Linda Armstrong Kelly
Linda Armstrong Kelly
Linda Armstrong Kelly’s life story is captivating audiences everywhere. Her son, seven-time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong, credits her as the unsung hero who assisted him in reaching his spectacular cycling victories – and in his triumph over cancer. Lance says Linda is his role model.
Linda’s mission is to inspire, motivate, challenge and entertain others. In her book NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH—Raising Lance, Raising Me (Doubleday, 2005), she writes about her early life as a teenage mother, living in poverty, trying her best do the right thing while raising an unstoppable 10-lb. baby boy. Her early life experiences helped form the values and positive attitudes that both she and Lance carried forward into adulthood. Her life is a lesson in self-determination and the far-reaching impact of a parent’s positive involvement with a child.
Linda fills her speeches with insight, wisdom, and warmth. She speaks about the philosophy that helped her meet life's obstacles and overcome them. A tireless advocate for children and survivors, she tells powerful and humorous stories about how children become who they are; what parents can do to inspire, support and challenge their children; what it really means to kids to set goals and achieve them; and, why accountability is so important. She can also speak powerfully to timely and tough issues like teen pregnancy, single motherhood, domestic abuse and substance abuse. She often challenges working parents to better support each other and work toward a corporate environment that better nurtures families. Linda believes that living with love and joy, maintaining focus, and risk-taking are at the heart of every successful endeavor – and that these things are the foundation for a life well lived.
Linda is a loyal supporter of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). She has represented the LAF at several events and frequently makes appearances at LAF fundraisers. Linda has also conducted media interviews on the LAF’s behalf.
After spending 15 years with Ericsson Microelectronics as a global account manager, Linda is now dedicating her time to writing, public speaking, assisting nonprofit organizations and fundraising. In 1999, she was the recipient of Ericsson’s Mother of the Year award and was recognized as one of “America’s most fascinating women” in Ladies Home Journal magazine. In 2005, Linda was the subject of a one-hour television biography on TLC entitled, Raising A Champion: The Linda Armstrong Kelly Story. Her recent television appearances include “The Dr. Phil Show,” CNN, and ESPN. Linda’s biography recently aired on The Learning Channel. She’s been featured in national magazines such as People, The New Yorker, USA Today, Ladies Home Journal, Us, and Texas Monthly, as well as many local newspaper, radio programs, and television news shows. Recently, Linda appeared as a panelist at the Texas Conference for Women and was a featured author at the 2005 Texas Book Festival.