Amanda Lindhout


Amanda Lindhout

New York Times Bestselling Author | Expert on Resilience, Survival, and Optimal Mindset

In 2008, Amanda Lindhout travelled to Somalia — a country often called “the most dangerous place on earth”. Abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road, Amanda was held hostage for 460 days, and survived on her strategy, fortitude, and hope in the face of unimaginable adversity. Her unique experiences lend to important issues such as women’s rights, resilience, politics, and counter-terrorism. Her tale of survival builds suspense and momentum, revealing life-changing insights with actionable takeaways on how to re-frame pain into power.

A bestselling author, Amanda’s multiple-award-winning memoir of her experience in Somalia, A House in the Sky, has been on The Globe and Mail’s “Top Ten Bestsellers” list for a record-breaking three and a half years. The book is now being made into a film by Hollywood production company Annapurna Pictures (Zero Dark Thirty, Her, American Hustle, Joy, Foxcatcher) with Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara playing the role of Amanda.

An internationally renowned speaker, Amanda has shared stages with such luminaries as Bill Clinton and Richard Branson. She has visited over 90 countries to share her story, captivating audiences as large as 25,000 people.

She has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, Dateline, The Today Show, Morning Joe and Anderson Cooper among other renowned media.

A House in the Sky: Optimal Mindset Through Adversity

Raised by a poor, single mom in a small city, Amanda Lindhout escaped her childhood by paging through old issues of National Geographic magazine and imagining herself in its exotic locales. As a young woman, her wanderlust led her to some of the world’s most beautiful and remote places, as well as its most imperiled and perilous countries.

Insatiably curious about human potential, Amanda became a journalist, based in war-ridden Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008, she travelled to Somalia to report from “the most dangerous place on earth.” Abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road, Amanda spent 460 days as a hostage, moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, surviving on strategy, fortitude, and hope.

Amanda’s story of survival explains the life-changing insights into mind conditioning she had while in confinement. Her physical and mental pain led to a pivotal moment where she understood that despite everything, she still had choice to control the mindset she had, and with which she faced each day. Drawing on conviction, affirmation, gratitude, and positive thinking, Amanda survived the unimaginable.

In her captivating talk, with astonishing clarity and self-reflection, Amanda discusses how the stories we tell ourselves become our experiences, and that changing our narrative can transform our struggles into opportunities for growth. She outlines how coping strategies like mindfulness, visualization, and self-talk strengthen resilience, and describes what qualities enable not only survival, but also the capacity to thrive in the face of adversity.

A captivating, unforgettable speaker, Amanda facilitates a shift in consciousness, leaving the audience with actionable takeaways to develop new thought habits, deeply inspired to take on challenges with a new perspective, and empowered to transform stories of pain into stories of power.