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"In December 2016 the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) had Emily Kimball as the keynote speaker at our Annual Breakfast Meeting for our 375 co-workers and business partners. Emily shared her adventures and experiences hiking the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, starting when she was 60 years old and completing it when she was 71. Emily's presentation was interspersed with these nuggets of wisdom for others, that apply at work and in our personal lives:

  1. Importance of detailed preparation for going for a goal
  2. Planning bench marks along the way and celebrating them
  3. Finding ways around obstacles
  4. Reaching your goal even when last minute complications make it more difficult

Now 85 years young, Emily received a standing ovation after her 30-minute presentation! "

Ken Robertson
Human Resources Director
Virginia Retirement System
December 8,2016

"The Bangor Daily News was very fortunate to have Emily Kimball speak for our Dirigo Speaks series. The event ended up selling out... It was a packed house, and Emily sure didn't disappoint. Her presentation was fun, entertaining and informative. A number of attendees came up to me after to tell me how wonderful she was, and a couple saying they wished they could go on an adventure with her! The best part of the presentation was that Emily had no problem taking questions from the live audience, and answering in a way that made adventuring feel accessible and doable for anyone, at any age. The Dirigo Speaks series is a way to connect Mainers all over the state with nationally known celebrities, politicians, and educators in a way that allows for open discussion."

Kelly Donnelly
Event and Brand Coordinator
Bangor Daily News
November 30, 2016

"Thank you so much for taking the time and energy to join us up here in Bangor for our Dirigo Speaks speakers series. Your energy and passion for staying healthy both physically and mentally, are an inspiration! Many of our guests who attended your presentation felt a renewed motivation to get outside, go for a hike, and as Theodore Roosevelt used to say, "get action!." We continue to be awed by your drive to stay positive, inspire others, and be a change agent in your own unique way. I wish hundreds more could have attended your presentation to hear your perspective and thoughts on how adventuring can help us all age more creatively!"

AARP Maine joins The Bangor Daily News in thanking you for the change you're welling up in Americans old and young."

"Emily Kimball, the Aging Adventurer, was a fantastic keynote speaker at our 2016 Bon Secours Richmond Successful Aging Forum. She entertained and inspired our audience of a couple hundred seniors and caregivers to stand up to age-ism and to find adventures, however big or small, in middle life, retirement and beyond! Ms. Kimball was a delight to work with leading up to the event, and tailored the focus of her presentation to match the focus of our event. I would highly recommend Ms. Kimball to anyone looking for a speaker for their event!"

Kerrissa MacPherson
Senior Health Program Coordinator
Bon Secours Richmond
October 3, 2016

"We were fortunate to have Emily Kimball, The Aging Adventurer, visit Twin Hickory Area Library recently to share stories about her remarkable life and travel adventures for our monthly senior program. Her positive outlook, generous spirit and encouraging advice about pursuing an active life as you age inspired everyone in the audience. She shared several photographs and anecdotes from her bicycle trip across the United States and answered numerous questions from participants. It was a fascinating presentation and we received several compliments from attendees about how much they enjoyed the event and meeting Emily."

Hillary Burns, Manager
Twin Hickory Library
September 17, 2016

"Thank you so much for speaking to my group yesterday at Willow Oaks Country Club. You had 60 Retired Old Men captivated by your adventures as well as your advice on aging gracefully. You have a wonderful way of combining information, inspiration, humor, and adventure into your talk.... I have set up 60 speakers for my group in the last three years and none have been more interesting and inspirational than you."

Dave Lipp, President
The Richmond ROMEO Group
lipprva@gmail.com
July 21, 2016

"We are so pleased that you were able to visit our college and present to our students as part of our Women's History Month. You delivered a lecture full of history, adventure and inspiration. It is not every day that our students get to hear the story of a woman who has traveled her path in life with such "gusto" for the outdoors and life in general. Your insights about overcoming your personal struggles, living out your dreams to the fullest, and asking for help when needed, gave our students much to think about and take with them. Several students and colleagues, mentioned how impressed they were by your amazing determination and inner strength."

