Motivational Speaker Ben Michaelis

Speaking Engagements


Dr. Michaelis is regularly engaged as a keynote speaker at conferences across the country, focusing on issues of mental health, creativity, play and purpose and how to take action.

Recent Keynote Speaking topics include:

  • The Importance of Living in Line With What Matters Most to You
  • The Unseen Value of Pressure 
  • Ancient Emotions, Modern Problems
  • Intelligent Failure: How to Fail with Dignity to Succeed with Grace
  • Your Next Big Thing: 10 Steps to Creating a Life with Purpose
  • Silence Your Inner Critic: Liberating Yourself from the False Illusions of Safety
  • The Joy of Risk: Facing Fear for Personal and Professional Growth

Selected Speaking Engagements:

The Makeover Blueprint – More Confidence, Connection and Love, Las Vegas, November 11, 2016

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Bonfire 2016 – Authenticity and Purpose, Bend, Oregon, October 10, 2016

Politicon: The Unconventional Political ConventionThe Psychology of Trump, Pasadena, CA, June 25, 2016

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AOL/Women’s Health Magazine Mental Health Awareness PanelThe stigma of mental illness among women, New York, NY, May 11, 2016

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Next Generation: Understanding FOMO, Like-Anxiety, and the Like-Cycle  – #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us, New York, NY, June 18, 2015

Intelligent Failure, Quidsi.com Speaker Series, Jersey City, NJ, May 21, 2015

#REDFLAG Premiere, Discussing the Nexus of Mental Health and Social Media, CNN/HLN Studios, New York, NY, April 29, 2015

Unearthing the Diamond Within, Institute for Liturgical and Spiritual Formation, Morristown, NJ, April 18, 2015

Intelligent Failure, Creativity World Forum, Oklahoma City, OK, March 31, 2015

Intelligent Failure, Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA), Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, August 23, 2014

Get Moving, Get Happy, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, Vista, Southern California, The week of February 17, 2014

Everyday Play: Why Creativity & Play are Essential for Living a Healthy Life, Creative Oklahoma 2013 State of Creativity Forum, Oklahoma City, November 19, 2013

Recess – Integrating Play to Provide Creative Solutions, LIDEA 2013 Annual Convention, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 6, 2013

Your Next Big Thing, The Moriah School, Englewood , NJ, October 23, 2013

Educating with Purpose: Teachers, Students, and Values in the 21st Century, 18th Annual Values and Leadership Conference, Oklahoma City, September 29 – 30 2013

Your Next Big Thing: Facing Your Next Step with Passion and Purpose, College of Saint Elizabeth Summer Institute, Morristown, NJ, July 13, 2013

Living in the Now, Book Court, Brooklyn, January 23, 2013

Overcoming Barriers to Creativity, State of Creativity Conference, Oklahoma City, November 13, 2012

Speaking Testimonials

“Inspired!”  – Jim S., Baton Rouge, LA

“This was life changing to me. Thank you, Dr. Ben!” – Denise, P., Palo Alto, CA

“I’m a new superintendent who is fearful of failure. It’s inevitable that I will encounter it. My attitude towards failure has been changed somewhat today. I will embrace it when it comes and grow through the experience. Thanks.”                          – Lori S., Oklahoma City, OK

To book Dr. Michaelis for a speaking engagement, not limited to the speaking topics above, please contact Kat Gora at gora.pr@gmail.com.