97% of our managers reported as a result of AWWS’ training they understand how to identify and support employees who are struggling with mental health issues

86% of our managers are more comfortable talking to their employees about mental health as a result of AWWS’ training

Heather Zweiger

HR Manager, Mercury Marine

98% of our International Department of Defense Leaders reported that they felt encouraged to participate during Mettie’s LDR training, her content was easy to follow, and her training was relevant to their position. The only improvement requested was that we ”bring her back and schedule Mettie for a longer time slot.”

The overwhelmingly positive feedback we received about Mettie’s heart activating and brain motivating Keynote and trainings continue in conversation, noting positive efforts towards actionable change.

Dr. Stephanie Brooks

Risk Reduction Prevention Specialist, Department of Defense- JBLM Station

“Mettie’s amazing dedication to making a positive long-lasting change in the lives of our employees & culture makes her the most effective trainer we have ever encountered. She is a natural motivator and a beautiful person. I enthusiastically recommend Mettie for any corporation seeking to motivate, inspire action, engage employees and empower leadership.”

Keli Backes

Executive Vice President, Transport National

“Mettie is one of the most inspirational and impactful speaker-trainers because she knows how to stir passion, inspire action, and genuinely move people. She provided a safe, compassionate space to explore, learn, and grow at our training. Being a survivor herself who clearly cares deeply about each attendee, your event will be rich, deeply rewarding, and make a lasting difference in the lives of your attendees.”

Patti Plough

CEO & President of Operations, Healics Inc.

“Mettie spoke to our employees inspiring them to start really LIVING through their journey to wellness. Not only was Mettie informative, but she was engaging, charismatic, and empathetic. Several of our employees have since requested that Mettie return to ACUITY for future trainings, as they believed she provided them with an outlet of practical tools to improve upon their mental and physical well-being.”

Haley Lindstrom

HR Coordinator, ACUITY Insurance

“Mettie has the ability to quickly relate, empathize, and build rapport no matter how “tough or a critic.” This skill has allowed her to ensure our employees feel completely comfortable, especially while working on very personal issues such as mental health. Her approach with building relationships proved to help our HR team reach greater levels of success with her as their partner. I can personally attest to her unwavering positivity, tireless work ethic, and genuine care for each and every employee she interacted with.”

Kelsea Raskiewicz

HR Operations Manager, JF Ahern

“Mettie’s firsthand experiences, coupled with concrete strategies for offering employee support and overcoming stigma, resonated with our attendees, allowing them to apply and take her very personal message to heart. She spoke to a range of participants tailoring her message to meet our need. Great to work with, so well organized, very thorough keynote.”

Jason Hubbard

UWO Worksite Wellness Conference Coordinator

“I attended a state conference where Mettie spoke and then hired her as a keynote speaker at our recent fundraiser. Both times, Mettie captured the spirit of adversity and turned it into positive action. Her presentations kept everyone engaged with humor, emotion, personal affect, and hope. Mettie is the real deal and someone who leaves a lasting impression on the heart and mind.”

Deeatra Kajfosz


“Mettie’s openness is inspiring and she speaks with a full heart. Her practical exercises engaged and educated our audience at the same time. She humbly presents a heavy topic with relational ease, humbly demonstrating her resilience through lived experience. We hung on her every word throughout the entire presentation. I would highly recommend her.”

Aaron Rasch

State Coordinator, Peer Run Organizations, ILR

“Mettie truly helped to save lives as she guided our employees down a path of improved physical and mental health. Mettie became a part of the Blain family, and is regarded as part our team. It is my absolute pleasure to recommend Mettie Spiess as a Wellness Advocate and Coach!”

Amy B. Taubenheim

HR Benefits Manager, Blains Farm & Fleet

“As our worksite wellness coach, Mettie supported employees’ independent wellness goals and celebrated their successes with them along the way. She promotes having a healthy relationship with one’s self both in mind and body and her compassionate approach made connections to some that were previously guarded and set in their ways.”

Ellen Endrizzi

Human Resource Manager, Zilber Ltd

“As the Public Relations and Events Coordinator at NAMI Wisconsin, I have worked with hundreds of keynote presenters, and it is rare that I get to work with someone who is as zealous as Mettie Spiess. Mettie came HIGHLY recommended by our local affiliate, and indeed, she did not disappoint! Her willingness to be vulnerable with our audience is one of her strongest qualities, a quality which is the very essence of bravery and hope. I would, without a doubt, recommend Mettie to anyone looking for a compassionate, professional and compelling speaker to facilitate lasting change for their next event.”

Colleen Rooney

Public Relations and Events Coordinator, NAMI Wisconsin

“We all like to think that we’re helping to change the world. Mettie is one of those rare speakers who actually is. Not only is she changing lives, she is literally saving them!”

Bill Stainton

Executive Producer, CSP

“Mettie’s keynote was not only educational for our audience, but also inspiring. She uses appropriate discussion points and questions to prompt involvement from the audience. Her openness to our staff made the question and answer portion an extremely valuable part of the overall training.”

Anne Hoffmann

Assistant Director, University Centers, UWSP

Mettie was a true joy to work with from the planning phases to the day of the event. Her ability to live out our theme of hope and resilience was inspiring. In addition to being an incredibly engaging speaker, Mettie equipped out attendees with concrete tools to bring back to their communities. Mettie went above and beyond to deliver the type of experience we were hoping to provide!”

Leah Rolando

Conference Coordinator, Mental Health America of Wisconsin


Addressing mental health with your employees can feel awkward and overwhelming. We have been transforming the conversation of mental health and shattering stigma in the workplace for 10 years. If employee mental well-being is a priority for your organization, we would love to connect with you!