Carmen Blandin Tarleton, was brutally attacked in June of 2007 by her ex-husband. She was beaten with a baseball bat and doused with industrial strength lye. The lye burned more than 80 percent of her body, leaving her totally blind and disfigured.
Carmen's Speaking Topics
Carmen is a motivational and inspirational keynote speaker whose talks include:
True Forgiveness. Accepting the negative events or situations that have come into our lives isn't easy, but when we do, past events no longer control us emotionally. Forgiveness is an act of freeing ourselves.
Navigating Negativity. When we understand that negative events are part of our world, we can learn to navigate them and find the resulting positive opportunities that lead to growth and self awareness.
Overcoming Challenges. We have the ability to free ourselves from the biggest challenge in our lives.
Finding Your Way, Your WAY! We all here to find our unique way. My way is only my way. By understanding how others approach life, we open ourselves to more options in designing what works for us.
More than nine years after her attack, Carmen Tarleton has re-created herself through the power of acceptance and forgiveness; reclaiming her life. She received a full face and neck transplant in 2013 and shares her story, giving inspirational talks at venues including high schools, Organ Banks, Domestic Violence , Rehab Centers, Nursing Grand Rounds, National Academy of Future Leaders, Physician and Hospital Conferences, and others.
Carmen has appeared on the Katie Couric show, CNN, ESPN, Aljazeer America, several episodes of The Doctor's, VPR, NPR radio, including interviews for two BBC shows. Also London's This Morning program. Her story has also been covered by The New York Times (front page), The Boston Globe (front page), Reader's Digest, USA Today, Huffington Post and many others. Her story, featured on ESPN's E:60 news magazine was nominated for a 2015 News and Documentary Emmy.
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