I’m a felon. That is, I’ve been convicted of a felony. I know from personal experience that a felony excludes me from opportunity. Except…

Not only do I live with ‘a conviction’, but I also live with conviction!

I believe that felons are the most disadvantaged group in America today. Many – mostly uneducated, underprivileged, unemployed and broken-spirited people not only have themselves with whom to contend, but the system despises you, rejects you, denies you.

The antidote to “a conviction” is conviction!

These two terms couldn’t possibly be more oppostie in definition and in spirit,.

The reward of perseverance is perspective.

See life for what it is…a challenge to be overcome.

Shout your story!

Accept your circumstances!

Own your outcome!

Here at With Conviction Group, we can put our perseverance to work for you and your mission, business or project!

All rise!

Professional and eloquent, Toby offers three topics to help any group:

Unleashed: Prison Redemption

It is possible to rebuild your life, even from the most impossible circumstances. Hear Toby’s  incredible story from America’s Most Wanted to successful entrepreneur and mentor.

Guts and Glory – Unleash Your Story

We are hard-wired for story. Most people don’t take the time to define their story, but story is what sells. Learn how to build a successful business around your own unique story.

Grief Unleashed, Finding Freedom

Oftentimes, grief is a secret preventing us from building healthy relationships. Learn how to break the hold grief has over your life and be free to live again.

“Were twelve days with John Manard worth ten years of your life?” he yelled above the raucous crowd of reporters. Curled up on the floor, naked and cold, that question echoed in my head. From above, a glimmer slowly pushed away my inky despair as a visceral need to tell my story took root. The stark reality is that no one escapes, but if I could heal from the devastating wounds deep inside me, my recovery would be a road map for other broken women.

From an early age, dogs enriched my life. Some use fear and discipline and end up with a dog that is broken but obedient. I prefer using love and understanding for a fulfilling partnership. Leashes are tools. Dogs are so sensitive they can feel your mood through the leash. Removing it can be beautiful. Risky and sometimes chaotic, I always wondered, “Is the dog disciplined enough to follow voice commands? Is the handler steady enough to remain calm? Was the unleashing a mistake? Or is it the beginning of freedom?”

At 48 years of age, having spent most of my life tethered to duty and responsibility, I broke free. My unleashing was dangerous and life-altering. The road to redemption runs through ruin. My story, the one I am about to share with you, is one of fear and shame, but that’s not all. It’s also grit, love, and grace.

Behind bars, I found freedom. I figured out who I wanted to be. Gut-wrenching, soul searching, wailing days were fruitful and the ashes for a new garden were rich. I discovered that relationships can be empathetic and forgiving. Since prison, I’ve achieved much and married a wonderful guy who loves me unconditionally.

Some of the harshest prisons don’t have any bars at all. You don’t have to be incarcerated to face serious adversity. A failed business, splintered home or broken relationship has the power to drop the strongest person to her knees.

If you are a woman who has somehow fallen, I know the pain you feel. You are not alone. I know how difficult it is to come back from being down. But hear this, victory is sweetest when the challenge is greatest. Face your fears, boldly evaluate where you are, and courageously change.  

I will never claim that healing is easy. It was anything but. So many times, I wanted to give up. There’s an old saying that the strength of a woman’s character is measured by the obstacle that stops her.

If you search this website looking for a broken woman with a felony conviction, you’ll find me. If you read this story hoping for answers, you’ll find a woman living with conviction. With wisdom, you’ll find both. Learn to live with conviction, unleashed—and unstoppable!

Join me. Your details will differ, but in my story perhaps we’ll find each other. My name is Toby, better known as The Dog Lady of Lansing Prison. I am Unleashed. Are you?

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Unleash your story to the world!

With an MFA in New Media Design, and a master’s degree in Internet Marketing, Toby Dorr, designer at With Conviction Group, is a writer herself and has the experience and skill set to help bring your project to market:

  • Speaker Kits
  • Logo Design
  • Print Design
    • One Sheets
    • Business Cards
    • Brochures

Life has thorns…

see and smell the roses, but don’t touch!

From a fugitive on America’s Most Wanted to the cover of the Wall Street Journal, Toby’s story held the nation spellbound.

Butterflies Unleashed is our new 12 week transformational program for incarcerated women. Learn more at:

Let it unleash you!

What’s your dream?

Marketing is more than just advertising. In fact, very little of it has to do with advertising. Marketing helps you focus on your brand story so that you communicate it to your market in everything you do – packaging, websites, give-aways and – yes – even advertising!

Your brand story is at the root of everything you do.

  • Branding
    • Business Name
    • Colors – what do they really mean and why it matters
    • Tagline
    • Typography selection
  • Business Coaching
  • Entrepreneur Coaching
  • Marketing Coaching

With our staff’s combined 3 graduate degrees, Internet marketing, media design and professional writing, we can help you unleash your dream!

Perspective changes everything!

One-on-one mentoring for healing and moving forward.Mentoring can positively affect social, behavioral and academic
outcomes for at-risk people.

Research has also shown how mentoring works—through the development of a trusting relationship between the person and a mentor who provides consistent, nonjudgmental support and guidance.

Unleash yourself from whatever has bound you in the past!

Advocates for the marginalized, we are trained to listen.

Create your legacy

With a master’s degree in professional writing, With Conviction staff skillfully communicates your mission.

Don’t wait to unleash your legacy!

Contact us today…