Harvey Alston

Harvey Alston Motivates People and Organizations to Be Their Best! Harvey is a highly interactive and spirited presenter who speaks on his personal, proven message of being the best.

EDUCATIONAL MOTIVATOR!

    

Considered one of the most dynamic, “high octane” speakers in America, Harvey Alston has been a full-time speaker since 1989. He has spoken to millions of people throughout the United States who have benefited not only from his knowledge, but also from the wisdom that Alston brings to the finish line.

His unforgettable words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth and changed lives. His powerful, soul-searching presentations uplift audiences to a higher standard and to a level where they strive only for the best. Harvey Alston believes in solitary achievement, shared accomplishment and the dignity of human beings

His powerful presentations on individual responsibility for shared achievement uplift audiences to a higher standard, and to a level where they strive only for the best.

He is a master communicator who believes in solitary achievement, shared accomplishment and the dignity of human beings. His words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth, and changed lives. As an educator Alston has taught English, biology, health, life sciences and math curricula, and over the years, he has received recognition from groups such as the Ohio House of Representatives as one of Ohio’s Finest Citizens; the City of Columbus declared a Harvey Alston Day; and he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, among numerous national recognitions and awards.

However, none has more impact than the response from those individuals whose lives have been dramatically changed. Harvey Alston has the courage it takes to remind people that life is only what they make it, that self-respect does not come with the job, but is brought to the job by people who do the best they can do, with whatever work is available to them.

TOPICS:

Educational Motivation
In this program Harvey Alston provides ideas and tools so that students will be able to apply effective strategies and ideas on how to become the best; demonstrate ways to be more effective as leaders; identify school challenges and ways to handle them; develop a specific goal-setting strategy; work more effectively as members of a team; enhance their communication and listening skills; and apply effective strategies and ideas to become trailblazers.

You Are the “BEST!”
Believe in yourself and don’t hesitate to let others know that you are great! Expand your mind and continue to grow for you will always be the star of the show. Strive to achieve excellence in all that you do for God knew what he was doing when he created you. Think before you act, work before you rest, and let the world know that you are the “BEST”.

Getting Down to Business
This program was developed to help both small and large businesses get on focus and develop success guidelines for employees and management.

The Best Team Doesn’t Win Nearly As Often As the Team That Gets Along “BEST”
The areas covered are: Marketing, Attire, Skills, Interest, Visualization, Goal-Setting, Work Ethics

Be the Best
Harvey has taken his personal proven message “Be the Best” to literally millions of people. His unforgettable words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth, changed lives. Alston’s powerful, soul-searching presentation uplifts people to a higher standard – to a level where people strive only for the BEST.

WORKSHOPS

Climbing the Rough Side of the Mountain
This program is a highly interactive and spirited search for solutions, designed to provide a variety of educational experiences through the delivery of subjects on the cutting edge of team leadership. Alston will share practical skills that will enhance quality of life by reshaping lost abilities, heighten expectations, rebuild hope, confidence, self-respect and desire.

Customer Service-S.O.U.L. “Service On Unbelievable Levels”
Learn to develop strategies for the BEST customer service by planning the future of your employees. This seminar will research different delivery styles of successful businesses that have an understanding of what it takes to motivate employees.

Competent Communication
This program will build your communication skills and enhance skills for listening and identifying the obstacles to effective listening. Participants will be involved in adapting to communication within social context and adjusting the physical context of symbolic functional dimensions, as well as develop strategies for public group communication with active knowledge of verbal and nonverbal communication.

Practical Parenting
Alston discusses ways to “Know Your Child’s Interests”, “Using TV Wisely”, “ABCs of Parenting”, “Advice for Living with Pre-Teens”, “Parents Watch Your Language”, and “Discipline, a Preventive Force”.

Class Room Management
The program for student behavior, “How Well Do You Like Yourself” will teach skills for getting parents involved. The seminar content will cover strategies for developing trust, power, and rules for raising what is considered to be a delinquent child.

