October 7, 2013
Presentation: Recovery ROCKS! Hope & Joy on the Flip Side of Addiction…and How Anyone Can Have It!
Disregarding social expectations to “keep up appearances”, Mrs. Vermont America 2013 Hannah Kirkpatrick is a fearless and vulnerable storyteller, willing to expose her journey through the deepest caverns of depression and addictive substances & behaviors, and her close-call victory over some of the same struggles that haunt millions of Americans.
Through her story of devastating loss and second chances, Hannah paints audiences a vivid picture of the light at the end of the long tunnel of addiction, affirming that immeasurable laughter, meaning, and hope await on the other side. She brings levity and humor to an often heavy subject, easily delighting audiences into recognizing and embracing their weaknesses, challenging them to support others through dark times, and above all, passionately supporting listeners to take the steps of courage required to ask for help in whatever area they may be struggling.
Hannah is an acclaimed speaker and mentor, traversing New England and beyond to inspire students, parents, and general adult populations toward the promises of hope & joy in recovery. As a capstone to her year of service as Mrs. Vermont America 2013, she made history as the first Vermonter to ever place in the Top 15 at the Mrs. America competition! She credits the irony of telling an “ugly story in a beautiful dress” as her ticket to success.
Hannah also coaches women in Africa to economic freedom through entrepreneurism, and offers a personal development & leadership curriculum to individuals and companies looking to incorporate vintage values into their personal lives, families and businesses in a new way. Hannah is incredibly grateful to have her husband, Chris Kirkpatrick, still by her side, and they are delighted to have a “very two” year old daughter named Knightley.