What people are saying about Martha W. Gilliland, Ph.D.
"You have left a footprint on my heart and in my soul forever. When I get discouraged and fear sets in about my dream, I hope it is okay to call you. You are truly an inspiration to me—beyond my understanding at this point"
2008: Gina Murphy-Darling, CEO, Mrs. Green Goes Mainstream
"Martha Gilliland tells the story of her journey to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in such an engaging way. She effectively weaves the practical challenges of reaching the summit with the poignant insights of the journey itself. The result is to arouse the slumbering listener to the reality that dreams are not merely for dreaming, but for living."
2008: Lori Soley, CFO, Compass Insurance
"Few of us make a conscious decision to let our dreams fade away, it just happens. When I heard Martha Gilliland’s inspiring presentation about achieving her lifelong dream of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, I began to think differently about my own neglected aspirations. Martha reminded us that while fears, doubts, and insecurities can derail our dreams, they can also serve as wonderful lessons in life’s journey when we have the courage and overcome them. I am grateful for her insights and excited to once again believe in the power of my own dreams."
2008: Nancy McClure, First Vice President, Brokerage Services, CBRE
"Nothing is as fearful as facing death. Your story about your journey to overcome your fears by walking the talk is empowering. It is particularly helpful because you chose to go outside your comfort zone significantly. What a motivating session."
2008: Judy Bliss, CEO, MindPlay
"Your talk set off a spark in me"
2008: Sue Callihan, President, SignAge
"There’s life. And then there’s living. You offered us a wonderful insightful account of your remarkable ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Our aspirations do not need to go unfulfilled in spite of our fears."
2008 Margaret Donohoe, Manager, Bon Voyage Travel, Tucson
"An opportunity to reconnect with your dreams and the inspiration to take action to make them real."
2008: Judith Clinco, CEO Direct Care Givers Association
"All of us could relate your story to our challenges. You inspire through your openness."
Jayne Henninger, President and Owner, Remedy Intelligent Staffing
"Your leadership has been inspiring, healthy, forward-looking, challenging, and certainly very good for me, both personally and professionally."
2005: James Mobberley, Professor of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City
"You have raised the bar, and we will never be the same; thank you."
2005: Raymond Coveney, Professor Geosciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City
"You have touched people in this community, inspiring commitment from everywhere"
2005: James B. Nutter, Sr.
"Martha offered me the chance different from what I’ve known before—one with possibilities, one where I can explore areas of my own talent, and one where I was heard and respected."