Doreen’s storytelling is mined from personal experience but delivered to reflect universal human truths. She speaks about the intersectionality of race, autism, and parenting in ways that resonate with audiences as varied as college students, healthcare professionals, teachers, and CEOs of multinational corporations.

“I could have listened to Doreen for days.”
– Kelly Corrigan
Host of the podcast Kelly Corrigan Wonders and NY Times bestselling author of The Middle Place, Tell Me More, Lift and Glitter and Glue

“Doreen’s approach was accessible, informative and moving. My team was engaged the entire time she spoke, and everyone came away educated, inspired and feeling closer together.”
– Myung Lee
President and CEO, Volunteers of America-Greater New York

“Doreen was masterful at reaching our Upper Schoolers and our parents with thoughtful, relevant, and funny stories that elicited tremendous engagement. I loved how she used her personal experiences to open up important dialogue about the relationships with ourselves and others, the assumptions we make, the truths we need to learn about our perspectives and the importance of our interdependence.”
–  Jennifer G. Landis
Head of School, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child

“Parenthood is an endlessly challenging and endlessly rewarding experience. Doreen is able to capture all of those feelings and more for her audiences. Her keynote at our annual conference was honest, raw, and inspiring. By welcoming us into her life and sharing her story, we are all better parents and better people.”
–  Matthew Melmed
Executive Director, Zero To Three

“Doreen Oliver is a captivating storyteller. As a mother raising and advocating for a child with special needs, her presentation at the Arizona Early Childhood Summit described her joy, challenges, setbacks, and successes along the way, making it possible for service providers to better understand the needs of parents. The audience was deeply engaged during her talk and inspired afterwards.”
–  Kim VanPelt
Former Chief Regional Officer for First Things First

“Doreen’s talk about autism, racism, corporate America, and motherhood left a lasting impact not only in my mind, but in my heart.  She exposed her soul in sharing what the world looks like as a parent through the challenges our children face, and through these stories, passed on the responsibility for creating a brighter future to anyone lucky enough to be in the audience that day.”
–   Alan Wexler
Former Chairman and CEO, Publicis.Sapient and WWE Board Member

“I deeply related to [Doreen’s] story . . . All the things she spoke about can and should be considered and applied for everybody. The understanding that life isn’t one size fits all. Tolerance. Patience. Flexibility.”
–   Paige Davis
Actress, Host of Trading Spaces and Board Member, Volunteers of America-Greater New York

“Doreen headlined our event, delivering a touching, powerful, and hilarious story that kept our audience riveted. Her authentic way of touching upon themes we can all relate to even without having directly experienced was a delight. Her words and delivery entwined beautifully in a charismatic and very human experience.”
 Jessica Weiss
Publisher, Trix Magazine

Topics include:

  • Autism awareness, acceptance, and inclusion
  • How parenting a child with autism teaches one how to navigate and cope with the unpredictability of life
  • The effects of bias on children and their families
  • The stories we tell ourselves about other people that can lead to the dehumanization of others

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