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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.

Jessica Cox

Jessica is recognized internationally as an inspirational keynote speaker. Born without arms, Jessica Cox could have succumbed to the low expectations that ushered her into this world. In spite of them all, she earned two black belts in Taekwondo, graduated from college, and learned to swim, drive a car, fly an airplane, surf, scuba dive, and live independently using her feet in ways others who take their hands for granted can only imagine. She holds the title of the first person without arms to get a black belt in the American Taekwondo Association and the Guiness World Record for the first pilot to fly with her feet.

However, Jessica’s greatest triumph in life stands far above any physical feat. It is her unrepentant regard for herself as a whole person, her high degree of self-acceptance that gives her freedom and power to insist that society accept her, too, just as she is.

Accolades

  • Guinness World Record: The First Armless Person in the World Ever to Have Obtained a Pilot’s License, 2011
  • AOPA LIVE Pilots Choice Award 2010: Most Watched Female Aviator
  • Filipino Women’s Network: 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the U.S., 2009
  • Published in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, 2009
  • The Filipino American Journal Award of Excellence, Outstanding Filipino Award, 2008

TOPICS

When Jessica first walks on stage, the audience has no idea that she doesn’t have arms. Carefully hidden underneath a jacket, she has on her prosthetic arms. Minutes into the introduction, she removes them and begins her speech rightfully titled:

Disarming the Impossible! Corporate Keynote:
Turning “Impossible” into “Accomplishment”
What limits people in your group from attaining their highest potential? How can they push limitations aside?
Jessica believes that by combining creativity, persistence, and fearlessness, nothing is impossible. In her presentation, she digs deep into her experiences living armless in a two-handed world. She shows how these three qualities helped her achieve the seemingly impossible.
Jessica’s elements stem from answering such questions as:

  • Are you letting your fears stand in the way of your opportunities?
  • Is it easier to come up with an excuse than a creative solution to a challenge?
  • What handicaps are you-and others-creating that you don’t need?
  • How soon should you give up when confronted with a difficult challenge?

Get Ready to Turn your “I can’t” into “I can!” and “I will!” Youth Keynote: Embracing Differences
Every person on this earth is “different” in one way or another and in one form or another has endured pressure to conform under the threat of rejection and isolation. Students experience the constant pressure to “fit in.” Jessica shares the struggle of masking her difference growing up in a two-handed world but then realizing the importance of being true to who we are as individuals. In order to be a good leader, Jessica believes it is critical to stand up for who it is we are, stand out every opportunity we have, and to stand proud of our differences!

Thinking Outside the Shoe
As a person who has never viewed herself as a victim of her condition, Jessica shares in her speeches humerous stories of struggle and success living in a “two-handed” world.  She provides critical insight on how to best approach a challenge, redefining the concept of innovative thinking.  She helps people reconnect with their own inner strengths and aptitudes.  Jessica believes in combining creativity, desire, persistence and fearlessness; with them, nothing is impossible.  In her presentation, she will dig deep into her excperiences living armless in a two-handed world and share how these four elements helped her achieve the seemingly impossible.

Jessica’s points stem from answering such questions as:

  • Why is it more important to “fit in” than to stand out and be different?
  • Do students act based on what everyone else is doing?
  • Who is responsible for standing up for who we are as individuals?
  • Why are we so worried about what everyone else thinks?

Full Biography

Jessica Cox was born without arms. The doctors do not know why she was born “differently-abed.” But she does. Jessica has made achievements with her feet that most people only dream of. Now she shares her story with people around the world.

Born in 1983 in Sierra Vista, Arizona, Jessica has learned to live her life with her feet. There were many questions at the time about whether Jessica would be able to live a “normal” life. However, Jessica’s father has said he never shed a tear about her birth condition. He had full confidence in her potential. With the support of her parents and family, Jessica became confident in herself as an adult and continued to explore the world with her feet.

As a child, Jessica studied dance in her home town. When the first performance arrived, she asked to be put in the back row. Her dance teacher told her there was no back row. Tentatively she took the stage with the other students and performed her routine. When she finished, the applause from the audience gave her encouragement and the confidence to continue dancing for 14 years.

