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Amanda Jetté Knox

Award-winning Writer, Human Rights Advocate, Speaker, Radio Host, Bilingual

Amanda Jetté Knox is an award-winning Canadian writer, human rights advocate, public speaker, and mother of four. She is passionate about embracing change, leading with love, and living our most authentic lives.

While Amanda used to describe her life as “the vanilla latte of suburban existence,” this changed significantly in 2014, when one of her children came out as transgender. The following year, inspired by their child’s courage, Amanda’s partner of over two decades came out as well. Within months of her family members’ transitions, Amanda realized she had been keeping something about herself hidden from the world, too.

Over the last four years, Amanda has become a passionate voice for LGBTQ rights, pushing for the creation of protective laws and safer spaces, and educating society about issues currently facing the LGBTQ community. The changes within her own life have shifted her career dramatically from freelance writer to global advocate.

Through all this upheaval in both her personal and professional life, Amanda has learned to stare down fear, embrace change, challenge broken systems, and most of all, continues to lead with love. In a time of increasing divide, her goal is to build bridges that highlight our commonalities over our differences.

Amanda is the recipient of the 2014 Joan Gullen Journalism Award for Media Excellence in small print and her work has been featured by several national and international media outlets, including CBC, Canada Reads, Global News, The Independent UK, The Globe and Mail, Upworthy, and Buzzfeed. She has shared her message of love and acceptance all over the country, from working with the UN Human Rights Campaign in Montreal to taking the stage at WE Day in Vancouver.

As Amanda has learned, the best vanilla lattes are garnished with rainbow sprinkles.

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Presentations

  • Leading with Love: One Family’s Journey through Transition

    In Amanda’s signature talk, she shares the personal story of her family’s journey through two transitions, and demonstrates how everyone can make a difference by overcoming fear and embracing change. In 2014, Amanda’s 11-year-old child came out to the family as a transgender girl. The following year, her spouse of over two decades came out as a transgender woman. Despite growing up not wanting to ‘rock the boat,’ Amanda felt compelled to speak out and make the world safer for the people she loves. This passionate LGBTQ advocate explores all the feelings she went through as she discovered she has a daughter and a wife, quit her day job, shifted her career focus, and overcame her own personal demons to create change on a global scale.

  • Change: Scary, Uncomfortable, and Terribly Necessary

    If we stay comfortable, we don’t grow. In this talk, Amanda brings to life the necessity of stepping outside our comfort zone to become better people and stronger leaders. Having faced major change in both her personal and professional life, Amanda is no stranger to resilience and reinvention. This talk will help audiences understand how both intentional and sudden change are important building blocks to a better life.

  • Redefine Perfection, Learning to Love Ourselves and Others in the Age of Perfection

    In a world of Instagram filters, curated Facebook posts, flawless family photos, and polished business profiles, it’s easy to feel like we don’t measure up. But what, exactly are we trying to measure up to and why do we need the measuring stick anyway? In this honest talk, Amanda describes her journey to prioritizing self-care, learning to love her battle-scarred mind and body, and embracing the changes in her atypical family as she redefines perfection.

  • Creating Safe Spaces at Work, Home, and Beyond

    Safe spaces are vital for members of the LGBTQ community. But what do they look like, where are they needed and what are the roadblocks associated with creating them? In this talk, Amanda explains what a safe space looks like in today’s world, and how to create one that is friendly, inclusive and visible to those who need it most.

Leading with Love: One Family’s Journey through Transition

In Amanda’s signature talk, she shares the personal story of her family’s journey through two transitions, and demonstrates how everyone can make a difference by overcoming fear and embracing change. In 2014, Amanda’s 11-year-old child came out to the family as a transgender girl. The following year, her spouse of over two decades came out as a transgender woman. Despite growing up not wanting to ‘rock the boat,’ Amanda felt compelled to speak out and make the world safer for the people she loves. This passionate LGBTQ advocate explores all the feelings she went through as she discovered she has a daughter and a wife, quit her day job, shifted her career focus, and overcame her own personal demons to create change on a global scale.

Change: Scary, Uncomfortable, and Terribly Necessary

If we stay comfortable, we don’t grow. In this talk, Amanda brings to life the necessity of stepping outside our comfort zone to become better people and stronger leaders. Having faced major change in both her personal and professional life, Amanda is no stranger to resilience and reinvention. This talk will help audiences understand how both intentional and sudden change are important building blocks to a better life.

Redefine Perfection, Learning to Love Ourselves and Others in the Age of Perfection

In a world of Instagram filters, curated Facebook posts, flawless family photos, and polished business profiles, it’s easy to feel like we don’t measure up. But what, exactly are we trying to measure up to and why do we need the measuring stick anyway? In this honest talk, Amanda describes her journey to prioritizing self-care, learning to love her battle-scarred mind and body, and embracing the changes in her atypical family as she redefines perfection.

Creating Safe Spaces at Work, Home, and Beyond

Safe spaces are vital for members of the LGBTQ community. But what do they look like, where are they needed and what are the roadblocks associated with creating them? In this talk, Amanda explains what a safe space looks like in today’s world, and how to create one that is friendly, inclusive and visible to those who need it most.

Testimonials

  • "Amanda Jette Knox's presentation wove vulnerability, humour, courage and candor into a compelling story of her lived experience that truly moved our audience. The feedback from our guests was overwhelmingly that Amanda left a profound, lasting impression. Thank you Amanda!"

    Amanda Jetté Knox Carla Snow, Manager of Marketing and Communications, YWCA, Banff
  • "When Amanda speaks you are first drawn in to her comfortable aura, her easy way with words, her delightful smiling self. Amanda Jette Knox is one of those rare speakers who is so honest she connects with every member of her audience at their own level. Her speech is less scripted than it is chatted with her audience over coffee. Truth is, she's a rhetorician and she doesn't even try to be. Amazing speaker. I would have her back for Media Action's Ask Women Anything program in a heartbeat."

    Amanda Jetté Knox Amanda Parriag, President, Media Action Media

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