Louise Ashby, Motivational Speaker, Car Crash victim, Facial Reconstruction survivor, Brain Damage survivor, Louise Ashby was born in Australia but grew up in London until the age of 21. Louise moved to Los Angeles to start her life a fresh and follow her dream of being an actress. This dream was shattered a mere three weeks after arriving in Hollywood. Louise was involved in what the authorities attest was to be the worst auto accident in Beverly Hills in thirty years. Her family were phoned and told to get on Concorde so that they may have a chance to say their goodbyes. But for Louise, there were no goodbyes necessary. After waking from a coma and finding herself surrounded by machines and a bandaged head, which she couldn't move, it was explained to her that she had lost the entire left of her head. Her modelling pictures were around the wall of the intensive care unit and it wasn't for decoration but so the doctors could see how she was supposed to look. After being told that she was blind in one eye, had lost smell and taste and the left front lobe of her brain, which controls inhibitions, her journey to recovery was only beginning. For ten years she went through 18 surgeries and today looks the same as before and has used the experience to help others.

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Louise Ashby was born in Australia but grew up in London until the age of 21. Louise moved to Los Angeles to start her life a fresh and follow her dream of being an actress.

This dream was shattered a mere three weeks after arriving in Hollywood. Louise was involved in what the authorities attest was to be the worst auto accident in Beverly Hills in thirty years. Her family were phoned and told to get on Concorde so that they may have a chance to say their goodbyes.

But for Louise, there were no goodbyes necessary. After waking from a coma and finding herself surrounded by machines and a bandaged head, which she couldn't move, it was explained to her that she had lost the entire left of her head. Her modelling pictures were around the wall of the intensive care unit and it wasn't for decoration but so the doctors could see how she was supposed to look.

After being told that she was blind in one eye, had lost smell and taste and the left front lobe of her brain, which controls inhibitions, her journey to recovery was only beginning. For ten years she went through 18 surgeries and today looks the same as before and has used the experience to help others.

In 2002, Louise released her memoirs in the best selling book, The Magic of The Mask. Louise then co-founded an organization called Facing Forward where she helped children with birth defects and their parents to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Louise has appeared on talk shows world wide to share her story and give others hope. Some of these shows include numerous appearances on Larry King Live, Oprah, Montel Williams, A Current Affair, 20/20 to name a few.

Louise has also appeared on television shows, Party of Five, Ask Harriet and feature films, Death Valley and I Woke Up Early the Day I Died. Louise has become a marquee name in helping others.

Now, Louise's ventures have grown. Today, Louise is building The Louise Ashby Children's Fund so she can help children all over the world going through any kind of difficulties.

Louise is popular on the speaking circuit, where she aims to help others see the light at the end of the tunnel and shares her tools and gifts on how to get through trauma.

Through her TV appearances, writings, public speaking engagements, she receives thousands of letters a month from others asking her for guidance. From this Louise is in production for her TV show, One Split Second. She has been approached to host a talk radio show, be the face of a cosmetic line and make a film of her life. Ultimately her goal is to reach any many as she can through television forum to show that no matter what happens you can get through it and if you're having a tough time doing so, she can give you a little nudge to help you along.

Areas of Expertise

Speaking Programs

The Power Within and How to Find It

This lecture will provide people with the hope they are searching for and the
courage to overcome all odds. This lecture is about the triumph of the human spirit.
It is a powerful reminder that we must cherish all that we have and take nothing
for granted. It will spark our heartfelt connections we have for each other and
enlighten people everywhere.

No matter what challenges we endure, we all need the encouragement from others to overcome the insurmountable obstacles we face in our lives. Most of all we need to believe in ourselves. This lecture shows how to get out of your own way, and instead follow your path to success. If you are seeking answers, wanting reassurance, struggling with a challenge, this is the lecture for you.

During this program, you will learn tools to overcome obstacles. How to adjust!
What do you do with realization? Accidents or are they? Lessons through
illness! Acceptance! Closure! Making the most of what you have today and living
for the moment. Learn tools on how to surrender through writing and forgiving yourself. How to adjust to the situation and make yourself look and feel your best!

Objective

This lecture gives the audience the tools and guidance to see that it is up to them
to make the change. It shows the audience that it CAN BE DONE. By Louise sharing
her story and highlighting situations that when recognized were there for a purpose
to make a change. It is as easy as the glass being half full or half empty.

On Split Second

Every second in your life counts as it makes up the foundation of who you are.
Every moment of joy, pain, growth, lust, desire, love and betrayal all of these and more make YOU who you are! Yet the search is one to discover why we are here,
is there something else, what is our purpose? Do you want to live life to the full and make every day worthwhile?

When you show up to each day with the willingness to be aware and open then you can’t help but be authentic to what transpires. Life doesn’t have terms. It is you who makes the terms. Have you ever thought that you have the strength to make the change and when you really look through your history, can you see what patterns are holding you back and that the more you ignore this the more you will repeat the same thing over until you get the lesson.

Did something or someone put you down? Or make it difficult for you to move forward? If you have disability how do others react to you and how should you deal with it? Have you ever thought that maybe you were chosen to go through these things because God knew you were strong enough and that others could learn from you?

Objective

The Objective of this lecture is to give people tools and faith to get through life
and understand that even though there are days that seem impossible to handle, you
can do it. Through your pain you find your lesson and from this lecture you will be
given direction and hope to find a You that you didn’t know could exist.

The Magic of The Mask

This lecture shares Louise’s story of how she came to Hollywood after loosing her
mother to cancer. It will go through the periods and times of loneliness and how
Louise thought that she had been through everything here was to go through. God
had another plan. After Louise had the car accident she came to the realization that
what is on the outside is not important, it is what is on the inside that counts. Why
was Louise so strong when others couldn’t look at her?

The frustrations, finding out she had no sight, sense of smell or taste. Later finding out she had no inhibitions. What kept Louise going and why she never took no for an answer. Little do we know what life has been planned for us and the experiences that others have been through to get them where they are to day. This lecture will cover the ignorance of other people and how we can choose to not let that affect our lives. If we are confident in ourselves then others have no choice to be confident too. Confidence is contagious. Sometimes we don’t know why something has happened until further down the road.

We all have the strength to get through it but we have to be quiet and still enough
to find that strength. It is important not to be around negativity or to take it into
our own mind as that is someone else’s fear, not ours

Objective

The objective of this lecture is to show that even though Louise was told she
Wouldn’t live to get her face back and life back, she did. It shows that there are other gifts in store for us and through her life story, Louise will show what hers are
and that will then help others see theirs. This lecture shows how to turn a negative
into a positive and why she would never let anyone call her a victim. Louise is a survivor, and so are you.

Client Comments

I believe that Louise’s work, shining through her extraordinary abilities as a motivational speaker, is of paramount Importance to anyone going through adversity or needing direction.

Minnie Driver, Actress
I have firsthand witnessed Louise.s ability as a motivational speaker and can attest to the powerful and inspirational effect she has on her audience.

Montel Williams - Montel Williams Show
I am very grateful for the profound impact she has made on the lives of our children.

Neil Willenson, Founder & CEO Camp Heartland

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