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Author. Founder. Peddler of Smiles.

Mandy Antoniacci is an Author, Founder, and a globally sought-after voice of optimism. Her inspirational writing and personal story have been featured in Forbes, Inc, USA Today, and TED. It is the subject of her debut book, Uplifted, scheduled for publication in fall, 2021.


After two unexpected spinal surgeries in one year, Mandy spent 21-weeks bedridden, with her body upright, at a ninety-degree angle. As a marathoner, immobility was daunting. Mandy leaned into her writing and the power of words to help her heal. From an isolated recovery bed, she started sharing what she wrote, and as a result, built a global fanbase reaching over half a million people weekly.


Mandy turns poetic insights from her inspiring journey of resilience and reinvention into viral writings, highly-relatable brands, and sold-out venues. She has shared the stage with other global wellness luminaries such as Brene Brown, Deepak Chopra, and motivational sports figures such as Tony Hawk and Shaquille O'Neal.


Amid the 2020 corona-virus pandemic, Mandy created The Daily Uplift —a project authoring inspiring reflections and personalized letters to strangers, to help address its global mental health toll. The project received hundreds of submissions from five countries within one week and was used to uplift frontline workers daily. It has since reached 35 countries and has been translated into several languages. In 2021, Mandy is launching her first-ever retail line under the brand, The Daily Uplift, through her newly formed wellness company upps. Proceeds help fund emotional and mental support programs for kids.


A transformative storyteller, Mandy collaborates with global brands such as Asics and KIND—where she is an International Spokesperson and a face of their campaign, "Be KIND To Yourself."


Together with her projects, her forthcoming books, and her company, Mandy pledged a goal to lift up one million people around the world in her lifetime.


Mandy can usually be found in New York City, where she resides, writing, or learning to run again in preparation for her next marathon—because there will be another.

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