Ingrid Ricks is an NYT-bestselling author, memoir coach, and inspirational speaker who is passionate about leveraging personal storytelling to foster healing, awareness, empathy, and change. Over the past decade, she has helped thousands of students of every age find healing and empowerment by writing the deeply personal stories they needed to tell, and has produced eight anthologies in partnership with high schools and non-profits. Ingrid, who views personal storytelling as the key to healing and unity in today’s divided world, regularly presents her Unleashing the Power of Personal Storytelling workshops in partnership with organizations throughout the region and has delivered keynote talks on the subject to educators and social workers nationwide. She also uses her story and struggles with breast cancer and blindness to help audiences rethink their views regarding the word disability and reverse their own limiting stories and beliefs.
Ingrid’s books include the coming-of-age memoir, Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story, and Focus, a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa. She has also ghostwritten several books and has shared stories from her childhood on Salon and NPR.
For more information, visit www.ingridricks.com