Roslyn is a world class keynote / guest speaker and author. She delivers dynamic presentations about the true story of her book, Meant To Be, that has been described as "emotionally charged, uplifting and presented in a manner that is both entertaining and inspiring." It's been said that "her ability to connect to a variety of personalities, cultures and ages is a true gift." Her book is currently being adapted for production as a feature film. She speaks for conferences, corporations, student / youth events, community / association events, faith-based / religious events, senior groups, fundraiser / charity events, banquets / galas and other group events.
Roslyn is a wonderful and engaging speaker. I booked her for my Retirement home and was thrilled with the articulate, emotional and professional presentation she gave. After the presentation I had many residents come up to tell me how much they enjoyed her talk. One of them went as far as to tell me that she was the best guest speaker we’ve ever had here and thanked me profusely for booking her. I would recommend booking her to almost any type of group, not just for seniors.
I am the Community Relations Coordinator for Grand Villa of Largo Assisted Living & Memory Care Community. Once a month, we host a Motivational Breakfast for Healthcare & Non-healthcare Professionals in the area. Our goal is to select and invite speakers that have an interesting and uplifting topic that might make a difference in their day or life or business.
Last month, we were privileged to have Roslyn Franken speak about one of her books, “Meant To Be” which is a story about how her parents survived the unimaginable. Surviving cancer, imprisonment and much much more!
After the breakfast, Roslyn scooted upstairs to do her hour long presentation for our residents and outside guests…There was not a dry eye in the room. She left such a vision with those who were present. She speaks with such passion as if you are there re-living the many stories her parents lived through.
I am not exactly sure how I even heard about Roslyn or who connected us, however, I guess it was just “MEANT TO BE”!!
Lori Smith/Community Relations Coordinator
Grand Villa Senior Living Community
Roslyn Franken presented "Meant to Be" at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater. Her amazing story about her parents, both prisoners of war during WWII, kept us riveted to our seats. It was inspiring and uplifting and we all left feeling a greater trust in the Powers that Be that many unexplainable events in our lives are simply 'meant to be.' The accompanying slides and video brought her story to life very effectively. I would definitely recommend Roslyn as a speaker at any gathering.
~ Carol Kay, Events Coordinator, Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater
Roslyn told her parents story with love and deep emotions, and what a powerful story it was. It was in part sad and uplifting, funny, caring, and well thought out. Roslyn compels the audience to listen to her with her clear and soothing voice modulation. I actually ordered the book for my library as I believe it’s a story worth reading.
Response from Roslyn Franken:
Thanks so much for your kind words, Sandra. It was a pleasure speaking at the West Community Library at St. Petersburg College. I appreciate the opportunity to share my parents' story.
Roslyn Franken gave a presentation on her book, "Meant To Be", at our Independent Retirement Community last Friday. Our Residents were so captivated by the story of her parent's individual survival against unbelievable odds, they were hanging on her every word. Many bought her book and promised to share with those that did not. It is a story that needs to be told and we were happy Roslyn came and shared it with our Community.
Susanne Kenney, Activities Director at Aston Gardens Sun City Center, Florida
“It was an absolute pleasure to have Roslyn at The Ravines Retirement Residence & Senior Suites on December 1st, 2016. It is very easy to say that all of our residents and visitors who attended were extraordinarily moved by the story that she had to tell, as well as the positive energy that she brought forth. Despite all of the heartache and despair that her parents and then herself have gone through, she helped us all realize that there is ALWAYS hope and that maybe just maybe our problems that we face today aren’t as rough as we think they are. She kept everyone spellbound throughout her story and It was clear that it touched everyone in different ways… I want to express our profound appreciation for helping us understand “all of the little miracles that life has to offer” I have had a number of Ravines Residents approach me to tell me how much they enjoyed Roslyn’s presentation and how well spoken they thought she was. Roslyn, I am extremely grateful that our paths crossed & I certainly hope that they do again. You & your family are truly an inspiration and the whole world deserves to hear your story. I can hardly wait to read your book this coming week on my flight to Dominican. I truly do to think that it was MEANT TO BE that that we have met and that I had the opportunity to listen to you speak because I personally took a lot away from your presentation... and for that I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.”
Jessica Dube- Ravines Recreation Manager
Response from Roslyn Franken:
Thank you so much, Jessica, for your kind words. It was a pleasure sharing my MEANT TO BE story with your residents and other guests. It means a lot to know how well it was received and that it touched them all in different ways. There are so many lessons that we can learn from this story that can help us all live better lives. Thank you for the opportunity!
