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Maureen Manley

Maureen Manley

  • World Class Cyclist, National & International Champion, Past Member of US Cycling Team
  • Maureen exemplifies strength of human spirit with her courage, determination and resourcefulness after her Olympic dreams ended with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis
  • She inspires and teaches others to thrive in the midst of life challenges

The story that inspires thousands…

Told by the exceptional woman who lives it every day…

Maureen’s exceptionalism first came to international attention as a world class cyclist.  She had no preconceived limits on what she could accomplish as a member of the US Cycling Team.  She won a National Championship, set a national record, earned a silver and bronze medals at the national level.  She won a silver medal in the World Championships and was slated to be on the 1992 Olympic team.  She was an extraordinary and influencial leader in the woman’s cycling world.At the height of her cycling career, her dreams came to an abrupt end. While racing in the Tour de France, her vision blurred and she crashed – and she learned it was a result of the onset of multiple sclerosis. The headlines read, “Manley’s Olympic dream is dashed.”  The journey down one road ended.  Another began.  A journey filled with compelling life lessons that strengthened her understanding and belief in the power of the human spirit.The courage, determination and resourcefulness that had fueled her amazing athleticism became instrumental in her healing process.  She did not let her physical setback stop her from living the life she desired. She began to understand and develop effective ways to integrate mind, body and spirit to achieve a life filled with discovery, worth and purpose.Today, Maureen has been able return to her beloved cycling – a testament to the practical effectiveness of her methods.  Her journey led her to become a creative force in helping others find their own personal power and resilience. She has become a much sought-after speaker, inspiring audiences across the nation. She is a trusted life coach and mentor.   She teaches personal success strategies and the creation of long-term, sustainable strategies for achievement.Audiences nationwide have been spellbound, inspired and motivated by Maureen’s story and her masterful way of telling it. They are rewarded with genuinely new perspectives and a list of steps they can use immediately to improve their lives.You can do it too…Through Maureen’s influence, people learn to build awareness, to create a fulfilling life experience and develop self-strengthening personal power. She illustrates what is truly possible and provides practical and realistic methods for creating a rewarding and meaningful life.Maureen Manley knows how to get things moving. Put Maureen in front of a group and be prepared for everyone in the room to be moved. Moved emotionally by her astonishing story of overcoming adversity. Moved by the great empathy and understanding she has for the human condition. Moved by her courage and by her conviction that each of us has within us the strength to achieve a meaningful and fulfilling life. Moved to say, “I can do that.”  Maureen is among those all-too-rare speakers who can address a crowd of hundreds, yet have each person in attendance feel as though she is speaking to him or her individually.The “gift” of Maureen’s story is not to show how naturally exceptional people can overcome hardship. It is how ordinary people can be inspired to become exceptional themselves.

Maureen’s Presentation Topics Include:

Thriving in the Midst of Life’s Challenges

To put it politely, STUFF HAPPENS.  An absolutely vital component to achieving a satisfying, productive life – personally, athletically and professionally – is to develop an understanding of how to maneuver through the challenges you face. In this presentation, you’ll learn:

  • How our behavior follows our most dominant thoughts – positive and negative
  • Ways to avoid being dragged down by problems we inevitably encounter
  • To embrace the fact that we do not need to have control over everything in our lives in order to be a powerful, creative force
  • The difference between coping and thriving
  • How to develop a “yes AND” approach to life, instead of a “yes, BUT” one

People who have had the pleasure of attending this presentation come away with exclamations such as “empowering,” “paradigm shifting,” “thought provoking,” insightful,” and “fun.” It’s filled with practical lessons that have universal appeal and applicability, because we all encounter hard times. What makes this talk so invigorating is the way Maureen draws from her own deeply compelling experience with confronting and subsequently learning to thrive while facing a chronic illness. People draw inspiration, understanding and personal awareness from her, in a way that is profoundly affecting.

Expanding the Possible.

Identifying and overcoming barriers that keep you from achieving your full potential.Sometimes, even when we think we’ve identified what we want, we jump to the conclusion that it can’t be done. Lack of objectivity and of the ability to see beyond barriers holds you back from being successful. This presentation will help you:

  • Learn to identify the known and previously unknown roadblocks between you and what you want to achieve
  • Challenge your beliefs and assumptions
  • Develop a radical curiosity about what you can achieve in terms of shaping your future
  • Replace bad habits with powerful, productive behaviors
  • Learn to jettison limiting beliefs and replace them with powerful ideas that help you achieve your goals
  • Learn the practices that breed success

Maureen illuminates the unseenas well as the apparent obstacles to personal progress. With a combination of research, personal insights and stories told with enthusiasm and humor, Maureen shows how to “expand the possible” and learn the positive, productive, creative practices that feed success and help you move from the ordinary to the extraordinary in shaping your future.

