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'Savvy' Savannah Simon Motivational + Entrepreneur + Visionary

“Be an Eagle - Not a Seagull”

An entrepreneur, activist, and public speaker, ‘Savvy’ Savannah Simon is a born leader with a natural desire to stand up for what she believes in. Living a life with true intention, everything from her professional to her personal life has a meaningful purpose and has contributed to the messages she’s shared with her many different audiences.

Coming from the Mi’kmaq tribe of Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, her roots have propelled her to create the revolutionary project #SpeakMiqmaq, a social media movement dedicated to encouraging indigenous people to speak their language. Not only is the hashtag for children and elders who lost touch with Mi’kmaq, the movement extends to educators to use in their curriculum through YouTube videos, as well as inspiring other tribes across North America to start their own movement. 

Savvy has been titled a “Kickass Canadian” and is one of Canadian Livings “Top 40 Female Change Makers”, and just one conversation with her will show that these titles are well earned. In addition to her efforts to sustain Indigenous languages, she is an activist and dedicates her time to educating others about the injustice happening in Mi’kmaq country. She is also devoted to public speaking and cherishes “having the opportunity to bless a lot of hearts”. Her recognition of today’s young leaders has motivated her to influence the next generation to be kinder and more open-minded. 

Striving to live a life fueled by optimism and introspection, Savvy has used her platform to positively influence others one motivational video at a time. Her social media is filled with reminders to invest in self-care and practice gratitude, and her uplifting energy is contagious. Savvy continues to inspire others to become the best version of themselves everyday through her social media, YouTube channel, and motivational talks.

  • Leadership: Be an Eagle, Not a Seagull

    An enthusiastic student of life, Savvy will embark audiences on a powerful journey to self-empowerment through reflections of her life lessons. With insights of finding your clan, learning to be a leader in your own life and for others, and the strength of an authentic voice, Savvy will change perspectives of day-to-day life. 

    In this presentation, audiences will discover:

    • The significance and rewards of “being an eagle, not a seagull” 
    • The importance of authenticity and self-government 
    • How to rise above the sea of cyber-negativity and amplify your voice in a positive way

    Entrepreneurship: Discovering Your True Passion

    Reflecting on her own career and motivations throughout her years, Savvy emboldens audiences to look within and discover their true passions, and how to recognize when it is time to “clock out.” 

    In this presentation, viewers will:

    • Discover Savvy’s story of pivoting from a career in public service to teaching and motivational speaking
    • Learn how to recognize when your passion rises above the desire for job security, and what to do
    • Experience the passion behind Savvy’s #Speak Mi'kmaq movement

    #SpeakMikmaq:  Using Social Media for the Revival of Disappearing Language

    Savvy refuses to be discouraged by the statistics of Indigenous language speakers—she is determined to continue spreading awareness and tools for sustaining these disappearing languages through the power of online communities.

    "My goal is for other tribes to be inspired to use a hashtag like #SpeakMikmaq. I want to see #SpeakCree and #SpeakNavajo. Whatever your language is, speak it and share it, even if it’s only one word. Use it from the spirit inside of you and use it with passion." - Savvy Simon

    From this presentation, Savvy will empower audiences to discover:

    • The crucial importance of Indigenous languages and their retention to the world
    • How to start a digital language revolution in your own community
    • How to encourage youth to retain their languages
  • Introduction to Mi'kmaq Culture: Dance and Language

    Power of a Hug – from Brazil to Canada – Changing the world one hug at a time.

Coming from the Mi’kmaq tribe of Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, her roots have propelled her to create the revolutionary project #SpeakMiqmaq, a social media movement dedicated to encouraging indigenous people to speak their language. Not only is the hashtag for children and elders who lost touch with Mi’kmaq, the movement extends to educators to use in their curriculum through YouTube videos, as well as inspiring other tribes across North America to start their own movement. 

Savvy has been titled a “Kickass Canadian” and is one of Canadian Livings “Top 40 Female Change Makers”, and just one conversation with her will show that these titles are well earned. In addition to her efforts to sustain Indigenous languages, she is an activist and dedicates her time to educating others about the injustice happening in Mi’kmaq country. She is also devoted to public speaking and cherishes “having the opportunity to bless a lot of hearts”. Her recognition of today’s young leaders has motivated her to influence the next generation to be kinder and more open-minded. 

Striving to live a life fueled by optimism and introspection, Savvy has used her platform to positively influence others one motivational video at a time. Her social media is filled with reminders to invest in self-care and practice gratitude, and her uplifting energy is contagious. Savvy continues to inspire others to become the best version of themselves everyday through her social media, YouTube channel, and motivational talks.

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