October 29, 2020

Webinar: I Believe in the Power of Believing


My Life's Purpose

From Tragedy to Triumph!

Presentations, Articles, TV/Radio Appearances & Podcasts/Webinars

My Speaking Engagements:

December 14, 2020

I Believe in the Power of Believing

Iowa City Brain Injury Support Group

Iowa City, IA

September 25, 2018
National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
Unmasking Simplistic Ways to Heal the Brain
Ankeny, IA


February 31, 2018
New Horizon’s Adult Day Care
Ankeny, IA

April 11, 2017
Brain Injury Association of Washington Conference
Discovering My Life’s Purpose
Seattle, Washington


January 24, 2017
Kiwanis Club
Iowa City, IA

March 9, 2017

Inspire Café

Dubuque, Iowa


Available 1st Week in December

Inspired Journey


October 29, 2020
Webinar: I Believe in the Power of Believing

Watch the Webinar Here


August 2020

Discovering my Life's Purpose: From Tragedy to Triumph!

September 19, 2016

Discovering My Life’s Purpose: From Tragedy to Triumph!

Available through Amazon 

October 23, 2015

I Never Thought It Would Happen To Me Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance


February 12, 2015

Life’s Tremendous Journey Hope Works Foundation of New Zealand


April 11, 2014

My New Life’s Purpose Rehabilitation Institute Of Brookhaven Hospital

TV/Radio Appearances:

November 18th, 2016

WGLR 97.7 FM at


November 17th, 2016

KIYX Dubuque Super Hits 106.1 FM: online at


November 12th, 2016

Living Full Out:


July 25th, 2016

TBI One Love Radio Show!TBI-One-LoveSurvivor-BridgidRuden/wdy1g/575dae920cf2b2ec51857548

Previous Events

My Speaking Engagements (2009 - 2016):


Book Signings:

December 3, 2016 

Warehouse Book Store Outlet Mall

Williamsburg, Iowa

November 19, 2016

River Lights Book Store

Dubuque, Iowa

TV/Radio Appearances:

November 20, 2013

Hope Beyond Trauma Radio Show


December 10, 2010

Brain Injury Survival Story on Public Access Television

Part I: PATV Part One

Part II: PATV Part Two


January 6, 2010

“The Exchange”: Iowa Public Radio Talk Program with Ben Kieffer


November 11, 2013

Despite Brain Injury Disabilities:Opportunities Can Arise


January 27, 2012

Where Did My Memory Go


July 2011

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury from a Bicycle Accident Published in: Progression: an Anthology of the Patient Voice Project


January 11, 2011

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury from a Bicycle Accident

May 5, 2015

Discovering My Life’s Purpose 2015 BIA-Wisc. Conference Mind, Body & Spirit in Brain Injury Kalahari Resort

Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.

March 5, 2015

Discovering My Life’s Purpose 2015 BIA-IA Conference Best Practice in Brain Injury Sheraton Hotel

West Des Moines, Iowa

October 22, 2014

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury Iowa Association of Family, Career & Community Leaders of America Coralville, Iowa Public Library

October 16-17, 2014

My New Life’s Purpose 2014 Survive & Thrive Conference

St. Cloud, Minnesota

October 8, 2014

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury Holiday Inn

Coralville, Iowa

Jan 8, 2013

“Miracles Never Cease”

Traumatic Brain Injury St. Thomas More Church

Coralville, Iowa

Aug 8, 2012

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury Case Count Management Conference Embassy Suites

Downtown Des Moines, Iowa

May 1, 2012

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury Luther College Decorah, Iowa

April 19, 2012 

Iowa School Nurse Conference Hotel @ Kirkwood Center

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

April 17, 2012

Pi Kappa Ceremony Allen College McBride Auditorium

Waterloo, Iowa

March 29, 2012

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury Mercy Hospital

Des Moines, Iowa

March 27, 2012

BIA Awards & Recognition Mercy Hospital Hallagan Auditorium

Cedar Rapids, IA

March 7, 2012 

Family & Advocates: Navigating Brain Injury Sheraton Inn

West Des Moines, Iowa

December 7, 2011

Introduction to Communication Disorders University of Iowa, Wendall Johnson

Iowa City, Iowa

November 2, 2011

Flaherty Communication Room, Basile Hall Mount Mercy University,

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

October 5, 2011

Action Abilities in Action Conference Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids Iowa

August 12, 2011

Joy of Caring Clarke College

Dubuque, Iowa

June 17, 2011

Mayo Clinic 18th Annual Brain Injury Conference

Rochester, MN

May 12, 2011

Nursing Grand Rounds Veterans Administration Hospital

Minneapolis, MN

April 29, 2011

Minnesota Brain Injury Association’s Annual Conference

Minneapolis, MN

April 1, 2011

Trauma Conference Mercy Hospital

Iowa City, IA

February 11, 2011

Speech and Hearing Therapists & Students University of Iowa Wendall Johnson

Iowa City, IA

November 24, 2010

Minnesota Brain Injury Association Employees

Minneapolis, MN

October 28, 2010

University of Iowa Physical and Occupational Therapists University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics

Iowa City, IA

October 8, 2010

Pediatric Nursing Conference

Iowa City, IA

September 22, 2010

Adult and Child Neurosurgical Conference

Coralville, IA

July 23, 2010

Health Care Professionals Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital

Lincoln, NE

May, 2010

Medical Students Carver College of Medicine, Dept. of Internal Medicine

Iowa City, IA

April 29, 2010

CEO & Health Administration Students University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics

Iowa City, IA

March 26, 2010

Finley Hospital

Dubuque, IA

March 4, 2010

Iowa Brain Injury Association Conference

West Des Moines, IA

November 30, 2009

Nursing Grand Rounds University of Iowa Hospital

Iowa City, IA