Jessica’s parents eventually met a Taekwondo instructor named Jim Cunningham. His response when told of her birth condition was that she would be more than physically able and that only her attitude could hold her back. At the age of 14, Jessica earned her first Black Belt in the International Taekwondo Federation.

After graduating from high school, Jessica attended the University of Arizona where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. When talking about her degree, she frequently explains that psychology credits the way people think has a greater impact on their lives than a physical limitation.

During college, Jessica found a club of the American Taekwondo Association and resumed training in the sport. Even though Jessica already had one black belt in a different style, she had to relearn all of the color belt material. The instructors created a curriculum that would be accessible to any future arm less students. Jessica then became the first arm less person to earn a black belt in the ATA.
Jessica’s most famous accomplishment was learning how to fly. It took three states, four airplanes, two flight instructors and a discouraging year to find the right aircraft: a 1946 415C Ercoupe Airplane. She received the Guinness World Record for being the first person certified to fly an airplane with only their feet.

Jessica now works as a motivational speaker. She travels the world sharing her story and encouraging people to be creative and innovative with the mantra “Think outside the shoe.

Mikki Williams

What do the Cree Indians of Canada, bankers in Australia, farmers in Indiana, insurance agents in Singapore, and German fitness professionals all have in common with AT&T, IBM and Lockheed? MIKKI WILLIAMS!

Mikki Williams, CSP, is an international speaker, trainer, consultant, coach, author, radio & TV personality and entrepreneur extraordinaire. She was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, named one of the Outstanding Connecticut Women of the Decade by the United Nations, and ABC did a television documentary about her life. She has spoken on every continent (except Antarctica), at President Mandela’s South African home and twice at the White House.

Whether addressing the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table, or sharing the platform with Suze Orman or Tony Robbins, her unique storytelling is transformational, thought-provoking and she holds her audience members accountable to action. A highly sought after speaker, Mikki provides take home messages that improve the quality of people’s lives. Her unique audio visual aids, not Power Point, or computer generated graphics but Play-Doh, PIES cards, customized goal bands, have made her programs more memorable and fun. When people laugh, they relax, they learn more. Mikki believes in the power of humor in all programs whether inspirational or business skills.

SOME OF MIKKI’S MOST POPULAR PROGRAMS

The Whole Life Trilogy addresses the complexities, challenges and joys of life and the rewards offered through a life lived in harmony with one’s values. The Whole Life Trilogy is made up of three distinct programs — each one a unique blend of the Program Topics outlined below. They are offered independently in this suggested sequence:

Part 1: A Balancing Act: Walking the Tightrope of Life
Learn how to achieve your goals in this powerful, life-changing program that deals with potential, inspiration, change and perspective. It addresses life skills, quality of life issues and wholeness as it relates to achieving balance in our lives.

Part 2: We Interrupt this Life to Bring You…
Life is full of interruptions: birth, death, divorce, relocation, new job, health challenges, financial disasters, events that shape our lives and give us opportunities to evaluate, change, grow and find our purpose in life.

Part 3: Running the Human Race: From Success to Significance
There are times in our lives when we wonder if our vision is in sync with our values. When our purpose, our ideals and our results are not in harmony, we are out of balance. Maintaining a perspective, when we are racing to keep up with time, in an era which always seems to be accelerating, is one of life’s greatest challenges.

How to Set Yourself on Fire!
Inspiration! Interaction! Humor! Pathos! This program delivers a universal message of quality of life, change and balance. It has inspired people to make significant changes in their personal and professional lives. Discover your uniqueness and develop your potential to shape your life.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS INCLUDE;

  • You’ve Got Personnel-ity™
  • Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Shtick™
  • The Timing of the Shrewd™
  • Your Net-Work Is Important to Your Net-Worth™
  • Customer Service or Lip Service?™

Full Biography

What do the Cree Indians of Canada, bankers in Australia, farmers in Indiana, insurance agents in Singapore, and German fitness professionals all have in common with AT&T, IBM and Lockheed? MIKKI WILLIAMS!

Mikki Williams, CSP, is an international speaker, trainer, consultant, coach, author, radio & TV personality and entrepreneur extraordinaire.

She was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, named one of the Outstanding Connecticut Women of the Decade by the United Nations, and ABC did a television documentary about her life. She has spoken on every continent (except Antarctica), at President Mandela’s South African home and twice at the White House.

