Overcoming homelessness, abduction, intense abuse, and human trafficking, Liza Pavlakos rose from the ashes to become a highly successful entrepreneur and commanding speaker, inspiring over 100,000 audiences globally. Her ability to ignite and inspire the inner fire in her audiences earned her the prestigious Golden Gavel Award and recognition as one of the Top 10 Female Speakers in the world, 2020. Founder of Positive Breakthroughs, an organization of highly experienced chartered psychologists, psychotherapists, counselors, and coaches, improving mental health is a passion and commitment for Liza and her team, regardless of age, race, culture, disability, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background.


A qualified psychotherapist, and transformation executive coach, Liza leads others down the path of achievement, self-validation, self-love, and worth, enabling them to tap into the ultimate power of the human spirit, no matter how traumatic their past. Having experienced unspeakable trauma, Liza presents an impassioned and compelling story of true grit and resounding resilience. A story of overcoming impossible adversities, triumphing against all odds, and becoming a self-made, highly successful entrepreneur, her mission is to assist people to succeed amid any adversity.


An expert on leadership, team building, and performance, Liza has inspired people worldwide with her deep knowledge of achieving success and reaching goals.  A thought leader in empowerment, she has featured on CNN, the BBC, and media outlets across the continent. Winner of the Super Achievement Award from The Women’s World Leadership Congress plus the People’s Choice of Excellence Award from the HR Asia Summit, Liza continues to motivate and exhilarate drawing from the vast stores of strength and knowledge within her.

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  • What is your favorite quote? Rumi, 13th Century Poet wrote, "Life asked death, why do people love me, but hate you? Death responded, it's because your a beautiful lie and I am the painful truth"
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? In the midst of a pandemic, being awarded the Golden Gavel Award in 2021 was an honour. An honor like this will never be forgotten. I am honored to be recognized on a global scale for my work
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I love cooking for my five children more than anything in the world. Music and cooking are my passions.
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? A mentor I look up to is my mother. She taught me what it means to chase your dreams.
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I know that even though I have experienced horrible events in my life, here and now are what matters most. To me, achieving the best that life has to offer means living in the present and emp