Code of Conduct
Start with sharing your own “credo” or “code of conduct”. Have you thought about the rules that guide your life? Do you act as a result of your parents, teachers, or friends expectations? Or do you act because you have decided what you think is right? What influences your life choices? In this exercise you will write your own “code of conduct.”

Bullying and Hazing
This program starts by asking the following questions, “What is bullying”? What is the difference between having a little fun and hazing? After discussing the responses and then sharing the answers with the group, attendees will break into smaller groups and role-play situations; afterward groups will have to come up with answers, which will be presented to the whole group.

Integrity
How do you define integrity? What is honesty? Are there varying degrees of honesty? What makes a person dishonest? This workshop explores these questions, discussing the responses and then sharing the answers as a group. After the definition of integrity is discussed participants will break into smaller groups, questions will be passed out and the groups will collaborate on their answers. The results will then be presented to the whole group.

Conflict and Resolution
This session focuses on the ability to impact those around us using some of the skills learned about personal code of conduct. The group will be led through a worksheet which will teach them how to resolve conflicts. Role playing will be used to show some of the daily conflicts that people face in achieving their goals.

Excuses vs. Excellence
The participants will write down actual excuses they have used, and then break into smaller groups. The splinter groups will select a situation or problem and present the solution to the whole group. Each solution must apply to “The Test” of honesty, integrity, and the good of all and one.

 

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Full Biography

Considered one of the most dynamic, “high octane” speakers in America. Harvey Alston has been a full-time speaker since 1989. He has spoken to millions of people throughout the United States who have benefited not only from his knowledge, but also from the wisdom that Harvey Alston brings to the finish line.

Harvey Alston’s unforgettable words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth, and changed lives. His powerful, soul-searching presentations uplift audiences to a higher standard, and to a level where they strive only for the best. Harvey Alston believes in solitary achievement, shared accomplishment and the dignity of human beings.

As one of the most in-demand speakers in America, Harvey Alston’s career has spanned positions from head football coach of Columbus East High School in Ohio in 1968, to assistant director of student financial aid at the university level. As an educator he’s taught English, biology, health, life sciences and math curricula.

Over the years, Harvey Alston has received recognition and awards from such diverse groups and organizations as the Ohio House of Representatives as one of Ohio’s Finest Citizens, the City of Columbus declared a Harvey Alston Day, and he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, and has received numerous national recognitions and awards. However, none has more impact than the response from those individuals whose lives have been dramatically changed. People walk away from Harvey Alston’s presentations knowing they have just heard someone who “has been around the track a few times” and one who shares it in a way that people do not forget. He has the courage it takes to remind people that life is only what they make it, that self-respect does not come with the job, but is brought to the job by people who do the best they can do, with whatever work is available to them.

Harvey Alston’s enterprise is called Best Inc., based on his philosophy and the book titled “Be the Best.” He is a member of the National Speakers Association and serves as advisor to many civic boards, panels, and commissions.

Rita Davenport

Rita Davenport is an internationally recognized expert in the principles of success, time management, goal-setting, creative thinking, and self-esteem and confidence. Her unique background as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, author, speaker, humorist, and broadcaster sets her apart and has made her one of the most beloved and widely admired role models on the speaking circuit. She produced and hosted her own award-winning television shows in Phoenix, Arizona, for 15 years. Read more

Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton, at the age of 13 survived a 14-foot tiger shark attack off the shores of her hometown Hawaii was left with one arm and only 26 days later she courageously overcame all odds and began surfing again. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast faith spurred her toward an adventurous comeback that gave her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others. Bethany is a true champion who inspiring millions worldwide through the love of her family, her sheer determination, and her unwavering faith.

Bethany wrote about her experience in the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. Bethany’s story has touched the hearts of everyone and her inspirational message, charitable efforts, and overall spirit. In April 2011, the feature film Soul Surfer was released, based on the book and additional interviews. She has appeared on many television shows since the loss of her arm.

Known most notably for one of the biggest comeback stories of our era, Bethany Hamilton has since become synonymous with inspiration. New York Times Best Selling Author, life who’s been featured in a Hollywood movie, professional surfer, and spiritual icon, Bethany is a sought after public speaker. She is motivating audiences worldwide to live their life with more tenacity, courage and faith.

