Using My Voice to Change the World Presentation by Mike Pistorino
Growing up in the Bronx, Mike Pistorino wanted what all children want and deserve—to be happy, to be loved and to be free. Instead, he was neglected by family and subjected to horrific sexual abuse at the hands of a neighbor. Angry, hurt, lost and alone, Pistorino turned to drugs and alcohol, which led to homelessness, crime and prison. It seemed like his life was beyond redemption. But through sheer determination and will, Pistorino turned his life around, and now he is a successful business executive, marathoner and family man. But Pistorino didn’t discover true happiness or rest until he sought counseling for the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. By bravely facing his painful past, he not only discovered authentic joy in his life, but he also discovered the incredibly healing and transformative power of his own voice. It is through his energetic voice with its unmistakable Big Apple accent that Pistorino continues to heal, while forever changing the world around him for the better.