I just saw an amazing presentation by Roslyn Franken to our Grade10s and 11s at St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School. She gave two sides of World War II including the Japanese invasion as well as the Nazi invasion in Europe because her father was a Prisoner of War in Japan and her mother lived through all the cruelties of Auschwitz. What was amazing is how well she connected with the students and how she touched them with her speaking. It’s amazing not only how her parents went through so many obstacles and so many difficulties and so many times where they both could have perished, but how they managed to survive through all these hardships and unimaginable cruelty. The way it’s presented with the PowerPoint and the way Roslyn speaks to the students is very attractive and also very easy to understand. I would, therefore, highly recommend that as a teacher of religion or history, this is an amazing presentation to have her come and give for your students as well. Thank you very much, Roslyn.
"Roslyn, what an amazing story on such an important topic, and one that should be shared with all! It felt like we were traveling back in time and sharing your parents' journey with you
“Roslyn Franken's presentation of her book, Meant To Be, was breathtaking! From the moment she began telling her parents' story, the entire audience was completely captivated. The entire room was filled with tears, laughter, gasps, and sighs as they hung on her every word. And just when you thought the saga of these two faith-filled survivors couldn't get any more amazing, there was another twist that no one could have anticipated! As the daughter of the two heroic people, Roslyn was able to add an extra touch of personal insight that helped the story of these two people come alive. Even weeks later, our congregation is still talking about this experience. This is such a powerful story everyone needs to hear!
~ Russell O. McKee III, Pastor, Harvester United Methodist Church
Roslyn’s presentation was educational, reflective, engaging and fun. She was an excellent facilitator, engaging the audience without putting them on the spot. She gave us tools we can use in our everyday lives to avoid and carefully manage our stress levels. The fact that Roslyn is a survivor of many of life’s hard knocks made her even more believable and made us feel that these goals and attitude adjustments are attainable. To sum it up…I enjoyed every moment of her presentation and would recommend her anywhere, anytime!!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 20 - 75 minutes
Languages: English, French, Dutch
What to Expect
Roslyn Franken's presentation, based on her book Meant To Be, takes audiences on a compelling journey back in time sharing how her parents, John and Sonja Franken - a Prisoner of War in Japan and Holocaust Victim in Nazi Europe – remarkably survive their captivity and find enduring love against all odds. This dynamic presentation features an engaging combination of Roslyn’s masterful storytelling with a variety of audio-visual elements such as photos, live music, video clips and more. These original elements add tremendous impact and intrigue for a truly unique and memorable audience experience.
Ideal for your next conference, student event, community event, faith-based / religious event, senior event, fundraiser / charity event, banquet / gala or other group event.
In her presentation entitled, Lighten Up for Good, based on her book, The A List, Roslyn takes audiences on the inspiring weight loss journey that changed her body and transformed her life. In this highly engaging and interactive presentation, Roslyn leaves audiences both informed and inspired on how to lighten up for good toward a healthier body and happier life.
Roslyn is a proud cancer survivor who knows the power of emotional resilience in the face of adversity. Her mother was in the Holocaust surviving the concentration camps of Nazi Europe including Auschwitz. Her father was a Prisoner of War in Japan surviving the Nagasaki atomic bomb.
When diagnosed with cancer at 29, Roslyn quickly learned she inherited her parents' "NEVER GIVE UP" attitude as she herself fought back to become a long-term survivor.
As a world-class Motivational and Inspirational Keynote Speaker and acclaimed author, Roslyn shares her parents' compelling stories of survival, love and triumph, insights from her cancer journey and the proven life principles that have helped thousands world-wide live a healthier, happier and more resilient life.
In her presentation, MEANT TO BE, Roslyn reveals her parents' unforgettable journey of survival as prisoners during WWII in opposite sides of the world who eventually meet and fall in love against all odds. Roslyn also shares about her own cancer journey at 29 and how she turned to her parents' experiences as inspiration in her battle with cancer. Roslyn has developed a dynamic, multi-media stage presentation to share the story of her book.
Ten years after surviving cancer, age 39, at her heaviest weight and concerned for her health, Roslyn chose to fight back again - only this time to win her battles with food, stress and lifestyle challenges, once and for all! In her first book , THE A LIST: 9 GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR HEALTHY EATING AND POSITIVE LIVING, Roslyn shares the 9 principles all starting with the letter 'A' that helped her lose the unwanted weight that was weighing her down in body, mind and spirit. These principles formed the basis of her unique tele-coaching weight loss program which she now only offers on a limited basis.
Roslyn is best known for delivering captivating keynotes and powerful presentations for conferences, corporations, associations, schools, community events, faith-based / religious events, senior groups, fundraiser / charity events, banquets / galas and other group events.