 

 

POPULAR PROGRAM TOPICS
(Bethany’s programs are frequently conducted in an interview style)

Fighting to Get Back on the Board
Bethany has already lived more than a lifetimes worth of triumph and tragedy, and she shares every poignant moment. Audiences learn how she rose once again to the challenges of competition after a life-changing event, how she dealt with the maelstrom of media attention, and how she relied on her faith and innate positive thinking to embrace changes that would undo most people. Bethany’s passion and insight, and filled with thrilling moments of the sport personify, a portrait of American heroism that will captivate audiences of all ages.

Rise Above
Bethany shares her courage and enthusiasm, inspiring audiences to face life head on and stand strong in their faith. Since losing her arm, Bethany has chosen to use her experience to become an inspiration and help others to overcome adversity, no matter how great. Bethany will inspire your audience to believe that you can do whatever they want if you just set your heart to it, and just never give up, and just go out there and do it.

Full Biography

Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of faith, determination, and hope. Born into a family of surfers on February 8, 1990, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany began surfing at a young age.

At the age of thirteen, on October 31, 2003, Bethany was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore. The attack left Bethany with a severed left arm. After losing over 60% of her blood, and making it through several surgeries without infection, Bethany was on her way to recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude. Lifeguards and doctors believe her strong water sense and faith in God helped get her through the traumatic ordeal.

Miraculously, just one month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water to continue pursuing her goal to become a professional surfer. In January of 2004, Bethany made her return to surf competition; placing 5th in the Open Women’s division of that contest. With no intention of stopping, Bethany continued to enter and excel in competition. Just over a year after the attack she took 1st place in the Explorer Women’s division of the 2005 NSSA National Championships – winning her first National Title.

In 2007, Bethany realized her dream and turned pro. Bethany has since participated in numerous ASP and World Tour Events with her major highlight being a second place finish in the ASP 2009 World Junior Championships.

Since losing her arm, Bethany’s story has been told in hundreds of media outlets and she has been recognized with numerous awards, public appearances, and various speaking engagements.

In October 2004, Bethany shared her life story in her autobiography entitled Soul Surfer. Seven years later, the book was made into a major motion picture bearing the same title which released theatrically in April, and for home entertainment in August, 2011. Other books Bethany has written include “Devotions for the Soul Surfer,” “Rise Above,” A “Soul Surfer” Bible, “Ask Bethany,” and “Clash,” “Burned,” “Storm,” and “Crunch.”

Out of the water, Bethany has grown from a young teenage girl with aspirations of becoming a professional surfer into a twenty-year old professional surfer with aspirations of becoming a beacon of inspiration and hope. Through the platform of professional sport, Bethany has been able to touch a large number of people with her message, charitable efforts, and overall spirit. Bethany just launched her own foundation, Friends of Bethany, which supports shark attack survivors, traumatic amputees, and serves to inspire others through her life story, and is involved in numerous other charitable efforts.

Mike Frank

“Little Ideas Pay Big Dividends in Sales”

While Mike Frank speaks on a number of business related topics, sales is his background and his strongest suit. He worked his way up from a fledgling salesman to vice-president of sales for an international company – he did this within four years and by the age of 26. His strength is in customizing the presentation, based on the client’s requests. He provides a high energy style, yet with solid practical, real life sales information.

He has been a straight commission salesperson his entire life. Mike is one of the very few people that Zig Ziglar asked to provide outside input in his best selling book, SECRETS OF CLOSING THE SALE. Several years ago, ENTREPRENEUR Magazine featured him in an article on several of the top sales trainers in America.

Mike speaks with authority, credibility and experience. Mike believes that is the little things we do or don’t do that makes the difference in sales success. He focuses on that concept and unless the client prefers a different title, he calls the program, LITTLE IDEAS PAY BIG DIVIDENDS – whether he is speaking for one hour or four hours. Mike is just as effective with retail salespeople as he is with ‘outside’ salespeople.

