Antoinette Tuff

Antoinette Tuff-Prepared for a Purpose

Prepared for a Purpose: The Inspiring True Story of How One Woman Saved an Atlanta School Under Siege

870 children waited in fear, their elementary school rushed into lockdown mode. As the nation faced yet another Sandy Hook story of tragedy, one woman rewrote the ending.

This on demand audio series is a part of the Executive Girlfriends Group Vignette Series. Chicke Fitzgerald interviews Antoinette Tuff. The original live interview was 1/9/15.

Yet the story doesn’t start with those first steps Michael Hill took into that Atlanta elementary school. It starts with Antoinette Tuff, a woman who faced her own pain, hurt, and rejection, yet held onto grace, faith, and hope. A hope that anchored her in the most high stakes of moments, a grace that allowed her to empathize with a hurting young man, and a faith that gave her the courage to love him back from the brink.

On August 20, 2013, Antoinette’s extraordinary human drama of a school under siege, grabbed headlines around the world. “Everything I had done in my life up to this point, prepared me for this moment. Being alone with a gunman, his 500 rounds of ammunition and an angry promise to kill everyone, including himself, with his automatic weapon, an AK-47, seemed unbelievable.”

An inspirational woman who speaks with head, heart and energy, Antoinette will share with your audience the specific tools and techniques she used to talk the gunman off the edge of despair and violence. She’ll outline for your audience the critical steps she took that saved hundreds of lives. The tools Antoinette used that day are some of the same tools we all are called to use in the corporate world and when dealing with disturbed employees, angry customers, or business pressures that drive people to the brink.

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