Professor Maria W. Jofre
Women's History Month, Co-chair
Wolfson Campus
Miami Dade College
March 24, 2016

"Emily Kimball was the keynote speaker for our "Geriatricks 2014: Care of the Older Adult" conference for healthcare professions in October, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Her presentation was titled Reinventing Old Age for the 21st Century. The objectives of the presentation were for learners to examine their attitudes and beliefs regarding the abilities of the older adult and to examine factors associated with the concept of ageism.

Emily's energetic and enlightening presentation set the stage for the entire conference. She demonstrated to participants that many older adults are healthy, and the goal is to keep them healthy! For example, one participant wrote: "I take care of a lot of patients > 65 years post cardiac surgery. This talk has opened my eyes on not putting limitations to these patients because they are elderly." Another participant wrote: "Emily's experience highlights the important role the professional plays in helping older adults achieve their goals. In addition, it reinforces the need to emphasize physical activity for this population."

Emily also increased awareness regarding ageism and stereotyping, with suggestions to avoid them. For example, one participant wrote: "Wonderful personal experiences that helped me realize the subtle suggestions that can be harmful." Another specified a plan to change their practice: "I will re-evaluate how I talk to seniors and approach their care as it related to their individual abilities".

Based on the overall feedback regarding Emily's presentation, I am happy to recommend her as a speaker on this topic."

Jobeth Pilcher EdD, RN-BC
Chair of the Conference Planning Committee
NPD Specialist: Baylor Scott and White Health
jobethp@baylorhealth.edu

"Thank you again for speaking to University of Richmond students in the Healthcare and Society Program this semester. In particular, thank you for talking with the students about your own experience of dealing with illness and treatment, your perspectives on aging, and your insights about living an active life with an enthusiastic spirit. You will be happy to hear that, after hearing you speak, one of the students spent time shadowing a geriatrician in order to learn more about healthcare and aging. Thanks again for inspiring the students!"

Rita M. Willett, MD
Adjunct Faculty, University of Richmond
Healthcare and Society Program
November 30, 2013

"I wanted to thank you for your presentation on "Redefining Old Age for the 21st Century"! I have heard nothing but positive remarks from our residents and can feel a renewed spark of "let's get out there and try something new" around the community. Your enthusiasm for life and adventure is contagious! Thank you for coming and we look forward to having your out again."

Karen Hoffman
Recreation Assistant for Independent Living
Covenant Woods Retirement Home
September 19, 2013

"Emily led a fantastic session with students at the University of Richmond who are considering careers in healthcare. She illustrated the concept of active aging with interesting stories about her own adventures. When talking about her personal experience of illness, she emphasized the problems caused by ageism and the importance of honesty, respect and compassion from healthcare providers. Emily's genuine connection with the students, her thoughtful perspective on life and her storytelling skills really engaged the students in learning. As a teacher, I was impressed with the care that she took to know her audience and to shape this presentation to their needs. "

Dr. Rita Willett
Doctors Becoming Doctors Class
University of Richmond
January 29, 2013

"On behalf of myself, our members and our guests at our January 2012 American Society of Women Accountant meeting, I would like to thank you for speaking to our group. Everybody absolutely loved you and learning about hiking the Appalachian Trail. You are a great role model for all of us and have given us the inspiration to work toward our goals and dreams as you have without giving up. The tools you taught us will hopeful be put to use by each of us to achieve our professional and personal life goals. Thank you for taking your personal time to make such an influence in our lives."

Melissa Fergel
Program Chair
American Society of Women Accountants

"Emily Kimball has a wonderfully comfortable style of presenting. She is equally invested in her audience and her topic. As one who lives her own truth, Emily's presentation is filled with inspiring personal stories, relevant statistical information, ideas around problem-solving, and gentle humor. In our group, her presentation changed the conversation we usually have--from the problems of aging to the gifts and opportunities of aging. A powerful spokeswoman for aging!" Thank you for sharing all of your gifts--all the things you talked about in your presentation. It really does have power and impact!"

Henrico Aging Coalition
Karen R. Gill, LCSW, CT
December 18, 2011

"Emily Kimball shared her lively stories from the Appalachian Trail with residents and the community at Kidron Bethel Village continuing-care retirement community Builders' Banquet, November 15, 2011. Those attending enjoyed hearing her ideas about "Redefining Old Age for the 21st Century."

Advertising and Public Relations Manager
Kidron Bethel Village, North Newton, Kansas
Susan Garofalo

"Your talk at Kidron-Bethel was wonderful; people are still talking about it!"