Among the pieces of the sales process that he can address are:

  • Prospecting skills
  • Working effectively with the gate keeper
  • Building rapport/positive relationships with clients
  • Organization/time management
  • Qualifying the prospect…the effective use of questions
  • Making an effective presentation
  • Overcoming objections
  • Closing the sale
  • Follow up after the sale or missed sale
  • Marketing ideas
  • Getting and using testimonials
  • Going the extra mile in customer service
  • Using creativity to the utmost, even if you’re not creative

PROGRAM TOPICS/TITLES

SALES, MARKETING, BUSINESS

Mike can speak for:

  • Outside Sales
  • Retail Sales
  • Trade show sales

Among the topics he can include in any sales or marketing directed presentation are:

  • Prospecting skills
  • Building rapport/positive relationships with clients
  • Organization/Time Management
  • Qualifying the prospect
  • Making an effective presentation
  • Overcoming objections
  • Closing the sale
  • Follow up after presentations
  • Marketing goes way beyond selling
  • Getting and using testimonials
  • Creative marketing and sales concepts

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

  • Managing Change
  • Leadership by Example
  • Ethics in Today’s Business World
  • Creative Management and/or Marketing Concepts
  • “Entrepreneurism…Today and Tomorrow
  • Excellence in Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Time
  • Finding, Hiring, Motivating, Training and Retaining Good People
  • Enhancing Productivity

CUSTOMER SERVICE

  • You Can’t Separate Effective Customer Service from Effective Sales Skills
  • Effective Customer Service Starts at the TOP
  • Every Department is the Customer Service Department
  • How to Avoid Customer Complaints
  • How to Deal with Customer Complaints
  • Building Strong Client Relationships

EFFECTIVE SPEAKING AND PRESENTATION SKILLS

  • Speaking Skills for the Amateur
  • Speaking Skills for the Professional Speaker
  • Speaking Skills for Business Executives and/or Salespeople

MOTIVATION AND ATTITUDE

  • Coping with Change
  • Realistic Thinking and Positive Doing
  • Teamwork Makes the Difference

COMMUNICATION

  • Communicating Effectively
  • Communicating with Confidence

Full Biography

Mike worked his way up from salesman, to manager, to district manager, to regional manager, to national sales manager, to vice president of sales of an international corporation – within 4 years and before he was 26 years old.

He has spoken to over 3000 audiences in the United States, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Mexico and co-authored two books. In 1995, Mike published his first solely authored book.

He was the 1980-81 President of the 4000 member, National Speakers Association. He has made over 19,000 “cold-call” field sales presentations and has “field trained” over 100 salespeople.

Mike has been featured in many corporate “in house” video tape training programs. In 1980, he received the CSP designation (Certified Speaking Professional) from the National Speaker’s Association. Fewer than 8% of the membership has received this distinction. In 1990, Mike was the first speaker to ever receive both of the National Speakers Association’s highest honors in the same year:

• The CPAE Hall of Fame Award (Council of Peers Award for Excellence), presented to him by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (only 135 other speakers have received this prestigious award)

• The CAVETT AWARD, the most cherished honor in the speaking industry
Mike attended the University of Georgia where he attained his BBA in Insurance/Real Estate.

James Mapes

James Mapes is a recognized expert on the psychology of imagination who helps leaders apply their imagination to take individual and organizational performance to new levels.

 

Even in a challenging world—there is great possibility. Coaching and empowering leaders past what they knew to be possible, James Mapes skillfully stretches people’s perceptions to see new possibilities and experience the power of their imagination. A dynamic speaker with energy and humor, he captures and holds his audience’s attention with fascinating demonstrations that leave no doubt—“You Achieve What You Imagine.” Participants leave with a clear understanding that the powerful mental pictures we all carry around with us—the opportunities we see—are forces that can lead organizations to break through performance. They learn how to recognize and embrace self-limiting fear and apply the imagination in ways that engage followers and help them achieve their goals. Perhaps, most importantly, they leave with practical skills they can put to immediate use and the motivation to apply their own imagination with the clarity and power to create their own successful future—at work and in their personal lives. As a recognized performance coach, best-selling author of Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide to the Mind and founder of the Transformational Coach Program™, Mapes has spoken to more than 2,000 organizations in 70 countries. His practical insights have been included in numerous training manuals and textbooks of companies, associations, universities and business schools. His upcoming book is entitled The Elephant and the Rider: Living an Exceptional Life.

