Linnaea Mallette

TEDx Speaker; Connecting with those with a hearing loss; Photographer, Author,


Linnaea Mallette is an experienced TEDx speaker focusing on hearing loss education and information.

An award-winning speaker and author, she hosted her own radio show about facing and overcoming adversity for nearly 2 years.


Hearing impaired since birth, she speaks with authority on the challenges of living with physical disability and the skills to overcome obstacles to achieve success. She was one of twelve individuals nationwide to receive the Oticon Focus on People Award, given to those who defy the stereotype of being hearing impaired.


She has been recognized and honored by UCLA and Toastmasters International for her leadership example and successes. At UCLA she was featured in UCLA Today in UCLA Spotlight in 2002 and in 2012 nominated for the Chancellor’s True Bruin award – one of the highest honors an employee at UCLA can receive.  She retired from her 33-year career in January 2013 – the final 12 years serving the UCLA Research community as a training coordinator for the Office of Research Administration.


In Toastmasters, while serving as a District Governor in 2003-2004 (which is essentially serving as a CEO of a non-profit organization with 3,000 members,) she led the District to Distinguished, kicking off four consecutive years of the District achieving Distinguished Status. She was invited as a showcased speaker at Toastmasters Regional Convention in 1995, has spoken on Toastmaster Regional Panels, chartered many clubs, including two at UCLA. From July 2013 – June 2014 she served as Chairman of the District 52 Speakers Bureau.


She is the author of three books, one that is motivational and inspirational and the other two about living with or as a person with hearing loss.  As an accomplished author, speaker and leader, Linnaea imbues her presentations with unique insights, humor and inspiration.

UCLA Newsroom: Applause

On June 17, UCLA’s Staff Assembly held its annual reception to honor campus employees with awards and scholarships for the 2007-08 year. The winner of the Excellence in Service Award, which carries a $5,000 prize, was Marsha Coutin, Campus Human Resources, while the Faculty/Staff Partnership Award went to Aimee Dorr, dean of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Michael Deluca, director of Cultural and Recreational Affairs, won the Excellence in Leadership (EXCEL) Award, sponsored by UCLA’s Administrative Management Group. Aleksandr Lipetsky, administrative computing programmer analyst in Social Sciences Computing, was presented with the President’s Award for his work on the Staff Assembly’s Web site redesign. Staff Assembly also offers scholarships to promote career enhancement and professional growth; winners of this year’s scholarships were Jodie Crites, Brain Research Institute; Rosario De Leon, Audit and Advisory Services; Eric Gardner, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology; Renee Leighton, Laboratory & Pathology Medicine; Linnaea Mallette, Office of Research Administration; Dana Pysz, Office of Residential Life; Fernanda Valentino, External Affairs; Roxana Vargas, Radiation Oncology/Revlon Breast Center; Janet Vera, Psychology; and Mary Watkins, Graduate Division.

UCLA Newsroom:Trainer speaks from the heart

Trainer speaks from the heart

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Her candid demeanor, warm conversational style, and humor make her a great teacher and speaker.


Places Linnaea has been invited to speak:


Advanced Bionics Town Hall

TEDx Camarillo

Stagemasters Toastmasters

 Los Angeles Hearing Loss Association

 UCLA Staff Assembly

 Disabled American Veterans

 Craig Duswalt’s Rockstar Marketing Boot Camp

 California Lutheran University

 Simi Valley Hearing Loss Association

 United Methodist Church, Oxnard

 Salvation Army

 Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Clarita

 National Association for Female Executives

 Made in the Valley (VEDC)

 UCLA Dashew International Center

Toastmasters Leadership Institute

Toastmasters For Leaders


District and Regional events

SFV Hearing Loss Association

National Council of University Research Administrators


Mensa Regional Convention

SFV Hearing Loss Association

 Las Vegas Convention

Northridge Chamber of Commerce

Granada Hills Rotary Club

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