Resident and author, Jacob D. Goering
November 28, 2011

"Your presence at our S.E. Tennessee Aging Conference, "Navigating the Aging Highway: Detours, Exits, and Scenic Byways on April 1st was such a delight. Not only were your words of wisdom, past experiences and current projects discussed enlightening--they exemplified a first-hand knowledge of the material shared. I have received many, many positive comments about your discussions from various attendees--not only regarding your keynote address, Going For Your Passions in Later Life but also the break-out sessions you held (Making Your Dreams Happen and Stand up to Ageism)."

Director of Special Services
Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, Inc.

Todd D. Bragg, M.A. Ed
April 8, 2011

"Thank you for a unique and inspiring presentation of "Make It Happen" to Richmond Audubon Society this past February 17th. Many members told me how much they enjoyed the program. I know you have certainly inspired some of us to start implementing resources and get outdoors in places we have been dreaming about going. Many future birding trips will be more adventurous and fulfilling thanks to you!

I still get positive feed-back from your program last month. You are a good speaker and very inspirational. (March 21, 2011)"

Program Chair
Richmond Audubon Society

Linda Warfield
February 23, 2011

"Emily led a wonderful program for the Tuckahoe Library in Henrico County--Living Your Dreams at 60 and Beyond. She had her audience enthralled with her adventures on the Appalachian Trail, and her inspiration was clear from the questions she got and the folks who hung around after the program. She was a pleasure to work with in the development of the program, offering assistance with promotion and shaping her presentation to address the interests of both her audience and the library."

Head of Adult Services Tuckahoe Area Library
Henrico County Virginia

Steve Carter-Lovejoy
February 3, 2011

"Thank you for the lively synopsis of your book, Appalachian Trail Stories and Other Adventures: Living Your Dreams at 60 and Beyond, at the May Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club General Meeting. What an interesting life you lead filled with such diverse adventures. Your relentless advocacy to inspire seniors to get out on the trail, or any adventure, is certainly contagious to young and old alike.....You are a role model to all, and the Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club is lucky you so willingly share your vast knowledge."

Secretary
Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club

Lori Ando
June 7, 2010

"On behalf of the Mature Moderns at Bon air Presbyterian Church I would like to thank you very much for your stimulating talk and slide show at our November 19th meeting. Typical of the many comments I received was, "It was so wonderful to meet one face-to-face who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and bicycled across America. You were just great."

Program Chair
The Mature Moderns

Francis L. Church
November 30, 2010

"On November 14, 2008, The Senior Resource Group of The Virginia Recreation & Park Society had the honor of receiving Ms. Emily Kimball, MA as the Keynote Speaker for the 2008 SRG Fall Conference on Senior Programming, Therapeutic Recreation & Aging, during which she delivered a session focusing on assisting participants on how they can better relate to the 21st century retiree and how to redefine their concept of "old age." Her session was titled, "Re-defining Old Age for the 21st Century." ......Ms. Kimball delivered with an energizing spirit, offering inspiration and true passion in the message for her listeners. We left her session feeling there is hope for us and the clients in which we teach.

I and the members of the Board of Directors of the Senior Resource Group of VRPS highly recommend Emily Kimball as a speaker and teacher within the area of recreation, positive self-enhancement, and in particular her ability to present to her listener a new and empowered viewpoint of what the mature adult can accomplish for themselves in their later years."

Senior Resource Group Professional Development Coordinator
2008 SRG Fall Conference Co-Chair

Daniel S. Ronquillo, CPRP, ADC
February 1, 2009

"What an inspiration you were to those of us who heard you speak at our 10th Annual Women's Symposium on September 26th. Often, we get so caught up in the day to day activities that we forget to take care of ourselves. You pointed that out so beautifully. Your experiences from hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine to biking across the country from coast to coast, reiterated your point perfectly - that reaching goals is attainable if you set your mind to a task and stay determined......We surveyed our audience, and you received glowing marks!!"

