Manny was awesome, everyone loved his presentation
Manny's message is more than motivation and inspiration. It's about fighting for survival, overcoming obstacles, starting over, and living life to its fullest. Manny's message transcends all boundaries, motivating anyone who listens to his message to not only to challenge themselves in becoming a more positive leader and role model but also the strength and determination to overcome obstacles in the workplace and everyday life.
July 18, 1996 started as just another routine training day for Manny Gonzalez, US Marine. However, the events and decisions of that day changed his life forever. The day ended with the doctor's giving Manny a 1% chance of survival, having sustained 3rd degree burns over 80% of his body. Manny's story is not of being a burn survivor, but of determination, strength, will and the power to never give up. It's about a life living beyond the burns, not letting anything get in your way.
Manny will empower and inspire your group at your next event. He has shared the same stage with Alec Stern (Co-Founder of Constant Contact) and Jennifer Baker (Best-selling author and Founder of SuccessGPS). He was a guest motivational mentor at the SAGE Summit.
SPEAKING TOPICS INCLUDE:
The Power to Overcome & Succeed is Inside You
- Focus on the positive aspects of your life
- Build a strong support structure
- Seek out new challenges
Make All Changes in Your Life Positive
- Identify changes that are impacting your life
- Stop negative thinking
- Empower yourself to improvise, adapt and overcome
Life – You have but one, so don't waste it!
- The ability to be and do anything you put your mind to
- Set your Life Goals
"Manny is truly inspirational and motivating to any audience, from professionals to students. His story left a lasting impression on the students and staff. Manny engaged the students during his presentation in a meaningful way. I would highly recommend Manny for a speaking engagement."
Jessica Barnes, Principal
Twin Groves Middle School
Buffalo Grove, IL
"His personality and enthusiasm captivated an audience of approximately five hundred people from the start of his talk to the end. I truly felt the reason why he showed exceptional confidence is because he spoke from his heart. While his life tragedy has had a significant impact on his life he was and is a great source of inspiration to others.
- David Schury, Founder/ President, From Tragedy to Triumph Foundation
He was very good for our young people and a great witness for all of them. I truly believe that for some of them, he made a real difference and for all of them, he made them aware of the sacrifices we may have to make and the struggles we may have in life and that we can, with the proper attitude, overcome these challenges.
- Deacon James J. Ernst, Our Lady of Hope Church
He speaks from the heart with sincerity, authenticity, humor and conviction. He has been through intense physical and emotional trials in his life and has overcome them with an amazing level of grace and positivity.
- Thi Linh Wernau, Artist and Filmmaker, DarknessAndLight.tv
The power of Manny Gonzalez's message has a universal application of survival to thriving from a life changing burn trauma. Manny is dynamic and energetic in sharing his message that is appropriate for all audiences. His military service is weaved throughout his story which brings a unique angle to overcoming adversity. Manny will successfully consider and adapt to your organization's specific meeting objectives.
- Amy Acton, Executive Director, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors