found herself needing to draw on strategies and tactics from her successful business career. She needed to re-define the seemingly endless problems into achievable milestones and avenues for success. She was forced to create opportunity where none seemed to exist. She had to challenge and overcome the never-ending “no’s” she was met with every step of the way. Relying on creativity, resourcefulness and exceptional problem-solving and as well as embracing opportunity that often presented itself in the most unexpected ways, Ms. Rogers has continued to re-invent herself to meet her new world head on.
Author of Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle, Ellen recounts the uplifting story of her family’s journey and how a little five-pound monkey helper made a huge difference in their lives. Told with equal parts heart and humor, Ellen’s message of re-invention in the face of adversity resonates for us all.
Audiences: career and stay-at-home women, academics, non-profits, business professionals
Former marketing executive, single parent and mother of five, Ellen Rogers had her life, her kids’ lives and her career hijacked when her then 22-year-old son, Ned was in a terrible car accident leaving him a quadriplegic with severe brain injury. Rather than succumbing to the world-rocking challenges this tragedy brought, she harnessed the love and positive energy from her family and friends. She took courage from her son’s never-give-up spirit. And, she found inspiration and compassion from a most unlikely source: a monkey helper named Kasey.
Forced to abruptly exit the workforce to care for her son and simultaneously find new ways to support her family, she learned from her children – sometimes painfully, often humorously – that she needed to make a radical transition from a workaholic to a stay-at-home mom. She had to unexpectedly change from being a never present mother to an ever present one – “upside-down mothering” as one of her kids refers to it. All this, when she had thought she was nearing “mothering graduation” as the last of her kids were approaching college.
Ellen’s mothering transition, told with equal parts heart and humor will resonate with a broad spectrum of career and stay-at-home parents finding themselves in family as well as professional change. Coupled with hardnosed practical lessons on re-inventing yourself when “the plan” goes to Hell in a handbasket, her message is a refreshing and candid look at self-preservation as well as at parenting the Y Generation in totally unexpected circumstances.
Audiences: business professionals, medical professionals, academics, non-profits, women’s groups
Former marketing professional, single parent and mother of five, Ellen Rogers didn’t see having her life hijacked when her then 22-year-old son, Ned was in a terrible car accident leaving him a quadriplegic with severe brain injury. As one of many people these days finding themselves in the same situation as their loved ones age or fall ill, Ellen shares her journey of a life that was moving along in one direction that is suddenly wrenched in a different one.
Rather than succumbing to the world-rocking challenges this tragedy brought, she welcomed the love and positive energy from her family and friends. She took courage from her son’s never-give-up spirit. And, she found inspiration and compassion from a most unlikely source: a monkey helper named Kasey.
Forced to abruptly exit the workforce to care for her son and yet simultaneously find new ways to support her family, she rapidly and painfully learned that she required an incredible amount of creativity, resourcefulness and problem-solving to juggle the enormous responsibilities that come with full-time care-giving while continuing to support her family. She had to face the serious financial, physical and emotional challenges that confronted her. Her uplifting message is told with equal parts heart and humor and her “Home Healthcare Lessons” are not only practical but reach into the inner conflicts that today’s caregivers are experiencing.
Author of Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle, Ellen recounts the uplifting story of her family’s journey and how a little five-pound monkey helper made a huge difference in their lives.
Ellen Rogers’ keynote address was the high point of Advocates’ annual fundraising and recognition event. Advocates is one of the largest human services organizations in Massachusetts with over 1000 staff members serving 20,000 individuals.
She struck all the right notes – eliciting both laughter and tears – and left the audience inspired by her message of hope and resilience. In the days following the event, we received many messages from guests who were deeply moved by her story. Ellen is an incredibly dynamic speaker, and we highly recommend her to any organization hoping to inspire and motivate its supporters.
Advancement Director for Corporate & Individual Support
Advancement Director for Marketing & Communications
Ellen Rogers shared her family’s inspirational story of hope and courage at our fall conference: “Brain Matters” presented by The Boston Chapter of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. As the conference organizer, I received many positive comments from the 110 New England nurses who were in attendance. Our Boston Chapter leadership all felt that her story helped make this conference a real success.
