"The first time I saw Mark’s presentation I not only stayed for his first presentation but remained to hear him make the same talk two more times! Mark’s messages impact you in that they are simple, translatable, and authentic."
- Mark Skowron, Leadership Academy Advisor
Watch Mark in Action
Mark Black is a Heart and Double-Lung
Transplant Recipient – turned –
4-Time Marathon Runner, Author, Coach and Speaker.
"Recently our students had the privilege of hearing speaker Mark Black. Mark was chosen by our Students’ Council after they heard him speak at the Ontario Student Leadership Conference in Niagara Falls. Right from the start of Mark’s presentation, students were engaged and remained engaged throughout the entire hour. Mark did a great job of combining humour and ancecdotes relevant to our teenage students to hook them, and to prepare them to hear his practical and powerful message of leading a life that is positive and purposeful. As a Guidance Counsellor and Students’ Council Advisor, I would highly recommend Mark for any speaking engagement. Using his own personal life experience, Mark is able to offer students practical ways to feel more optimistic, reduce anxiety and worry, and start a change process to reach their goals."
Student Council Advisor
"Mark Black was truly inspiring. I think these motivational speeches are what kids remember the most and what makes them want to be better people and better leaders. I know for a lot of the members in my chapter they were very impressed and it was an eyeopener."
"Mark brought his message to our high school of over 2,000 students are they are still buzzing.
The true test of a speaker’s effectiveness lies with the students. When asked, “what was his message?” After having Mark present at our school I have witnessed our students, faculty, and staff have not only remembered Mark’s messages, they are using them daily to change their lives for the better.
After being an Advisor for over 15 years and having run numerous local, State, and National Student Leadership Conferences I have seen many, many speakers. The first time I saw Mark’s presentation I not only stayed for his first presentation but remained to hear him make the same talk two more times! Mark’s messages impact you in that they are simple, translatable, and authentic."
Leadership Academy Advisor
""Mark Black has a powerful message to share; it is inspiring and brutally honest. He literally opens his heart to the audience using humor in all the right places while truly encouraging his listeners to challenge themselves to new heights. I had the opportunity to hear both his parent presentation and the student presentation and it's easy to see how these could become the basis for wonderfully rich dinner-time conversation. One leaves his presentation emboldened by his never give up attitude! My students and staff loved him!"
Susan Ellinghaus, Principal
Meadowbrook Alternative Program
"Mark Black is an inspirational example of resiliency and overcoming adversity. He has presented at our high school on two different occasions and has left a lasting impression on our entire school community. Mark’s message of living each day to the fullest echoes the healthy mindset that we want for each and every student at John F. Kennedy High School."
John F. Kennedy High School
"Mark’s message is a powerful one…. he not only gives a good talk, but he lives it every day…. Highly recommended!!!"
Richard Chartrand, Manager
"Mark’s personal story tugged at our heart strings and at the same time inspired us to live our lives to the fullest. If you are looking to compliment your agenda then consider having Mark at your next conference."