Mikki earned her designation as CSP, Certified Speaking Professional, an honor bestowed on less than 500 professional speakers worldwide. She was awarded the National Speakers Association Golden Mike Award, Small Business Advocate of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and the International Business Person of the Year. She has hosted her own radio and television shows and has made guest appearances worldwide. Whether addressing the prestigious Million Dollar RoundTable, or sharing the platform with Peter Drucker or Tommy LaSorda, she has a dynamic ability to communicate to an audience, delivering practical information in a down-to-earth style.

In addition to Mikki Williams Untld., her speaking and training firm, and Coaching, etc . . . , her coaching and consulting enterprise, she is the Chair of two Chicago CEO think tanks, affiliated with Vistage, the world’s largest CEO organization and a resource speaker for their worldwide network.

Mikki is the unexpected; a unique, one-of-a-kind talent, eclectic, original, refreshing, and smart. An inspirational humorist and business motivator, her many successful careers have given her a wealth of information and experience in sales and marketing, teamwork, communication skills, customer service, creativity, change management, humor in the workplace, wellness and motivation. She wrote a book on customer service and produced several tapes and videos. Her inspirational life story has been optioned for a book and movie. An Enthusiologist™ who went from dance choreographer through nine successful careers to word choreographer, she mixes entertainment and humor with business savvy and knowledge to share insight and inspiration for life changing impact. From the corporate world to the ever-changing world we live in, she is a breath of fresh air: outrageous, fun, stimulating, informative and most of all, real! Carpe Diem!

Alexander Blass

One of today’s most acclaimed social entrepreneurs and innovators, Alexander Blass is a visionary who has improved and inspired countless lives across the globe. He invented and launched person-to-person charitable giving on the Internet, a revolutionary technology adopted in dozens of countries around the world. Blass is most famous for is leaving a high ranking position at a venture capital firm to make a real difference in our world and the lives of other people. After getting tired of seeing countless stories in the news of good people in need, he decided to do something about it.

Blass invented, patented and launched RealityCharity, the world’s first person-to-person giving website and philanthropy community commonly known as the “eBay of Giving.” RealityCharity became an overnight sensation when it appeared around the world in the Associated Press on its launch day and continues to change lives around the globe everyday. It has received over 6 million hits and hosted thousands of fundraisers ranging from wounded veterans, to cancer patients, to disaster victims, supporting fundraisers in 50 countries.

The grand prize winner of the Top Innovator of the Year Award, Alexander is one of the most in-demand and best innovation keynote speakers. He also serves as an invited expert, Master Class presenter, and consultant to various audiences. He has traveled to 50 countries and enjoys inspiring others to succeed by sharing his passion, vision, expertise, and fascinating experiences.

Wharton-educated and an Oxford MBA, he also received the Influential Marylanders Award, recognizing the top 50 people in the State up to the Governor.

Mr. Blass is also the recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award as well as the prestigious international WebAward for Outstanding Achievement, and has been honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the renowned Wharton School of business.

PROGRAM TOPICS

PRICELESS STRATEGIES FROM AN INNOVATOR:
HOW TO THRIVE IN CHALLENGING TIMES
In a constantly evolving world and today’s challenging economic climate, leadership through innovation, creativity and change management are no longer optional, but essential. Alexander Blass, grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, reveals his strategies for success and an actionable blueprint. In this captivating and engaging keynote speech delivered to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 audiences worldwide, learn how you can reinvent yourself and your organization to get on the path to innovation today, think about “what’s next” and challenge the status quo in your industry. Discover essential characteristics and strategies of successful leaders, innovators, and innovative organizations. Grasp some of the challenges you must overcome to foster a thriving culture of innovation. Learn how to generate international buzz and excitement for your innovative endeavors with increasingly limited resources.

HOW TO DOMINATE YOUR MARKET AND BEAT THE COMPETITION
Alexander Blass teaches strategic methods for market domination and how to stay ahead of your competition. International case studies and best practices are studied across multiple industries to uncover what has differentiated the companies that have dominated their markets from those that have become defunct. Learn how to create unparalleled excitement and free publicity and media coverage for your products and service. Craft highly valuable, innovative and sophisticated buzz marketing and viral campaigns for your brand’s endeavors, which harness and grow your community of loyal customers and render your competition obsolete.