PROGRAMS

IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance
Do you view the future with hope and possibility? Or do you allow fear to cloud your thinking, creating insecurity and stress?
Do you know how to apply your imagination to generate creativity, motivation, happiness and hope?
In these uncertain, challenging and complex times, success literally depends on the importance of knowing how to manage your thinking. As Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. It is a preview of life’s coming attractions.”
In this cutting-edge, practical and entertaining program, James captures and holds the audience’s attention with dynamic, compelling stories and inter-active demonstrations that leave no doubt that you can achieve what you imagine.
Exceptional individuals in all walks of life are distinguished by their capability to think creatively and perceive new opportunities for innovation. They have mastered the skill of “visualization” and can clearly communicate a dynamic, compelling, optimistic vision of the future.
James Mapes, the world’s foremost authority on the psychology of “applied imagination” and creator of Quantum Leap Thinking™,” demonstrates how success can be achieved by understanding and applying these concepts. James skillfully stretches perceptions to see new possibilities. He guides his audience to recognize how the powerful mental pictures we all carry around definitely impact the opportunities we see and the choices we make.
The audience leaves this thought-provoking, interactive, fascinating and inspiring journey having learned:

  • How to replace old beliefs with a compelling new vision that energizes at every level.
  • How to recognize, break through and let go of fears that sabotage success.
  • How to reduce negative stress and become more mindful.
  • How to motivate and propel to action by identifying core values.
  • How to improve productivity using ‘stretch goals’ and applied imagination.

 Program Length: 45 minutes – 90 minutes
MIND OVER BODY: Harness Vision to Create a Wellness Strategy
Brain science studies prove that how we think impacts our health.
As a speaker, performance coach, medical facilitator, clinical hypnotist, writer and performer, James Mapes knows first-hand the importance of managing our thinking and reducing negative stress.  He integrates lessons learned from more than three decades of experience and his own open-heart surgery. He is truly a speaker who lives what he preaches.
In MIND OVER BODY, audiences gain a fresh, unique perspective on health, wellness and productivity.   James simplifies the latest research in brain science into easy and enjoyable solutions.  James projects an amazing, positive energy, radiating passion about the elegance of the imagination and the incredible power of the human mind and spirit.
The attendees will leave this interactive, thought-provoking and inspiring program having learned:

  • How to influence the subconscious with optimistic, affirmative suggestions.
  • How use mental imagery to reduce anxiety.
  • How to “reframe” negative thinking to instill hope and confidence.
  • How to create a personal vision to inspire wellness and achieve goals.
  • How to meditate in five minutes for mindfulness.
  • How to recognize and break through the fear that impedes wellness.

This presentation can be tailored to your organization’s specific needs as either a keynote or workshop.
Program Length: 60 minutes – 1/2 day
TRUE LEADERSHIP: The Neuroscience of Effective Leaders
What is a leader?   Have you assessed your leadership skills lately?
The business world is awash with leadership philosophies, how-to books and training institutes that can leave even the savviest manager perplexed as exactly how to encourage employees to develop their own leadership style.
In 2017’s confusing and complex business world, it is important to push aside the clutter and get back to a fundamental understanding of why “true” leadership traits are essential for success.
The adage “leaders are born, not made” is questionable, since it takes hard work to craft a leadership style that works for each individual.
In this provocative, lively and interactive presentation, renowned “evangelist of the imagination,” brain researcher, break-through thinking coach and best-selling author, James Mapes, incorporates his legendary humor with an array of audience exercises to reveal:

  • The five “culturally and morally neutral” traits of all successful leaders.
  • Why morality, a nice disposition and power do not necessarily make a great leader.
  • A guide to transform and enhance a personal leadership style.
  • How to craft an emotionally charged, clearly compelling and realistic future vision.

Program Length: 60 – 90 minutes

Full Biography

Speaker, expert on the psychology of “applied imagination,” for extreme success, peak performance coach, and author: Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide to the Mind and Imagine That! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance.

