Holly Hoffman- Emcee
CBS Survivor Finalist, Motivational Speaker
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” —Holly Hoffman from Your Winner Within
Born and raised in Eureka, South Dakota, Holly Hoffman was the last remaining member of the Espada Tribe and the last woman standing on Season 21 of CBS’ hit reality show “Survivor Nicaragua”. Through that experience, and others throughout her life, Holly was inspired to share her message of positivity, determination and confidence with business leaders, teachers, and students across the nation.
A professional motivational speaker and the author of Your Winner Within, Holly acknowledges that life is made up of challenges, and we are oftentimes faced with situations that seem insurmountable. But within each of us is an ability to focus our thoughts, emotions, and energy to succeed—if only we have the knowledge, tools, and discipline to do so.
Holly’s writing and speaking not only offer encouragement and optimism but a roadmap for self discovery and spiritual enlightenment. Her methods—the ones she uses everyday in her own life—are intuitive, honest, and adaptable to nearly any situation. Readers and audience members alike walk away inspired to light the fire of successful living within themselves.
A lifelong resident of America’s heartland, Holly graduated from her hometown high school in Eureka, South Dakota and then attended Northern State University. Holly and her husband Charlie manage a ranch in north central South Dakota and are the parents of three wonderful children, who have each gone on to inspired and successful careers. Their oldest, Austin, is married to his wife Megan, and is a lawyer in his hometown of Eureka, South Dakota. Holly is a very proud grandmother to their two boys. Alexandra—a former Miss South Dakota and top 15 finalist at the Miss America pageant—is married to her husband John, and is a graduate of South Dakota State University graduating with a degree in broadcast journalist. She and her husband live in Mitchell, South Dakota where John is a dentist. Holly is also proud to be the grandmother of their son and newest grandson. Their youngest, Elizabeth and her husband, Robert recently graduated from the University of South Dakota medical school and are both doing their residency in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Today, Holly is a member of the National Speaker’s Association and travels across the country, speaking to schools and universities, healthcare organizations, women’s organizations, community leaders and business professionals. In her six years of speaking, she has traveled to 23 states and over 150 high schools. Holly inspires her audiences to take opportunities and focus on attitude, determination, confidence, desire, faith, and perseverance.