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      Dr. Paul S. Wichansky
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    Dr. Paul Stuart Wichansky

    A passionate speaker whose contagious enthusiasm has motivated students for 32 years, Dr. Paul has delivered thousands of inspirational programs that describe the positive perspectives and realities of growing up with cerebral palsy. He has captivated students at peer leadership conferences nationwide, motivated thousands of athletes and coaches at the Special Olympics, and inspired government representatives at the United Nations. Dr. Paul shares personal experiences with humor to instill a sense of hope and inspiration that motivates his students to realize their own goals and dreams.

     
      Scott Chesney
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    Scott Chesney

    Scott has suffered a rare stroke in his spinal cord which left him paralyzed from the waist down. He has spent his life helping make a positive difference in the lives of students. Scott has made two world tours, visiting over 30 countries and speaking to over a million children around the globe. He uses his own life-changing experiences as an example to help others accept and conquer their own challenges through self-esteem enhancement.

     
      Derrick Watkins
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    Derrick Watkins

    Derrick grew up in a rough neighborhood, but managed to find his way through the maze of distractions as a scholar athlete. He is devoted to giving back to help children find positive outlets. Derrick motivates kids to find greatness within themselves and teaches them to share these qualities with others. He inspires teens to harness their full potential without bowing to peer pressure. Earning a Masters degree in social work, Derrick has the solid professional background to help children.

     
      Victor Pacini
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    Victor Pacini

    Victor has taken his lifelong passion for singing to a new and exciting level by helping students realize the importance of respecting themselves and others. A survivor of sexual abuse, his inspirational programs incorporate the adversities he has overcome into a multi- dimensional format that presents a variety of thought-provoking concepts and lessons through original songs, words of wisdom, and captivating graphics and images.

     
      Cornelius Barker
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    Cornelius Barker, M.A.

    A former gang member who became a school administrator, Cornelius' world was one of constant trials and tribulations. Serving for more than 25 years as a classroom teacher and administrator, he delivers motivational lectures that help students re-evaluate themselves and their interaction with peers. He lectures to school and community groups on the topic of cognitive & behavioral trends exhibited by today's youth, and in the process, he develops respectful disciplines over oppressed young minds.

     
      Darlene Smith
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    Darlene Smith

    Darlene draws upon many years of experience helping others in positions ranging from special education teacher, manager of a family shelter, a drug and alcohol counselor on Rikerís Island, and the unit supervisor in a private correctional organization. She currently works with both juveniles and adults involved in the judicial system as a Substance Abuse Evaluator. Her presentations on leadership and conflict resolution are highly sought after.

    Overcoming Adversity

    Program Objectives:

    To provide students with the perspective of speakers who have overcome major adversity in their lives. Students will gain insights on facing and confronting challenges in their lives.

    The examples they see in front of them will inspire them to learn from their mistakes and failures and realize that success is readily available with hard work and determination.

    Program Highlights:

    Speakers will share their own triumphant success stories having overcome adversity whether it be a physical disability or an environmental challenge. Students will learn strategies that were used to reach their goals.

    The level of determination of each speaker will leave a lasting impression on students long after their presentations.

    "Your talk was an amazing success! The Scouts and adults hung on to your every word, and they were words of incredible beauty and value. The scouts, ages 8-11, seemed very much to relate to you and your experience of being different than other kids as you grew up." -- Lisa Lorelli, Cub Scouts

    "Many thanks for taking the time to pass on your positive and inspiring philosophy to the members of the wrestling team. You, through the life you have led, are a shining example of all that is good about the human spirit and its unlimited potential. Our athletes were moved by your words." -- Steve Griggs, Director of Athletics, Newark Academy, Newark, New Jersey

    "I am delighted to recommend to you the services of your speaker, communicator extraordinaire! Your speaker communicates honestly, telling, without seeking sympathy, about his handicap and sharing with his audience how he uses his challenge as an asset in his career, rather than as a liability." -- Claudia Radeke, Assistant Principal, Knowlton Township School District, Delaware, New Jersey
     


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