Strategies to Achieve Your Extraordinary. An integrated approach.

We all know that, to proceed most effectively, we should use all the resources at our disposal. It doesn’t make sense to ride a bike using only one gear when we have many to work with. Yet many of us do the equivalent when trying to improve our personal performance. We either don’t recognize or underutilize the resources available to us. This thought-provoking presentation helps you:

  • Learn how to effectively navigate the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical terrain called YOU.
  • Gain a strong understanding of what drives human behavior
  • Identify what pulls you forward and what repels or paralyzes you

Why do we do the things we do? It’s a simple question with complex answers. The fact is, most of us regularly engage in behavior that is counter-productive and at odds with achieving our goals. In this presentation, Maureen highlights information gathered from recent research into human behavior, and shows how these insights can be used to expand personal potential. Attendees will explore what drives them to unlock greater possibilities. They’ll discover how to modify their behavior to achieve what they really want. And they’re given the tools to accomplishtheir goals.

Harnessing Your Champion Mindset. Replacing excuses with action.

We all harbor ambitions, hopes and desires, and yet, so often, we fail to act on them. Sometimes we’re afraid of failure. Other times we lack resolve. What is that something special that certain people have? What compels them forward, to do what it takes to achieve their goals, regardless of how lofty? Maureen calls this something special the champion mindset, and in this presentation she shows:

  • The scientific research on the behavioral characteristics that distinguish successful people
  • The mistake of waiting for motivation
  • How to stop making excuses and start making progress
  • How to quickly overcome adversity and maintain a positive focus

Maureen convincingly makes the case that riding in wake of every ambitious goal is a long list of “yes, buts,” “what ifs,” and “if onlys.” She argues that, most often, these are the main killers of ambition – not a person’s inherent intelligence, initial abilities or financial status. Instead, what’s needed is action. By initiating action, we’re soon presented with at least a small degree of success, which encourages more action and more success. Taking action allows us to discover motivation. Motivation is waiting inthe process, not before it.

Optimizing Wellness.

A holistic approach to creating greater health and peace of mind.We all have the desire to be healthy and happy. What are often elusive are the realistic and practical understandings concerning howto achieve and sustain this. In this thought provoking and enlightening presentation, Maureen sheds light on the understandings and practices concerning how to harness the best of ALL OF YOU in order to be a creative force in your health and well-being. You’ll be delighted to learn:

  • How to honor and work with yourself as a whole person: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual
  • How to motivate yourself though desire rather than fear
  • Techniques to manage stress and redirect your energy productively
  • What drives human behavior, and how to work with your own to make life enhancing choices
  • How to move through obstacles and stay on track with what you desire

In the stories she shares, Maureen has a wonderful way of making the scientific research she draws from come to life in realistic and practical ways. People who have experienced this empowering and dynamic presentation reflect their excitement with new found confidence in having so many new understandings and skills they can put into action right way!

More About Maureen

Maureen Manley heads Spirit In Motion – A comprehensive source for maximizing performance for groups and individuals. She speaks to audiences of dozens to thousands. In addition, she has an active schedule of classes and is an experienced and accomplished Life Coach and Consultant.Maureen holds a Master’s Degree in Integrated Wellness. She has been able to return to her much loved sport of cycling and to lead a life rich with purpose, meaning and joy.


“Maureen’s presentation to our professional women’s organization was flawless! When Maureen began speaking the guests were interested – by the time she was finished the room was riveted.  Maureen’s presentation resonated with every person listening in some way. Often speakers will inspire but Maureen went further and gave us the skills and tools necessary to make changes in our lives.  Attendees used words such as ‘fabulous’, ‘captivating’, and ‘awesome’ when describing her presentation.  I highly recommend Maureen Manley, MA as a speaker for a professional organization or business.”  ~ Elizabeth Tackett, President of Eastside Women In Business

“Leave it to Nashville’s MS folks to haul in the most touchingly poignant, timely and inspirational speakers for their highly anticipated Women Against MS Luncheon. Yowza. Talk about a homerun. Maureen Manley, world champion cyclist, who was forced to give up her dreams of an Olympic Gold after being diagnosed with MS, told a room full of women at Belle Meade Country Club how she reinvented herself and her life following her diagnosis. Empowering.” 
-Nashville, NFocus Magazine“All of the attendees I spoke with commented on how much your presentation “touched” them, gave them chills, brought them to tears…You did very good work on a large scale!! Even the other speakers had very complimentary things to say about you and Dr. Cohen was especially impressed and motivated by you! We all were!!  THANK YOU so much for sharing your story, your experience, your guidance and your soul with us. We are all the richer for having had you as our speaker.”-Leslie Tarlow, Cedar Sinai Medical Center