/ 03 March 2014
Amy Walts prides herself on not falling neatly into one category. Raised near London, England, but now calling Rochester home, Amy has brought her sassy and unconventional presentation style to a number of overlapping careers. With a degree in Medical Illustration, she worked for several years in the competitive world of advertising and graphic design, and now regularly illustrates books on a variety of topics. For the better part of two decades, Amy taught human anatomy and various fine arts classes at RIT, and worked as a New York State Emergency Medical Technician on area ambulances. She has been a concert Harpist for 20 years, playing concert grand harp, Celtic harp, electric harp, and piano, building a following as much for her playful onstage répartée as for her wildly diverse musical genres.
Amy started speaking through a Toastmasters International club, and in both 2012 and 2013, she became the District 65 Humorous Speech Champion—the organization’s highest award for comedic, entertainment-based speaking. That led to a budding career in professional speaking, tackling myriad subjects from neuroscience to raising kids with her trademark wit and humor. She is married, with three children ranging in age from 21 to 5 years old. She is writing a novel and loves reading, traveling the world, and hurling herself headlong into new and unlikely experiences with gusto.