- Author of Creating Your Heaven on Earth (2008, printed in Italian and Slovenian)
- Living Now book award recipient
- Author of Courage: Agreeing to Disagree Is Not Enough (2014)
- Founder of the Mississippi Institute of Peace – speaking, writing, and workshops on creative peacebuilding, conflict resolution, unifying diverse groups, social mediation, and having hard conversations (a list of speaking engagements are available upon request)
- Has spoken to thousands of people at live events since 2008
- Has appeared multiple times in local and national media including NPR
- Spoke alongside best-selling author of The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz at the Palace Theater in Syracuse, NY
- Co-founder and COO of Thrive Health, Inc. – a successful holistic health and inspirational center in Starkville, Mississippi
- National Strength and Conditioning All-American (because it’s so cool)
Meagan O’Nan helps leaders, organizations, and communities learn how to build relationships and create peace through creative peace-building.
She is passionate about kindness, compassion, and connection.
After coming out of the closet in a small town in Mississippi, Meagan experienced extreme hardship and rejection from her community.
Since then, she has set out to overcome her own fears by returning to Mississippi to heal, give back to her community, and use her adversity to help create more peace and understanding in the world.
Meagan is the founder of the Mississippi Institute of Peace, a space that welcomes everyone, provides speaking services, and workshop opportunities on the following subjects: creative peace-building, overcoming fear, building relationships, empowerment, influential leadership, facilitating hard conversations, unifying diverse groups, and team building.
Meagan’s first book was published in 2008 (Creating Your Heaven on Earth). Her book was quickly translated into Italian and Slovenian and it received the silver medal in the enlightenment category for the Living Now book awards.
Meagan published a second book in 2014 (Courage: Agreeing to Disagree Is Not Enough).
Meagan has appeared in both local and national media, including NPR.
She has spoken to thousands of audiences nationally and internationally. Her most notable being alongside Don Miguel Ruiz at the Palace theatre in Syracuse, NY.
Meagan has also performed hundreds of workshops and trainings over the years.
She has worked with various groups and has volunteered countless hours to youth in both the school system and private organizations talking about the importance of accepting oneself and each another.
Creating A Culture of Forgiveness in the Workplace
Even the best of relationships are complicated. We all come into relationships with a host of assumptions and expectations based on past experiences. Unexplored assumptions and expectations among employees leads to misunderstanding and miscommunication, which leads to disgruntled employee environments and ultimately decreased productivity and a decrease in both employee and customer satisfaction.
Scientific studies reveal that “forgiveness training has been shown to reduce depression, increase hopefulness, decrease anger, improve spiritual connection, (and) increase emotional self-confidence.”* Forgiveness – learning how to release, move past, and re-structure pent-up energy and resentment – creates a deeper connection with coworkers and customers and a happier and more productive work climate.
This talk will offer you:
- Increased corporate efficiency through improved communication
- A more fulfilling work experience for your employees
- Greater customer satisfaction and loyalty
In this talk, Meagan will cover the following topics:
- The Myths around Forgiveness (forgiveness is not forgetting)
- The practical value of letting go of resentment and anger
- How to forgive: Simple steps that anyone can take to experience more freedom in their life.
*Fred Luskin, “Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness”
Leading the Leaders: How To Make a Greater Impact for Change in the 21st Century
We live in a divisive world. With the charged political climate of today, and especially with the growth of social media, we are seeing a rapid rise in labeling, separation, and hatred. Relationships are being torn apart because of differing political viewpoints, and more and more of us are standing by with despair watching the world we knew slowly fall apart.
More than ever, leaders are needed now who are courageous and committed enough to answer the call to a more profound form of leadership, one that focuses on moving past our own prejudices and judgments to create a conversation of peacebuilding. To be effective leaders in today’s world, we need to be willing to dig deeper, to be willing to look more at proactivity rather than reactivity, and to be models of peace rather than protest.
In this talk, Meagan will discuss and expand on the four major roles of the leaders’ leader:
- The role of self care as a basic requirement for strong leadership
- The role of forgiveness in creating change: forgiveness does not undermine or replace justice
- The role of responsibility: Understanding your own personal and cultural contribution to the issues at hand
- The role of mindfulness: Defining a situation for what it is to promote more effective and respectful communication
What audiences will get out of this talk are tools for effective implementation of the above points and a deeper understanding of how to create peace in the midst of conflict.