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING SECRETS AND WEB 2.0:
HARNESS THE POWER OF COMMUNITY
Over 70% of the global Internet population visits social networking or blogging sites. Companies and organizations are rapidly playing “catch up” to adapt to this user-generated, customer-centric wave of social computing by scrambling to adopt both external and internal social media marketing and Web 2.0 strategies. Learn how to harness the power of your customers and community. Develop a game-winning social media marketing strategy. Beat the competition by employing best practices for success. Learn how to foster deeper relationships with your customers, promote your programs, and leverage your exuberant customer base to evangelize your brand and take it global.

FUNDRAISING 2.0: REVEALING AND RAISING THE INVISIBLE MILLIONS
Blass, credited with “revolutionizing charitable giving,” offers an evocative and eye-opening look into human nature, delving into the psychology of giving as well as the power of social networks and grassroots activism. Blass explores how technological innovation is changing the face of philanthropy, and offers thought-provoking strategies for fundraising success.

Complete Biography

Wharton and Oxford-educated, Alexander Blass is an internationally acclaimed American innovator and entrepreneur. He has traveled to 50 countries and appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including multiple cover stories. He is the grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, which credited him with “revolutionizing charitable giving” for inventing person-to-person giving technology on the Internet. He presently serves as President of Alexander Blass International, an executive education and training firm based in Baltimore.

Alexander keynotes some of the world’s most prestigious conferences on innovation/creativity, leadership/change, business development & entrepreneurship. Examples include the Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum in the United Arab Emirates, the World Management Forum, the European Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Portugal, the Stars of Business Awards in Dubai, the Kingdom Entrepreneurship Summit in Saudi Arabia, EPIC in New York, HR SUMMIT in Singapore, and IBM INNOVATE in India to an audience of 2,000 people.

Frequently interviewed by the media, Alexander is a highly sought after and inspirational keynote speaker, Master Class presenter, invited expert and consultant. Through his high energy, dynamic and engaging presentation style, he enjoys sharing his expertise, passion, vision and fascinating experiences with top corporate business audiences at Fortune 500 and Global 1000 organizations, as well as associations, non-profits, and students.

Alexander also received the Baltimore Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award and the Daily Record’s Influential Marylanders Award. He was honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School of Business.

Previously, Alexander was a venture capitalist, strategy consultant, senior government executive, and software developer, beginning his career at KPMG Consulting. During his tenure as a venture capitalist, one of the fund’s portfolio companies went from a $500,000 fund investment to a nearly $500 million all-cash acquisition by a Fortune 50 corporation. He has worked with leading organizations worldwide on opportunities totaling over $1 billion, as well as serving on boards of various for-profit and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. Alexander has been an invited expert at the National Science Foundation on a dozen occasions, making investment recommendations on over $100 million of emerging technologies for the U.S. government.

He has appeared in numerous media outlets globally including the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Associated Press, BusinessWeek, Globe & Mail, International Herald Tribune, The Independent, The Guardian, Melbourne Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, FOX, Forbes, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The Sun, Information Week, Internet Evolution, Daily Record, South African Broadcasting Corporation, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Voice of Africa, Khaleej Times, Al Ittihad, Dubai Eye, SME Advisor Middle East, Private Sector Qatar, and many more.

Alexander received an MBA from Oxford University in England. He also holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he concurrently studied at the Wharton School of Business.

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

Bruckner Chase

On August 24, 2010, at 4:00 AM, surrounded by a community of supporters, Bruckner Chase embarked on a 25-mile marathon swim to connect Santa Cruz to Monterey while also binding those on land with the Monterrey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Those twenty-five miles developed into an epic fourteen-hour journey in which he encountered everything from massive jellyfish to blue whales, fog to white-capped swells. 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.

Gary Marlon Suson

9/11 photographer Gary Marlon Suson lives in New York City. On September 11, 2001, his life, just as all American’s lives, was turned upside down by the attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon. Initially, after photographing the Towers’ collapse from his rooftop, Suson returned to his studio, deciding he wasn’t going to shoot anything else having to do with this tragedy. He didn’t want the stress of being in the midst of the chaos taking pictures, and especially didn’t wish to be wrongly viewed as someone trying to exploit a situation.  Besides, he felt that trying to document something of this enormity was pointless – “Who am I to think I can capture the magnitude of all this?” he thought. However, he slowly realized he had a responsibility to try to document for future generations what terrorism was.

