My Commitment to You
As your speaker I will bring to your audience vision, energy, laughter and thought-provoking content relevant to your organization. I commit to give myself fully to your event and customize my message to your theme and focus. I will work hard for your success.
What Others Are Saying
“We were so blessed to have Gail McWilliams speak at our 25th Annual Fundraising Banquet this year. The day before our event, Gail made a personal visit to tour our pregnancy center and met the staff. This personal attention had never been given to our center before by a keynote speaker. The visit broadened her awareness of the work we do and our vision as she shared at the banquet. Gail touched the hearts of our guests with her enthusiasm and passion for life. Her humor and touching stories concerning the daily challenges she faces inspired our audience. Our goal for the banquet was $31,000. We raised $37,000! Gail encouraged the guests in making a generous one-time donation that evening as well as challenging them on the value of committing to a monthly pledge. Some of our guests commented: ‘It will be hard to top Gail at the next banquet. She was truly a gift!’ ‘I thought the speaker was excellent! It tied in great with the mission of the center.’ ‘Gail was inspirational!’ It was an absolute delight and honor to have Gail speak at our banquet. Our guests responded to her with a standing ovation. We highly recommend her.”
–Jean P. Mims, Executive Director, Community Pregnancy Center, Mooresville, North Carolina
“It is with delight that I whole-heartedly recommend Gail McWilliams to you for your next event. Gail, and her husband Tony, served as our Masters of Ceremony for our annual fundraising Gala. The Governor of our state of Texas served as our keynote speaker. While I knew the Governor’s name recognition would bring many to our event, I knew that all would leave remembering Gail’s words and the McWilliams family’s story. Gail is not only a gifted communicator…she caused the audience to feel privileged to partner with our organization and helped them to understand the urgency of the need for their involvement. We had many who attended our event that had never been exposed to our organization before. This generally means a minimal donation, if any. Over half of our gifts that evening came from new donors, proving that Gail helped the audience understand the importance of their participation.”
–Carolyn Cline, Executive Director, Downtown Pregnancy Center, Dallas, Texas
“What an absolute pleasure to recommend Gail McWilliams as one of the best Banquet speakers we have had in the last 16 years! Gail was so easy to work with; she is an example of God’s servant more interested in others than herself. She (is) a life giver through and through. And here’s the real test: Can your speaker carry the event largely by herself if you were to get sick and not able to attend? The answer is an unequivocal yes! (It) happened to me, and we still had one of the best banquets ever.”
–John Tabor, Executive Director, The Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Tucson, Arizona
“Gail McWilliams is a joy to work with from start to finish. Gail speaks the truth in love and brought life and encouragement to those who attended our banquet. She has a wonderful outlook on life and passes that along with humor and encouraging words. I had several guests come up and personally thank me for bringing Gail to Missoula.”
–Cathy Jo Finch, Executive Director, LifeNet of Missoula, Montana
My kids were on the edge of their seats. What a beautiful spirit! The message was upbeat and positive. It was a message that could be applied to anyone of life’s many challenges…Gail is the kind of speaker who will get you laughing, and then in the next sentence deliver a golden nugget that could change your life…Gail is truly an over-comer that delivers an uplifting message jam-packed with inspiration and hope for the future. Ask her why she carries her car keys.
–Brian Cusack, Director of Development, Right to Life of Michigan
“Gail McWilliams is the answer for anyone desiring to motivate, encourage or instill hope in a people. We all need the vision that Gail McWilliams possesses.”
–Pastor Curt Krohn, Faith Bible Church, DeSoto, Texas
“I don’t believe you can possibly know how many lives you touched in your short time in Indiana.”
–Kathy Young, Director, Johnson County CPC, Indiana
“We have been holding a major annual fundraising event for many years, and I’ve been working with various keynote speakers for the seven years I’ve been serving as Executive Director. Obviously, we’ve had many powerful and entertaining speakers, but I don’t think we’ve had anyone but Gail McWilliams who generated as much dialogue. Our guests are still talking. Having Gail and her husband, Tony, with us decreased rather than increased my stress. They are a delightful, upbeat, positive, encouraging couple, and are not at all demanding. They worked with me—not against me—to ensure our event would be a success.”
