Rebecca Welsh

  • CEO and Founder of worldwide nonprofit HALO
  • World Champion martial artist
  • University of Missouri alumni
  • Received the “Inspiration to Action” award from Variety magazine in 2015
  • Featured in Moroccanoil’s 2016 “Inspired by Women” campaign
  • Featured on CBS Evening News, the Today Show, People magazine, and other media outlets
“Rebecca shows us what’s possible when an individual takes responsibility for the collective,
and is dedicated to changing the lives of children and the world at large.”
–Rosie Huntington-Whiteley presented the “Inspiration to Action” award to Rebecca

Rebecca is an inspiration to everyone who hears her story. At the age of 21, in what she thought was supposed to be one of the happiest moments of her life, she became a World Champion martial artist, a title she had fought for since she was a child. But in that moment, she still felt empty inside. So at 24, she founded a nonprofit, The HALO Foundation, to help at-risk and homeless children. Since then, HALO has grown across the world and now reaches children in seven countries. In 2015, Rebecca had a stroke that left her partially paralyzed. With her fighter-mentality, fueled by her love for children in need, she fought her way back to recovery. Now she continues to fight for at-risk and homeless children as CEO of HALO, and as the mission grows, the once-empty space in Rebecca’s heart is filled.

Rebecca wants to inspire the audience at your next event, free of charge. Contact HALO at 816-472-4256 or

HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh and the other honorees for Variety magazine’s “Power of Women” event in 2015. Pictured (left to right): Rebecca Welsh, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Oprah Winfrey, Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anna Kendrick.