Dr. Lynyetta Willis

Speaker | Psychologist | Award-Winning Author | Family Empowerment Coach

To create lasting shifts in the culture and consciousness of future generations, organizations, and the world, we must begin by shifting the consciousness of families.

Dr. Lynyetta Willis

Speaker | Psychologist | Award-Winning Author | Family Empowerment Coach

To create lasting shifts in the culture and consciousness of future generations, organizations, and the world, we must begin by shifting the consciousness of families.


For 20+ years, Dr. Lynyetta Willis has supported her audiences and clients to improve their communication, minimize overreactions, and transform intergenerational drama. Dr. Willis’ wise, warm, and witty speaking style elicits laughter, head nodding, and the unshakable belief that “I’ve got this.” As a result, Dr. Willis’ audiences walk away from her presentations with practical ways to shift how they show up for themselves, their families, and those they work with.

Lynyetta Willis, PhD, is a licensed Counseling Psychologist specializing in trauma recovery, neuropsychology, multiculturalism, mindfulness practices, spiritually-integrated therapy, and family wellness, especially as it relates to parenting, couples work, and intergenerational trauma healing. Dr. Willis’s Elemental Living® Relationship Model and her Triggered to Transformed® Parent Coaching Program have received rave reviews from couples, parents, and educators across the globe.

Through her writing and speaking, Dr. Willis masterfully weaves together imagery, humor, and storytelling to empower her audiences to co-create the relationships they so deeply desire - with themselves and those around them. Dr. Willis has spoken for multiple school districts and schools, entrepreneurial associations, family organizations such as Jack and Jill Incorporated, Emory University, and the American Psychological Association. She is also a contributor of anti-bias and emotional awareness training for the national SEED Certification for early childhood educators.

Her multi-award-winning book, My Forgotten Self: A Story About a Girl, a Powerful Encounter, and a Universal Message, exemplifies the power that our words can have on us and on our children. It has received high acclaim from individuals including NYT best selling authors, Dr. Shefali Tsabary and Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith.

Dr. Willis lives in Georgia with her husband, a fellow Dr. Willis, and their two children.

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Each of Dr. Willis’ signature keynotes can be adapted for couples, families, employees, entrepreneurs, and educators. Plus, each of Dr. Willis’ keynote topics can be presented as a live keynote, virtual presentation, or as an interactive workshop for your audience.

Break Free from Stable Misery.

The number one reason relationships in any area of our lives fail is because of faulty communication habits. And yet, too many of us are avoiding uncomfortable conversations and tolerating relationships where we feel unseen, unheard, and just plain unhappy. In order to break free from this cycle, known as stable misery, and create deep, lasting changes in our relationships with others, we must begin by creating deep, lasting changes in our relationship with ourselves. In this keynote, audience members demystify what stable misery looks like, how it’s created and maintained, where it might be showing up in our lives, and how to move out of it. By learning a new approach to mindset and communication, attendees will be set up to create thriving relationships and bring their full selves to their professional and personal lives.

By the end of this presentation, audience members will be able to:

By the end of this presentation, audience members will be able to:

Go from Triggered to Transformed

Most people enter parenting and romantic relationships, determined not to repeat the communication and behavioral patterns they experienced growing up. They enter work relationships determined not to allow their personal past to impact their professionalism. And yet, within time, they find themselves overreacting when triggered and using the same words and tone they swore they would avoid. In this eye-opening and heart-expanding keynote, audience members learn to honor their past so they can stop repeating old, unhelpful patterns. They discover how to quickly identify when they’re in danger of reacting versus responding and cultivate the practices and self-trust to shift their unhelpful relationship patterns. In the process, they will learn how to decrease their unhelpful reactions to others’ difficult behaviors, so they can enjoy work, relationships, and parenting more.

This keynote can also be delivered as a half or full-day workshop.

Intergenerational Drama: Create a Legacy of Healing

Trauma is an event (or series of events) that occurs in an individual's life that impairs their ability to function or relate in some way. It can be hard to identify and sense the impact of trauma in our lives, especially if it occurred many generations ago. Yet, most of us can recognize that our families unintentionally pass down a lot of “stuff” to children and loved ones. In this timely, needed keynote, audience members discover Dr. Willis’ research-based P.A.T.H.S model to facilitate awareness, healing, and self-empowerment. Attendees will illuminate the legacy they want to create as they demystify how to create new patterns for relationships within their families that get passed down to future generations.

This presentation can be geared toward members of the BIPOC community, LGBTQ+ families, and families who have been impacted by violence.

By the end of this presentation, audience members will be able to:

By the end of this presentation, audience members will be able to:

Prevent Your Business from Becoming Your Mistress

When things aren’t as ideal as you’d like them to be in your marriage or family life, it’s easy for entrepreneurs to turn to their businesses in search of the satisfaction and fulfillment that’s missing. Dr. Willis vulnerably shares how she once used her business as an escape hatch when she felt she was drowning in family troubles and how she learned to voice her needs for connection, space, joy, and peace. Through this presentation, audience members demystify the primary sources and key indicators of stable misery, how to move out of the business mistress cycle if they land there, and how to create more harmony in their homes and businesses.

