Lyena Strelkoff is recently recognized by the California State Legislature as a finalist for a Woman of Influence Award, Lyena Strelkoff is a coach, retreat leader, and speaker dedicated to elevating the way humans respond to change, challenge, and adversity. Lyena sustained a paralyzing spinal cord injury in 2002 while hiking with a friend. A lifelong dancer robbed of the things she valued most, she expected her life to be devastated. Instead, it was catapulted forward. Her career, intimate relationship, mental health, sense of purpose, and joy for life all began to soar… Not despite paralysis, because of it. When her mother, a concentration camp survivor, demanded to know how she’d done it, Lyena got busy.
Armed with a Master’s Degree in Human Development and a fierce desire to understand – and then facilitate — this surprising outcome, Lyena carefully deconstructed her personal metamorphosis to develop the Shero’s Way ™, an approach to challenges, big and small, that unleashes our ability to thrive. She shares this approach with audiences and clients nationwide, demonstrating an alternate relationship with adversity where obstacles become opportunities and our success and satisfaction are not limited by circumstance. Her clients report profound transformation in the areas of confidence, productivity, wellbeing, and satisfaction.
An expert in the mechanics of transformation, Lyena has spoken to professional groups and at colleges, schools, organizations, and spiritual centers across the country, helping thousands of people get inspired, become more brave, and take bold action. She is also a critically-acclaimed storyteller whose autobiographical one-woman show, “Caterpillar Soup,” detailing her post-injury transformation has enjoyed five national tours and an honor by VSA Arts, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She’s been heard on National Public Radio, numerous storytelling podcasts, and is a contributing essayist to Dancing at the Shame Prom. She lives in Southern California with her husband, their young son, and her service dog, Reba.