After creating a website called SeptemberEleven.net he posted his photos and captions, providing a pictorial commentary on what had happened. Unexpectedly appointed the Official Photographer at Ground Zero shortly after the tragedy at World Trade Center, Suson took photos on behalf of the Uniformed Firefighters Association and Uniformed Fire Officers Association. The culmination of his efforts became the Ground Zero Museum Workshop, a not-for-profit museum that houses not only his stunningly gripping images, but exhibits of relics and effects recovered from the site.

 

 

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Full Biography

Ground Zero Workshop Museum Founder Marlon Suson is a professional actor-playwright who resides in Manhattan & an Honorary Battalion Chief in the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Just months after the attacks of September 11, 2001, he stepped away from his theatrical career after he was requested to take on a unique role: To be the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighters Association & Uniformed Fire Officers Association (FDNY). Like all New Yorkers and wanting to contribute to the relief efforts in any way he could, he began shooting on the morning of 9/11 and was appointed Official Photographer at Ground Zero in late December of 2001. He spent six days per week and approximately 17 hours per day “living” at Ground Zero, where he documented every phase of the ‘Recovery’. His work was overseen by FDNY Chief of Department Daniel Nigro. He was allowed access to every area at Ground Zero and given strict guidelines, which included:
• Not to release any of the images until the Recovery was over
• Not to shoot images of human remains.
• To share future proceeds with 9/11 charities.

In addition, he was not salaried by anyone and had to take out bank loans in excess of $8000.00 in order to finish his documentation of the “Recovery.” The FDNY first caught wind of Mr. Suson’s work in December of 2001, when the Manhattan Trustee for the Uniformed Firefighter’s Association, Rudy Sanfilippo, was receiving complimentary immunotherapy and vitamin drips at a well-known holistic clinic. Mr. Sanfilippo, a survivor of the WTC collapse on 9/11, was having lung complications. Mr. Suson had arranged the free care for several firemen who were experiencing breathing problems from September 11. It was this impromptu meeting between Suson and Sanfilippo that led the Uniformed Firefighters Association to view Mr. Suson’s award-winning website, SeptemberEleven.net, and then allow him full, unrestricted access to every area of Ground Zero. Early on, he didn’t shoot very much; choosing instead to focus on becoming friendly with the Chiefs and fixtures that ran the WTC site. Firemen were at first spooked when they saw Mr. Suson shooting and were uneasy. They feared he was exploiting the sacred site but this changed quickly as they got to know him and also noticed that none of his images were showing up in any of the daily newspapers. This spoke volumes to the many men who had lost family members and whole fire companies on September 11. Slowly, he was welcomed into the Ground Zero “brotherhood” and was even allowed to document the private Honor Guards from only a few feet away without the men so much as blinking an eye. Mr. Suson recalled, “I have to say I felt as if I was always at home there. I looked forward to seeing the men (and women) every day. It was an honor for all of us to be the ones to help out firsthand in the recovery efforts. We knew we were making a difference.” Whenever financially possible, Marlon Suson’s non-profit Museum donates to assorted charities and is particularly supportive of charities having to do with Mesothelioma research, such as the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center (MAA Center).

