Speeches & Performances
For Health Care Providers
Workshops & Retreats
About Terri

Overcoming Obstacles with Grace and Humor

Terri Tate is a down-to-earth inspirational teacher disguised as a stand-up comedienne. Her unique brand of humor shines hilarious light into the darkest corners of the human experience. She visited these dark places, most notably during two near-fatal bouts of disfiguring oral cancer. Terri has re-emerged, committed to illuminating the way for others as they discover their own path to healing, purpose and passion.


"I love Terri. I love her work. I love her whole gig."
Anne Lamott, Bestselling author

"Terri heals with her humor. Whether in front of an auditorium packed with providers or one-to-one with a newly diagnosed cancer patient, she guides people to hope and to faith in their own wisdom."
Margaret Altman M.D.

"A fabulous one-woman show – brilliant and magnificently funny.”
—Marci Shimoff, author of Happy for No Reason, co-author Chicken Soup for the Soul books for women and featured teacher in The Secret

"Every once in a while that special individual comes into our organization and touches lives with a message that inspires empowerment and change. Terri is one of those individuals."
Jim Linderman, St. Joseph's Regional Cancer Center


"We Need Our Young:
Putting an End to Lateral Violence"
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San Francisco Fringe Festival
Terri's one-woman show, Shopping as a Spiritual Path, was selected as Best of the Fringe.


Healing Lateral Violence:
We're all in this together
Michigan Society of Hematology & Oncology
Nurse Navigator Conference
June 13, 2014

Novi, Michigan

Circle to Stage:
Stories of Sex, Death & Jackie Gleason's Diet Doctor
June 21, 2014
- 8 pm
Community Church of Mill Valley
Mill Valley, CA


Personal Storytelling Workshop
with David Roche and Jo Anne Smith
September 1

Marin County, CA
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Closing Keynote
September 12

Sepsis Seminar
Santa Clara Valley Medical Seminar
San Jose, California

Opening Keynote: Keeping Your Heart in the Matter:  A Soulful Look at Maintaining Balance & Momentum in Crazy Times
September 27

National Association of Social Workers-Nevada Chapter
Annual Conference
Reno, Nevada

The Healing Power of Humor in Healthcare
October 12

5th Annual Perianesthesia Nursing Conference
Munson Medical Center
Traverse City, Michigan


Giggles & Gratitude
Thank you gala/fundraiser for donors to CPMC's Institute for Health & Healing. With David Roche.

Presenter in LaughterRX
segment of Gilda's LaughFest

Grand Rapids, Michigan which
(last year attracted 56,000 people!)

Commencement Address
College of Marin Nursing program

Detroit Medical Center
Nurses Week Celebration
Keynote Speaker
Detroit, MI

Cynosure Health Summit:
The Great Quality Swap Meet

Keynote Wit and Wisdom from Both Sides of the Bed
San Francisco, CA

San Rafael, CA
Storytelling workshop based on the premise that what the world needs now is a good laugh and designed to encourage the emergence of authentic humor in our stories, our work and our lives.

Cancer as a Turning Point
Sacramento, CA

Moving Mountain: Tools for the Journey
Moving Mountains for Moebius: 9th Moebius Syndrome Foundation Conference
Denver, CO

Shopping as a Spiritual Path
Cancer as a Turning Point Conference
sponsored by The Wellness Community of Knoxville

Humor, Resilience and Hope
in the Face of Unwanted Change

Daylong program for nurses
Genesys Health System
Grand Blanc, MI
UCSF Holistic Nurses Association
Keynote at Nevada Association of Social Workers

Healing Lateral Violence with Honesty, Hope & Humor
Michigan Nurses Association
Annual Convention
Bay City, MI

The Healing Power of Humor
Special guest on The Juice Webcast
on BlogHer.com

Healing with Humor
A Day in the Life of a PACU Nurse
Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara

Humor at the End of Life
Distance Learning Seminar
Kaiser Permanente

Annual Microsurgery Symposium
Closing keynote
California Pacific Medical Center

San Francisco, CA

Ceres Community Project
Second Annual Cancer Journey:
Nurturing Ourselves, Loving Ourselves
Terri's Keynote: Telling Ourselves Well:
The Healing Power of Story & Laughter

Santa Rosa, CA

Cancer Survivorship Series
Martin O'Neil Cancer Center
Terri's program: Survivorship Stories:
The Healing Power of Story & Laughter

St. Helena, CA





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See Terri in action in her solo show, Shopping as a Spiritual Path, a high-spirited, heart-gripping romp through disease, divorce and disfigured dating.

DVD cover

Video clips:
The Captain>
Food camp>

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Interview on Five to Thrive

Listen to Terri on Five to Thrive
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Interview on lifeloveandhealth.com

Listen to an online radio interview with Terri and her surgeon, Michael Sullivan, MD:

"Reunion" interview part 1

"Reunion" interview part 2
"Reunion" interview part 3
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The Power of Storytelling
Caring, Compassionate and
Professional Communication
Between Nurses
Kaiser Permanente
No. California Nurse Educator Symposium

Howard. S. Fiala Memorial Oncology Lecture
Distinguished Speaker
New Jersey

Institute for Health and Healing
Shopping as a Spiritual Path:
A story of healing

CPMC - Mini-Medical School
SF Jewish Community Center
San Francisco, CA

Cancer as a Turning Point Conference
Shopping as a Spiritual Path

Multiple conferences

Northern Michigan Hospital
Wit and Wisdom from Both Sides of the Bed

National Nurses' Week Celebration
Petosky, MI

Boca Raton Community Hospital
National Cancer Survivors' Day Celebration
Boca Raton, FL

American Cancer Society
Relay for Life

Keynote Speaker
Pleasanton, CA

Disabled Comedy Show
Benefit for Special Olympics
Opening for Josh Blue

Disability Arts Festival
de Young Museum
San Francisco, CA

Shopping As A Spiritual Path
at Nibbles & Noshes Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
Cancer Lifeline
Evergreen Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Surviving Life Tour:
Laughter, Inspiration & Chocolate

with Terri Tate, David Roche
& Diane Conway
Mill Valley Community Church

Tell It on Tuesday
'An Angel in Hell's Kitchen'
The Berkeley Marsh
Berkeley, CA

Washington State Dental Hygiene Association
Keynotes and Facilitation
Seattle, WA

Storytelling as Teaching Tool:
Why, When and Where to Use Stories in Clinical Eduction

Distance Learning Seminar
Kaiser Permanente


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