What others are saying:
“When Deidra speaks, she has the ability to make every person in the room feel like they’re sitting at a coffee shop with her having a conversation. Her relaxed and authentic style of sharing is engaging from her first sentence.
“Deidra can make her audience laugh and yet she passionately sheds light on serious subjects people usually avoid.
“By sharing her life experiences, Deidra encourages others to pull up a chair and sit at the table with people that are different than themselves, to listen and learn from others. She is a speaker who leaves her audience with the desire to make positive changes in this world.”
Founder, Refresh My Heart Women’s Conference
“We allow a trusted friend to challenge and shape us in ways no one else can. Deidra has a knack for speaking with the voice of a friend. Whether she is sharing her wisdom with a small group or a large crowd, her endearing, affable personality softens the way for her insightful and sometimes challenging perspective to soak deep into places where real spiritual change happens. I trust Deidra to speak as a friend to those I serve through City Gates Initiative. They simply love her.”
Executive Director, City Gates Initiative
Ashland Theological Seminary
“Listening to Deidra speak is like sitting in her living room, talking with friends. Her words invite you into that kind of space. Humble and confident, challenging and hopeful, authentic to the core. Deidra graciously takes us to places we might rather avoid and gives us the courage and eyes to see the redemption waiting to happen!”
Kim Hyland, Winsome Retreat Founder and Host
“I love Deidra’s heart. She speaks boldly with passion and conviction, inspiring our call to follow Jesus. Yet she offers rest, rooted in a sure and steady peace. I am grateful to learn from her and call her friend.”
Co-Founder of Q Ideas and Author, Freefall to Fly
“Deidra is one of those women you meet and feel totally comfortable with. She is so real about who she is and understands that we are all not so different in what we face in life and how we respond to life. Her love for others because she knows we are all loved by God shines through her. She truly is captivating in her speaking and writing and in visiting with her one on one.”
Carol Sandbulte, Beautiful Life Conference Organizer and Host
“Deidra has the unique ability to take a room of 400 women and create an atmosphere that makes it feel like you are sitting with friends around the kitchen table. Her conversational style connects with the hearts of women and leads them to deeper places of becoming ok with who they are and who God created them to be. Her challenging perspective prompts reflection and change, and yet is covered in love and grace.”
Compel Conference Coordinator
“Deidra Riggs is not only a phenomenal speaker, but also a delightful human being. Working with dozens of speakers over the years as a Conference planner and host, I highly value the way that Deidra can tailor a message to the audience in a way that is poignant, relevant, and encouraging. Unafraid to tackle hard topics, Deidra speaks with grace and eloquence that moves the listener from a beginning place to somewhere far richer in the end.”
Allume Conference CEO and Host, Speaker, Author of Curious Faith: Rediscovering Hope in the God of Possibility
Deidra Riggs is a national speaker, an editor, and the founder and host of JumpingTandem: The Retreat, a bi-annual event for writers, authors, entrepreneurs, and other fabulous people who have an amazing dream. She is wise, thoughtful, and approachable. Deidra is not afraid to tackle tough topics, but does so with grace and vulnerability. She is a storyteller who creates safe space for navigating creative and cultural tension. Deidra invites listeners to pull up a chair to the table and engage with others, with their own questions and doubts, and with the God who knows and loves them beyond belief.
Deidra has been a featured speaker at Q Women, TEDx, and The City Gates Initiative, as well as several women’s events, including Allume, Winsome Retreat, the Beautiful Life Conference, and Compel. She is a contributing writer for Incourage, and her work has been featured online at the Washington Post and Today’s Christian Woman.
Deidra is the author of “Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are.” Her second book will release in the Spring of 2017. Deidra and her husband are the proud parents of two adult children, and the happy inhabitants of an empty nest. They live in Lincoln, Nebraska.
- Compel Conference, South Sioux City, NE, January 22-23, 2016
- Moses Merrill Women’s Retreat, Linwood, NE, March 4-5, 2016
- Refresh My Heart Conference, Nebraska City, NE, March 11-12, 2016
- Winsome Retreat, White Sulfur Springs, Mann’s Choice, PA, April 8-10, 2016
- Southwood Lutheran Church, Women’s Retreat, Lincoln, NE, April 16, 2016
- Lutheran Church of Hope, Women’s Brunch, West Des Moines, IA, April 23, 2016
- City Gates Initiative, Columbus, OH, September 17, 2016
To schedule Deidra to speak at your event, use this form to send a note:
Regarding book endorsements and forwards:
“I love books, and in my heart there is a special corner for those of you who read my words here and who also write your own. Sometimes, your words find their way to publishers and editors and they become knit together into beautiful books with cover designs and forwards and endorsements. When that happens, I want nothing more than to cheer for you from the highest rooftop!” —Deidra Riggs
Deidra can endorse or write a forward for up to six books. If you think you’d like to have her write an endorsement or a forward for your book, please let her know as soon as possible, because, once those six spots have been taken up, Deidra can’t accept any more books for the year.
If you’d like Deidra to consider endorsing or writing a forward for your book, use the form below, and we will give your request careful consideration: