About Amanda

Amanda Wirtz Rosolowski, MPH is a globally celebrated keynote speaker, violinist, scientist and educator. She has inspired thousands around the world, creatively weaving her story and musical talent into an unforgettable tapestry that is both moving and motivating. In her self-directed one woman show, ’The Right Question’, Amanda’s transparent, captivating, and humorous style reveals the truth behind her incredible tragedy-to-triumph journey and her resolve to change the world.

After leaving a home tarnished by alcoholism and abuse, Amanda pursued a successful career as a top graduating cryptologic analyst in the US Navy. She voluntarily served twice in combat and was among the first women to serve at sea. However, her decorated career was cut short by seemingly insurmountable health challenges - a rare, progressive, and incurable disease.

Out of desperation, Amanda began a deeply personal inquisition that caused her to reevaluate her character, her values, and the choices that remained. One question stood alone: Who do I want to be? The answer resulted in a revolutionary transformation that led to a life dedicated to humanitarian service, scientific research, and public speaking. She earned a B.S. in Community Health from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with highest honors - the Bronze Tablet. She completed her Masters in Public Health at San Diego State University, where she was recognized as the Top Graduate Student. With unwavering determination, focus, and resilience, Amanda became the first person to halt the progression of her incurable condition and emerged as a passionate advocate for personal and global transformation. Her relentless commitment to service resulted in innumerable outreach projects and over 1.2 million dollars raised for humanitarian aid.

Touted as a champion for change, Amanda has advocated for a variety of underserved populations including at-risk youth, domestic and sexual violence survivors, and homeless veterans. In addition to touring over 12 states and three countries, she has been featured on PBS, Fox News, The Rotarian magazine, and was honored to serve as a regional speaker for the YWCA. Amanda received numerous awards including: Center for Community Solutions Courage Award, Selfless Service Award, Special Congressional Recognition Award, California State Assembly Veteran of the Year, Disabled Americans Veteran of the Year for California, and Ms. Veteran America.

Amanda lives in Encinitas, California with her loving husband, a budding Kindergartener, and mischievous Labrador. She is obsessed with lists, plants, and is working on her first book (which started as a list). In her free time, she enjoys exercising, meditating, and ‘fiddling around' in her home recording studio.


Amanda has spoken to thousands of adults and youth around the world, inviting and exciting them to ask 'The Right Question'.  She uses innovative media, original musical compositions, and live electric violin to accentuate her unique style. An encounter with Amanda is truly a pilgrimage of the heart.  The audience is not only markedly different, but better equipped to become better versions of themselves.

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Amanda is excited to share that she will be supporting our community and the students at California State University San Marcos this fall as an instructor at the College of Business Administration! 

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Upcoming Events

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Feb 20 -
Feb 23

LAX Marriott Hotel Los Angeles, CA

Mar 7

Sheraton Four Points Manhattan, KS

Mar 29

Greentree Country Club Midland, TX

Apr 4

Camp Ponderosa Ranch Heber, AZ

Apr 6

Thousand Pines Christian Camp Crestline, CA

Apr 12

Citrus High School Redlands, CA

Apr 13

Dolce Hayes Mansion San Jose, CA

May 2

Hotel Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM

May 3

Silver Legacy Hotel Reno, NV

May 7

Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center Victorville, CA

May 10

Hilton Bella Harbour Rockwall, TX

May 16

John Ascuaga’s Nugget Sparks, NV

May 17

Riverwoods Suites Logan, UT

May 31

BlackBox Theater, UNLV Las Vegas, NV

Jun 5

Shilo Inn and Suites Seaside, OR

Jun 9

Lakewood Center for the Arts Lake Oswego, OR

Jun 11

Red Lion Inn at the Quay Vancouver, WA

Jun 12

Orchard Hills Country Club Washougal, WA

Jun 12

Royal Oaks Country Club Vancouver, WA

Jun 19

Sage Center Boardman, OR

Jun 21

Private San Diego, CA

Jun 28

Eisenhower Museum Abilene, KS

Sep 15

Rancho El Chorro San Luis Obispo, CA

Oct 12

National Conference Center Leesburg, VA

Oct 17

Wichita Marriott East Wichita, KS

Oct 21

California Center for the Arts Escondido, CA

Oct 26

Desert Princess Hotel and Golf Resort Palm Springs, CA

Nov 1

Grand Sierra Resort Reno, NV

Nov 6

USS Midway San Diego, CA

Nov 11

America’s Parade New York City, NY


Mar 12

Crystal Palace Bakersfield, CA

Apr 2

Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center Victorville, CA

Apr 23

Abraham Chavez Theater El Paso, TX

May 2

Descanso Beach Club Avalon (Catalina Island), CA

May 15

South Seas Resort Captiva Island, FL

May 29

TBD Gothenburg, NE

Jun 20

Fort Collins Marriott Fort Collins, CO

Jun 27

Multi-Purpose Event Center Wichita Falls, TX

Sep 12

Aladdin Shrine Center Columbus, OH

Sep 19

Oxnard Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard, CA

Sep 27

Crowne Plaza Hotel Baton Rouge, LA


Mar 31

Joint Base Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor, HI

May 14

Stadium Southland Invercargill, New Zealand

Jun 10

Peppermill Resort & Casino Reno, NV

Nov 3

USU Ballroom, California State University San Marcos, CA

Dec 4

San Diego State University San Diego, CA


Apr 29

Delta Grand Hotel Kelowna, BC Canada

May 6

Martha Luigi Auditorium Rockport, TX

Nov 3

Central Christian Church Lancaster, CA


Apr 27

Sandestin Beach & Golf Resort Miramar Beach, FL



Amanda has one mission: to share her gifts for the purposes of healing the world.  She has partnered with numerous organizations and individuals around the world, bringing light to those without hope or a future.  She believes in living 'Service Above Self'!

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others" - Mahatma Gandhi


Success is...

July 30, 2014


There are innumerable ways in which success may be qualified.  The dictionary defines success as: (n) the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.

Income.  Beauty.  House.  Family.  Awards.  Cars.  Physique.  Savings.  Children.  Education.  Promotions.  Health.  Relationships.  Career.

The carrot dangles... and we begin to dance.  Frantically.  After a period of time however, living in a world of attainment and loss, we begin to fatigue.  The economy dives.  The test is positive.  The promotion passes.  The partner leaves.  The wrinkles deepen.  The house burns.  The children rebel.

Before succumbing to cynicism, it’s important to illuminate one of the most powerful and often overlooked qualifiers of success.  It is not an outcome, but a process and an ability that we can nurture; in turn, it beautifies our life in very surprising, rewarding, and meaningful ways.

Success is: listening and responding to our most profound truth.

Profound truth is complex and mysterious.  It is perceived with our whole being: a visceral connection to what ‘is’.  It has been called intuition... whispers of wisdom... the voice of God.

Regardless of semantics, it is the navigational compass for personal expansion; by trusting and courageously taking the next ‘right step’ in any given situation, we align ourselves on a path to a future exceedingly and abundantly more than we imagine: a future of true abundance.

Gains and losses will come and go but only truth remains... and it’s ours for the taking! 


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