Speaker's Bureau

About Us

Since 1984, the Brain Injury Association of Virginia has been the only state-wide organization for brain injury information, resources, advocacy, education, and outreach. Our mission is to advance education, awareness, support, treatment and research to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury.

The Brain Injury Association of Virginia’s Speakers Bureau program offers an opportunity for volunteers who are interested in public speaking and empowerment to raise public awareness about brain injury in their own community. We are creating a panel of experienced speakers who live with or have been impacted by brain injury, and are always looking for others who would be willing to speak at a variety of events, both formal and informal, to educate our audiences by sharing their experiences of living with brain injury.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in a speaking engagement
  • Attend a minimum of 2 phone meetings with BIAV staff to prepare for the event
  • Create a written rough draft/outline of your story to present to BIAV staff for feedback
  • Adapt written speech as needed to suit various speaking engagements (e.g. time constraints, type of audience, etc.)


  • 18+ years old
  • Access to transportation
  • Ability to read and write
  • Willingness to review speech with BIAV staff
  • Ability to arrive to events on time and dress professionally
  • Open and comfortable with receiving feedback

Speaking Opportunities

  • Facebook and/or Instagram Live
  • Public comment at a Board meeting
  • Public comment at a meeting of the Virginia Brain Injury Council
  • Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy program classes
  • BIAV podcast
  • Golf tournament
  • Legacy Celebration
  • Conferences or webinars
  • Giving Tuesday video
  • Advocacy video
  • Budget Hearings
  • Awareness Day activities
  • Video for BIAV website


Kathy Baba, Marketing and Communications Manager

Brain Injury Association of Virginia

[email protected]