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DeMoine Adams

DeMoine Adams

Ready...Set...Perform
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@DeMoine Adams is not only a motivational speaker, but an artist who inspires others to be greater, to be leaders, and to be winners in the game of life. He was a three-year starting Blackshirt Defensive End for the Nebraska Cornhuskers who led the team in quarterback sacks during his time on the team. DeMoine played an instrumental role in helping the Huskers win a Big 12 conference championship in 1999 and helped lead the Huskers to the National Championship Rose Bowl in 2002. Off the field, DeMoine received Academic All-American honors, First-Team Academic All-Big 12 honors over the course ...
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Harvey Alston

Harvey Alston

Be the BEST – Focus on Individual Responsibility
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@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 ...
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Clayton Anderson

Clayton Anderson

United States Astronaut
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@On Christmas Eve in 1968 the Astronauts of Apollo 8; Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders did what no other humans had ever done. Now, over 50 years ago, a turbulent world cast their eyes to the heavens for a unique view of our home planet. It was on this very night, when humans were able for the very first time in history, to see our planet Earth rise over the lunar horizon, that a small-town boy from Nebraska decided to pursue his life’s work of becoming a United States Astronaut, just a mere two months shy of his ...
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Gayle Becwar

Gayle Becwar

More Than Just a Magician, a Complete Entertainer!
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Growing up in a family of magicians, Gayle's first introduction to entertainment came as a child performing with his family's traveling magic show. Since 1987, he has been performing his fresh, fast paced solo magic and comedy act full-time all across the country. Audiences from New York to LA, and Hong Kong, China to Cancun, Mexico, will attest that his act is truly unique and entertaining. Gayle has opened for Dan Seals and Holly Dunn, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, country super star band Sawyer Brown, and Bill Engvall from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. He also worked a ...
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Allen Beermann

Allen Beermann

Executive Director, Nebraska Press Association Former Nebraska Secretary of State
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Mr. Beermann served as Legal Counsel and Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of State for two years, and on September 7, 1967, was appointed Deputy Secretary of State. On January 7, 1971, Mr. Beermann was sworn into office as Secretary of State for his first four year term at age 31, and on January 9, 1991, was sworn into office for a sixth four year term. On January 6, 1995, he became the Executive Director of the Nebraska Press Association/Nebraska Press Advertising Service. Mr. Beermann was born and raised on a farm in Dakota County, Nebraska. He is a graduate ...
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Dan Bennett

Dan Bennett

Four-time U.S. Nationals Juggling Gold Medal Winner
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Dan Bennett learned to juggle in 1970 when he was eight years old. It was in college however that he discovered his propensity for comedy. While earning his bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Dan worked as a teaching assistant in the math lab. His love for teaching soon spilled over into tutoring with comedy. Eventually Mr. Bennett was holding workshops in calculus and mixing mathematics with humor. While lecturing about ballistics he devised the object lesson now so central to his performances: catching a bowling ball with his face. There was no turning back once he discovered how fun it was ...
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Dr. Adolph Brown

Dr. Adolph Brown

Servant Leader, Author, Humorist, Master Teacher
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Born in the heart of the inner city, while spending summers in rural Virginia with his grandfather, Adolph was reared to be very hard-working and reflective. Having had a single parent mother in the housing projects, having been a Head Start student, having been the first of his family of five to graduate high school, and having had his oldest sibling and only brother murdered when he was only 11, Adolph's life and work have been a voyage of discovery beyond anything he could imagine. Adolph is a recovering middle school special education teacher, university professor, graduate college dean, and ...
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Adrienne Bulinski

Adrienne Bulinski

Unlock Your Potential
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Award-winning speaker, acclaimed entertainer and author, Adrienne Bulinski will show you how to walk and chew gum all the way up your staircase of life. Stop with the excuses, get off your tush, grab ahold of your dream… and LIVE your BEST life! It's time to Think Big, Dream Big, and Achieve Big. If you are looking for a game changer for your organization then look no further. You have found your secret weapon. With more than a decade of experience on the stage, and multiple decades working the trenches, Adrienne is creating a movement of positive change, one attitude/speech ...
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Sean Callahan