-Lisa J. Stiefken, Executive Director, San Bernardino Pregnancy Resource Center, California
“If you want to do something completely different, move your audience and challenge your constituency, we highly recommend that you consider Gail for your next event.”
-Angie Hammond, Executive Director, Hope Mansion, Cedar Hill, Texas
“We were so encouraged by Gail’s dynamic, uplifting, determined spirit. She is an excellent public speaker.”
-Katie Traylor, CareNet Birmingham, Alabama
“Gail McWilliams is one of the most captivating speakers I have ever heard. We loved Gail so much that we used her DVD story to appeal to our donors! I would recommend her to speak to any group, and I would go to hear her speak again and again.”
-Kay Sanford, CareNet, Donor Relations, Birmingham, Alabama
“As Director of Training, we train pregnancy centers and maternity homes in how to conduct successful fundraising banquets and our trainers make recommendations on speakers. We are happy to be able to add Gail McWilliams to this list.”
-Lisa Holub, Director of Training, Life Steward Ministries, Knoxville, Tennessee
“As Executive Director I am always searching for a motivating speaker who gives a message of hope while dealing with the difficult topic(s). I requested that she visit my hometown of Boerne, Texas and share her unique story…Through Gail’s testimony at our Annual Fundraising Gala many were encouraged to see beyond their circumstance and trust God. Her joy was contagious! She was able to energize 440 people and challenge them to take a closer look at life and realize that each life is precious. She was also a valuable asset in asking for donations. The proceeds from this event were one of the best in our 22 year history…I do not hesitate to recommend Speaker and Author Gail McWilliams to any group who wants to raise the bar for their next event.”
-Lee Ann Jackson, Executive Director, Hill Country Pregnancy Resource Center, Boerne, Texas
“Gail McWilliams spoke at our Banquet and our people loved her! Her sense of humor, positive outlook, and speaking ability endeared her to everyone in the audience. It was fun for me to hear people laughing throughout her presentation. Gail’s walk with the Lord, love for Him, and for our ministry shone through. I was amazed that even though she couldn’t see a clock, she timed her talk to the minute. Financially, the banquet was more successful than the year before, even with slightly fewer people and a 2nd year of economic recession. The DVD of her life and family is key to setting up her story; be sure to include it in your program. She has my highest recommendation.”
-Aimee Huber, Executive Director, First Choice Women’s Resource Center, New Jersey
“I believe every pregnancy resource center needs to have Gail McWilliams as a keynote speaker at least once. She is engaging, entertaining, and has a message people can relate to. Gail and her team connect with your center at a personal level and incorporate personal prayer for you and the success of your event. The guests at our banquet didn’t want to leave. They enjoyed her message and meeting her afterward. She blessed everyone who was there. Even months later I run into someone who was at our banquet and they remark as to how the message Gail shared impacted their lives. Many first time guests to the banquet are now our ministry friends! Gail is professional and personable. A winning combination! Gail also did a private motivational and encouraging message for our volunteers the morning after the banquet. This continues to bless our ministry, our volunteers and the women we serve. Gail is one of the best public speakers we have had at our banquet and I highly recommend her.
-Barb Gosa, Executive Director, Advice and Aid Pregnancy Centers, Kansas City, Kansas
“Gail not only communicated life with her message, she exemplified the depths to which we should go to maintain it. With the accompaniment of her children surrounding her, she demonstrated the true gift of life. People responded to the event with generosity and joy…some of them finally “getting it” through her portrayal of the importance of life to the Heavenly Father through her sacrifice to preserve life at an extraordinary personal cost. Some banquets are not emotional enough…some are too emotional…this banquet was touching enough to tug at the heartstrings and practical enough to encourage monthly commitments. We were uplifted by the message, encouraged to continue the race, enlightened through the humor and overjoyed by the music. The night was one that will live on in the chronicles of the best banquets of Arlington Pregnancy Center.”