Director of Marketing, Coliseum Health System, Macon, GA
Jan C. Beeland
October 2, 2008

This letter is offered as a hearty recommendation of Emily Kimball who was a presenter for an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute mini course in the summer of 2008. In the words of the course leader, Jill Baughan: "...Emily led the class in an interactive session on Creative Aging and was a spectacular instructor - the kind who actually lives out her own advice. Rather than subscribing to the notion that your senior years are a time of slowing down and fading out, she is passionate about redefining the last third of life as a time of opportunity and adventure - and her enthusiasm is contagious. By the time she left the room, everyone was ready to get out there and do life with some serious gusto!"

Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Jane Dowrick
July 9, 2008

"Thank you so much for coming to Rolling Green Village Retirement Community to keynote our Senior Olympics Banquet. You are a remarkable and inspiring human being. Our residents thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. My (teenage) son thinks that you are totally cool."

Marketing Director Rolling Green Village
Ruth Wood
May 25, 2008

"Thank you for opening our 2008 Winter Lecture Series. Your rousing presentation was well received. Sitting in the audience, I heard the gasp of people awed by your slides of the majestic mountains of New Zealand, the bucolic landscape of Ireland, and sunset images along the coast. I heard the laughter from your anecdotes that punctuated your presentation. Most notably I recall, and still chuckle, about your story of finding and eating potatoes along the roads in Nova Scotia. And at times, I heard the silence of people thinking that they too can partake of an adventure regardless of their age. You aroused the spirit of the audience. I know it was a lot to ask you to create this program that spanned so many years. But it was powerful and truly inspirational. "

Chesterfield Virginia, County Parks and Recreation
Mark Battista, Naturalist
February 23, 2008

"Thank you so much for coming to the biennial staff meeting of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired on April 17, 2007. Your presentation of Make Your Goals Happen: Life Lessons Learned from Long Distance Hiking was perfect for our staff. Your style was warm, personal, and very humorous. You clearly connected with the audience - I could see how engaged people were. Staff evaluations of your session ranked it the best among all presentations offered during our four day meeting. We received wonderful comments about your session, to include: very interesting; inspiring; informative; practical/relates to work and life... ... You are an excellent presenter, a tremendous motivator, and a great role model."

Commonwealth of Virginia, Library and Resource Center Director
Barbara N. McCarthy
Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired. Richmond, VA.
July 3, 2007

"On behalf of the NH Conference on Aging Planning Committee I would like to thank you for the dynamic and entertaining keynote address you gave at our 7th Annual Conference on Aging held on May 11, 2007. We have received positive feedback on your address from those who participated. You were full of life, motivational, as well as inspirational - .....You were one of the highlights of our conference."

Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services
Wendy Aultman
NH Conference on Aging Coordinator
June 29, 2007

"Thank you for your support and presentation at the California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) activity, 'Therapeutic Recreation and Aging Services Institute, which was held on March 7, 2007 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Congratulations on the keynote address you gave at this annual Institute. The topic 'Making Dreams Happen' was timely, and you presented the material on quality of life issues in a way that everyone could understand. It was very relevant to our current debates on justifying quality of life issues for our communities. Your presentation was informative, enlightening and contributed to the success of this CPRS event."

Therapeutic Recreation Section
Janelle Sellick, Director
California Park and Recreation Society
June 2, 2007

"Thank you so much for taking the time to participate in our 2007 California and Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference. Your delivery style and expert content helped make the conference a success - ... - .You may be interested to know that while thumbing through the evaluations for your session, Getting Acquainted with the New Age Senior; it was not uncommon to see words like 'inspirational and session was interesting and informational.' On the question 'Did the instructor educate you on ideas & solutions that were immediate to advanced level of information' you scored a 92%."

Director of Education
Leslie Fritz, CPRP
California Park & Recreation Society
May 23, 2007

"Thank you for an exceptional keynote presentation during the 2006 Annual Conference on Aging at Lynchburg College. Please know that the sharing of your knowledge was greatly appreciated by all of us at the Center on Aging as well as those who attended your workshop - .On behalf of the Central & Western Virginia Alzheimer's Association and the Beard Center on Aging I want you to know how grateful we are that you were willing and able to be such an important part of this year's conference - ...Not surprisingly your keynote address received very high evaluations and many exceptional kudos.