—Mary McKenna Guanci, MSN, RN.CNRN
Neuroscience Intensive Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Mass General Hospital , Boston Ma
I had the pleasure of hearing Ellen Rogers give her talk, A Twig of Hope, at the Nantucket Atheneum this summer. She is an outstanding speaker – the entire audience was totally engaged in her inspirational words of hope and opportunity. The spontaneous standing ovation she received was a well-deserved tribute to her ability to reach people of all walks of life. I highly recommend her to any audience.
Founder, Nantucket Event Media
Your presentation … was like nothing I have ever seen before; you truly captivated three hundred teen aged girls (no small feat, as you know) and the standing ovation at the end was ever so deserved. Most of all I appreciated your advice that we all can ‘dig deep ‘ and find the inner strength to face the storms of life, for they will come, and we can face them. They example you have set is extraordinary and inspiring.
—Clarke Wilson Leslie
Associate Head of School, Advancement
Hathaway Brown School
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
CoreNet – New England Chapter September, 2011
Ellen Rogers, author of Kasey to the Rescue spoke to CoreNet New England recently to share her story and to remind us all that we can successfully persevere regardless of the challenges. Ellen is one of the most outgoing, dynamic, and inspirational people we’ve ever met. Personally, I really enjoyed being able to introduce my colleagues at CoreNet to Ellen. We can all get wrapped up in the frustrations of our daily challenges and just lose track of how fortunate we really are. It was also amazing to me how many people came up to Ellen afterwards to share stories of their loved ones who have likewise had major accidents or of situations where they also had to assume difficult care-giving responsibilities. As a former senior marketing executive, and now as a nearly full-time mother/helpmate, we can all identify with parts of Ellen’s life in a way that helps us think about our own in a more introspective way. I hope everyone else appreciates hearing her story (it’s a REALLY funny and touching book) as much as we did.
Founder, Partner - Margulies Perruzzi Architects
Board member, CoreNet New England Chapter
The Shepherd Center, one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the nation, specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury, invited Ellen Rogers to speak to our patients and families at one our gatherings. Her inspirational and uplifting talk based on her and her son’s personal experience here at the Center touched all of us in the audience. She gave our patients and their families hope that they will survive despite the adversity facing them now. She is an excellent speaker and we have invited her to return to give the keynote address at our upcoming Shepherd Center Dedication event for our major donors. I highly recommend her.
— Larry Bowie
Director of Public Relations, The Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA
I had the opportunity of meeting Ellen Rogers and hearing her speak at the Harvard Business School’s 2011 20th Annual Dynamic Women in Business Conference. She and I both spoke at the Work/Life Balance Session at the conference attended by nearly 150 current Harvard Business School students and alumnae. Her candid as well as inspiring story of how she managed both a successful career while raising five children and then re-invented herself under extraordinary circumstances clearly resonated with the audience. She is an excellent speaker and I highly recommend her.
— Darlene Pasquill
Managing Director, Institutional Equity Sales, Credit Suisse Securities
Strong Women, Strong Girls is a nationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to utilize the lessons learned from strong women throughout history to encourage girls and young women to become strong women themselves. We invited Ellen Rogers to be our keynote speaker at our Spring event. Her talk – both deeply touching and poignant, yet filled with humor and humility--motivated all of us in the audience. She is an excellent speaker and we have invited her to work with us in the future to help inspire and motivate our organization and all the volunteers that are involved with it.
— Lindsay Hyde
Founder and President, Strong Women, Strong Girls
My name is Emily Sutliff and I was in the audience at your Strong Women Strong Girls talk. I I just wanted to write an email letting you know how amazing your speech was. I had always heard of people hearing great speakers and being moved by them but never really got to experience something like that until I got to hear you speak. You truly had a huge imapact on me and my life through your delivery of one of the most amazing talks I have ever heard. I really admire someone like you and your family, you truly define someone who has overcome extreme odds. I really am going to keep you in the back of my mind when life gets tough and I need a little inspiration :) Thank you for your story!
— Emily Sutliff
Northeastern University, 2011
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