Speakers

Coach Avery Johnson

Whether on the court, in the locker room, or at the podium, Coach Avery Johnson’s commitments to leadership and responsibility impact those around him. Nicknamed the “Little General” during his time playing point guard for the San Antonio Spurs, he has carried these hallmarks of his character into his coaching […]

Keith Davis

“No one is born a winner or a loser, but everyone is born a chooser!”

Keith Davis learned many lessons about winning and losing over the course of his life. “Winners are different than losers,” he says, “because winners look at what they are going to, while losers look at what […]

Gabe Salazar

“I want students to know that there’s hope, that they should never stop believing in themselves.” – Gabe Salazar

As a teenager, Gabe Salazar struggled to find his identity. Growing up in a single parent home that often did not make ends meet, Gabe was transferred from one school to another. At […]

Paul Coughlin

With student bullying increasing and the introduction of new electronic means of bullying (cyberbullying), this subject has become one of the top concerns among parents and schools. Paul Coughlin is a nationally acclaimed freedom from bullying speaker and founder of The Protectors, which provides values-based solutions to the cruelty of […]

Mary Flo Ridley

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Where do you start when it comes to talking to your children about sex? Mary Flo Ridley says it’s simple—start from the beginning.

Her speaking program Sooner Than You Think, and her book and video series, Simple Truths with Mary Flo Ridley, give parents the tools to begin conversations about sex when children […]

Tory Gant

“I love to see people lifted up from destruction and beat the odds of failure.” – Tory Gant

Tory’s infections smile and enthusiasm leap out at audiences through every word he speaks. His primary message is that a positive attitude and a will to succeed can overcome any challenge. He draws […]

Jennifer Strickland

“I want teens to know that they are more than how they compare themselves to the movie stars, the number of their followers on Instagram or Twitter, and the images they see in magazines. They are uniquely gifted, valuable, and beautiful just for being who they are.” – Jennifer Strickland

Jennifer […]

Lamar Collins

“When it comes to success, neither your gender, ethnicity nor family history are determining factors. It’s all about the choices you make, because all choices have consequences and you will live with the consequences of your choices.” – Lamar Collins

Coming from a background similar to the students he hopes to […]

Brenda Teele

“If I had heard this message as a teen, about the true meaning of sex and its deeper emotional impact, saying ‘no’ would have been easy,” says Brenda Teele. “The message of Breaking the Cycle gives teens a bigger ‘YES.’”

Brenda speaks with a passion for making a generational impact on […]

Dan Bailey

“It’s never too late to start over.” That is the message Founder and President of Just Say YES, Dan Bailey, wants every student to hear. It’s also an idea he lives by.

After working in corporate sales and marketing for 22 years, Dan shifted his focus, leaving the business world behind […]

Christy Baca

Christy holds a teaching degree from Texas A&M. She has taught sexual risk avoidance education for nine years in public and private schools. She teaches from the perspective of a real mom living in a real world. Her communication is filled with truth, delivered with energy, warmth and grace.

She lives in North Texas […]

Carlos Phillips

Partnering with national speaker and television personality Brenda Teele, Carlos Phillips brings an essential message to teen parents through Breaking the Cycle. Research shows that children of teen parents are much more likely to become teen parents themselves. Carlos wants to put an end to that cycle.

“As a teacher,” he […]