Amy Oestreicher

Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, survivor, award-winning actress, and playwright, sharing the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, mixed-media art, performance, and inspirational speaking. As the creator of Gutless & Grateful, her one-woman autobiographical musical, she has toured theatres nationwide, including a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness, and Broadway theatre for college campuses. To celebrate her own “beautiful detour," Amy created the #LoveMyDetour campaign, which helps others thrive through difficulties. As Eastern Regional Recipient of Convatec’s Great Comebacks Award, she has contributed to over 70 notable online and print publications, and her story has appeared on NBC's TODAY, CBS, and Cosmopolitan, among others. She has devised workshops for conferences nationwide and is this year's keynote speaker for the Hawaii Pacific Rim International Conference on Diversity and Disability. Learn more at