Speaking Engagements

MARIA IS A KNOWN SPEAKER NATIONWIDE. SHE OFFERS UPBEAT, ENGAGING & EDUCATIONAL VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS & KEYNOTES THAT INSPIRE, UPLIFT & TEACH VALUABLE LESSONS.

COVID-19 Speaking Engagement Updates 2022

Virtual Visits

Maria offers multiple virtual assemblies to meet the needs of your group. From PreK to Upper Elementary, she has the perfect package offering for every age, topic and grade level. All programs are 45 minutes long, with the exception of Kindergarten only groups, which are 30 minutes.

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Virtual Visit: Meet Maria Over the Internet

The New Trend in Author Visits

Virtual visits are the new trend in school assemblies. While it’s not as fun as having Maria visit you in person, it can be a lot more feasible financially for schools located outside of Michigan. Maria presents an assembly to students in grades K-5 program on being an author and bullying.

Musical Performances

Two of Maria’s books are children’s musicals and can be brought to your school:  Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun and Chocolate Milk, Por Favor. Both shows tour national schools and youth theaters.Stars Within Reach Productions creates, produces, and provides access to professional theatre for young and family audiences nationwide.

Podcasts

Check out Empowering Kids with Character – The Podcast on iTunes or Amazon for daily one minute tips on raising kind and caring kids! 

Maria is featured in season one of If You Give A Ric A Podcast, where Ric and his older brother Rece travel the world through a new children’s book every week! Ric & Rece are joined by Maria as they journey through six of her wildly popular books, published by Cardinal Rule Press. Children and adults of all ages are invited to spend time with If You Give A Ric A Podcast and explore the concepts of friendship, kindness, empathy, and just what it takes to make it through the world..

Professional Development

Maria is available for keynote speaking opportunities and other break out type programs. She has spoken across the country on topics of business development, creative marketing, publishing and more. Reach out to see if Maria can design a program for your event.

Join the Battle Against Bullying

Every child has the right to a community where he or she feels safe

Bullying occurs when someone repeatedly and purposefully says or does hurtful things. Bullying is on the rise and some consider it an epidemic.This workshop will present strategies and interventions that work to stop bullying now! Maria tailors this presentation to parents, teachers, mom’s groups, women’s programs, and elementary staff members.

STRENGTHENING FAMILY UNITS WHILE TEACHING LIFE SKILLS

EVERY CHILD DESERVES THESE IMPORTANT LESSONS IN YOUR HOME

A recent study from Career Builder reported college graduates are entering the job force lacking essential soft skills. Find out what skills are important for children to develop early on. Parents, teachers and caregivers will walk away from this program with a number of simple routines to adopt in their home in order to prepare their children with these important life tools.