Roslyn is also a radio personality as host of the popular How to Thrive after 35 Radio Show and co-author of Death Can Wait: Stories from Cancer Survivors, a fundraising book for cancer research and cancer patient programs.
Organizations, individuals and the media alike now seek Roslyn for her powerful insights, practical strategies and positive inspiration.
She has a Masters degree in Human Systems Intervention (the study of how people self-learn and change as individuals and in groups) from Concordia University in Montreal, Certification in Organizational Psychology with a focus on Executive Coaching through the Professional School of Psychology in California and MBTI® Personality Type Assessment Qualification from Psychometrics Canada.
She is a seasoned media expert with feature appearances on television and radio and in numerous newspapers and magazines across Canada and abroad including NBC, CTV, CH and A-Channel Television; WBAP News/Talk 820 Texas, 92.9FM Voice of Barbados Radio, Women Power Talk Radio, CBC Radio; USA Today, International Business Times, Florida Today, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Business Journal, Physician Assisted World Newspapers; and Capital Style, Challenge, and Due West magazines.
Here's what event planners who have hired Roslyn are saying:
"Roslyn Franken's presentation of her book, Meant To Be, was breathtaking! From the moment she began telling her parents' story, the entire audience was completely captivated. The entire room was filled with tears, laughter, gasps, and sighs as they hung on her every word…This is such a powerful story everyone needs to hear!!
~ Russell O. McKee III, Pastor, Harvester United Methodist Church, Land O'Lakes Florida
“I would like to thank you, Roslyn, on behalf of the cBa Membership for your presentation about your book, Meant to Be. It was one of the most profound presentations and stories we have had the pleasure of at our meetings in the past 36 years and the first to receive a standing ovation.”
~ Robert Nemchin, Vice President, Capital Business Association
"Roslyn, what an amazing story on such an important topic, and one that should be shared with all! It felt like we were traveling back in time and sharing your parents' journey with you. Your presentation was emotionally charged, uplifting and you presented in a manner that was both entertaining and inspiring. Your ability to connect to a variety of personalities, cultures, and ages is a true gift and you would be a huge asset to ANY group who is looking for an amazing, one-of-a-kind speaker."
~ Rabbi Mendy Yarmush, Chabad
"For the first time in many years at this event, you could have heard a pin drop while you were speaking. The impact you made on this event was mindboggling. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!!!"
- Fran Colasante, Committee Member, Daffodil Gala in support of the Canadian Cancer Society
“Roslyn Franken was our Guest Speaker for our 2014 B’nai Brith Annual Holocaust Memorial Event. I got wonderful feedback about her presentation from everyone. Her parents’ remarkable life story kept everyone spell bound and needs to be told to many. Her presentation style was both dynamic and inspiring. I would highly recommend Roslyn as a speaker for your group event.” ~ Howard Rothman, President, B’nai Brith Greater Tampa Bay Unit #2603, Senior International Vice President (Retired) B’nai B’rith International
"Everyone present took the time to indicate what a thrilling story you have. Your ability to affirm belief and trust, in the context of your story, was emotionally and spiritually inspiring. It was a privilege that you should invite us into that part of your life, and the charismatic and direct way that you did that. Thank you again."
~ Paul McKechnie, St. Paul Presbyterian Church of Ottawa
"Roslyn Franken's presentation was an evening filled with emotion and inspiration. A skilled speaker, Roslyn describes the unique and unbelievable journey of her parents, two unlikely World War II survivors, with candour and pathos. The whole audience laughed and cried as Roslyn, using a multi-media approach including music, took us half way around the world and back while giving us a rare and very personal glimpse into the lives of her parents. With Roslyn as our guide, we went from tragedy to triumph as she shared valuable insights taught to her by her parents. In the end, we were all left to marvel on how her parent's example of self determination and their recognition and belief in a power "greater than our own" can and did make all the difference on what is meant to be. ~Stephen Schneiderman, Executive Director The Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge
“The story of your parents and your own personal journey was moving and authentic and the feedback from the guests has been excellent. You took us with you down your road of hardship and tragedy and yet left us all feeling inspired and filled with hope. I would be more than happy to recommend you to speak at any community event anywhere in the world!"
~ Janice Benatar, Senior Development Officer, Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto
To book Roslyn to speak at your next event, contact Roslyn today!
Additional Booking Notes
Technical requirements include:
- a PowerPoint projector with sound capability
- speakers for audio components
- large projector screen
- wireless lapel microphone.
- technical person on site to help with technical set-up
Wireless headset microphone
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