Ultimate Team Building: Pulling Perfect Out of Imperfect
Nobody likes to fail. No-one wants to appear like they don’t have it all together. No-one likes to feel exposed. As a Division I two-sport athlete and National Strength & Conditioning All American, Meagan is intimately familiar with what it means to be perfect – and yet in looking back, the only piece of advice she wishes she had been given was that it was okay to admit to fear of failure.
Fear of failure keeps you from achieving your potential; until you are willing to take the steps to admit your fears, you will never experience the freedom of what you are truly capable of. Most driven people don’t realize that there is a difference between vulnerability and imperfection. Vulnerability – acknowledging your fears – takes intense courage and engenders respect, leading to a deeper connection with your teammates and increased confidence in your own game, whatever that happens to be.
In this talk, Meagan will discuss her personal struggle with trying to overcome and ignore her own fears and how it kept her from moving forward in her life. She will cover three main points for effective team building that engender trust and produce consistent and predictable successful outcomes:
- Take Your Fear By The Hand: Steps to take to start to feel more comfortable with your own fears
- Team Building: How honoring each other’s vulnerability enhances performance
- En-Couraging Each Other: Helping each other find the courage to communicate authentically as a team and as individuals.
Every evosoan goes through a process known as The Dig. The goal is epic clarity of who they are and what they’re being called to share with the world. By the end, they’re able to nail down their entire truth to just one word. Immediately following their discovery of this word, they must write a manifesto about how their word influences their lives. Read about Meagan’s word – limitless.
Moving and aggressive. Meagan’s story is an inspiring one but not for your comfort. Instead, it challenges us to find those parts of life that may still linger in the shadows, afraid or ashamed to ‘come out’, be real and truly live. We all need and can benefit from witnessing this kind of courage.
Meagan O’Nan is an honest, gifted writer. She is a compelling, dynamic speaker. She is a genuine seeker of truth, of love, of hope, of peace. Meagan is all these things and more. Her heart is open – open to everyone and everything and every moment of every day. In our chaotic and sometimes frightening world, Meagan reminds me to be a little bit more courageous. Listen to her story, and you’ll be encouraged, challenged, affirmed, and reminded, too.
Meagan’s talk was powerful, and emotional. It brought tears, laughter, and acknowledged deeply personal issues about being different. The event was by far more relevant, inspiring, and communal than any typical college homecoming event. Meagan emphasized that it is not just ok to agree to disagree, but that most importantly, we must look inward and learn to love and accept ourselves.
The first time I ever met Meagan O’Nan, she was the keynote speaker for the Women’s Wellness Retreat in Starkville, MS. Her message was beautiful and powerful and timely; however, that’s not what captured my heart. What touched me so deeply was her presence and her compassionate, resilient heart. Meagan is a creative, dedicated peace keeper, and her message of hope, healing, forgiveness and peace is what this world needs right now.
Meagan has the ability to speak to a variety of audiences with great success. She researches the subject as an extension of her own knowledge to provide accurate and current data. She speaks from her heart and the connection with her audience is visible. Questions coming from the Q&A segment show she has inspired and challenged the people. Her stories and client examples prove her abilities as a bard; they’re told with humor, sincerity and compassion. Meagan is a woman of integrity and your next event will benefit from her presentation or workshop.
Creating Your Own Heaven on Earth by Meagan O’Nan
Empowering and thought-provoking, Creating Your Heaven on Earth reminds us of the joy of living in the moment and of our creative potential to shape our world. Illustrated with insightful and touching stories this uplifting book captures the reader with its clarity of language and its profound messages. Author Meagan M. O’Nan holds two Masters degrees in the field of Disability and is completing her certification in Spiritual Life Coaching. Her belief that all people have a Divine nature and that everyone is capable of achieving their soul’s dreams is reflected throughout the pages of her book.
“I really appreciated this book because of O’Nan’s broader approach to spirituality and the readability of the book. Creating Your Heaven on Earth: Unveiling the Truth that Was Always There will become a permanent part of my spiritual library as a book that I will take with me into meditation, pondering further on an idea, a turn of phrase, or a spiritual concept. Thank you, Meagan M. O’Nan for writing a straightforward spiritual book that doesn’t preach.”
Janie Franz, Midwest Book Review
“Creating Your Heaven on Earth is a comprehensive, easy-to-understand and life changing book. This book helps us bring more love, trust, and joy into our lives. A must read.”
Gary Quinn, best selling author of Living in the Spiritual Zone