the Ooey Gooey lady. M.Ed., Early Childhood Specialist, Author, Founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc.

Florida, US


What if today was their only day?


In this motivational keynote address Lisa shares the powerful story of her first day of school.  Through active and engaging storytelling Lisa brings you back to her first day, taking you on a grand tour of Miss Mary’s Nursery School.  And, in the style she has become famous for, she shares many observations, lessons and anecdotes about how early childhood has changed along the way.  Lisa will share the sights, sounds and smells of the place where, at the young age of three, she decided to become a teacher and identifies the how, and why, that one day solidified her decision to become an educator.  This inspiring keynote gets participants back in touch with their personal how and why.  It gets them excited and gets them thinking:  If it WAS their only day, what will they remember?


Founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc. Lisa Murphy has been involved in early childhood education for over 30 years.  She has written five books, produced numerous training DVDs, serves on many early childhood advisory boards, is an international speaker and trainer, is co-host of the podcast Child Care Bar and Grill and is the founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc.  As an outspoken advocate, Lisa is known for her commitment to creating child-centered, play-based early childhood environments and her fierce protection of childhood. In 2013 she received her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Champlain College, in 2018 she received the Patricia Monighan Nourot Award for Exemplary Leadership and Play Advocacy from NAEYC’s Play Policy and Practice Interest Forum, and in 2020, her latest book, Lisa Murphy On… Being Child Centered was nominated for “Best in Education” by Midwest Book Awards.  Her seminars have been called humorous, energetic, content-rich and inspiring.  She currently resides in Central Florida.