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About Amanda

Amanda Wirtz is a Chicago native who studied in Stockholm, Sweden for a year as a Rotary Exchange Student.  After high school, she graduated from the Center for Information Dominance, earning the highest recognition as top graduate before serving six years as a Cryptologic Analyst for Naval Intelligence.  She supported military, counter-narcotics and search and rescue operations in Florida, Spain, Canada, and Washington D.C.  In addition, she served twice in combat in both Iraq and Yugoslavia.

During the years that followed, she faced seemingly insurmountable health challenges.  Resolved to fight for her own future, she began building hope for herself and others.  The crux of her journey began by asking 'The Right Question'.

Amanda completed her B.S. in Community Health at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign earning the highest University honors: the Bronze Tablet.  She completed her Masters in Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science from San Diego State University and was recognized as the 'Top Graduate Student' within the College of Health and Human Services.

Her passion for building hope and a future has resulted in countless community outreach projects within the U.S. and abroad.  She has voluntarily contributed over 3,500 hours of humanitarian service and affected over 53,000 lives around the world.  In 2011, Amanda chartered and served as the first President of United Services Rotary: the first Facebook-based Rotary Club in the world to unite the international armed services in peace through service.  She also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Trauma Resource Institute.

Amanda has played the violin for 30 years and has worked as a studio musician and live performer in the U.S. and Canada.  Although she's played with numerous orchestras and bands, she now performs predominantly to support charities and other humanitarian efforts.

Amanda is a nationally renowned speaker and performer who continues to share her story of hope, inspiring others to 'Ask The Right Question'.  She is also a certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Master Practitioner of Mental and Emotional Release®, and Master Practitioner of Hypnotherapy.  Amanda facilitates the healing, recovery and integration of motivated, proactive clients who are interested in improving their behavioral health using effective, holistic modalities to achieve their goals.

Amanda was honored as the 2011 California State Assembly Veteran of the Year for the 76th District. In 2014, Amanda competed against 23 of the top military women from around the nation and was crowned Ms. Veteran America!  She was also awarded the 'Selfless Service Award' for her service contribution to Rotary International and 'Show Stopper Award' for best talent.  Read 'The Latest' below for more details...

Speaking

Amanda has spoken to thousands of adults and youth around the nation, inviting and exciting them to ask 'The Right Question'.  She creatively weaves her riveting story and musical talent into an unforgettable tapestry that is both moving and motivating.  Amanda leads her audiences on an intimate journey; they travel together exploring life decisions, personal values, and the shocking truth behind a question that has the power to change the world.

Amanda uses innovative media and live music to accentuate her unique style.  With candor, humility and humor, she reveals the truth behind her tragedy-to-triumph story. 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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The Latest...

 

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Amanda will be a featured speaker at California State University San Marcos this fall!

Join her on November 3rd, 2016 from 6:00-7:30pm.  Limited seating - Buy Tickets HERE!

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Upcoming Events

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2014

Feb 20 -
Feb 23

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LAX Marriott Hotel Los Angeles, CA

Mar 7

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Sheraton Four Points Manhattan, KS

Mar 29

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Greentree Country Club Midland, TX

Apr 4

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Camp Ponderosa Ranch Heber, AZ

Apr 6

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Thousand Pines Christian Camp Crestline, CA

Apr 12

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Citrus High School Redlands, CA

Apr 13

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Dolce Hayes Mansion San Jose, CA

May 2

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Hotel Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM

May 3

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Silver Legacy Hotel Reno, NV

May 7

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Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center Victorville, CA

May 10

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Hilton Bella Harbour Rockwall, TX

May 16

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John Ascuaga’s Nugget Sparks, NV

May 17

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Riverwoods Suites Logan, UT

May 31

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BlackBox Theater, UNLV Las Vegas, NV

Jun 5

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Shilo Inn and Suites Seaside, OR

Jun 9

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Lakewood Center for the Arts Lake Oswego, OR

Jun 11

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Red Lion Inn at the Quay Vancouver, WA

Jun 12

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Orchard Hills Country Club Washougal, WA

Jun 12

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Royal Oaks Country Club Vancouver, WA

Jun 19

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Sage Center Boardman, OR

Jun 21

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Private San Diego, CA

Jun 28

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Eisenhower Museum Abilene, KS

Sep 15

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Rancho El Chorro San Luis Obispo, CA

Oct 12

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National Conference Center Leesburg, VA

Oct 17

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Wichita Marriott East Wichita, KS

Oct 21

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California Center for the Arts Escondido, CA

Oct 26

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Desert Princess Hotel and Golf Resort Palm Springs, CA

Nov 1

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Grand Sierra Resort Reno, NV

Nov 6

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USS Midway San Diego, CA

Nov 11

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America’s Parade New York City, NY

2015

Mar 12

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Crystal Palace Bakersfield, CA

Apr 2

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Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center Victorville, CA

Apr 23

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Abraham Chavez Theater El Paso, TX

May 2

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Descanso Beach Club Avalon (Catalina Island), CA

May 15

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South Seas Resort Captiva Island, FL

May 29

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TBD Gothenburg, NE

Jun 20

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Fort Collins Marriott Fort Collins, CO

Jun 27

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Multi-Purpose Event Center Wichita Falls, TX

Sep 12

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Aladdin Shrine Center Columbus, OH

Sep 19

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Oxnard Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard, CA

Sep 27

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Crowne Plaza Hotel Baton Rouge, LA

2016

Mar 31

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Joint Base Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor, HI

May 14

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Stadium Southland Invercargill, New Zealand

Jun 10

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Peppermill Resort & Casino Reno, NV

Nov 3

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USU Ballroom, California State University San Marcos, CA

Dec 4

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San Diego State University San Diego, CA

2017

Apr 29

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Delta Grand Hotel Kelowna, BC Canada

May 6

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Martha Luigi Auditorium Rockport, TX

Nov 3

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Central Christian Church Lancaster, CA

2018

Apr 27

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Sandestin Beach & Golf Resort Miramar Beach, FL

Outreach

 

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

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Y + Y + Y = :)

March 23, 2015

YES YES YES

You make millions of decisions a day.  Each word is a choice, each behavior is a choice, each thought is a choice.  Your journey as an evolving individual is fundamentally influenced by the choices you make: for better and for worse.

Being ‘at the helm’ of life doesn’t mean being in control.  It means that you're navigating your life’s circumstances making the highest choices for the highest good.  In doing so, you are not guaranteed the smoothest sail, but you will have a more peaceful journey... and one you can be proud of.

How do you make the ‘highest choice for the highest good’?  

The equation is simple: Y + Y + Y = :)

Rather than reacting or acting on impulse, slow down and consider the following questions:

  • Does this choice make sense within my mind: is this the highest choice?
  • Does this choice feel right within my body: is this the highest choice?
  • Does this choice resonate within my spirit: is this the highest choice?

If any answer results in a NO, consider why.  That learning will be a very valuable tool.  Then consider other alternatives and filter the new choices through the equation again.

When you’re able to answer YES, YES and YES move expeditiously towards the goal: which is a happier, healthier, more peaceful and successful you!

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