WOW! I wish I had adequate words for the impact Laurel and Russ have had on me professionally and personally. Their story is both heart wrenching and inspiring.
My biggest take-away from my first time hearing their message is simple, CHOICE. Choices lead us down a path to different outcomes, whether it is in safety or other areas of responsibility. I am blown away by the bravery it takes for them to share their painful story, for Russ to continually accept responsibility for his outcome, and for them to challenge others to make their choices carefully.
Their mission is so important: inspire every person to make the RIGHT choice when it comes to their personal safety. To take ownership in their own life, their own safety. Russ and Laurel are not victims, and they do not sing a "poor me" song, rather they inspire you, and show you that life is PRECIOUS and worth making the right choices for. I have heard them speak many times now, and the experience is every bit as impactful every time. It is not a canned speech or glossy presentation. It is two real human beings talking to you about their very REAL situation. They aren't bashful, they answer tough questions, and they share tough answers.
It has been my privilege to get to know them personally and see that they are every bit as inspiring and wonderful in real life as they are on a stage.
I HIGHLY recommend having them speak to your audience about safety.