Kelsey Tainsh

Kelsey Tainsh has lived her life differently than she planned, hoped for or dreamed of. By age 13, she was a world champion wake boarder and featured on the TV show Entertainment Tonight.  She acted in movies including “Rumor Has It” and television shows such as “Gilmore Girls,” and “Desperate Housewives.”

Despite the daunting challenges she faced, Kelsey graduated from high school with honors, graduated from The University of Florida (magna cum laude), worked for The Coca-Cola Company and travels the country as a professional speaker.  She appeared on The Diane Jones Morning Show, donned the cover of the National Speaker’s Association’s (NSA) Speaker Magazine and has been featured in Coca-Cola’s Journey, BYOU Magazine, and Business Innovators Magazine. Despite major life-changing medical obstacles, Kelsey brings an upbeat, unique perspective on life, love, inclusion and the will to succeed.

Pockets: What They Hold, What They Hide

By the age of 15, Kelsey Tainsh had survived two bouts with cancer and a life-changing stroke.  She has spent the past 10 years learning how to cope with the daily challenges of accepting her new “normal.”  In her pocket, she can both hold and hide her secret.  Today, she proudly shares it with you.  Once a world champion wakeboarder, Kelsey is a magna cum laude college graduate who went on to work for The Coca-Cola Company.  Now she wants to know, “What secrets are you hiding in your pocket?”
The Audience Will:

  • Learn to share their struggles and differences instead of hiding them
  • Learn the importance of kindness and why it matters
  • Learn to accept others uniqueness and embrace tolerance
  • Learn to turn uncomfortable situations into life-changing opportunities


Alcohol Awareness Program – Breaking Up with the Bar Stool: Ending a Liquid Love Affair





“Kelsey connected with our students in a way that was not possible with other speakers. Her story and message resonated with them, as they reflected on their own struggles and drew courage from understanding that they are not alone.”
-Lydia V Stoye  –  Assistant Dean of Students, Interlochen Center for the Arts

“When people hear Kelsey’s story and see what she has overcome, they feel like saying, ’Well, I’m done complaining.’ She is charming and unafraid. Her self-deprecating humor makes us comfortable with her, and her magnetism makes us love her.”   – Lou Heckler CSP, CPAE – Speaker Magazine

“Kelsey’s presentation at Collaborate16 was genuine and took the audience out of their comfort zone. She left us with a memorable experience and powerful key message to take away from the conference.”  –Emilia D’Anzica, VP Customer Engagement

Speaker Topics


  • Diversity
  • Orientation
  • Inclusion
  • Bullying
  • Kindness
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Empowerment
  • Alcohol Abuse and Recovery
 Think Global, Book Local! Kelsey Tainsh is located in Atlanta, GA.