Lynchburg College
Rose Jensen, Ph.D.
Director of Gerontology
July 2006

" We were very happy with our experience with Emily Kimball. Emily provided our Symposium with a closing keynote presentation.....What a wonderful way to end a conference on a high note! Her presentation was well received. She comes out in "costume". She has interaction with the audience. One participant said that after hearing her, he was going home to rethink his retirement. Participants, after being at the Symposium all day, left the building smiling - ..I would without reservation recommend Emily as a presenter for any group that wants to send a message to their participants that life after 65 can and should be fun!

Shenandoah University
Martha Erbach, RN, Med, MSN
Associate Director School of Continuing Studies
July 2006

"I just wanted to let you know one more time what an inspirational and relevant general session you facilitated at our recent Supervisory Leadership Conference. I keep getting positive comments from the conference participants, who not only found your trail experiences to be engaging and entertaining, but also full of learning that can be applied to their everyday challenges on the job - ....

Chesterfield University
Jim Einhaus, Learning Consultant
June 2006

"Thank you so much for speaking at the kick off of our Body Shop exercise incentive program yesterday. Everyone was very inspired and impressed with your presentation. My exercise classes were all larger this morning and I am sure it was a result of your enthusiastic speech. I had several new participants who had not previously exercised but who were present for your program. Your talk was interesting, well presented and very motivating.

Brandermill Woods Retirement Community
Sue Carson, Fitness Coordinator
June 2006

"Emily Kimball's presentation to the Senior Advantage group on May 24, 2006, was an inspiration to the more than 100 senior citizens who attended the event. The group was entertained and motivated by Emily's energy, enthusiasm and tenaciousness regarding her biking and hiking experiences and all of her other adventures. Emily's positive outlook was motivation for the seniors to keep active, maintain an upbeat attitude, and be willing to try to achieve their dreams at any age. She is an excellent role model. For ten years Senior Advantage has had an event with an inspirational keynote speaker. Following Emily's presentation, one of the members said, "She is the best speaker we have ever had." I recommend Emily for any group who is looking for a keynote speaker with an amazing, enjoyable, inspiring message to "Make It Happen."

All Saints Healthcare
Jan Caflisch, Senior Advantage Coordinator
May 2006

"On behalf of the Southeastern Wisconsin Area Agency on Aging and the over 200,000 60 + residents, we thank you for your motivational and enlightening presentation at our 18th Annual Elder Issues Conference - ..Your personal style of interactive dialogue, wit, sincerity and ease was a refreshing departure from ordinary presentations. I was impressed with your immediate connection to the audience. You captivated the attention of over 300 individuals, which provided the foundation for our entire conference. It was a day full of excitement, and your presence made the event a great success - ..Thank you for demonstrating that we can Make It Happen, and seize the joy that awaits us in this life adventure."

Southeastern Wisconsin Area Agency on Aging
Brad Peele, Elder Issues Conference Coordinator
December 2005

"Thank you for your wonderful presentation, 'Make It Happen!' You engaged the audience and demonstrated to them that we all can indeed become "adventurers" at any age. You filled us with hope and a new perspective of ourselves as "Seniors Adventurers," You told us to avoid the detractors in life, to surround ourselves with supportive friends, and always know that somehow along a rocky road there will appear 'Trail Angels.' You taught us never to give up, to always take risks and to treat life itself as an adventure. You made our day - ...We HIGHLY recommend you to any gathering in need of a reminder that they have not yet become all that they can be."

City of Norfolk, Commission on Aging/Long Term Care Coordination
Kathleen S. Blanchard, BS, MBA, Chair
June 2005

"Each year the Senior Resource Alliance holds the Service Providers Workshop for the front-line workers in the Central Florida Aging network and you helped make this the best one I've attended! You gave a terrific presentation....post conference evaluations confirmed it was the highlight of the workshop.......On a more personal note, I would like to compliment you on your witty and very informative presentation style. There surely was never a dull moment....I particularly appreciated your use of humor to make your point."

Senior Resource Alliance
E. Douglas Beach, PHD, CEO,
March 2005

"Thank you for coming to Columbus to share your experiences, wisdom and humor with the Mount Carmel Breast Cancer Exercise Program "Survivors on the Move" .. .... audience evaluations commented that they had been inspired and motivated, and were appreciative of your down-to-earth and straightforward style. You were able to find the perfect combination of telling your story, advising the audience on the importance of 'finding and pursuing what gives you joy', and offering practical tips on fitting these activities into our hectic lives."

