Hi, I'm Ilze Be!

I help people to create change
by inspiring them as a public speaker through my stories.


Latvian by birth, American by choice.

My Journey in a Nutshell

I was born in the occupied Latvia. I hated the soviet system so much that I developed a secret plan for how to flee. When I had that opportunity, I didn't take it. I stayed and saw my country regaining its freedom through the Singing Revolution in 1991.

I studied business and built several small businesses. Yet, I wasn't successful in my private life. I have 2 painful divorces behind me. I moved to North Carolina due to my 3rd marriage. 

I like the healing sunshine of this southern state and taking long walks while listening to cicadas. People are different here. The location and weather affects culture. I like observing and comparing cultures. I started studying culture while at my business school about 15 years ago.

Now, I combine my theoretical knowledge with my experience to inspire as a public speaker.

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