An extraordinary keynote speaker for the uncertainty of 2017, James Mapes defies categorization.   When philanthropist/Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen quizzed Mapes as to how one person could do so much during his life, James’ answer was simple: “Because no one told me I couldn’t.”

A true Renaissance man, James is considered the world’s foremost authority on applied imagination, having studied human behavior for more than 30 years.  Since childhood, James wanted to make the impossible into the possible.  This has led to a life-long fascination with the subconscious and the power of the imagination.

Speaker, coach, best-selling author, clinical hypnotist and performer, Mapes is recognized for his ability to inspire, motivate, educate and guide others to develop and enhance the unlimited potential of their creative imagination and incalculable powers of the mind.   His programs address creativity, motivation, leadership, change, wellness and peak performance.

As creator of Quantum Leap Thinking™ and the Transformational Coach™, James Mapes is one of the most sought-after international speakers in the corporate industry today.  He has worked with hundreds of public and private companies in more than 70 countries.

His clients include financial institutions, software companies, the military, the healthcare industry, major non-profit organizations, along with training & development divisions of large corporations. Companies, associations, universities and business schools including – IBM Corporate, U.S. Coast Guard, Lockheed Martin, The Pentagon and The Princeton Center for Leadership Training – have quoted Mapes in training manuals and textbooks.

In addition, Mapes has ignited audiences with his critically acclaimed hypnosis show, Journey Into the Imagination.  More than two million people have marveled at this unique presentation at Performing Arts Centers and universities, plus Manhattan’s Town Hall and Lincoln Center – winning praise from the media, including the New York Times, Variety and the New York Daily News.  He is branded as “The Imaginologist.”

His engaging, enlightening new book, IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance is the first web-enhanced volume of its kind.  A provocative adventure of the mind, IMAGINE THAT! is a cutting-edge roadmap showing readers how to lead an exceptional life by learning to apply their imagination for productivity.

Mapes delves into hot-button topics like reframing thinking patterns, shattering limiting myths, self-hypnosis, transforming fear into love and forgiveness.  The beauty of this ground-breaking book is not only the relevant information but also how it rides the wave of technology by giving the reader access to 21 short video clips of James Mapes’ demonstrations and coaching.

His previous book, Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owners’ Guide to the Mind has been published in ten languages.

James is a weekly contributor to The Huffington Post and The Good Men Project.

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, and the beloved originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre – and watched it grow to a billion dollar market. As the driving force behind the development and delivery of over 100 million books sold through the Chicken Soup for the Soul® franchise, Jack Canfield is uniquely qualified to talk about success. He is a Harvard graduate with a Master’s Degree in psychological education and is one of the earliest champions of peak-performance. Read more

Stephen M. R. Covey

Stephen M. R. Covey

Stephen M. R. Covey is co-founder and CEO of CoveyLink Worldwide. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the author of The SPEED of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver—a learnable and measurable skill that makes organizations more profitable, people more promotable, and relationships more energizing. Read more

Matt Roloff

Matt Roloff

Matt Roloff is best known for starring in the hit TLC reality show ‘Little People, Big World.’ In over 225 episodes, tens of millions of people around the world have followed the lives and challenges of Matt and his family at their home in Oregon, but there is more to Matt Roloff’s story than the TV show and being a devoted husband and father of four children. Matt operates a successful family farm, has authored two books, was a top salesman for Fortune 500 companies, and currently owns a manufacturing company specializing in mobility equipment designed for little people. Read more

Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson is a well-known expert in the field of creating high-performance work cultures. His background includes five years in health care management, and 20 years as owner of a successful training and consulting firm.

