About

Wanda La Russa is passionate about speaking, volunteering and has never met a seafood taco that she didn’t like. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she brings her experience and knowledge of diversity and multiculturalism to her presentations. Wanda studied Human Development as a part of her Liberal Studies Bachelors of Arts degree from California State University, East Bay and has continued to learn and research self-development, human dynamics, mental health, relationships and mindset.

Talks

Wanda offers a variety of engaging, interactive and enjoyable talks. Click “LEARN MORE” to view her offering!

Wanda has brought her education and skill set to a number of endeavors. Having worked in direct sales for various companies, Wanda was able to lead nationwide teams and achieve tops sales, and was recognized by receiving awards for her team building skills. Because of her successful leadership, Wanda was also asked to be a trainer at team meetings, as well as both district and regional conferences. On the weekends, you might find Wanda flying on a helicopter, zip lining, sailing on catamarans, driving ATV’s, cheering for her thoroughbred racehorses, working in her vegetable garden or speaking  to various groups of girls and women at retreats, sales trainings, community and corporate events.

Over the past 20 years, she has joyfully immersed herself in the uplifting of women of all ages by teaching, inspiring, motivating, and empowering them to enrich, improve and enhance their well-being, personal relationships and professional lives. 

Wanda has served in numerous leadership and membership roles including:

Chapter Member, Lakeside Leaders of American Business Women’s Association

President & Board of Director, Soroptimist International of Dallas

President & Board of Director, Soroptimist International of Patterson

Parent Representative & Board of Director, Bengals Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization

Founding Member & First President, Business Women’s Connection

She has also received the following awards and recognition including:

2022-2023 Woman of the Year for the Lakeside Leaders Chapter of American Business Women's Association

2012 State of CA Senator Anthony Canella Certificate of Recognition for Volunteerism

2011 Ambassador of the Year, Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce

 

A charismatic speaker and facilitator, Wanda’s love of connecting with people imbues her talks with laughter and energy.  Let Wanda bring her unique blend of fun and facts to your organization’s next event.

Wanda has been trained by some of the top leaders in the self-improvement industry such as: Brian Tracy (motivational public speaker and self-development author); Jack Canfield (motivational speaker, originator the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and who appeared in the documentary film The Secret – the Law of Attraction); Chris Gardner (motivational speaker whose life was the basis of the movie The Pursuit of Happyness ); and has participated in a workshop conducted by Oprah Winfrey.

Throughout the years, she has trained independent consultants, distributors and sales representatives from companies, such as: Mary Kay; Tupperware; Pampered Chef; Scentsy; PartyLite and more. She has also spoken to Boards of Directors, leaders and members of national and global organizations, such as: Soroptimist International of America, American Business Women’s Association and more.