Welcome to Episode 7 of The Choose Kindness Podcast!! Thank you so much for your endless support! In this episode I chat with Kelly Savage about the importance of standing up for yourself and others even when it seems impossible. Kelly shares her story as well as the challenges she's faced along the way. She gives insight into her life lessons and well as provides inspiring commentary on what it means to use your voice to fill the silence. I hope you are able to resonate with her interview as much I was. Thanks for listening!
To follow & connect with Kelly Savage:
As someone who was personally impacted by bullying, I believe that we have to have an ongoing dialogue about it and also share stories of hope with those that need to hear them most. I am hoping to manifest never-ending kindness.
Remember to stay strong, always focus on the light, and choose kindness forever and always. I can't wait to hear from you!
To learn more about Kelly:
Kelly Savage is the Community Outreach Director for the International Association of Fire Fighters Center of Excellence, a specialized treatment center for fire fighters and paramedics struggling with PTSD, substance abuse and other mental health issues. In this role, Kelly travels across the U.S. and Canada, speaking to thousands of first responders and union leaders on a weekly basis about the prioritization of behavioral health. Kelly is a 2016 graduate of the University of Mississippi where she was on the Chancellor's List, elected the student body Attorney General and chosen as part of the prestigious "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges". She was also a member of the UM Columns Society, an elite group of men and women selected to be the official hosts and hostesses for the university and represent the student body to dignitaries and special guests on campus.
Growing up in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Kelly was the class-president for the first 4-year graduating class at Ponte Vedra High School, where she also served as Miss Ponte Vedra High School 2011. Kelly became involved in the Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen program and later represented her communities as Miss St. Johns County, Miss Duval County, Miss Winter Park & Miss River City at the Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant. She was honored to have received awards for outstanding leadership and the interview competition, but has been most proud of being selected as a Quality of Life winner and the recipient of the national Miss America Community Service Award for her work to combat cyber bullying, inspired by her own experience with online stalking and harassment. Kelly's platform "Empowering Upstanders: A Proactive Approach to Bullying", allowed her to reach more than 1 million people through a self-produced PSA campaign and partner with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's "Stand Up Orlando" initiative, World Wrestling Entertainment's "Be-a-Star" anti-bullying alliance and serve as a featured speaker at the University of South Florida.