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Rita is a member of NBG - Network, Build, Grow, on the NBG leadership team, and co-host of NBG Health and Wellness Strategic Collaborationon the board of Directors of the Grooming Greatness Foundation, a Storyteller & Ambassador for the Mental Health America of the Carolinas (MHA), a key leader at the Light of Christ United Methodist Church, and a member of the Women Speakers Association (WSA).

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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.  

Rita has successfully reduced stress at:

#1 Topic: Building UP Your Stress Armor


Let’s face it... 

the stress overload struggle is real now more than ever AND we need help NOW! 

FACT: The solution to reducing stress on a regular and consistent basis is quite SIMPLE... really! 




Are you or your staff experiencing any of these?

 > decreased productivity 

> anxiety

> fuzzy thinking

> increased irritability

> insomnia

> memory loss

> increased sick time

> weight gain (or loss)

> high blood pressure

> depression

> suicidal thoughts

> procrastination

> reckless behavior

‚ÄčWhat you may be thinking is “normal” behavior, may actually be your brain and body throwing you RED flags, trying to tell you your stress level has been too high for too long.

The best solution to reducing stress levels is to learn how to identify WHEN you are stressing and TAKE ACTION to better deal with stress RIGHT THEN and THERE!

Learn simple tips, tricks, & tools to slide into your busy day at regular intervals AND when you need it the most... when you are stressing!


1. Understand why the stress response is hardwired into our biology.

2. Learn how stress shows up in you and learn what is normal and what is not.

3. Learn simple stress-busting tips, tricks, and tools to put into immediate practice.

4. Leave with an actionable plan.

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Topic #2: Taming Your Tigers

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The term stress overload has become so overused and redundant, but what does it really mean to be stress overloaded and why does it affect our work environments and our health so negatively?

Understanding how our stress response works is only part of the equation. We also must understand what activates and triggers our stress response before we can effectively work on reducing our stress levels and reducing the negative impact of chronic stress on our health.

FACT: Different stressful situations affect people in different ways.

I use the term “tigers” instead of “triggers”. Our stress response is hardwired in our brains and has been with us since the beginning of time. Thinking about our ancient ancestors, I imagine a tiger (or other wild animal) literally being the trigger for their stress response. In our modern world without the tigers roaming free, we still need to tame the “tigers” in our busy lives or suffer the dire consequences.


1.   Understand how the stress response works.

2.   Explore how stressful situations affect each of us differently.

3.   Identify your specific stress tigers and those you can and cannot control.

4.   Leave with actionable steps and a plan.


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Topic #3: How to Keep Stress from being YOUR Boss

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Stress overload 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, “Why is this 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 to understand how stress affects our bodies negatively along with 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.    Each individual in the company will be able to assess their own stress level.

2.    Better understand the negative effects stress has on the body and the domino effect that has in the workplace.

3.    Learn to detect the signs of stress overload In yourself and others to avoid further damage.

4.    Give your employees and yourself the tools for simple stress solutions they can immediately put into action.


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Speaker Testimonials

Rita Garnto and I have known each other for more than 15 years.   Her background and knowledge in self-care is outstanding.  Rita is a remarkable professional in her business. I use her simple self-care tips and they work!  It's that SIMPLE.  

Rita has been a Keynote Speaker for my networking events through the eWomenNetwork Organization when I was the Executive Managing Director of the Charlotte, NC Chapter.  Our monthly chapter meetings would have 50-100+ attendees.  Rita provided several presentations for our meetings because she was so engaging and helpful to businesswomen.  She would provide easy steps for them to relieve their stress and learn self-care so they could stay happy and healthier every day and build stronger businesses as a result.   Her presentation style is down to earth and SIMPLE. 

I highly recommend Rita Garnto as a speaker and self-care expert for your organization.

FROM:  Lori Dvorak, InVision 4, Inc. 
Vision Strategy Expert & "CONNECTIONS for Entrepreneurial Women"

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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