Why I Do It

”Cool mom, with a gun and a badge.”

Inspirational Speaker, Trish O’Neill, single mom and retired undercover detective for 20 years, found her passionate gift and purpose in life through the challenge of her battle with cancer and the opportunities that arose to share the story of her journey.

Raising two teenage boys with a career in a male dominated vocation, her kids knew she had years of officer training, conflict resolution skills, and advanced certifications for teaching and public speaking. Yet one thing for which she had no training was how to battle cancer. Her youngest son was devastated when he heard her diagnosis – leading him to ask, “Mom, when you die, who will take care of me?”

Adversity is no stranger to Trish and throughout it all, her boys always described her as the ”cool mom, with a gun and a badge.”  She refers to cancer as a “gift” and has approached the years of surgeries and the battle for her survival as the catalyst for a whole new way of life. Her unique, independent personality and positive energy have a meaningful impact on each person she meets. With an authentic approach, she delivers her raw message of hope with a fresh perspective that audiences embrace with enthusiasm and joy!

Trish has Been Honored to Speak at the Following

  • Speaker at Queen of Apostles School; providing half day seminars to students
  • Speaker at Queen Of Apostles, to each individual class. effects of Bullying and Social Media
  • Speaker for National Charity Leagues; providing seminars for young
    ladies on Body Image, Self Confidence and Self Awareness on an ongoing
  • Speaker at Archbishop Mitty High School
  • Speaker at Lion’s Club of Los Gatos
  • Campbell Chamber of Commerce
  • Platinum Sponsor and Speaker at Miss Rodeo USA Clinic 2015
  • Speaker at Sereno Realtor Group: presented ADMO
  • Hyatt Regency Maui, guest speaker at their Managers Meeting
  • Speaker at BRA, Breast Cancer Awareness event sponsored by El Camino
  • Hospital and Directors of Plastic Surgery and Breast Reconstruction,
  • Liu Plastic Surgery