McCall Dempsey, founder of Southern Smash, is an eating disorder survivor and passionate recovery advocate. After a 15-year battle, McCall sought treatment at the Carolina House in December 2010. Since then she has made eating disorder awareness and prevention her life’s work and passion.
McCall travels the country, sharing her story of hope and healing with audiences everywhere. From high school auditoriums to treatment centers to corporate meetings, her message of authenticity and embracing your inner-uniqueness transcends all ages.
McCall also writes the popular blog, Loving Imperfection. Her writing has been featured in various national print and online publications, including Women’s Health Online. She has also appeared on HuffPostLive.com multiple times.
McCall resides in Saint Simon’s Island, Georgia, with her husband, Jordan, and is the proud mother of two precious children, Manning (4) and Marjorie (20-month). For more information on bringing McCall to your event or to download her speaking kit, click here.
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“McCall Dempsey’s story of real-life recovery from her eating disorder is relatable, uncensored, authentic, and full of her Southern wit, and charm. She captivates listeners with her approachability and genuine spirit, and whether you’re in recovery of some kind or dealing with the all-to-common body image struggles or stressors of everyday life, you can hear a bit of your own story in hers. McCall’s accessible speaking style and humor demonstrate vulnerability and humanity, while her passion and dedication to a life of recovery and balance make her a fierce advocate for letting go of the pressures, numbers, and judgments that weigh us down.
Young women and men alike, parents, coaches, students, athletes, and health/mental health providers of all kinds have all found her presentations to be engaging, warm, funny, and motivational. She has a knack for getting the conversations started around some tough questions our society needs to look at, in terms of the way we judge ourselves and others, and push ourselves to unattainable, perfectionistic standards. McCall encourages living life “in the grey”, as most things are delightfully somewhere in the middle of the “black and white” bounds we so often limit ourselves by. Through her own recovery journey, she communicates a message of self-acceptance and wonderful imperfection that is critical and inspirational for us all to hear.”
– Christy Baker Rogers, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Director Carolina House (Raleigh)
“McCall extends a hopeful and exciting invitation in an engaging, dynamic way that stirs and calls her listeners to action. Our patients took her message and used the energy to motivate and complement their work as they took up the mantle of becoming fellow “Recovery Warriors” alongside her.”
– Marian McGavran, MSW, LCSW, Program Coordinator, River Oaks Hospital
McCall spoke beautifully about finding her authentic self and her journey to recovery. Our young women were captured by her powerful ability to engage her audience, and they left the experience feeling inspired and educated. McCall is a remarkable woman and a very poignant speaker.
–Amy House, LCSW, School Counselor, St. Joseph’s Academy, Baton Rouge