Rita is a member of NBG (Network, Build, Grow) on the leadership team, and co-host of NBG Strategic Collaborations - Health and Wellness,  on the board of Directors of the Grooming Greatness Foundation, a Storyteller & Ambassador for the Mental Health America of the Carolinas (MHA), and a member of the Women Speakers Association (WSA). Click Here to View Her eSpeaker Profile

Imagine running your own business, being in your mid-40’s, AND then becoming an instant Mom of TWO toddlers! Talk about stress overload!

Rita has a very unique skill set comprised of 20 years in the high-stress, high-acuity healthcare field as a Respiratory Therapist, including several years as part of  the MedCenter Air trauma flight team, and 16 years as a private practice licensed massage therapist, BUT nothing could prepare her for the amount of stress she was now facing.

The survival of her mental and physical health along with her family’s, depended on her finding a solution that worked. Being the high achiever she is, instead of looking for one, Rita created her own unique stress management system and in 2018 wrote a book about it. In 2020, her stress management system gained national recognition with a federal copyright of 42 pages of her material.

Her intimate understanding of stress based on her professional and personal experiences plus her education of how stress mentally and physically affects the body makes her THE stress management expert that professionals need today.

Rita has helped hundreds of women and men stress less in the workplace and increase productivity in this stressed-to-the-max world we know. Her purpose is to serve thousands more – including you and your company.

Rita resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband and daughters.  

Successfully Reduced Stress At...

Topic #1: Keep Stress from Being THE Boss!

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Stress is sneaky. Before you know it, productivity in your company is on the decline, sick time is on the increase, and profitability is sliding away. You are left shaking your head and wondering, “What is happening?”

We were facing a global stress crisis BEFORE 2020 so imagine how high stress levels have skyrocketed within your company with all the uncertainty, loss of control, and fear of the unknown going on in the world. Stress thrives on this kind of unstable environment.

By learning simple ways to reduce stress, you and your employees will be able to think clearer, make better decisions, and be more productive with an improving bottom line.


1. Understand why stress contributes to decreased productivity

2. Learn to detect the signs of stress overload

3. Practice putting simple stress reducing solutions into immediate action

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Topic #2: E.A.S.Y. Stress Management

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Stress has become a buzz word, but what does it really mean and why does it affect the work environment and our health so badly? Life has gotten too complicated and we need simple solutions ... welcome to the 4 steps of E.A.S.Y. stress management.


  1. Learn the stress facts
  2. Understand stress overload
  3. Leave with simple stress management next steps

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Speaker Testimonials

Rita Garnto is an excellent event coordinator, ensuring our organization’s needs were met for a requested presentation . She delivered a 30-minute self-care and stress management focused presentation at our staff meeting, providing tools and practical advice, exercises and hand-outs. Rita is very relatable, authentic and a great listener. Her message was right on point and she adapted to fit within our allotted timeframe perfectly. Employees even had the option of signing up for a self-care reminder text. Here’s the feedback I received from one of our team members “ in our hustle of everyday life, we somehow overlook self-care. . .It’s nice to be reminded. I also got my first text this morning from Rita. This is going to be great!”

Andrea I. Towner, Development Director,

MHA - Mental Health America of Central Carolinas,   Charlotte, NC  

704.365.3454 phone



Rita spoke at our women’s self-care event with an audience of about 100 attorneys who work in high stress positions for corporations all over the world.

The women were deeply inspired by Rita’s personal testimonials, experiences and advice on how to balance and improve life using personal self-care. It was a great way to kick off the half-day event, and everyone was appreciative of her book in order to refer back to the suggestions and techniques on an ongoing basis. We hope to use Rita again for other events.


Lynn Huonker

Senior Managing Counsel at Oracle America, Inc.

Executive Board Member of the Charlotte, NC Chapter of the Association for Corporate Counsel


Rita Garnto is the real deal. Her ability to relate to an audience on an individual level with each participant borders on a magical experience. 

She captivates her audience with her knowledge of how stress controls many aspects of our lives. The audience can feel and relate to the examples that she gives and are on the edge of their seats waiting for her practical steps and solutions. 

Each time I hear Rita speak I gain more knowledge for ways to apply stress relieving techniques that she presents.  She is a breath of fresh air in this high-stressed, multi-digital, do-it-all-or-else world we live in. I highly recommend RIta and her Simple Self-Care.

Melissa Taylor



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