Sean Callahan

Nebraska Football Correspondent
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Rivals.com hired Sean Callahan in December of 2003 to work specifically for HuskerOnline.com, but he has worked with the company since 1999. Callahan has covered the daily Nebraska football practices and games since August of 1999 for a number of different media outlets. Callahan was named the 2006 and 2007 Nebraska Sports Writer of the year by the National Sports Writers and Sports Broadcasters Association of America and he was a finalist for the award again in 2008. He also received the 2006-07 Rivals.com Distinguished Service Award - the highest honor a Rivals.com employee can receive.On top of his work ...
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Richie Contartesi

Richie Contartesi

Plan. Attack. Win!
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Meet Keynote Motivational Speaker, #1 Best Selling Author, and former professional football player, Richie Contartesi. Standing a stellar 5'7" and weighing in at a magnificent 155 lbs, you wouldn't think he'd be much of a football player. Instead, he looks more like a chess player. Don't laugh, he's good at chess too! Despite the odds and naysayers, Richie Contartesi walked on at Ole Miss and eventually received a football scholarship, started every game his senior year, and earned the Scholar- Athlete award twice. His inspirational book, "In Spite of the Odds” tells of the triumph and determination. Born on December ...
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Julia Cook

Julia Cook

Children's Book Author - Teaching Skills to Last a Lifetime
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@With over a million books in print, Julia Cook is a former school counselor and teacher who never dreamed she could evolve into an award-winning children's author, parenting expert, and inspirational speaker. She now travels the country encouraging others to follow in her footsteps. "There are so many ideas out there that need to be shared," says Julia who takes top research and creatively translates it into "kid language" that is both entertaining and engaging. Julia has the innate ability to enter the world view of a child through storybooks, giving both children and adults the "what to say" and ...
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Bill Cordes

Bill Cordes

"The YOGOWYPI Guy" Former teacher, coach and television talk show host!
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@ "YOGOWYPI!!" Bill Cordes, known nationally as "The YOGOWYPI Guy" - "You Only Get Out What You Put In". His philosophy will intrigue, entertain and inspire you. Since 1988, Bill has presented to well over 2 million participants with contagious enthusiasm, delightful humor, and unique delivery to teach teachers, teens and business leaders, "Better Ways to Live Their Days" Bill Cordes did his graduate and undergraduate work at The University of Hawaii and Fort Hays State University where he was awarded Graduate Student Teacher of the Year by the International Communication Association. Bill speaks over 120 dates a year, and ...
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Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis

Not just "another talk", it's an experience.
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Aaron is not just a speaker "telling" other companies and individuals how to succeed. He is in the trenches every day as the President of his own consulting firm; Aaron Davis Presentations, Inc., the Chief Operations Officer of The Thomas Group, and the co-founder of several other profitable business ventures.Aaron Davis Presentations, Inc. received the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Minority Owned Business award while Toastmasters International awarded him the Communication & Leadership Award. Rotary International also presented him with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award. In addition, his business management certification seminars for the University of Nebraska have received some ...
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Matt Davison

Matt Davison

@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Matt Davison was raised in Tecumseh, Nebraska where he was an outstanding high school athlete. In 1997, he was named Nebraska high school Athlete of the Year and was honored with the title of Mr. Basketball as well. After High School, Matt accepted a scholarship from head coach Tom Osborne to take to the gridiron for the University of Nebraska. Like many youngsters in the state, Matt dreamed of one day playing football for the Big Red, and in 1997, that dream came true! As a split end from 1997-2000 he finished his career ranked second all time among Nebraska ...
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Jack Guggenmos

Jack Guggenmos

Instilling Excellence in Educators, Leaders & Mentors
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Jack Guggenmos has been involved in secondary education in Nebraska his entire professional career. In his four years at Dorchester, six at Arlington, and twenty at Aurora, he was a social studies instructor and head football coach. During those thirty years he also assisted in basketball and track. In his years as a coach, Jack served as the President of the Nebraska Coaches Association as well as an eight year stint on the Executive Board of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association; the last six of those years as their National Football Chairman. He also served as an assistant ...
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Ron Gustafson

Ron Gustafson

Turning a Set-Back into a Come-Back
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@ Raised on a farm in Lyons, Nebraska, Ron "Gus" Gustafson was a standout basketball player in high school in spite of having lost his right arm and shoulder in a tragic childhood farm accident. After a knee injury ended his collegiate basketball career, he was devastated. But, once again, his faith and courage sustained him and he redirected his energies, building outstanding academic and business careers. Gus is founder and president of Ron Gustafson - My Story, located in Omaha, Nebraska. He and his wife, Julie, have three children: Isaac, Josiah and Hannah. When you face an obstacle in ...
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Neil Halford

Neil Halford

From Victim to Victor - The Sound of Sight
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Neil Halford is one of the premier motivational and inspirational speakers in the speaking industry today. At the age of 2 Neil was involved in a near fatal accident which left him totally blind and forever changed his life and that of his family.Neil's fearless will to succeed in a sighted world has taken him to heights unimaginable to most listeners. In high school Neil was one of the top wrestlers in the State of Nebraska. He twice qualified for the Nebraska state high school wrestling tournament, and as a senior brought home a 4th place metal from state. As ...
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Les "Pee-Wee" Harrison

Les “Pee-Wee” Harrison

Dream an Unrealistic Dream
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Les “Pee-Wee” Harrison will challenge the audience to “Dream an Unrealistic Dream” and ask themselves "Why Not"? Pee-Wee’s journey started in Omaha, Nebraska as the second child of eleven. His strong family roots, core values, continual self-inquiry and inquisitive nature helped him avoid the pit falls of the streets and to navigate through a flawed educational environment; he went on to college to earn an MBA. Pee-Wee finally reached his dream of playing basketball along-side his childhood idols, Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal. He played with Meadowlark Lemon after he left the Globetrotters and has the longest tenor of playing ...
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Dean Jacobs

Dean Jacobs

Learn how to stay true to your dreams.
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Since 2001, Dean Jacobs has spent five years traversing across the globe exploring over 52 countries on a low budget adventure, propelled by a desire to understand the world. He graduated from Wayne State College, earning a degree in biology, with minors in earth science and art. Eventually, this path led him to Pfizer Pharmaceuticals where he was employed in sales/marketing for 10 years. After a great deal of soul searching, Jacobs left the security of corporate America, and decided to pursue other dreams. This was the beginning of a process that would lead to a travelling adventure that would ...
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Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Creating a Positive Culture of Kindness
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Mark Johnson speaks with Sam Stecher, view his bio. Mark Johnson has been in education for over 20 years. He was an elementary school teacher for twelve years before moving into an elementary principal position, which he has held for the past nine years. He received the "Milken National Educator Award" in 2004 as a teacher, and as a principal was a “National Blue Ribbon Award" winner in 2010. He was also named “Outstanding New Principal of the Year” for the state of Nebraska in 2011 and recently served as President for the NAESP in Nebraska. Mark has provided instruction, ...
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Al Kerns

Al Kerns

Improve Your Performance by Improving Your Character
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Al Kerns began his teaching and coaching career in January of 1978 at Hudson, Iowa for one semester. He then began teaching and coaching at Parkersburg, Iowa. He continued his career as an educator with Parkersburg, and later, Aplington-Parkersburg Schools, until his retirement in 2014. He has kept in contact with young people through curriculum sales, speaking opportunities, the Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy, and as an Instructional Coach at Aplington-Parkersburg. During his teaching & coaching career, Al taught psychology, sociology, character and leadership, health, and elementary Physical Education. He coached football, girls track, and girls basketball. His girls track ...
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Kevin Kush

Kevin Kush

Helping Employees Become TEAMMATES!
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Mr. Kush has been involved in coaching and teaching for over thirty years. Coach Kush spent 21 of those years working with at-risk youth at Boys Town in Omaha Nebraska. As a head football coach, he compiled a remarkable record of 164 wins and just 58 losses with 13 of those teams finishing in the top 10. Mr. Kush now shares his experiences with a variety of groups including teachers, youth organizations, and companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in marketing and business education, and a Master of Arts degree from ...
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Dan Meers

Dan Meers

NFL Mascot - A Character with Character
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Dan Meers goes to work each day like many other men, dressed in a suit. The only difference is that instead of wearing a tie with his suit, Dan wears a tail. You see, Dan is a professional mascot. Dan began his career in 1986 at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Dressed as the school mascot, Truman Tiger, it didn’t take long for Dan to establish himself as one of the top college mascots in the nation. After finishing second in 1988, Dan was selected the nation’s #1 college mascot at the 1989 National Collegiate Mascot Championships. As graduation ...
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Marc Mero

Marc Mero

Former WWE Wrestling Champion and Author
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Marc Mero experienced his first crisis at age eight when his parents divorced. He grew up in a single-family home in a poor section of New York, but wrote down his dreams and goals, setting his sights on athletics. Marc worked hard to achieve success in hockey, football, boxing and professional wrestling. Former WWE Wrestling Champion and Author of “How to be the Happiest Person on the Planet,” reached the pinnacle of sports-entertainment success – then lost it all — but in the process discovered what’s most important in life. Everyone faces adversity. “It’s not how many times you get ...
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Rohan Murphy

Rohan Murphy

Motivating People By Actions
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@ Rohan Murphy, who lost his legs at birth, started to wrestle his freshman year of high school. After a successful high school wrestling career he went on to wrestle at Penn State University. In addition to wrestling, Murphy is also an accomplished powerlifter, competing in international competitions all over the world representing the USA. Rohan has been featured in publications such as ABC’s 20/20, Sports Illustrated and Muscle & Fitness Magazine, among others. He was even featured in his very own Nike commercial to motivate and inspire people to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. In November of 2010 ...
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John O'Leary

John O’Leary

Live Inspired
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@John O’Leary, lived through worse than most can imagine. At the age of nine, a fire exploded and burned 100% of his body. Given a one-percent chance to live, he fought extraordinary odds. John spent five months in the hospital, underwent dozens of surgeries, lost all of his fingers to amputation and had to relearn to walk, write, and feed himself. He endured, persevered, and survived – largely because others emerged, served and inspired. He now lives to share the life-giving lessons from his story in the hope that he can Spark! the extraordinary possibility of your story. John shares ...
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JoAnne Owens-Nauslar

JoAnne Owens-Nauslar

We Must "MOVE TO IMPROVE"
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Dr. JoAnne Owens-Nauslar has spent 43 years promoting the benefits of healthy active living. She is considered one of the nation’s most vocal personalities on issues of physical activity and the need for physical education in the critical core day. JoAnne has been described as Past President of almost everything, including the National Association for Sport and Physical Education; the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and The Husker Athletic Fund. She has taught at all levels and was the State Director for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education at the Nebraska Department of Education for 19 years ...
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Victor Pacini

Victor Pacini

One of the Most Sought After Youth Speakers in America
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Victor Pacini is known as the most sought after speaker in the parent-child community. He is famous for designing engaging and entertaining experiences and products that help children and parents create that confident voice and overcome adversity, while addressing delicate topics with a fresh and positive perspective that skyrockets self-esteem and increases connection without being fake and insensitive.Victor has traveled the country sharing his life changing messages to over 500,000 children and countless parents. He is the author of four books including, My Dreams, Winning Within, Your Voice, and There's Only One You. Victor caught the inspirational eye of Dr ...
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Mark Potter