This presentation is designed for entrepreneurial associations and conferences.


The value that Dr. Willis's keynote brought to our audience at the Pride & Joy Summit was transformational. Parents of the LGBTQ+ community need a unique approach to help keep their hearts and minds open while they learn.  Dr. Willis delivered on all levels. I received rave reviews about the stories and tools she shared well after the summit ended. The LGBTQ+ individuals in the audience found incredible validation, affirmation, and even humor in what Dr. Willis taught. Dr. Willis blew us away with her delivery, content, and audience rapport. 
Elena Joy
Executive Director of Pride & Joy Foundation
I got chills listening to Dr. Willis. As an educator and a mom, I'm excited to use her revolutionary approach with the children in my life. Her perspective is transformational and will help so many!
Monica Wesolowski
Mom, teacher, & entreprenuer
Dr. Willis is a skillful storyteller who takes her audience on a journey. She is down to earth, engaging, revealing and accessible….she speaks to the issues women face with support and caring; she gives you the confidence to take steps you’ve been scared to take for too long.
Mariel Blake
Jack and Jill of America, Inc
Athens Chapter President

Dr. Willis’s keynotes can include: Audience Q+A • Half and full day interactive workshops • Ongoing team & staff coaching and training


Healing Healthcare Heroes:

Tackling Burnout to Strengthen Providers, their Families, and Patient Care

According to Medscape 2023, over 50% of physicians report feeling burnout and 23% reporting signs of depression. 37% of physicians report that the COVID waves continue to have a significant impact on their overall work-life happiness. The American Medical Association refers to physician burnout as an “epidemic”. In this essential keynote, healthcare professionals will embark on a transformative journey to explore burnout's impact on their personal lives, workplace dynamics, and patient care. Dr. Lynyetta Willis - psychologist and wife of a physician - introduces her research-based model as a powerful solution to break free from the cycle of burnout and its unfortunate outcome of stable misery. This transformative keynote equips healthcare professionals with essential practical tools and insights to break free from burnout and foster resilience so they can improve well-being for themselves and their families while delivering compassionate patient care.

Healthcare professionals will:

Gain a deeper understanding of the insidious effects of burnout, recognizing its far-reaching impact on their personal lives, relationships, and professional performance.

Demystify how emotional baggage within their families and at work can exacerbate burnout habits. Providers will learn how to break these unhelpful patterns so they can promote healthier relationships and well-being in both their personal and professional lives.

Explore actionable steps to cultivate resilience and self-empowerment, enabling them to effectively navigate burnout's challenges and reduce its negative consequences.

In this transformative keynote, educators will embark on a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness to become conscious educational leaders. Dr. Lynyetta Willis presents "The Conscious Educator Self-awareness Triangle," equipping educators with essential tools to demystify and minimize the impact that their intergenerational dramas, cultural biases, and personal triggers can have on their relationship with their students. By gaining a deeper understanding of their biases and social programming, educators will build stronger, more compassionate connections with all students - creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment. By the end of this training, educators will be equipped to be more self-aware educational leaders, building stronger connections with all their students and promoting a more inclusive and empathetic learning experience for all.

The Conscious Educator

Nurturing Self-Awareness to Strengthen Teacher - Student Connections

Educators will:

Identify and explore childhood messages that have shaped their views of themselves, the world, and others, allowing them to create authentic connections with their students.

Gain awareness of both conscious and unconscious biases they possess about certain groups of students, empowering them to shift thinking and behavior so they can treat all students equally.

Learn to identify common classroom triggers and acquire tools to maintain self-awareness and respond effectively when overwhelmed or overreacting, fostering a calmer and more supportive learning environment.


Elemental Living®

An Innovative Approach to Challenging Behaviors in the Home and Classroom.

Are you a parent or educator seeking effective strategies to respond rather than react to your children or students when triggered? In this transformative workshop that integrates the power of the 5 Elements, you will learn how to use the Elemental Living® Model to help you navigate moments of stress and overwhelm with grace and intention. This workshop will help you empower yourself with practical strategies rooted in the Elemental Living® Model, allowing you to respond with confidence and compassion in challenging situations, fostering a positive and harmonious environment for both you and your students or children.

In this engaging workshop, we'll delve into the neuroscience behind our brain's response to triggers and learn how to leverage the 5 Elements (Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and the 5th Element - intuition) to create a more harmonious environment for ourselves and the children we care for.

Attendees will:

Attendees will:

Calm Your Family Chaos Workshop

Is there a family relationship that you deeply desire to transform and create a more harmonious, connected dynamic? Join us for this transformative 3-hour workshop where you'll gain powerful insights and tools to navigate the complexities of family dynamics with grace and understanding. Through the art of meditation, visualization, and harnessing the symbolic power of the 4 elements, you'll embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth so you can cultivate healthier connections with your loved ones and foster a nurturing family environment. Whether you're a parent, partner, sibling, or adult child, this workshop will equip you with practical strategies to create lasting positive change in your most sacred relationships.


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