Author & Motivational Speaker


Claim your Resilience

A new perspective on life's challenges

Amberly presents to a vast array of audiences demonstrating how anyone can hit rock bottom and still find the strength to get back up. Amberly's keynotes focus on a broad range of topics from personal potential, acceptance, and living life to the fullest. She shows with enthusiasm how to never give up and leaves her audiences feeling pumped up, grateful, and hopeful with a new perspective on life's challenges.


True Grit and Grace

As a personal trainer, wife, and mother, Amberly Lago was living the California dream until it turned into a nightmare in May 2010. As she rode her Harley down Ventura Boulevard that breezy, sunny day, Lago was hit by an SUV, throwing her thirty feet down a busy street and shattering her right leg.

Months in the hospital and 34 surgeries, along with plates, pins, and sheer will eventually spared Lago's leg and severed femoral artery, despite the initial recommendation to amputate. However, as a sexual abuse and divorce survivor...

Determined to Walk Again

Amberly's life was deeply altered in 2010 when, while riding her motorcycle, she was hit by an SUV, throwing her thirty feet down a busy street, severing her femoral artery, and crushing her right leg. Facing an arduous recovery, the formal professional dancer, elite athlete, and fitness trainer was determined to walk again after being told she would remain in a wheelchair...


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Amberly inspires audiences to overcome obstacles with perseverance, a positive mental attitude and teamwork.

Upcoming Events:

NBC Megyn Kelly TODAY Show, Tuesday 4/17 9am PT
Live Radio Interview: WOCM-FM (Ocean City,MD), April 18th, 2018
Live Radio Interview: THE TOM BARNARD SHOW (Minneapolis), April 18th, 2018
Book Signing, BARNES & NOBLE, Calabasas, CA, April 21st, 2018
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Amberly Featured in HEALTH Magazine

In the Media

Featured in:

The Megyn Kelly TODAY Show
HEALTH Magazine
Disability Magazine
SHAPE Magazine
Lorna Jane Inspired Women Series
and more...


Amberly's Blog

  • The Gift That Costs Nothing and Benefits All

    It all started at a simple coffee meeting with a friend. We entered the cafe, greeted by the clinking of the doorbell and a barista with an expression shadowed by both his visor and his evident boredom. However, as we approached the counter, he took a closer look at my friend. Recognition flickered across his […]

  • How Thanksgiving Will Change Your Life

    The evidence is in your spirit. In your brain. In your very DNA. Gratitude will change your life. And what better time to talk about it than this festive month? Thanksgiving is a holiday, yes – one of warmth and family and the best of food (pumpkin pie, anyone?!). But it is also an adjective. […]

  • Your Fall Diet Plan: Cinnamon, Cider & Self-Love

    As integral as cinnamon, cider & spice are to fall, there’s another ingredient that you must add to your diet this autumn… Self-love. That’s right, time to feed the soul. Your diet is not just what you eat. It’s what you watch, what you listen to, what you read, what you think, and who you […]

  • Endless Possibilities Initiative: Where Hope + Knowledge = Successful YOU

    “There is realistic hope for everyone living with pain that things will change, that life can get bigger and better. There is a way forward for each of us to meaningful living and purposeful lives.” The women who lead with these words are Jo Belton and Beth Requist. Starting as co-chronic pain survivors, these women […]

  • Share Your Story, Heal Your Scars

    My accident tore into my life like some merciless thief. He started with my body, trying to break me and take my leg. But more than that, he was there to rob me of my hope, to pulverize my very purpose. The thief tried to destroy everything I had built, to take everything from me. […]

  • A Mom’s Survival Guide When Faced With Adversity

    She’d always been a mama’s girl, and now you could see she was afraid to climb in my bed with me.  I thought she was going to cry, and my first instinct was to try and distract her, the way you do with kids when they fall and bleed a little.  So, I immediately looked […]

  • How to Stay Positive in the Face of Adversity

    I sat in the cold, dim room in my hospital bed looking down at the leg that the doctors had just told me they were going to have to amputate.  My spirit was nearly broken and I could actually feel myself spiraling down into a dark hole so fast, as if I had no other […]

  • Texas Is a Whole Other Country

    If you haven’t been to Texas, I suggest a visit so you can understand exactly why most Texans take such pride in their state AND why you may feel like you are in a “whole other country”. We just visited my relatives in a small town outside of Paris (far from France) called Roxton, population […]


    A Sunday well spent brings a week of content (and motivation). 1.) Decide what is important. Decide what is important and make sure you are at the top of the list. If it is more rest and recovery you need, it’s okay to skip a party. If you are feeling exhausted, try a nice leisurely […]


    After the ten-hour surgery Dr. Wiss performed to take out the broken pieces of titanium and replace them with the rod, I, of course, called the pathology department to ask if I could have all that metal. After all, according to what was billed to our insurance company, it was approximately $62,000 worth of titanium, […]