Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D. (“Mattie’s mom”) is a NY Times Bestselling author and an award-winning advocate and keynote speaker. Her topics range from Mattie’s life and message of hope and peace to spirituality, resilience, disability, grief, parenting, and balancing everyday realities. Jeni enjoys speaking to audiences of all ages. She presents to professionals, to parents, to school children — to any audience seeking an inspirational message about the things that matter most in life. Jeni is also known as “Mama Peace” to nearly 500 Global Teen Leaders who have created projects that tend to basic human needs around the world, and who have been inspired by Mattie’s vision of ‘rebuilding the mosaic of humanity’ during Jeni’s presentation series at the annual Just Peace Summit.

Jeni’s TEDxTeen Talk

To inquire about Jeni’s professional presentations or visits with schools and youth groups, please email: