2012 Keynote Speakers

James Malinchak

James Malinchak has delivered over 2,200 motivational presentations for events worldwide, and was named Consummate Speaker of the Year by Sharing Ideas professional speakers’ magazine. He has appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and several hundred other publications.

James began his sales career right out of college as a stockbroker with a major Wall Street Investment Firm and was awarded Most Outstanding Performance (twice) and #1 in New Account Openings (twice). While in his twenties, James became a partner in a company that handled the investments for many famous entertainers, authors and professional athletes.

Currently, James owns six businesses (including www.Malinchak.com), has authored 16 books, and has read and researched over 2,500 books on personal and professional development.

He is a Contributing Author to, and serves as Associate Editor for, the #1 New York Times Best-selling book series Chicken Soup for the Soul,® with his own personal stories published in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul. James is the Co-author of the Best-Selling book Chicken Soup for the College Soul and the upcoming book, Chicken Soup for the Athlete’s Soul.

James mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message that will have you “laughing, learning and inspired!”

To learn more about James, visit: www.Malinchak.com

Travis Brown

Travis Brown grew up in the small Midwestern town of Lafayette, Indiana; raised by a hard working single mother and factory-working father. A three-sport varsity athlete in high school, Travis went on to pursue his dream of playing college football following graduation.

After college, Travis spent the next decade in sales, executive management, consulting and business ownership. Expanding on many of his own life lessons, Travis turned his attention from the corporate world to focus on providing success and leadership tools for students across the country. It is through these leadership skills that he encourages students to “Mojo up” and take a stand against bullying.

As a top motivational speaker, Travis acquired the name “Mr. Mojo” for his high energy, intense content and captivating speaking style. He has delivered over 1,600 hours of motivational presentations to companies and youth nationwide,

On his anti-bullying tours, Travis has impacted the lives of nearly 300,000 students in the United States and abroad. He is also called on to bring motivation and inspiration to professional athletes and sports teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns.

While students across the country are taking the pledge to Mojo Up (www.facebook.com/mojoup), the effort continues to inspire schools and communities to make an impact on the anti-bullying movement by touching the lives of students that are bullies, victims or bystanders. The driving forces to change the culture are the concepts of the Leaders Taking a Stand Against Bullying program.

In addition to speaking to thousands of students across the country and beyond, Travis is also the accomplished author of Teen Leaders are MOJO Makers, Mojo Up & Stop Bullying, and is the creator of the Operation Mojo Bullying Prevention Program. Travis has been seen on FOX, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and as an Inspiring Made Coach on MTV.

Travis encourages students, parents and educators to take the MOJO UP CHALLENGE, and join him on his mission to “change the world one student at a time.”

To learn more about Travis, visit: http://www.nobullyingtour.com

Julie Carrier

Featured on NBC’s Today Show, Fox News and in The New York Times, Julie is a top national speaker and author for teens, ‘tweens and girls on leadership, character and confidence. A leading authority in positive youth development, Julie also serves as consultant and speaker for youth-serving professionals and top organizations including the Girl Scouts, YMCA, Boys an Girls Club and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others that support girls and young people to lead healthy and successful lives. Julie also a proud supporter of Kappa Delta Sorrority’s Confidence Coalition to build a nation of confident girls and young women.

As an Emmy-Nominated TV Personality and MTV’s Teen Success and Confidence coach for the Award-Winning #1 Hit Positive Youth Goal Setting TV show for Teens, MADE, Julie also coaches and guides girls and young women on national television to step out, stand up and achieve their dreams. Recognized a one of the Top 50 Student Leaders in the Nation, Julie left her prestigious career as Senior Management Consultant in Leadership Development for the Pentagon in order to be a national advocate for girls and youth. Julie’s message is featured in the New York Times best seller, The Success Principles, The Success Principles for Teens and Chicken Soup for the Extraordinary Teen Soul.

Julie is also author of numerous books including, BeYOUtiful!, considered a best new book for girls on success, self-confidence and self-esteem. In recognition as one of the top books on self-esteem for girls and young adults, BeYOUtiful recently was awarded a national Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.

To learn more about Julie, visit: www.JulieMarieCarrier.com

Jonathan Sprinkles

Jonathan Sprinkles was voted Speaker of the Year (APCA), Mentor of the Year (Disney/Eastman Kodak) and Marketer of the Year (JMI, Inc).

Here’s why: he’s funny; his energy keeps audiences fully engaged, and he “keeps it real” about how anyone willing can achieve the success and lifestyle they deserve. Throughout his 10 year career, Jonathan has been consistently recognized as a well-respected and sought-after expert on elevating morale and Leading Beyond the Meeting™. The author of several books, his writings have been published internationally and are frequently quoted by industry experts. Jonathan shares his message as the featured speaker in meetings of 60 people in a conference room to 6,000 in a standing-room-only hockey arena.

Jonathan’s passion for helping people perform at their best stems from the agony that he felt when he lost his father to cancer at the age of 15. Attempting to mask the pain, he gave into peer pressure and the low expectations that surround many African-American men. However, Jonathan’s spirit wouldn’t allow him to stay down. Refusing to settle for life’s second best, he graduated college from the fourth-ranked marketing program in the country. At graduation, he was awarded the two highest leadership designations given to any student out of an enrollment of over 53,000.

After college, Jonathan enjoyed a thriving career as a top salesman at Dell, Inc. Jonathan was hand-picked by senior management to join an elite group of Senior Account Managers who were responsible for acquiring new business in the fastest-growing segment of the company. Because of the leadership, customer service, and team-building skills that he developed within a high-stakes sales environment, Jonathan was bestowed with the coveted title as the “Significant Achiever” among a pool of 400 of the corporation’s best sales reps.

After just a few minutes with Jonathan, his quick wit and down-home style of “teaching beautiful people to act like it,” will make you feel like you’ve known him your entire life. He inspires corporations, association members and students to aim high and reject excuses. Jonathan Sprinkles’ life is one that we can all celebrate as proof that success isn’t about where you start, it’s where you choose to finish!

To learn more about Jonathan, visit: www.GetandStayMotivated.com

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