Speaker, Writer, Community Leader, and Believer in Living Large.


"The ladies absolutely loved you! You were the highest rated speaker and the remembrance was just perfect.  The message of hope that you bring absolutely resounds with our ladies and it’s changing their lives.  "
Elizabeth Brown
Executive Director
Special Ops Survivors
San Diego, CA
"National Firefighters Survivors Conference assessments are coming in now,  and are very positive.  Again this year, people told me about the meaning they found in the recycled glass hearts you gave them, and how your words planted new ideas that allowed them the space to frame their situations differently.  But mostly what I hear from people who have attended your workshop is this:  She gets it.  She gets us."
Jenny Woodall
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Emmitsburg, MD
"Michele Neff Hernandez is one of the most powerful and message-driven speakers in the medium today. Humorous, compassionate and ever-inspirational, Michele combines intensely personal experiences with professional acumen and never fails to engage her audiences. She commands a room with both subject matter and a beautiful smile and spirit. I have had the privilege of both sharing the stage with Michele as well as being in her audience and she is a genuine delight from both perspectives."
Carole Brody Fleet
Chief Executive Officer
Widows Wear Stilettos, Inc.
Author of "Widows Wear Stilettos" and "Happily Even After: A Guide To Getting Through (And Beyond) The Grief of Widowhood"
"I am writing to thank you attending and speaking to our Rotary Club meeting today. I confess to being a bit apprehensive about the sensitivity of the subject but you quickly put everyone one at ease with your openness and gentle candor. You are a gifted speaker and I hope you could tell from the attention paid by our members that they were moved by your experience and the way you have moved forward in your life, not just to cope with your feelings, but to help others with similar experiences."
Bob Braitman
Program Chair
Rotary Club Ventura South
Ventura, CA
"Not only is Michele inspiring, but she has this energy about her that intoxicates everyone around her. She has caused this amazing spiral effect in the widow community. When I was widowed in 2006, I felt like I was so alone, that no one understood. There were limited resources available at that time for young widows. Since SSLF came along, many other programs have blossomed, making the grief process a little easier for widow/ers. I am inspired by the grace in which Michele honor's her late husband Phil through Soaring Spirits, Camp Widow, and the Share the Road Memorial Bike Ride. I hope to carry forward the energy she has given me. "
Jessica Nadraga
San Diego, CA