Sometimes accomplishing the “unimaginable” is the only means to overcoming the “unthinkable.” For 30 years, Annemarie du LeBohn had lived with fear, self-doubt and low confidence as a result of being raped and stalked by her attacker. In 2010, she took matters into her own hands and decided to challenge herself to accomplishing the ultimate physical and mental challenge: the Ironman. A 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run – and of course, the mental discipline and perseverance to do it all – turned out to be the prescription for turning her life around. Suddenly life was not only possible but fun; she could create goals and accomplish them. One of those goals was turning her story into a motivational speaking business and SCORE mentors Tom Patty and Betty Otte helped make that a reality.

My successes. 

Annemarie’s motivational speech shows people that they can overcome anything and succeed.  The speech shares 3 mental tools to create a positive mindset and 7 Ironman training tools that anyone can use to achieve their goals. 

Annemarie has been a guest speaker on national radio shows, featured in Toastmasters International magazine (distributed to 135 countries in 7 languages) and had speeches booked a year in advance. She was featured as an inspirational athlete in USA Triathlon magazine. In October 2012, she spoke at TEDxOrangeCoast on the theme of Redefining Relevance.

Through the corporate social responsibility (CSR) side of her business, she is currently working with a Fortune 1000 company on their CSR communication efforts and she’s spoken about the topic at trade shows and in social media.  She has partnered with the Microsoft Store to host corporate social responsibility workshops for Microsoft’s clients in Southern California.

How SCORE helped. 

Mentor Tom Patty focused on helping and inspiring the public speaking side of Annemarie’s business while mentor Bette Otte mentored the CSR side.  Tom outfitted Annemarie with public speaking advice including defining her message, practicing the speech 20 times and using the same confidence she’d needed for the Ironman.  Betty helped Annemarie to focus on tasks to build the corporate social responsibility business including creating a business priority list, defining her brand, and developing a prospect list.  And just as importantly, she coached her on how to say 'No' to projects that were not beneficial to her goals.

The Iron Butterfly