Motivational Achievers

Richie Contartesi

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At 12 years old, Richie found a mentor who picked him up and showed him a formula to succeed in life, become the best he could be, and his life changed forever. Now, he does the same for other students. Richie struggled with goals, being bullying, anxiety, depression, and even had suicidal thoughts until he found his first passion, playing football, and turned that into a full D1 football scholarship at Ole Miss standing a staggering 5’7″ and a hefty 150 pounds.

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John "TIG" Tiegen

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John ‘Tig’ Tiegen leverages over 13 years of high-profile security and force protection expertise within contract and government agencies along with his military experience as a Marine Sergeant, to bring a powerful, thought-provoking, and engaging presentation of his first-hand account of the Benghazi Attacks to his audiences.

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Craig Sawyer "Sawman"

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I’ve been betrayed, won various sports, racing and fighting championships, lost those closest to me, traveled extensively to 55 countries around the globe, learned dozens of professions, studied at several universities, been in covert agencies and units I’ll never talk about, enjoyed great triumphs, I’ve hunted the most violent men on earth and defended the most peaceful, worked in film & television, raised 2 fantastic kids, loved, lost, won, been a rock drummer, married my gorgeous "laughing buddy," achieved, blown it, learned, endured sickness, injury, enjoyed great health, fitness, rescued endangered animals in Africa from poachers, been ripped off, helped take down crooked high-ranking government officials, been humiliated, praised, misrepresented, crashed helicopters, been blessed and helped out by people for reasons that weren’t always readily apparent.

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Marci Shimoff

Marci Shimoff

Marci Shimoff is the woman’s face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her six bestselling titles, including Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, have met with stunning success, selling more than 13 million copies worldwide in 33 languages. Marci is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time.

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Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams has been an actor, spokesperson, and CBC reporter and commentator. Adams is an example that the power of focus can make a winner out of anybody. His love of competitive sport helped him turn his wheelchair into the vehicle for a journey of success. Adams is a three-time Olympian, three-time Paralympic gold medalist, and six-time World Champion, competing for Canada in the 800m and 1500m wheelchair events.

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