Larry’s clients include Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Nordstrom Department Stores, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Southwest Airlines, American Express, McDonald’s, Federal Express, and the American Health Care Association. Read more

Curtis Sliwa

Curtis Sliwa’s core ideas resonate well beyond the streets safeguarded by The Guardian Angels. With a unique combination of conviction and charisma, he often speaks before corporate teams, media professionals, senior executives, non-profit associations and educators. Drawing upon community activism as a backdrop, Sliwa draws direct comparisons. The challenge is this: “You have to get involved in the process. Don’t sit on the sidelines.” Sliwa has been privileged to speak for a variety of esteemed organizations including The Children’s Miracle Network, the YMCA, the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International, the Young President’s Organization, News America Marketing, the New York State Broadcasters Association, the Willow Creek Association, Bob Proctor’s Life Success Consultants and The Salvation Army. His work has been recognized by Presidents Nixon, Reagan, Clinton and Bush; applauded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; and commended by business, entertainment, and civic leaders worldwide.

PROGRAMS:

Empowerment: “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”
Curtis speaks out on “empowering the powerless”, engaging individuals in helping themselves rather than looking for relief or protection from government or other resources. He talks about the lifelong benefits of empowerment and self-help to the individual, citing examples from his own personal experience growing up and as founder of The Guardian Angels.

Leadership: One Individual CAN Make a Difference.

Curtis encourages individuals of all walks of life to take on leadership roles and build effective teams. Instead of waiting for others to step up to the plate, we need to assume an active role, and recognize that one man/woman CAN make a difference. He describes what it takes to be a leader, drawing from his personal experience founding and leading The Guardian Angels for the past 28 years. Curtis is adept at customizing this presentation to resonate with groups represented by all ages and walks of life, in corporate, education, or community organizational settings.

Violence Prevention: Anti-Bullying, Anti-Gangs and Internet Safety
Curtis calls upon schools, church groups, parent and community organizations to take on the problem of violence in their worlds by becoming actively engaged in violence prevention efforts. He raises awareness about the safety threats posed by bullying, gangs and Internet predators and criminals, and outlines measures to safeguard children and families against them.

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Full Biography

Curtis Sliwa is a pioneer who forged his grassroots activism into a global vocation. Curtis’ driving force was motivated by his unadulterated intention to better his community. Although offered a partial scholarship to study political science at Brown University, Curtis would find himself expelled from the prestigious Brooklyn Prep School during his senior year for student activism. In lieu of a brick and mortar education, Curtis enrolled in the reality of Fordham Road…a crime ridden section of the Bronx.

As night manager of the local McDonald’s, Curtis instituted a community clean-up program supported and blessed by the company. Local volunteers dubbed the “Rock Brigade,” painted over graffiti, cleaned up vacant lots, boarded up vacant buildings and planted trees and gardens in the Fordham neighborhood.

In the late 70s, determined to take back the community, Curtis expanded his neighborhood program to patrol the Number 4 Train, one of the worst subway lines in New York City, then known as the “Mugger’s Express.”

Curtis recruited a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic team of volunteers known as the “Magnificent Thirteen.” These volunteers rode the subway between the toughest stops and used the legal concept of citizen’s arrest to detain gang members and criminals for police. Initially they encountered resistance and skepticism from both transit and local police, however doubt was replaced with trust, as volunteers became role models.

This non-prejudicial approach was indicative of Curtis’ multi-tiered and tactical plan to alter the infrastructure of the community. He was determined to unearth the uncut neighborhood gems, and teach them to polish and shape themselves through developing self-respect and respect for others. Curtis armed these forerunners of The Guardian Angels with nothing more than common sense, self-control and martial arts training. He inspired communities to take responsibility, which resulted in the formation of what we now call Neighborhood Watch Groups.

As the original thirteen grew to be hundreds, a more organized structure was needed, resulting in the birth of The Guardian Angels in February, 1979. The Guardian Angels has grown to 60 chapters throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Brazil and Japan.

The red beret, first worn to symbolize courage, has become a worldwide icon for safety education. Curtis is recognized as one of the most effective and respected grass roots leaders and activists of the past quarter century.

Curtis continues to implement and enhance programs of personal, neighborhood, cyberspace and educational safety. While the street patrol component continues to thrive, his ultimate objective is to provide viable solutions to educational and classroom safety challenges. With Curtis at the helm, The Guardian Angels has evolved into a renowned organization focused on their groundbreaking work in developing curriculums to address the critical issues that threaten safe and effective education.