Christine (Chris) Beyer

Liv Lane


Professional Expertise

Liv is an entrepreneur, journalist and motivational speaker with expertise in the following areas:

  • SPARKS: Our innate traits, talents, and passions
  • Family advocacy
  • Living with greater passion and purpose
Professional Background

Liv Lane calls herself a Human Sparkler, devoted to helping people define, value, and share their inner sparks — the traits, talents, and passions that light them up from the inside out.

As an artist, mentor, and motivational speaker, she cherishes any opportunity to help family and youth advocates embrace and express their innate gifts — re-igniting their sense of purpose and deepening their relationships with the young people they serve.

For the past 20 years, youth and family engagement has been an undercurrent in Liv’s work as a journalist, publicist, and creative entrepreneur — inspired in large part by her dad, Dr. Peter Benson (1946–2011), former Search Institute president and CEO and a pioneer in the positive youth development field. She relishes the chance to carry on his legacy, beautifully blending his messages with her own.

Liv’s rich background in communications and family advocacy includes the following:

  • Co-hosting a national morning show and serving as chief news correspondent for Radio Aahs, a former network for kids and their families airing in 40+ U.S. metro areas
  • Managing award-winning communications campaigns for a wide range of family-focused brands and organizations, playing an integral role in developing still-thriving initiatives like Box Tops for Education® and the Cheerios® Spoonfuls of Stories literacy program
  • Crafting communications and curriculum for youth- and family-engagement campaigns with a variety of organizations including Search Institute, Target, The Clorox Company, The John Templeton Foundation, America’s Second Harvest, and InnerCity Tennis
  • Leading interactive workshops and delivering inspiring keynotes for conferences, corporate events, and community initiatives

Liv has been featured in hundreds of media outlets for her popular and inspiring blog, where she shares stories and strategies focused on living with greater passion and purpose — and includes heartfelt accounts of her own parenting journey, including raising a child with special needs.

Liv lives in Minneapolis with her two young boys, husband Brad, crazy dog Daisy, and an army of invisible angels.

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