On April 15, 2013, Dr. Natalie Stavas approached the finish line of her fifth Boston marathon. Just blocks away, she heard explosions and ran towards them. Arriving at the scene she went to work administering CPR, applying tourniquets and triaging the wounded. Dr. Natalie Stavas is a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital and she specializes in work with teenage mothers, improving the health of vulnerable children and decreasing youth violence. After the bombings, Dr. Stavas increased her efforts in preventing childhood violence and is described as a healer, educator and Boston community leader. She received the 2012 Change Maker award from The Boston Foundation and in early 2014, she helped partner Prescription for the Outdoors with Boston Medical Center’s pediatric team. This advocacy goes beyond borders- traveling to Haiti throughout the year Dr. Stavas provides medical care to children and helps strengthen the fragile medical infrastructure.
Running Towards Chaos
Natalie Stavas was born on a farm in Nebraska. She was once told that people from Nebraska don’t do well in places like Boston. She proved them wrong. Natalie was the first person from Nebraska to be accepted into the Harvard Pediatric Training program at Boston Children’s Hospital. One year after moving to Boston, she received the Boston Foundation’s Change Maker award and in 2013 she received the Bostonian-Of-The-Year Award. This award is given to Bostonians who impact their community in a remarkable way.
An avid runner, Natalie’s philosophy for success is…. “You Run Towards.” This philosophy was never more apparent than on April 15th 2013. She had just run 26 miles and was about to finish the Boston marathon when the bombs detonated at the finish line. Instead of turning around and running away with the crowd, she ran towards the chaos and saved 4 lives that day.
Natalie has been honored by President Obama, as well as featured on CNN, BBC, CBC, and Fox news. She has also appeared on the cover of Runner’s World Magazine and Sports Illustrated. Natalie Stavas attacks every obstacle with the same attitude: “You run towards that which you fear, that which challenges you, that which is oppositional.” Natalie speaks to audiences about her experience as a first responder and what ultimately led her to make that fateful decision to run into a terrorist attack.
Natalie Stavas’ “Running Towards Chaos” Keynote Will…
- Begin by showing a challenging situation and posing a question
- Ask the audience to reflect on chaos in their own life and how they respond
- Incorporate Natalie’s humorous upbringing on a farm in Nebraska to demonstrate challenges we face
- Talk about real life chaos both internal and external
- Discuss the ultimate decision of literally “running into chaos” and how to deal with the consequences
- Explore why we should all consider ourselves people who “run towards”
- Discuss how we find meaning in our chaotic lives
You Will Learn…
- That, although counter intuitive, running towards chaos actually makes chaos more manageable
- Why humans are genetically pre-disposed to be selfless and how to incorporate that into everyday life
- How internal chaos can paralyze us from achieving our full potential
- How we find meaning in the chaotic world that surrounds us
“Thank you for agreeing to be with us at CASE IV. Your presentation was the most celebrated of the keynotes we had. I had more positive comments about your content, style, and delivery than I did for any of the other well-known keynoters involved. You made us think, you challenged us, you made us laugh and cry, and you left us reflecting and inspired to be our better selves. I feel honored to know you. I wish you continued success and happiness.”
“Natalie Stavas delivered the Closing General Session at the 2016 AHCA/NCAL Independent Owners Conference held March 16 – 18 in San Diego, CA. In a word, she was inspirational. Dr. Stavas has a talent for delivering useful information that is also motivational. Her story of growing up in Kansas, continuing on to Harvard and running the Boston Marathon, provide wonderful examples of how we can live our best lives. Our participants raved about her presentation. It was the perfect end to our event.”
“Dr. Stavas recently spoke to the attendees of the National Emergency Number Association’s Annual Conference and Expo. Dr. Stavas’ presentation was simply excellent and right on point for the audience. Her very well prepared presentation was highlighted by remarkable video segments that perfectly augment her comments. The standing ovation she received indicated that the powerful message and presentation was very well received by the attendees. She was a powerful contributor to the success of the conference.”