Episode 147 – Marti MacGibbon – Author Fierce Funny and Female

by Dave Farrow
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Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, CAPMS, is an inspirational speaker, standup comic,
certified addiction treatment professional, and author of two nationally award-
winning and critically acclaimed memoirs, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way
Up from Rock Bottom and, Fierce, Funny, and Female. She is a Human Trafficking
Expert Consultant at the US Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and
an Expert Consultant at the US Office for Victims of Crime. Marti is an internationally
known author and an expert on trauma resolution and addiction. She holds five
professional certifications in her specialized field, including the ACRPS, (Advanced
Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, and the CAPMS (Certified Addiction-Free Pain
Management Specialist).

Few speakers have a personal comeback story as riveting and inspirational as Marti’s.
She has recovered from and triumphed over nightmare experiences such as being
trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime, homelessness,
domestic violence, childhood sexual assault/abuse, severe PTSD and hard-core drug
addiction. Marti employed simple, effective strategies to transform her life, and shares
them to motivate, encourage, and energize listeners to create positive changes in
every area of their lives.

In addition to speaking to businesses, medical professionals and mental health
professionals on overcoming adversity, empowerment, addiction recovery, and
inspiration, Marti speaks on human trafficking, domestic violence, and other violence
against women, and trains service providers. She has spoken at The Museum of
Tolerance, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, at colleges and
universities, and even from the center of an MMA octagon at, “Fight Traffick,” an anti-
human trafficking cage-fighting event. She’s been interviewed in Investor’s Business
Daily, Entrepreneur, and Glamour, on ABC-TV, CBS-TV, FOX-TV and numerous radio
stations, and articles she wrote have appeared in over 150 corporate and trade

An advocate for victims and survivors, in 2015, Marti spoke at the White House, the
State Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office for
Victims of Crime, on mental health and policy advocacy. From 2012-2017, Ms.
MacGibbon served on the Indiana Attorney General’s state-wide anti-trafficking task
force IPATH, Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans. From 2013-2017,
she developed curriculum for and taught a life skills class for women with trauma
history in Marion County Jail. In 2014, she spoke to California State Legislature in
support of new and successful legislation aimed at eradicating child sex trafficking.
Ms. MacGibbon is an engaged leader who served for two years on the Board of
Directors at HEAL Trafficking, Inc., and currently is a Board Member at MENTARI
Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program in NY, NY, and on the Advisory
Board at Justice At Last in San Francisco. Marti is a Speaker Trainer Consultant at the
National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Center.

From 2011 to 2019, Marti was founder, producer, and emcee of Laff-Aholics Standup
Comedy Benefit for Recovery, an annual charity fundraiser in Indianapolis that features nationally headlining comedians. One hundred percent of the profits from the
show went to transitional housing facilities in Indy that provide access to addiction
treatment and mental health services for the recovery community’s most vulnerable.
The Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition (IAIC) honored Marti with the 2015 Indiana
Lifetime Recovery Advocate Award, and the 2014 Recovery Advocate of the Year
Award, for outstanding accomplishments in support of recovery, and her work in
breaking away the stigma surrounding addiction, mental illness, and human

Marti has performed at the world-famous Hollywood Improv and at the Comedy Store
in Hollywood, and has traveled the U.S. as a professional standup comic. She is a
member of the National Speakers Association, the National Survivor Network, the
California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals.

Fierce, Funny, and Female, Marti’s recent memoir, is winner of the Beverly Hills
International Book Award, in Women’s Issues, and winner of the National Indie
Excellence Awards, in Women’s Health. It is winner of the 2018 Independent Press
Award, in Humor and Women’s Studies. In June 2018, the book was announced
winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Awards, in both Humor and Women’s

For more information, visit: http://martimacgibbon.com

Dave Farrow

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