Aimee Mullins

Aimee Mullins

Aimee Mullins is a remarkable athlete, actress, fashion model, and well respected motivational speaker. Born with fibular hemimelia (missing fibula bones) she had to have both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was only one-year-old. Today Aimee revels in the continuous exploration of what is possible. She has developed her own unique formula for creating the “invented life,” fashioned from her unique combination of life experiences as an Olympic athlete, ground-breaking high fashion model, a beacon for design tech, dedicated advocate and avant-garde actor. Read more

Allison Vincent

Allison Vincent

The winner of NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser season five, and the first ever female winner, Arizona native Alison “Ali” Vincent is a dynamic and inspirational speaker.

 

A former champion synchronized swimmer, Vincent set foot on The Biggest Loser ranch weighing 234 pounds. After weeks of hard work and dedication to health and fitness on the ranch and at home, Vincent stepped on the scale at the finale weighing in at 122 pounds- 112 pounds less than her starting weight.
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Amy Purdy

Amy Purdy

Amy Purdy has been through hardships that most of us will never face — or can even fathom. But what makes Read more

Ben Glenn

Ben Glenn

Ben Glenn, The Chalkguy, is the president of Chalkguy Media International, a company dedicated to sharing a positive, life-changing message of hope with groups all over the world. Ben’s story about growing up Learning Disabled is one that he has shared with thousands inspiring people to have a greater appreciation for their unique talents and abilities. His humorous speeches are filled with personal stories and encouragement for people to live a life based on self-knowledge, personal responsibility and a positive attitude. Read more

Bob Dole

Bob Dole

Since leaving public elective office, former Presidential candidate and Senator Bob Dole continues to take an active leadership role in a wide range of public policy and charitable causes. Recent projects include serving as Chairman of the National World War II Memorial, which was completed and dedicated in 2004; serving as Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons, and co-chairing, with Former President Bill Clinton, a foundation to assist the spouses and children of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack; and serving as President of the Federal City Council. Read more

Calah Thomas

Calah Thomas

 

Calah Thomas is a frequent presenter at of Celebrate Recovery, where her story of recovery is often shared to help others through the difficulties they are experiencing in life.

In 2006, Ms. Thomas graduated with a degree in paralegal studies and subsequently worked with several family law firms in Arizona.

In 2011 Ms. Thomas established her own business, assisting people through the legal process that cannot afford an attorney.

In 2013 Ms. Thomas received her BA in paralegal studies.

Calah is a substance abuse survivor who connects with audiences, both young and old, about substance abuse and the road to recovery. She draws on her own history to convince audiences that it is never too late to follow your dreams, overcome their setbacks and start making the right choices.

Because of her desire to “fit in”, the choices she made had a daunting effect on her life for many years. By the age of 13, drugs and alcohol were permanent fixtures in her life. By the age of 22 she had been arrested and charged with four felonies for possession of dangerous drugs. She lived on the streets and lost every material possession she owned. The loss of her older brother to an accidental drug overdose seemed to awaken something in her and she made the decision to get “sober”.

Through legal issues, graduating from college and many other accomplishments, something was still lingering…addiction.

Calah made a decision 13 years ago to be sober. But that decision was not put into action for many years. Drugs are not just found on the street…they are readily available everywhere . In her presentation, Calah relates how making a decision and taking action on that decision are completely different things – how she has transformed through heartache and feelings of complete desperation into a voice of hope and encouragement.

“Society often presents an unrealistic vision of reality. Addiction is sneaky…and it can happen to anyone. Social use is not only accepted, it is expected. Recognizing future consequences, both good and bad, are key to painting the canvas of your life as you desire, and it all begins with the understanding the importance of acting on a decision.”

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Charlie Plumb

Charlie Plumb

A testament to the strength of the human spirit, Charles Plumb endured the most extreme hardship and used

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Christopher Gardner

Christopher Gardner

Christopher Gardner is the owner and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Conquering grave challenges to become a successful entrepreneur, Gardner is an avid motivational and inspirational speaker, addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles. Gardner is also a passionate philanthropist whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations. The amazing story of Gardner’s life was published as an autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, in May 2006, and became a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller. Read more

Claudia Stevens

Claudia Stevens

To be an artist is one thing. To be a successful artist is quite another. What separates the two? Often it is simply entrepreneurship-the drive and know-how to turn your artistry into an art career.

Claudia Stevens, pianist, singer, musicologist, and composer, whose work has been performed on national stages, lectures on the topic of entrepreneurship and reveals key strategies for artists to undertake. Her presentations address topics such as self-management, marketing, and crossover careers. Read more

Dave Dravecky

Dave Dravecky

Dave Dravecky has been speaking professionally for over a decade, delivering inspirational and motivational speeches to a wide variety of audiences across the country. Dravecky was first thrust into the public spotlight when his career as a major league baseball pitcher took off, spotlighting him as a brilliant “southpaw” for the San Francisco Giants. Shortly after realizing his lifelong dream, he was diagnosed with cancer, a desmoid tumor, in the deltoid muscle of his pitching arm. The next years were a whirlwind of surgery, radiation, pain and depression. Eventually, Dravecky’s arm was amputated to stop the spread of the cancer and thus save his life. Through his personal experience, he addresses loss and suffering, faith, encouragement and hope, reaching out to others, and saying goodbye to the past. Read more