Victoria Steele is all about empowering women. At age 16 she fought successfully to get sex-education into her high school curriculum, at age 21 she proved her radio boss wrong after he told her that women couldn’t be news reporters. At age 40, a single-mom, she went back to school to get a Master’s degree in counseling to help people who have experienced the trauma of child sexual abuse, rape and intimate partner violence. Realizing that policy changes needed to be made to gain equality and better support women and children, she was elected twice to the Arizona State Legislature (2012 and 2014) and she continues to work to empower women because she believes all women are ‘women of steel’ – strong, resilient, and powerful.
An indigenous woman (Seneca/Mingo), Victoria is dedicated to peace, justice, civil rights and the elimination of racism. Victoria draws from her deep experience as a television and radio journalist and news anchor to a Master’s level mental health counselor, graduate level counseling instructor and a state lawmaker, to deliver powerful, effective messages to companies, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. Victoria’s presentations are not only informative they are entertaining and inspirational – she is a natural communicator and storyteller who is in her element when she is in front of a live audience. Indeed, Victoria Steele knows how to Spark a Movement™.
As the co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW) – Tucson Chapter, Victoria is especially interested in empowering women, women in leadership, pay equality, the gender leadership gap, sexual harassment and discrimination, preventing violence against women, helping people heal from child sexual abuse and organizing for peace and justice.Victoria is a sought-after keynote speaker and media spokesperson on these and other issues. Victoria trains and teaches on Native American spirituality (using Native Storytelling), media and messaging training, environmental issues and multicultural counseling.Victoria travels throughout the United States and internationally, speaking at conferences, universities, organizations, corporate meetings.Over the years many groups, organizations and companies have trusted Victoria to deliver a message that can Spark a Movement™. Some of her recent speaking engagements include:
- Women’s Equality Day – Courageous Conversations – Master of Ceremony
- University of Arizona
- National Organization for Women
- Arizona Town Hall
- Veterans Administration
- Activate Tucson – Panel discussion on how to talk with legislators
- The Redemptorist Renewal Center – Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction
- YWCA Southern Arizona
- Moms Demand Action – National Gun Violence Prevention Day
- National Association of Social Workers
- Women’s March – Tucson – Rise Up!
- Political Rallies for the Affordable Care Act and Women’s Reproductive Health
- Community Forum on the Affordable Care Act
- Society of Psychologists in Management
- Pima County Community Prevention Coalition
Victoria Steele is a dynamic, respected public speaker who addresses the following topics and more
Put on Your Big Girl Panties and Lead
Balancing Life & Work – Where the Personal and the Political Meet
Self-care for Those on the Frontlines of Social Advocacy
The Care and Feeding of Women in Leadership
This is Not Your Grandmother’s Feminism
Courageous Conversations about Women, Power and Violence
Women of Color – Leading the Change
Run Like a Girl – Overcoming the Challenges for Women in Politics
Girls Can’t Be What They Can’t See
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) – What Is It and Do We Really Need It?