One Battalion Chief in particular, Stephen Zaderiko, took Mr. Suson under his wing. “He spent time educating me on different aspects of the site, which included the art of making a recovery. He literally taught me how to dig when I wasn’t shooting; showing me what to look for in the way of remains. It was an honor to be able to dig but quite frightening the first time I did it. That’s when everything got quite real for me. No more hiding behind the lens. I really looked up to him; he was always at Ground Zero, even on his days off and always stayed upbeat.” Another Chief Mr. Suson credited for his images and emotional support was Battalion Chief Jim Riches. “Chief Riches lost his son on 9-11 and God himself couldn’t pull Chief Riches away from Ground Zero. I called him the gentle giant as he never spoke much but when he did, it mattered. He was very supportive of my work and genuinely cared about everyone at the site. It was quite a day when Chief Riches finally found his fireman son, Jimmy, Jr. in the North Tower area.” One last catalyst to Mr. Suson attaining his unique images at key moments during the recovery was a volunteer recovery worker known simply as “Mike The Beard.” A bear of a man who sported a thick beard, overalls, size 14 work boots, coke-bottle thick glasses and was always covered in the trademark brown-gray, Ground Zero mud, “Beard” often drove Mr. Suson around the site in an ATV. “He’d often wake me up at two or three in the morning while I slept in St. Paul’s Church and told me to be outside in two minutes. He would do this when he thought there was something happening down in the hole that should be documented, so he’d pick me up in this muddy, Honda ATV “Gator” and whiz me down to wherever the action was happening. I attribute some of my best photographs to his being so attentive and involved in my documentation.” Mr. Suson, who stockpiled his collection of images for many months, was virtually unknown to the media until the fire union granted him permission to release the images in the last week of the recovery at Ground Zero. On May 28, 2002, the New York Times broke the story of his singular journey into Ground Zero with a feature, half-page, color photo story entitled, “From a Camera at Ground Zero, Rare Photos of an Agonizing Dig” by Susan Sachs. The morning that the story broke, Mr. Suson was contacted by every major media outlet in the world, including Fox News Channel, CNN, SKY (UK), CBS, NBC and ABC. His first major interview, a five-minute featured segment on CNN Worldwide, was shaky. “I was only a few days out of Ground Zero and suddenly I had to talk about my experiences with a camera in my face and I couldn’t do it. I got choked up every time I opened my mouth, so CNN was kind enough to pair me up with a very sensitive producer who made sure I felt comfortable, which included my not being able to see the video camera. It was a slow process, that first interview, but the final product was an accurate tale in words and images that told the story of my journey into the heart of Ground Zero. I still get choked up every time I watch that interview as I can see just how emotionally vulnerable I was during that period.” That five-minute segment remains to this day the longest taped story ever produced on CNN. Gary Marlon Suson was a guest numerous times on Fox News Channel and recently did radio interviews on INSIDE MAC RADIO and for AUSTRALIAN RADIO for the 7-Year anniversary of the W.T.C. attacks.

Book offers quickly followed and Mr. Suson, courted heavily by Judith Regan of Regan Books, signed with the smaller Barnes Noble Publishing to release, “Requiem: Images of Ground Zero”, a 200-page pictorial of Day 1 through the closing ceremonies. The book was endorsed by the most notable firemen in the FDNY, with the foreward penned by highly respected Assistant Chief of Operations Joseph W. Pfeifer, whose brother Kevin was lost on 9/11. In keeping with his promise to the fire union, he donated hundreds of autographed books to the Uniformed Firefighters Association, to FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn, to 9/11 families and to firehouses all over the New York area. In addition, he sold books and museum posters for the UFA Widows Children’s Fund. His works were featured on the FBI Training Network in Quantico for their Homeland Security and Policing videos and in 2003, 8 of his images were reviewed by the Pulitzer Prize Committee for the 2002 awards. In August of 2002, Mr. Suson was a guest of the U.S. Secret Service at The White House, where he was given a private tour and signed dozens of books for the staff. From there, he came back to New York where he was an honored speaker at the U.S. Postal Service’s “Tribute To Heroes” ceremony, moving the packed audience with an emotional power point presentation of his Ground Zero images set to music. In September of 2002, Mr. Suson was a guest on Fox News Live with David Asman and then appeared on CNN with Connie Chung, accompanied by FDNY 9/11 Family Members Lee Ielpi and John Vigiano. Says Suson,”This was an emotional segment to be a part of, to say the least. I admire both men’s incredible courage to subject themselves to such a tough interview just one year after losing their sons.” His travels also included going to England, where he accompanied British Fire Chief David O’Dwyer of the Hereford Worcester Fire Brigades to the peak of a centuries-old, mountain fortress called “British Camp”, where Mr. Suson dug a hole and buried World Trade Center glass and dirt in a secret location in memory of the British citizens who died on September 11. The dirt was given to Mr. Suson by retired FDNY Lieutenant Paul Geidel, who spent nine months looking for his missing son, Gary Geidel, of Rescue-1 in Manhattan. Since then, Mr. Suson has spoken all over Europe on his work and experiences at Ground Zero, often showing up at firehouses with historical images for people on the opposite end of the world to remember the fallen. In 2002 and 2003, he had two different museum exhibits at The New-York Historical Society. One exhibit, “9/11: Loss and Remembrance”, featured the “Band of Dads” from Ground Zero.

