Speaking & Events
Sharing A Message
Tania and Vickie knew they had a higher calling in their lives. These two women knew they had an opportunity to help marriages, wives and first responders with the difficulties that come with this career, including the ultimate sacrifice that can happen: leaving your loved ones behind.
In addition to their book, they've spoken at large events about their experiences with resilience and how they overcame hardships.
Where We Have Spoken
In January 2019, Help for Heroes requested Tania and Vickie share their story and testimony. With a little reluctance and not knowing if 10 or 100 people would attend, Tania and Vickie made a decision, if they could help one marriage it would be worth it. When discussing the topics, it was agreed complete transparency was the only choice if they were to share their stories.
With much surprise, Tania and Vickie filled an auditorium with 500+ people who welcomed and embraced their stories. This amazing evening along with a continued request to speak again, led to writing a book and filling the need to continue to help marriages and those struggling First Responders.
Since, they have spoken for members of law enforcement and their families across the country, in addition to organizations like NASA.
• Sanctity of marriage
• Breakdown of Family Structure
• Male role models in the home
• Faith in an uncertain world
• Marriage roles
• Financial Issues
• Paying the ultimate sacrifice, losing your life in the line of duty.
Speaking to Law Enforcement and First Responders
Wives and mothers often carry the highest burden in their roles as the spouse. Supporting and encouraging their spouses, being proud of their husbands and wives. Knowing the things that could happen and remaining a constant strength for their family and children. This unique group of individuals face these intense emotions, highs and lows and daily battle of the unknown, and they often find comfort and safety amongst each other.
Family, Marriage, and Loss.
Families and loved ones of law enforcement are an intricately unique and immensely strong group of individuals. Constantly supporting their loved ones through an intense and rewarding profession, with another battle raging inside themselves of questions, fear, safety and protection. Knowing your loved one is at risk during every shift and every call. Each day they get into uniform sworn to protect and serve with their spouse at home yearning and praying for a safe return home. A family’s constant silent wondering when they hear or see lights and sirens is, “Are they ok?”, “Will they make it home?”
Two women enthralled in law enforcement life. Tania Owen, a retired Detective herself, mother and wife of a fallen officer. Vickie Speed, mother and wife of a detective, who succumbed to Cancer. Two inimitable stories of these women’s experiences, their journey and the heroes in uniform they loved so deeply.
"Although I was looking forward to listening to both Vickie Speed and Tania Owen, I was reluctant in thinking of how the speaking engagement was going to benefit me. Their stories of faith during tragedy were amazing and encouraging beyond my expectations. Both women provided such a raw and intimate experience that it spoke to my soul. Listen to their stories and message to re-center, focus and overcome the struggles life may bring you!"
-MSgt Carlos Najera, USAF (Retired)
"After listening to these two women’s testimony for their love of God in their marriages, I was inspired to do the same in my marriage."
-M. Mejia, Sgt. LAPD
"Having a personal relationship with both of these women and seeing firsthand the strength each of them showed for their husbands and children is a testament to their faith in Christ. Their losses were both unique. The life of a First Responder is hard and to keep a good relationship with your spouse and family is difficult. Listening to each of their experiences and applying many of their ideas and examples will only help in my own family units."
Aaron T. – Detective Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department
"Tania and Vickie took the stage and showed their most intimate, personal truths while they bared their souls to the audience. They invited complete strangers to see the deepest depths of their relationships with God and their late spouses.
Tania and Vickie were captivating. There was not a person in the room, who was not clinging to every single word each of these ladies spoke. More than once, their words moved everyone in the audience to tears (and at times laughter). Through the power of Tania and Vickie’s words, the audience’s perspective on life changed, even if ever so slight. It seemed as if everyone left wanting to improve some aspect of their lives no matter how small.
These women transformed on stage. I knew them for years but I saw a side to them I did not know existed and the power they exuded from their demeanor during their testimonies was something I never expected. These women became invincible forces of nature. I learned sides about both women I had never seen. Tania and Vickie took the audience on a journey and unfolded their life as if they were under oath. They taught all of us something about ourselves by speaking their true testimony with courage."
Jesse Chappell, Wife of Spokane Police Department, Officer