Mount Carmel Women's Health Center
Laurie Kaps-Keller, RN, MS, Breast Cancer Specialist, March 2005

"Your delivery was so natural that people felt as if you were having a conversation with them. However, the content was so rich that people were taking notes. You have made our job for next year difficult as you are a hard act to follow."

Newark Senior Center
K. Jean Williams, Executive Director, January 2004

"It was evident that your message had an impact, because you were able to get some members of the audience to share their personal fears and dreams. Many would never dream of biking thousands of miles or climbing mountains at any time in their lives, let alone at the tender age of 60 or more. You helped them see that anything is possible if they set goals and focused on them."

Social Security Administration
Joan Steward-Stevens, Assistant Associate Commissioner, Office of Management and Operations Support, April 2004.

"Your motivational words of encouragement created excitement within the audience. Our members left the program feeling inspired to try the things that they've always wanted to do."

Senior Advantage in Life
Serena Collado, Associate Director, June 2004

"You will never know what your inspiring message has meant to so many and especially so many here last Wednesday. I venture to say that some lives were changed by what they heard from you."

Cross Ridge Women's Club
Frances Johns, Vice President, June 2004

"I had the opportunity to attend your "Creative Aging" workshops and observe first hand how mesmerized your audience was by the sheer force of your presentation."

West Virginia Summit on Aging
Chuck F. Conroy Jr., Chairman, October 2003

"Every gerontological conference can use a keynoter like Emily Kimball, The Aging Adventurer. Her voice represents the savvy seniors we meet more and more in our practices as gerontologists and gerontological educators."

Southern Gerontological Society Conference
E Ayn Welleford, PhD. 2003 Program Chair, Virginia Commonwealth University

"I heard many positive comments about your contribution to this year's events. We appreciated your suggestions that people stay active and engaged with life as they retire and age. Your enthusiasm is contagious. Your life is an inspiration to us all."

State of Iowa Department of Elder Affairs
Mark A. Haverland, Director, May 2003

"A few of the comments we received included, "very interesting and entertaining. Emily did a great job of showing the similarities between the challenges faced in her world (on the trail) and our daily challenges.. "I found Emily Kimball inspiring and admirable. I related to her message personally" and " Emily charged me up and made me take another look at the spectrum of life."

Comments from managers at a large Richmond, VA firm after a presentation on setting and reaching goals. May 2003

"Thank you so much for your presentation and willingness to share your dream and strategies for achieving it with our membership. Since the majority of our members are teachers, I think often they get caught up in the process of caring for others and frequently put their own plans, dreams and desires "on hold." You taught us how to ignore all the nay-sayers and move ahead anyway."

American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness
Janet A. Seaman, PED,MBA,CAPE, Executive Director, May 2003

"Your upbeat, positive view of life and the choices and opportunities available for all of us were awesome messages to impart. Several people told me you were the best program we've had. That is a remarkable compliment of which you should be very proud."

The Shepherd's Center of Richmond
Janyce H. Olson, Executive Director, February 2003

"Your stories from the trail, and from your own personal struggles touched us all, and encouraged us to try harder to overcome the obstacles in our lives and go for our dreams as you have. You are such a good example of an active engaged older person. It is great to present that image to our seniors and to the community at large. It helps fight off some of the ageism in our culture that sometimes holds seniors back. That was just the message we wanted delivered."

Active Living Senior Expo
Sheila Salyer, Senior Service Manager, City of Tallahassee, January 2003

"I coordinate continuing education programs on a daily basis. Ms Kimball was very easy to work with from the first contact. Her energy, knowledge, and organization showed in every contact we made leading to the event. We had several faculty for this conference; Ms Kimball was by far the best received and had the biggest impact on the group."

Building Active Community Environments
Natalie R. Edwards, MA Ed, Assistant Director, Allied Health, Public Health, and Dental Health Education, and Health Careers and Workforce Diversity, Eastern Area Health Education Association, January 2003

"Your presentation to our group was truly a source of inspiration - ..Starting up a business from scratch is probably not too different from taking that first step on the Appalachian Trail. There is a long road ahead, but you showed us that getting started was the most important thing!"