In 2004, Mr. Suson, feeling unfulfilled in his mission to educate people as to what transpired during the Ground Zero Recovery, began writing his next Off-Broadway project, AMERICAN BROTHER – a ground zero-themed play. Mr. Suson recently penned a feature screenplay based on his own experiences at Ground Zero as the Official Photographer of record during the Recovery. Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis has offered to act in the project when it comes to fruition. Mr. Suson travels to different fire expos around the USA to sign books & museum posters for 10 assorted charities, including Artists 4 Hope, NYC Fire & Police Widows Fund, The FDNY Chief Raymond Downey Memorial Fund, The UFA Widows & Children’s Fund, HugsAcrossAmerica.net, Firefighter Ralph Geidel 9/11 Fund and the Brian E. Sweeney Memorial Fund. In 2004, Mr. Suson participated in a Ground Zero chemical detoxification program designed by the Church of Scientology and campaigned by actor Tom Cruise. Mr. Suson continues to raise awareness of the courage of the Ground Zero firefighters, police and volunteers through his unique and singular images. Most importantly, these images keep the memory alive of all those who perished on the fateful day of September 11, 2001 . Mr. Suson has often stated, “Time has a way of dulling our memories and so I hope these photographs will keep people from forgetting how we need to consistently fight the war on terrorism.” Mr. Suson, in 2005, opened the Ground Zero Museum Workshop in the Meat-Packing District of New York, which conducts daily, guided tours for tourists from all over the world, as well as hosting 9/11 families and survivors groups. Mr. Suson speaks around the world about his experiences as the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighters Association & Uniformed Fire Officers Association. Mr. Suson’s role as Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Fire Unions (UFA & UFOA) was a one-time position that ended when the Ground Zero Recovery ended and he no longer shoots photography for either union. His affiliation was with the 2001-2002 UFA administration from the Ground Zero Recovery period and not the current UFA administration, whose members were not elected officials nor were in office during the events of September 11 or during the “Recovery” at Ground Zero.

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9/11
Michelle Rosado shares her message of hope and perseverance beyond the unthinkable trauma of her ordeal and escape from the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001. On 9/11/01, Michelle Rosado was on the 95th floor of Tower 2 of the World Trade Center when there was a crashing sound causing the windows in her office to shatter. The decisions she made in the moments following 9/11 changed her life forever.

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Full Biography

MICHELLE ROSADO

Michelle Cruz-Rosado was born in New York, New York, to Filipino and Honduran immigrant parents, grew up in Queens, New York, and returned to New York City in 2000. Michelle began her financial career early in her life during the “irrational exuberance” on Wall Street in the 90′s and into the 2000′s. Her first article, “Will I Recover” tells of her personal experience as a survivor of the attacks of 9/11/01, was released in October of that same year and became the thought which led to her co-authored book, “Pursuing Your Destiny.”

In 2006, Michelle received a Lifetime of Achievement award from New York’s Madison’s Who’s Who, and is recognized throughout the business world as the “Woman of Empowerment.” Rosado’s remarkable story of survival has been featured on networks such as CNN, NBC Nightly News, FOX and more.

“Pursuing Your Destiny,” is based on the true life story of her escape from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. As a successful business owner, professional speaker, and coach, Michelle has inspired people around the world with her message of hope and perseverance. She has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from New York’s Madison’s Who’s Who, and is recognized throughout the business world as the “Woman of Empowerment.”

As a public speaker, Michelle presents passionately on a wide range of topics. She has presented to women’s groups, multi-level marketing companies, juvenile detention facilities, and has hosted all-day motivational training seminars. Her story has been featured on NBC Nightly News, MSNBC and CNN along with a photo of the towers taken by Michelle on September 7, 2001.

The inspirational story of her personal victory, entitled “Will I Recover” was featured in an article on the fifth anniversary of that fateful day. As a follow-up to the recollections of her victory, her second article, “The Recovery” was published in Envision Magazine’s October 2006 edition. The first article was written in the weeks following the tragedy for personal healing purposes, however the popularity and overwhelming feedback from readers worldwide would become the inspiration behind writing “Pursuing Your Destiny.”

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