About this Episode
In this episode, Clueless Gent talks to author Marti MacGibbon. Marti tells her story, which includes episodes of substance abuse, standup comedy and even human trafficking. She explains why she wrote her memoirs, as well as who she is trying to reach. Marti discusses how writing helped her get through those years of darkness. Lastly, Marti offers some advice to any listeners who are victims or survivors.
About our Guest – Marti MacGibbon
Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, CAPMS, is an inspirational speaker, standup comic, certified addiction treatment professional, and author of two nationally award- winning and critically acclaimed memoirs, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom and, Fierce, Funny, and Female. She is a Human Trafficking Expert Consultant at the US Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and an Expert Consultant at the US Office for Victims of Crime. Marti is an internationally known author and an expert on trauma resolution and addiction. She holds five professional certifications in her specialized field, including the ACRPS, (Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, and the CAPMS (Certified Addiction-Free Pain Management Specialist).
Few speakers have a personal comeback story as riveting and inspirational as Marti’s. She has recovered from and triumphed over nightmare experiences such as being trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime, homelessness, domestic violence, childhood sexual assault/abuse, severe PTSD and hard-core drug addiction. Marti employed simple, effective strategies to transform her life, and shares them to motivate, encourage, and energize listeners to create positive changes in every area of their lives.
In addition to speaking to businesses, medical professionals and mental health professionals on overcoming adversity, empowerment, addiction recovery, and inspiration, Marti speaks on human trafficking, domestic violence, and other violence against women, and trains service providers. She has spoken at The Museum of Tolerance, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, at colleges and universities, and even from the center of an MMA octagon at, “Fight Traffick,” an anti-human trafficking cage-fighting event. She’s been interviewed in Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, and Glamour, on ABC-TV, CBS-TV, FOX-TV and numerous radio stations, and articles she wrote have appeared in over 150 corporate and trade magazines.
An advocate for victims and survivors, Marti has spoken at the White House, the State Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office for Victims of Crime, on mental health and policy advocacy. From 2012-2017, Ms. MacGibbon served on the Indiana Attorney General’s state-wide anti-trafficking task force IPATH, Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans. From 2013-2017, she developed curriculum for and taught a life skills class for women with trauma history in Marion County Jail. In 2014, she spoke to California State Legislature in support of new and successful legislation aimed at eradicating child sex trafficking.
Ms. MacGibbon is an engaged leader who serves on the Board of Directors at HEAL Trafficking, Inc., and is a Board Member at MENTARI Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program in NY, NY, and on the Advisory Board at Justice At Last in San Francisco. Marti is a Speaker Trainer Consultant at the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Center.
Marti is founder, producer, and emcee of Laff-Aholics Standup Comedy Benefit for Recovery, an annual charity fundraiser in Indianapolis that features nationally headlining comedians. One hundred percent of the profits from the show go to transitional housing facilities in Indy that provide access to addiction treatment and mental health services for the recovery community’s most vulnerable.
The Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition (IAIC) honored Marti with the 2015 Indiana Lifetime Recovery Advocate Award, and the 2014 Recovery Advocate of the Year Award, for outstanding accomplishments in support of recovery, and her work in breaking away the stigma surrounding addiction, mental illness, and human trafficking.
Marti has performed at the world-famous Hollywood Improv and at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, and has traveled the U.S. as a professional standup comic. She is a member of the National Speakers Association, the National Survivor Network, the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals.
Fierce, Funny, and Female, Marti’s recent memoir, is winner of the Beverly Hills International Book Award, in Women’s Issues, and winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards, in Women’s Health. It is winner of the 2018 Independent Press Award, in Humor and Women’s Studies. In June 2018, the book was announced winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Awards, in both Humor and Women’s Studies.
Connect with Marti MacGibbon
Additional Episode Information and Links
Phone numbers included near end of episode
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Mental Health Information: 877-726-4727 (8am to 8pm EST)
Books Recommended by Marti MacGibbon
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Story by Robert McKee
- Walking Prey by Holly Austin Smith
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl