You have one life. Live it with purpose.

A dynamic speaker and OKC Bombing Survivor who will inspire
you to wake up and live your best life possible.

“I was about to die and realized I had never truly lived.”

In 1995, I was working as a teller for the Federal Employees Credit Union located in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building when my life changed in an instant.

A loud boom erupted and darkness enveloped me as I went into a three-story freefall. Finding myself entombed in concrete, I begged God to give me another chance. Over six hours later I was pulled from the rubble.

Embracing that second chance I went back to college and earned my degree, lost over 200 lbs, and became an Ironman Triathlete. Today, I’m the CEO of that same Credit Union.

Sometimes we all need a wake-up call. Mine was a bombing. This is yours. Through my experience and subsequent transformation, I want to help you live a purposeful life and achieve your wildest dreams.

Don’t just fulfill your potential,
run laps around it.

Like too many others, I once lived a life of complacency and accepting my limitations.

It took a 2-ton bomb to wake me up. Now I’m unstoppable.


You can be too.


Get clear about what you want


Break down your goals into actionable steps


Be motivated to achieve those big crazy goals


Get the wake-up call you need

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When You Book Me You Can Expect

Uplifting Stories

Your audience will laugh, cry, and be inspired through stories from my own experiences.

To Be Challenged

We don’t grow when things are easy. My keynote encourages people to accept challenges and keep moving forward.


A Tone-Setter

Every great conference needs a spark and my talk will set the right tone for your event.

A Proven Leader

As an award-winning CEO, I’ll inspire your audience to become the leaders they were designed to be.

A Message of Hope

From 355-lb college dropout, to bombing survivor, to CEO, to Ironman Athlete. my entire story reveals the power of hope.

“Amy was outstanding! Her energy, passion and positivity kept our employees engaged the moment she began speaking. Her story of not only surviving the Oklahoma City bombing but how she has been able to transform her life since then will give hope to anyone who has faced adversity.”

Steve Green
Hobby Lobby, President

“Amy has the remarkable ability to share a profoundly impactful story while connecting with her audience in a meaningful way. Her story is powerful and heartbreaking, but it leaves the listeners filled with hope and a sense of motivation to better themselves and to truly appreciate life. She was the perfect speaker for our company. I still have team members approach me today and tell me how much they enjoyed listening to her story. It’s a beautiful celebration of resilience that motivates and inspires. I will never tire of hearing Amy’s story. I’m hopeful that we can have her back to our company to speak again.”

Meghan Blessing
Kimray, HR Generalist

“Amy was the perfect keynote speaker for WEOKIE’s Annual Meeting. We knew we needed someone phenomenal since it was our 50th anniversary and Amy delivered. Her inspirational message of hope was engaging and relevant to our audiences of all ages. I would wholeheartedly recommend her.”

Brent Taylor
WEOKIE Credit Union, President & CEO

“Jasco Products was honored to have Amy Downs at our inaugural Women’s Mentorship program meeting. Her personal message of faith and strength during adversity is very meaningful and made a lasting impact on all the attendees. Amy conveys her message in such an honest and open way that it captures the listener and makes them feel a part of her journey. I highly recommend Amy for any public speaking event!”

Bettina Sparks
Jasco Products Company, Executive Project Administrator

“Amy is a wonderful inspirational/motivational speaker. Her message of This Is Your Time is a great testimonial of taking charge of your life, making the decision to live your life as you would want. Amy’s very impactive story and powerful message of receiving a second chance at life, taking charge, and never let anyone stop you for success! Amy’s story is a reminder of how resilient we all truly are. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to hear Amy speak, and hope to hear her again.”

Nancy Croix-Stroud, President/CEO
First Class American Credit Union

Amy Downs has a compelling, unforgettable story to tell, and she delivers it with humor, humility and gravitas. She is an inspiration as both a credit union professional and a courageous human being!

Caroline Willard, President/CEO
Cornerstone Credit Union League

Your words were so incredibly impactful.  Thank you for taking your Saturday to speak to us.  We appreciate and will take to heart your admonishment to live life to the fullest!

Mark Barth, President/CEO
Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma

When you listen to Amy, you begin to connect with her on a personal level, a self-examination begins to happen. As you begin this self-reflection and relate it to Amy’s life, you begin to see what is possible. She removes the roadblocks you might of put in your own way and leaves you empowered and believing in yourself.

Dianne Beckwith, CFE
National Account Manager
Certified Risk Advisor
LexisNexis Risk Solutions

“Amy shared her story of hope and resilience to our agents today by Zoom . Her story was so compelling, our agents looked like they were in a trance listening to her. It was incredible!”

Jennifer Arsenault
Principle Broker
Keller Williams Elite Realty

“Hearing someone speak with authenticity, passion, and conviction can be a very moving experience. Amy Downs and her story of resilience and dedication is one of those experiences. After spending time with Amy and hearing her story, I guarantee you will be humbled and motivated to take stock of what is important in your life.”

Jim Vidmar
Marketing Director
Rose State College

“Amy combines humor, thoughtfulness and motivation into a story that is impossible not to engage with. Her passion leaves you with actionable items and the drive to get out there and lead your teams with a different view and a new mindset. Incredibly easy to work with, Amy is a valuable addition to any event.”

Amber Bailey
Education Manager
Cornerstone Credit Union League

“Amy was the first guest speaker in our spring webinar series. She and her story are both motivational and inspirational. She will make you laugh, cry and realize that you really can get through anything. We received several emails from our attendees expressing how much they enjoyed her presentation.”

Tammy O’Hara
Executive Benefit Consultant
OM Financial

“Amy is an exceptional storyteller who doesn’t require visual aids to paint a picture for her audience of a horrific tragedy she endured and inspire others to be resilient. Not only that, she worked collaboratively with me, the event planner, to improve our entire event for our attendees. Especially for an audience of credit union professionals, Amy is a slam dunk!”

Clint R. Armistead

Director of Training & Events
Heartland Credit Union Association

Get the Spark Your Conference Needs

Uplifting Stories

Your audience will laugh, cry, and be inspired through stories from my own experiences.

To Be Challenged

We don’t grow when things are easy. My keynote encourages people to accept challenges and keep moving forward.

A Tone-Setter

Every great conference needs a spark and my talk will set the right tone for your event.

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