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Liza Pavlakos wasn’t always the confident entrepreneur she is today. She was once a victim. As a small child, Liza became homeless having run away to escape sexual abuse. As a young adult, she endured violence and disfigurement. But, not one to be cowed down by adversities, she had the guts to take challenges on the chin, the strength to grow and bounce back stronger, and the passion for achieving her goals. Today, Liza is a successful businesswoman and a motivational speaker who helps others overcome challenges.
Liza is also a committed philanthropist and human rights supporter and has established the non-profit Liza Pavlakos Foundation, A Registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Non for Profits Commission (ACNC) for supporting the worthy cause to empower the disempowered through setting up on online school. The Liza Pavlakos Leadership School hopes to educate the disadvantaged with accredited foundation courses for free.
At 23, she pulled off the epic task of planning and staging a new international beauty pageant – the Miss India International Pageant that generated around $100,000 in ticket sales in its very first year.
After that initial success, she took the plunge as a young, self-taught business entrepreneur and successfully transformed a struggling restaurant and bar, Minibar Piccolo, into one of the most popular small cafés in Melbourne.
Similarly, she transformed Finest Alterations, a floundering clothing alteration and tailoring enterprise into a profitable five-outlet franchise with A-list celebrity clientele and tailor for International events such as The Australian Open, Grand Prix and more.
In 2015, she launched her career as a motivational speaker, speaking at prestigious events such as the 10th Annual HR Congress (Asia), Miss Earth Coronation Night, The Win Summit (New York) among others.
In October 2017, on her way to present a keynote presentation in Africa, Liza Pavlakos and her team which included her cameraman and assistant were human trafficked in the Middle East. Luckily, they were saved by military intelligence and lives to tell the tale of narrowly escaping death once again. Liza is a human rights supporter who believes in the empowerment of the girl child and victims of human trafficking.
Today, Liza is engaging and inspiring thousands at international events, and guiding corporate teams to tap their leadership potential and achieve business goals. Featured on CNN, Channels TV, Hello Nigeria and Qatar Airways as an inspirational speaker from Australia, and human rights supporter encouraging women to become successful entrepreneurs.
Liza believes that our life is defined by the space between what happens to us and our reaction to it. She empowers her audience to become fearless and reach their highest goals by cultivating a resilient mindset.
Liza Pavlakos was mesmerizing with her Keynote Talk. Her training to our staff on the learning session was flawless. It was such an honor to have Ms. Liza Pavlakos at our 10th Annual HR Congress in Philippines. It takes a strong person to overcome the adversities she has faced and then to move the audience to the point that every single audience member gave her a standing ovation was something magical to watch.
JM MATIENZO- Ariva Academy CEO
"BLESSED BY AN ANGEL"
Her celestial-powerful command of language, her in-depth charisma as motivational speaker cuts through our hearts and left remarkable imprints of optimism, to stay for more than a lifetime. It's her honesty which authenticated her integrity as a very effective speaker. Candidly, she can make almost everyone, cry.
Her unfathomable courage and resilience in life's extreme adversities; her overflowing empowerment on how to be a transformational leader, purpose-driven, focused, being strongly passionate in making things happen -made her, the "epitome of a strongly resilient woman " - touching lives of millions, globally.
Her every word is a blessing and enlightenment to every weary heart. Ms. Liza is such an awesome woman with an iron cloak of resilience but with the softest heart like an angel. She is heaven-sent messenger to motivate and inspire just anybody, regardless of race, religion, age, beliefs and customs. She has the magnetism to leave every listener with wonderful imprints of optimism and dynamism; equally gifted with divine light and presence which simply inspire and motivate others, effortlessly.
BHABES COMIA ESPINA – Pioneer Medical Lab
Ms. Liza's effectiveness as speaker and being so genuine as a person (in the ordinariness of daily life) is so powerful that her words transcends from one person to another that uplifts individual morale and team spirits, especially during the darkest moments, as if God is always sending her-to her audience, for her motivational story sends comfort and hope ,for everyone to look forward to something new.
WE ARE BLESSED TO LISTEN TO HER TALK.
Liza Pavlakos has an enviable command of communications principles, and her skills lead to a high level of success and satisfaction. Our survey responses from our executive team members showed a superior level of satisfaction. She has an amazing ability to connect with her audience and stay connected for the duration of the presentation
OLU OSUNSANMI – Director – On Point Therapy
I was part of one of her presentations!! I was so lucky to be there. It was awesome! She is indeed a strong woman and an example to womanhood!! We need more strong women like Liza. You're doing a great job Liza... Continue what you're doing ... continue to inspire and aspire.
RHADIKA RAMAKRISNAN – RITZ CARLTON