About Alice

Alice comes from a large Irish Catholic family as one of seven children where there was no option in life other than to make your own life happen or fail.  Since failure wasn't an option, Alice realized that overnight success would take some time. A risk taker and entrepreneur by nature,  Alice earned her life experience degree with a wide variety of “adventuring” that included hitchhiking across the United States and Europe, riding down the coast of California with a 50 pound tool kit on the front of a borrowed bicycle and $40, working in casinos, New York City and Hollywood.  She sold ball point pens filled with Mt St. Helen’s ash and even lived in a tent for a year to avoid paying rent.

Her formalized education came from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a bachelor of science in rehabilitation counseling and psychology and a Masters in Journalism from the University of Oregon-Eugene.  She graduated from a three year Authentic Leadership Program, in Atlanta, Georgia and earned a certificate of completion for “Crucial Conversations” facilitator training. Alice is a graduate of the Hoffman Process, a developmental program in San Angelo, California designed to help explore  the influences of childhood on adult choices. She's trained with voice, theatre and speaking coaches to improve her presentation and platform skills.


Alice brings diverse experiences from her previous roles as a capitol press corp reporter, lobbyist, business owner, teacher, entrepreneur, coach, strategic planner and mountain climber.  Alice believes sometimes you just have to leap first, then assume a net will appear.  She lives by this motto “everything unattempted, is impossible.” 

Alice has been a life long advocate for numerous causes affecting women, the disabled, health care and small business. She has received special recognition from the Wisconsin Community Health Charities, Wisconsin Chapter- National Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Medical Association Political Action Committee and Wisconsin Women in Government, a statewide organization she founded  in the late 1980s to help raise scholarship money for financially needy women. She has served on the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business Council and the Department of Workforce Development Select Committee on Workforce Shortage issues for the 21st Century. She is a previous Board member of TEMPO, a women’s business organization and was appointed by the Madison Mayor to serve on the Monona Terrace Board of Directors. She is a member of the National Professional Speakers Association — Wisconsin Chapter.    

Alice O'Connor provides thought provoking, customized programs to inspire and motivate individuals and companies with a fun, energetic, interactive style. This successful business entrepreneur shares insights and practical tools from her real life experiences inside press rooms, board rooms, state capitols and traffic court.

Her unique programs make you laugh and learn as she shares stories that take you to mountain tops and the valley of life's pits. Audiences nationwide leave energized to dream big, work a plan and achieve both a higher quality of life and greater success.

She also teaches presentation skills to help professionals who wish to increase their audience rapport, credibility and message impact. A great tool for sales! Busy executives and professionals have learned how to maximize their own personal style and improve their delivery.

Alice 's personal motto, "Everything unattempted, is impossible," helps audiences take away the tools they most need to apply to their own lives.