"We had the opportunity to hear Casandra Austin speak to a group of approximately 75 members of Illinois Women in Leadership in Springfield, Illinois in January, 2018. Casandra spoke with the eloquence of an author who has lived their story, along with the enthusiasm of someone who is not done transforming themselves. She spoke of an abusive childhood and how living through that allowed her to become the strong, confident woman that stood before and challenged us. Casandra is well spoken and touches her audience on a personal level, allowing them to apply lessons learned and inspiring them to reach beyond and become the best version of themselves."
~Jennifer Sublett~ IWILL President
“The program was a great way to start off the New Year. Casandra brought not only insightful information, but gave you ways to obtain what she was talking about. The exercise of asking who you are, without using the labels that you generally associate yourself with, was one of my favorite things."
“Casandra’s presentation was excellent and I’m so glad that I went. It seems people are so busy these days (by choice) that they don’t slow down enough to make friendships, form bonds, be real, or share experiences. Hearing what she has gone through and how she has worked through all that happened to her by asking three main questions gives me much to reflect on. Learning how she has come so very far to find out who she really is (not just who she thinks she should be or who others expect her to be) while still sharing her setbacks makes us all realize we never really “arrive” and that when we stumble or lose our way we must brush off our “why.” Thank you, Casandra, for being so real and for heeding the call to share your experiences and life’s journey in order to help others. Your transformation from the inside out is truly inspirational.”
“I found it thought provoking, and she reminded me why even as a “senior,” I still attend meetings like AWC - because I can learn something new, about the world or about myself.”
~Association of Women in Communication (AWC) Luncheon attendees
“It's almost a year later, and I'm still thankful that I attended the Revive event. It was sort of on a whim. I had seen the event and passed it over a few times. Personal development wasn't really my 'thing'. But a few weeks before the event, I realized that I felt adrift. No more wind in my sails to keep pushing towards my dream...and my boat seemed to have even lost its rudder. So I made a decision to invest in myself. I was intrigued by my friend Casandra. I wanted to get to know her better. I figured if she was playing a roll in this event, then it be worth my time. What I didn't prepare myself for was how incredibly life changing this day was going to turn out to be. Not only did my boat no longer seem adrift, but I realized that I could truly steer it anywhere my dreams desired it to go. I realized that I am stronger and more worthy than I ever dreamed AND that all of this power and worth was already in me. I just needed someone to show me how to find it. I truly can't recommend this event strongly enough. Take a chance on believing in yourself. You are worth it and worthy of it.”
~ Sheri Brinkmeyer
“You have a way of helping people find parts of themselves that they lost and never even knew they had. Casandra has been so helpful in my transformation journey. She listens and provides guidance in such a loving and caring way. She is amazing.”
“What I appreciate the most is your ability to hear. You identified with the issue and shared your experience. It helped me to not feel alone and I am so thankful for that. Feeling like no one understands is one of the worst feelings while being depressed. Not only did you identify with my matter you also helped me to process the situation and helped me achieve the clarity that I needed. I can not thank you enough for your assistance. I am most grateful for your caring and compassionate ability to be of efficient and effective service to others.”
“After attending the Illinois Association of Community Agencies “The Power of Action Agents of Change” conference to hear my dear friend speak, my perspective shifted. She started off her message with how we dread Monday’s. I had become one of those who no longer looked forward to Monday’s due to the toxicity within the walls of the agency I work for. I am in social services and it is already a job that can sap you of your energy if you aren’t careful. The environment has become so draining that I have started working from home more often just so I would not be subjected to the heaviness within the walls. I found myself becoming tired and restless. Sleep was something I dreamt about because work had taken over, even when I was asleep. After listening to Casandra and thinking about my why, I began to remember WHY I chose this field. I remembered who I am. I reflected on the things I used to do that kept me going every morning and I vowed to go back to the basics with setting intentions every day, getting my exercise in daily and speaking my truth…When I remain true to myself, which includes getting back to the basics, I feel better about myself. When I feel good, I am able to pour into others, which is why I chose to be in the field of human services. I have the ability to be the change I want to see but, I cannot allow outside forces to change ME. Hearing Casandra speak on remembering my why forced me to take a good, hard look at my present circumstances. I started to become jaded due to the toxicity around me. Her message really resonated with me. The day after the conference, I went back to the basics and it’s already looking better.
Thanks for having me Casandra!!”
"I began working with Casandra during a very emotional time in my life. I was disconnecting from a relationship and in the process I was trying to find myself. Through countless talks I remember Casandra reminding me of my worth. Reminding me how important my healing was and the blessings on the other side. She reminded me of who I am and Who's I am. What I appreciate about her is that she is very direct. She didn't hold any punches and didn't sugarcoat anything. I called Casandra one day and asked her "How do I let go of someone I have loved for so long?"
She provided me with a healing plan. I did this and one day it just clicked! Everything she said came back to me and now I'm walking in freedom from that relationship and have started loving myself better. I thank God that He directed me to go to her in my time of need. I surely got the help I needed!"
~Tyra D. Jones~
"Casandra replenished my faith in sisterhood. That sisterhood that loves, supports, guides and heals. She has an amazing gift to inspire and encourage. She sees the beauty in you and then helps you to see it in yourself!
"Casandra Austin has been most encouraging to me on my walk to gaining self-assurance and self-acceptance. She was very instrumental in helping me work through my own issues with acceptance and had patience with me even when I was unreasonable in my own thoughts. She offered opportunities for me to make initial steps and I can't thank her enough for the positive impact it has had in my life. I was able to look at the person in the mirror and choose to accept what I was already blessed with and I walked through the door of acceptance and now my life has been richly blessed because of it! Thanks, Casandra!