Mark Potter

Coach and Advocate for Mental Illness
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Mark grew up in Sedan, Kansas, where he was a basketball and baseball fanatic! As a stand-out in both sports, he was recruited to play at the collegiate level. He first attended Cowley County Community College and then went on to finish his playing career at Kansas Newman College where he earned a degree in Secondary Education. From that point on, Mark became known as “Coach Potter." After teaching and coaching at the high school level for 11 years, Mark accepted the challenge of re-starting the men’s basketball program at his Alma Mater, now called Newman University. He remained at ...
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Billy Riggs

Billy Riggs

Master of Enchantment, Entertainment and Empowerment
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Billy Riggs has been called “The Dr. Phil of Magic,” and “a psychologist masquerading as a comedian and magician.” He was voted one of America's Top Five Most Entertaining Speakers in a 2014 nationwide poll of conference attendees. This past June he received a standing ovation from 11,000 people for his inspiring message at the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table in Orlando, Florida. As a highly skilled orator Billy moves audiences to action with his message of hope and inspiration. Add in his talent as a master magician, illusionist, and spellbinding entertainer, and he delivers a presentation that audiences will ...
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Teresa Scanlan

Teresa Scanlan

2011 Miss America
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@When Teresa Scanlan was crowned Miss America 2011 at 17 years old, she became the youngest woman to wear the crown in over 70 years and the very first Miss Nebraska to become Miss America. Growing up in western Nebraska as the middle of seven children, Teresa was homeschooled for all but her last year of high school and worked at the local grocery store while volunteering in her town of 8,000 people and becoming increasingly involved in her church. Just two weeks after high school graduation, Teresa became Miss Nebraska 2010 and six months later, was crowned Miss America ...
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Alex Sheen

Alex Sheen

Founder, because I said I would.
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Alex Sheen is a four-time TEDx speaker and the Founder of because I said I would, an international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by a tragedy in his life, Alex created a concept called the Promise Card and began mailing cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. Since 2012, over 11.3 MILLION Promise Cards have been distributed to over 153 countries. In 2013, Alex left his Corporate Strategy Lead position at a leading software company to dedicate himself entirely to the nonprofit. Alex’s unique perspective on accountability, ...
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Sam Stecher

Sam Stecher

Creating a Positive Culture of Kindness
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Sam Stecher speaks with Mark Johnson, view his bio. Sam Stecher has been the Superintendent of East Butler Public Schools in Brainard, Nebraska since 2014. Prior to this endeavor he spent 3 years serving as principal of Emerson Elementary in Kearney, Nebraska. He also held the position of Dean of Students at Kearney High School for three years. Sam got his start in education as a teacher at Horizon Middle School where he taught History and coached wrestling for 11 years. He is also co-founder (with Mark Johnson) of an educational consultant firm known as MissionMonday.com which specializes in providing ...
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Salome Thomas-EL

Salome Thomas-EL

Believing Every Child Can Achieve Their Dreams
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@It takes a remarkable human being to dedicate his life to those nobody else believes in. Salome Thomas-EL is such a man, driven by a larger purpose, who became a true hero to hundreds of troubled students in Philadelphia. Raised in the projects, Thomas-EL received a worldly college education and returned to the inner city to become a principal. Armed with only a fierce commitment to students nobody else believed in, he transformed their lives and gave them hope. In a stroke of creative genius, he revived the long-dormant chess team to unite his students, leading them to victory at ...
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Curtis Tomasevicz

Curtis Tomasevicz

2010 U.S.A. Gold Medalist Vancouver Winter Games
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Curt Tomasevicz grew up in Shelby, Nebraska, a town of nearly 700 people. While attending UNL, Curt played running back and linebacker for the Huskers from 2000 to 2003, earning most of his playing time on special teams. Curt holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Astrophysics, and a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering, all from the University of Nebraska. During his first season of bobsledding in 2004, Curt landed on the World Cup circuit, consistently pushing on the USA II sled. He made his first Olympics in 2006 in Torino, Italy, sliding to 6th ...
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