Altovise Pelzer was born and raised in Philadelphia. Her grandmother encouraged her to write at the age of eight and later realized that developing a love of writing would get her through many difficult situations in life. She never dreamed writing would ultimately be the catalyst for her business as an adult.
In 2015, Altovise decided that she was going to move forward with writing her first book – that she had been working on for seven years. She finds inspiration for her book series and conference topics from life experiences surrounding the molestation of her two daughters, fighting homelessness, the loss of her mother, learning to trust again and love. Her confidence to finish that first book came from a conversation with her eldest daughter during which she revealed that she had been molested as well. She finally was on the right track, then became homeless on December 31st of 2015 and on January 1st of 2016 she had a decision to make. Take the trip she’d already had planned or retreat back into feeling sorry for herself. She chose to take that trip and was upgraded to first class for one of her flights. That changed everything.
Altovise is bestselling author of “The PRESS“, a series of self-help books for businesses, women and families, and is also CEO of AP Business Consultants. In addition to being an author, Altovise is a keynote speaker, telesummit strategist, founder of the online Your Voice & Reactivate Me Communities, VIP live streamer and head script writer for Breaking Free International.
She helps women transition from abuse to applause by equipping them to define, accept and use their voice as a speaker or author. The comfort that her daughter has said that she gave her that day when she told her she was molested as well has become a snowball for her in becoming a coach, Professional Speaker and Author of 7 books. She encourages both women and youth to #KeepPRESSing no matter what circumstances they may find themselves in.
Altovise is a Mom of four and has been known to break out into impromptu dance parties or karaoke moments with her three girls, and watch WWE or movies with her son. Altovise is a mother, sister, mentor, friend, motivational coach and advocate. With so many hats, Altovise finds joy in spending time with her children and siblings doing what she loves most which is simply laughing.
TUNE IN to this episode as Altovise chats with Steve, Mary and Richard about why she did not pursue jail time for the young man who molested her daughters. And, what happened when someone gave her a first class ticket for a flight that changed her world.
In This Episode
1 – She’s had so much to endure yet her smile is a staple for her.
2 – Altovise Pelzer shares her story of discovering, in 2009, that her two young daughters had been molested. The girls were 3 and 5 years old, at the time, visiting their father (ex husband) and he walked in on his 13 year old stepson holding one of the girls inappropriately on his lap. Her ex knew and never even told her.
3 – It was later discovered this was not the only time it happened, and it was happening to both girls. Once that was revealed, police were brought in and both girls were taken to the hospital for examination.
4 – In 2015, Altovise found herself homeless with three young kids and at a fork in the road. She had blamed herself for years for what happened to her girls. You see, she had been molested herself when she was seven years old and never told anyone, until this time when she inadvertently revealed it to her girls. For so long she had been using their stories as a crutch to become complacent and didn’t want to get out of her situation.
5 – Fast forward to today, and Altovise is now helping other women get through similar circumstances. And she focuses on teaching young girls about Stranger Danger. Her best advice to those struggling right now… get it out of your head.