Susan Badeau

There are only two lasting gifts we can give our children - one is roots, the other is wings

Motivational Speaking

 Whether you are seeking a keynote speaker to kick-off or close a conference, a story-teller for an intimate luncheon or staff retreat, or an extraordinary facilitator, Sue’s inspirational and motivational presentations will have the audience at turns laughing out loud, dabbing their eyes with tissues and seeing themselves in her stories and the stories she draws out of others.  Most importantly, Sue’s presentations motivate people to change!  “Agencies change the way they do things after Sue’s presentations,” says Bob Rooks, Director of Florida’s Adoption Information Center.  Brooke Jones, MSW from North Carolina relates, “After hearing Sue speak, a staff member had a new perspective on the barriers . . . and how she might be part of the change for her own agency.”

Sue also loves opportunities to facilitate panel discussions, particularly when the panelists are youth and/or parents sharing their stories.  "Sue Badeau is a fantastic facilitator. She is capable of creating a safe and supportive atmosphere while maintaining focus and direction in difficult conversations,” states Jacob Ham of the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.  To read more testimonials, click here (link to testimonial page).

Sue can bring her unique brand of inspiration to your corporate or church retreat, child welfare, juvenile justice, education or mental health conference, youth leadership event, fundraising banquet or other venues. 

A few of Sue’s Inspirational and Keynote topics include those listed below, although she is always willing to customize her presentation for your specific audience and needs:

  • Tales for the Journey: Stories Drawn from my Family
  • Building Cathedrals One Brick at a Time
  • Parenting: It’s a Lot Like Gardening!
  • Building Bridges of Hope when the Floodwaters are Rising
  • Nothing About Us Without Us: Voices from the Front Lines
  • "Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First!" Caring for those who care for others
  • Going from NO to YES: Working Through Difficult Conversations

To invite Sue to your next event or to get all of your questions answered, send an email to

To learn more about Sue’s family and story, visit

Sue is joined in the photo above by her friend and fellow inspirational speaker, Sue Harris of Boston, MA.  Below, Sue is pictured with parents and youth at the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Summit in Washington DC and at a Trauma and Grief Learning Collaborative in Chapel Hill, NC. 


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Self-Care, Learning and Fun All at the Same Time!

There is an adult coloring book craze sweeping the nation, and now, there is a very special resource available that allows you to jump in on this craze while learning about caring for children who have experienced trauma. This new book, released May 1, 2016 from Helping Hands Press, offers over 50 images to color while also providing all of the information and parenting tips Sue typically includes in a full day workshop.

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Also, email if you are interested in a bulk-rate discount so you can provide copies to your entire support group, agency, organization or church group.

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