-Becky Hyde, Executive Director, Arlington Pregnancy Center, Arlington, Texas
“Gail McWilliams is a joy to work with from start to finish.”
-Cathy Jo Finch, Executive Director, LifeNet of Missoula, Montana
I speak nationally and internationally for various organizations including fund raising for charitable groups. It is my joy to come along side non-profit organizations to help them raise funds. I have been a keynote speaker for nearly 60 fund-raising events and banquets in 32 states in the past few years.
When I speak for a fund raising event it is important for me to know the vision for any organization and their projected goals. I love the challenge of customizing my life message, communication skills and heart to team with the host organization to see their efforts a success. Whether you ask me to only speak, or, also do the appeal, I give my full energy and heart because I understand the value of casting a vision that others want to willingly and joyfully support. I believe that the best equation for any fund raising event is first vision. Vision then brings people and people bring funding. It is a successful formula for informing audiences and motivating them with the organization’s goals without feeling coerced or pressured. Because of my love for people and combining humor, inspiration and communicating the vision at hand, people have the opportunity to not only give to the organization, but the organization gives back to them a memorable evening that leaves an audience inspired. It is a win-win situation.
Thank you for considering me for your next fund raising event. If I am your choice, I would love to talk with you personally to see how I might complement your vision and strategically work for your success. Thank you for all you do. May your aspirations, goals and needs be met in full. Please let me know how I can best serve you. You can speed up the process by calling 888-270-0182.
What You Can Look Forward To
• Timely responses to your phone and email requests.
• I will schedule a time to talk to you personally and hear your vision for your event and how I can best serve you and your organization.
• I will promote the event on my website, blog and all social media outlets. (Should your event be open to the public and you want additional visibility for it.)
• I will have a special link on my website that will provide an online video, related resources and promotional tools customized for your event that you can utilize among your network, audience and clientele.
Keynote Speaking Presentations
Advice and Aid Center
Overland Park, Kansas
Council for Life
Focus on the Family
Colorado Springs, Colorado
A Little About Me
I was raised in St. Louis. I am a lover of people and have never known a stranger. I use my energy, insights and skills to help others see the value of their own lives.
I moved with my family to central Illinois after graduating High School. Instead of seeking a teaching career I spent several years as a vocalist singing in groups and as a soloist traveling the nation. As a result, I have recorded eight musical projects.
In 1978 I married my husband, Tony McWilliams. We settled in Illinois and joined our gifts and vision to help people. My singing career expanded and I began to speak. My husband and I co-hosted a weekly television show and started a private school. I gradually began to lose my eyesight related to complications with pregnancy. With each challenge we determined to face them together and our family worked as a team.
We had our five children and raised them in the Midwest until 2000 when we moved to Texas. What a culture shock.
I first began to write when I moved to Texas to inform our friends and family back home about the new world we were experiencing. They responded positively over and over, so without even realizing it, I was practicing for the multiple books I would write. I am still writing books and blogs.
Since I started speaking in 2006, I have keynoted over 60 events around the nation and spoken for many women’s conferences. My husband and I present marriage seminars, and I have been interviewed on multiple television and radio programs. I also speak at corporations and universities. I produce my own daily radio program featured on broadcast stations around the nation. Churches love to have me come to encourage their congregations, and our story is a perfect fit for Mother’s Day.
Every turn in the road has been in preparation for what I do today – and I love it!
I reside near Dallas, Texas where I enjoy my family living close by, including two adorable grandsons that I call my legacy boys.
It would be my joy and honor to team with you and see your event go to the next level. Together I believe we can create a memorable and inspiring moment that will increase productivity and a sense of renewed purpose. Please click the “Check My Availability” button to get started today.
When you choose to look past the horizon, the sky is the limit.