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Amanda Jetté Knox

National Bestselling Author, Award-winning Writer, Human Rights Advocate, Bilingual

Amanda Jetté Knox is a national bestselling author, Award-winning Writer, Human Rights Advocate, and sought after keynote speaker, from Ottawa, Canada. She, along with her family, shares their story about the power of acceptance, understanding, vulnerability and unconditional love, in the hopes of normalizing the existence of LGBTQ+ families.

Several national and international media outlets, including CBC, CTV’s The Social, The Marilyn Denis Show, Chatelaine, O Magazine and Upworthy, have featured Amanda’s work. She has shared her message all over the country, from working with the UN Human Rights Campaign in Montreal, Quebec, to taking the WE Day stage in Vancouver, B.C.

Amanda is the author of Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family, released July 30 2019, which is both a Globe and Mail and Toronto Star bestseller.

 

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Presentations

  • Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family

    In her signature talk, based on her bestselling book by the same name, Amanda 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 nearly 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, discovering something deeply personal she had been hiding from herself in the process.

    This compelling story explores our own deeply held biases, the power of unconditional love, and ways we can all make a difference at work, at home and in our communities.

  • 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.

Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family

In her signature talk, based on her bestselling book by the same name, Amanda 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 nearly 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, discovering something deeply personal she had been hiding from herself in the process.

This compelling story explores our own deeply held biases, the power of unconditional love, and ways we can all make a difference at work, at home and in our communities.

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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