National Association of Women Business Owners, Southeastern Chapter
Sandy Dumont, Program Chair, January 2002

"On behalf of the YWCA thank you for your excellent presentation at our Leader Luncheon March 6 to 830 guests. We have had so many people tell us how much they enjoyed it and how inspiring you were. People have said you were the perfect speaker who demonstrated that anything is possible when someone follows her dreams. That is certainly the message we are trying to convey to girls and women at the YWCA."

Rockport, Illinois YWCA
Barbara Sjostrom, Associate Director, March 2000

"Your keynote remarks really struck a chord with the entire crowd - athletes, volunteers and sponsors. You are someone who definitely "walks the talk" in that you live your convictions rather than merely talking about them. Your courage and independent spirit are ageless examples for all of us. Thanks for making my first Senior Games so memorable."

Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield
Linda G. Bambacus, Vice President Product Management, June 2000

"Thank you for keynoting the 20th Annual Community Forum on Aging. The four hundred plus participants were energized by your presentation which lead to a highly successful day. Your upbeat philosophy of life is an inspiration to young and old. After listening to you, I am reassured it is possible to pursue a lifestyle that will allow us to enjoy the freedom of our later years. I would highly recommend you to any group, young or old, seeking a motivational speaker."

Peninsula Agency on Aging, Inc
William S. Massey, Executive Director, March 2001

"You are a true adventurer who brought to the Chesterfield Business Council an excitingly different perspective. Our usual speaker does not come dressed in hiking boots, carrying a hiking stick or wearing a tooth necklace! You made such insightful comparisons from your adventures of long distance hiking and biking to the issues of risk taking in the business world. The audience was absorbed by your stories of grit and determination amongst great obstacles."

Chesterfield Business Council
Rita Herter, Program Chairperson, July 2000

"The following are some evaluation comments on your sessions: 'Great modeling of theme to 'keep moving, keep grooving, life is living!' 'You are an inspiration that retirement will be an adventure.' 'Gives us 'old fold' encouragement to find new ways to find our way to enjoy the golden years.' 'It was refreshing to hear from someone that you wouldn't normally expect at a conference."

North Dakota Conference of Social Welfare
Carol Meshefski, Presiden, November 2001

"Emily wowed an audience that is most difficult to win over at times! Her parallels from life on the trail to our career as life underwriters were truly inspiring."

Richmond, VA Association Life Underwriters
Jeffrey R. Layne, September 1999

"Your style of presenting and your energy were just what we had hoped for. Through your shared experiences and information everyone in attendance was able to look at themselves and their centers in quite a different way."

Pennsylvania Association of Senior Centers Conference
Sandy Nicholson, Program Chair, November 2001

"Here is a sample of what conference attendees said specifically about your presentation: 'Emily Kimball - very good speaker and had lots of good information to share:' 'I loved the Dare to Dream presentation.' 'I enjoyed Emily and was inspired by her will to be all she could be - she dared to be different and I hope to be just like her."

Georgia Department of Human Resources
Nutrition and Aging Conference
Sudha Reddy, August 2001

"We have had Emily Kimball speak to groups at our retirement communities on two different occasions. Each time her presentation received rave reviews from our administrative staff and our guests. Her adventures on the Appalachian Trail have valuable life lessons for young and old alike. She is a wonderful speaker and I would highly recommend her talks to any group regardless of age."

Westminster Canterbury, Lynchburg, VA
Angela Hamilton, Director of Marketing, May 2001

"Kudos are still coming back to me from conference attendees that were moved by your words: 'Emily really inspired me to start my journey to a vibrant retirement!' 'Excellent testimony of what elderly can do!' 'Very stimulating!!! Has given me the desire to pursue my dreams' 'I am not easily impressed, but this one did it. It was great."

Maryland Aging Network Conference
Sephanie Garrity, 2001 Chair .

"You were a hit at our annual Volunteer Appreciation event! Your comfortable manner put everyone at ease and your stories were truly enjoyed by the audience. Your final story about "the tuba man" was particularly touching and humorous and will leave an everlasting impression on our minds. You blended it so well with how our volunteers continue to get the job done by "giving back."

Chesterfield County Government
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Anita E. Anderson, Event Activities Committee, April 2001

Emily Kimball
4907 Beaver Lane, #104
Richmond, VA 23228
(804) 358-4959
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