Through the years, speaking has become a “sweet spot” for Dorina. She is passionate about sharing her story of discovering God’s glory through grief with women in all stages. Dorina’s speaking is story-driven and Biblically-sound. She is relatable and engaging.


Dorina enjoys speaking to a diversity of groups. She shares for women’s conferences, MOPS groups and women’s church events. She has also served as a keynote speaker for women’s retreats, non-profit events and banquets. Dorina teaches 6-week or 10-week bible studies using her new Flourishing Together and Glory Chasers workbooks. Dorina also speaks in classrooms, libraries and teaches kids’ cooking classes. If you would like to book Dorina for your event or inquire about her availability and fees, email

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Women’s topics for 2019:

“Glory Chaser: A Race After Hope in the Darkness”

Have you ever wondered if He’s really listening? Have you ever cried out to God in the darkness? In this talk, Dorina invites her audience to chase after the nature of God’s glory and how to pursue it through difficult circumstances.  She shares how she experienced God’s glory when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. Dorina describes how God’s presence, worship and community lifted her in that season.

“Discovering God’s Glory in Unexpected Places: Rekindling a Sense of Wonder”

Do you feel parched? Are you thirsty for more of God but not sure where to begin? Dorina leads her audience to explore the idea that each of us is called to be a “glory chaser.” She unpacks ways God reveals His glory to us through creation, relationships and everyday circumstances. This talk especially reaches out to the woman who feel trapped in the mundane and longs for her days to be wonder-filled.

“Flourishing Together: Cultivating a Fruitful Life in Community”

Are you tired of feeling like you are just surviving? Do you believe you were made for more? Do you long to flourish? In this talk, Dorina shares about the process of flourishing described in the Bible and how each one of us was designed by God to help others flourish in their talents and gifts.

 “Grief Journey: How to help your children navigate grief and transitions”

Are you facing a loss? Are you wondering how to help your child navigate grief? One of the challenges as a mama is how to deal with our own grief, while also leading our children on their own journeys. In this talk, Dorina shares about her grief journey after the loss of her husband to cancer and some practical tips and resources for helping navigate grief with kids.

**Details about Dorina’s kids books and children’s author talks: Click here.

What people are saying:

“Dorina has been one of our favorite retreat speakers.  The way that Dorina weaves her own honest and vulnerable story along with deep truths about God so powerfully affected our women, giving us courage to invite God to write our own stories for His glory as well.  It was clear that the Holy Spirit was present with us!  I don’t know how many times I heard one of the ladies comment, ‘This was one of the best retreats we have ever had!’”

-Brenda Round, Pollock Pines Community Church, Women’s Ministry Leader


“What a delight and encouragement Dorina was to us as she shared how we can discover God’s glory even in our grief.  I would love to recommend her to you.”

-Liz Harris, Cross City Church, Widows of Purpose


“Dorina brought wisdom, warmth and gentleness as she spoke to us about rest. Thank you for sharing so candidly with us and for speaking about how God met you. It was beautiful and inspiring!”

-Kimberlee Mendoza, Cornerstone Bible Church, MOMS Coordinator


“Dorina bravely shares and examines the hardest season of her life in a way that inspires me to be a ‘glory chaser’ in my own life. The chapter that was particularly meaningful to me was the study of God’s glory found in suffering. I approached that topic with fear, but came away with peace, as only God’s glory can bring.”

-Cori Schmidt, The Bridge Church, Bible study attendee


“I went in with a strong faith in Christ, but came away with a new found love for seeking God’s glory in all things. No longer was I content living in Christ, but I had a new focus on seeking out His glory, to be present in that Glory at all times. Dorina’s honest and direct storyline helped point us to His glory each week.”

-Susan Holman, Butler Mennonite Brethren Church, Bible study attendee


To create a custom event and invite Dorina to speak, reach out here!


Examples of Dorina speaking:

Dorina was invited to speak at Action Community Church to kick off their summer sermon series on “The Father’s Heart.” She unpacks the book of Ruth and how God brought her own kinsman-redeemer in an unexpected beauty-from-ashes story.


Dorina shared this closing message at the Embrace Fresno conference in January 2019. She shares this passionate message about how “God is calling for glory chasers.”


This is part of a 10-week Bible study called “Glory Chasers,” focusing on the theme of God’s Glory. Dorina Lazo Gilmore uses her personal story of navigating tragedy as a way to invite listeners to go on a treasure hunt with her through the Bible for His Glory. This lecture specifically highlights how we can experience God’s glory through worship.


Dorina Lazo Gilmore shared this original spoken word piece for Mother’s Day at her local church, The Bridge Fresno. Inquire about having her share one of her original pieces at your event or church service.


The following message was shared at Dorina’s husband’s Memorial Service in 2014 about Jesus being Emmanuel, God with us through community.


**Dorina also shares her messages regularly through Facebook live on her Author Page. Find them under “videos” here.




Dorina Lazo Gilmore, blogger, speaker and author of Glory Chasers: Discovering God’s Glory in Unexpected Places and Flourishing Together: Cultivating a Fruitful Life in Christ, served as a journalist for 3 years. For more than 12 years, she has been leading Bible studies for women. She now specializes in helping people navigate grief and flourish in community. Her essays have been published at (in)courage, For Every Mom, The MOPS blog and in more than 20 newspapers. An award-winning picture book author with an MFA in Children’s Literature, Dorina and her new husband are raising three girls to love cultural diversity and good food.




Extended Bio:

Dorina chases God’s glory as a mama, foodie, runner, and a weaver of words. Her essays have been published at (in)courage, Kindred Mom, For Every Mom, The MOPS blog and in more than 20 newspapers. She specializes in helping people navigate grief and flourish in community.

Dorina is passionate about raising up women from diverse backgrounds to thrive in their God-given callings. For more than 12 years, she has been leading Bible studies and developing leaders. Her gift is delivering authentic, Biblically-sound messages that engage audiences through story. She has published two Bible studies, Glory Chasers: Discovering God’s Glory in Unexpected Places and Flourishing Together: Cultivating a Fruitful Life in Christ.

With an MFA in Children’s Literature, Dorina has published three multicultural children’s books and a collection of poetry. Her book, Cora Cooks Pancit, received the Asian American Librarian’s Association Picture Book of the Year. Dorina also has experience teaching college students, speaking in elementary schools, and coaching youth.

Dorina is the granddaughter of Filipino-Hawaiian and Italian immigrants. Raised in Chicago, she was transplanted to Fresno, California in 1999. She considers herself a California girl now as she raises three daughters to love the cultural diversity, wonder-filled landscapes and unique food of the state. After her husband died from cancer in 2014, Dorina married a long-time friend, Shawn Young. They still consider themselves newlyweds dancing in the beauty that rises from ashes. When Dorina is not writing or spending time with family, she’s out on the trails running marathons and chasing God’s glory.

Connect with Dorina at, where you can sign up for her Glorygram letter. You can also find her as @DorinaGilmore on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.


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