Discover & amplify the voices of the silenced, misunderstood and oppressed
Our INAUGURAL AMPLIFY EVENT
SATURDAY, MARCH 27TH, 2021
Live: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
seven (7) courageous survivors share their stories of triumph over trafficking and abuse
some for the first time, ever
our commitment to ensure all voices are heard
“It’s amazing to see how everyone is overcoming and finding ways to create positive change from the negative experiences we have all gone through.”
“I was able to hear how we humans suffer so much in silence; living in the dangerous world of our own thoughts, the world that most often wins over us. Though…I heard true stories of triumph and resilience.”
“This has been quite the journey! I’m finding this process to be a lot more intense than I anticipated but I am excited for it. We are all rising up in raising women everywhere and this is something that is so worth doing. …And we have all the support that we need.”
“This is a really beautiful gift we are receiving and giving to ourselves. A lot of freedom in this.”
AMPLIFY VOICES is a non-profit project that was born out of the success of DEBx, a transformational speaker training and development experience dedicated to using public speaking as a powerful instrument of change.
Culminating in a large community event (both live and streaming), speakers are rigorously trained to craft and share their personal stories in a powerful manner that calls others into action. Through nine successful events in the Southwest, DEBx has given rise to over 100 new voices ranging in age from 8–75 in more than 38 states and seven countries.
“All voices are heard and make a profound difference in our communities and around the world”……This is Deb Shapiro’s personal mission. For over a decade, Deb has developed the talents and businesses of some of the top keynote and motivational speakers in our industry. In 2017, she created a speaker development experience called DEBx designed to show emerging speakers how to use their voice as a powerful instrument of change. Through onstage appearances and professional recordings, DEBx has touched tens of thousands of lives…and counting. As a natural extension of this work, Deb went on to found Amplify Voices, designed to discover and amplify the voices of those who have been historically silenced, misunderstood and oppressed. Prior to her 13-year stint in the speaking business, Deb oversaw the human resources operations for an HR consulting firm in Chicago and designed programs for the development of leaders and employees within Bose Corporation. Deb graduated cum laude from the School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and attended Oxford University. Deb is an avid volunteer and cherishes the many friends and relationships cultivated over the years. She is proud to be a daughter, sister, girlfriend, and member of this crazy human race!
Kristina Knudsen has excelled in the nonprofit sector for 20 years, raising nearly $50 million.
Kristina specializes in healthcare philanthropy where she thrives in building physician engagement strategies to secure major and planned gifts. She has the uncanny ability to identify key objectives and manage teams to implement fundraising plans with laser focus to achieve positive bottom-line results quickly.
For the last 12 years, Kristina has raised funds for two Dignity Health medical centers, now known as Common Spirit Health. She was promoted four times into leadership roles. There, Kristina built successful grateful patient and concierge programs while implementing key major gift and planned giving strategies. Each year, Kristina and her teams won incentive and merit increases. In 2012 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, California, she was awarded the prestigious Dignity Health Values in Action award.