Insight with Mark Farrell An engaging forum to examine and discuss a vast array of everyday obstacles and challenges facing adults and children today.

December 29, 2016  

It was a privilege to have Mike Le Donne, renowned Jazz Pianist and Founder/Pres/CEO Disability Pride NYC (501C3 non-profit organization), on the show to discuss the impetus on forming Disability Pride NYC and how vital theirNYC Disability Pride Parade is in eradicating serotypes, bridging communities and creating a platform for performers and attendees with disabilities to experience inclusion and big time fun! 

 

The JAZZ LEGENDS FOR DISABILITY PRIDE - DISABILITY PRIDE PARADE FUNDRAISER, hear how over 21 jazz legends will descend on Thurs January 5th6:30-9:30 at the Quaker Friends Meeting Hall in NYC for a phenomenal night of jazz starring: Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Buster Williams, Jimmie Cobb, Harold Mabern, Eddie Henderson, Louis Hayes, Carl Allen, George Coleman, Peter Bernstein, Eric Alexander, Joe Farnsworth, Buster Williams, Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Washington, Peter Washington, John Webber, Donald Vega, Vincent Herring, Russell Malone and more.

 Tickets and info: www.winterjazzfest.com/jazzlegends

 

 

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Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience of living with a disability and much more.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

             

"Mark invigorated our conference! His genuine enthusiasm and professionalism, combined with an amazing topic, made for a marvelous presentation."

 

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Pinceton University

 

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December 22, 2016  

Michael Dermer, entrepreneur, speaker, lawyer and author of “The Lonely Entrepreneur” joined me to discuss why he left a coveted job as a corporate lawyer to pursue the dream of being his own boss.  His concept — reward Americans for healthy behavior and in the process, saving the healthcare system a bundle.  Hear how he created IncentOne – an empire he tirelessly devoted over a decade too that crumbled in mere days during the 2008 financial debacle and how his varied entrepreneur skills, business acumen and much more got him back in the game.  My mother continues to inspire and teach me through her uncanny ability to adapt to life circumstances within and beyond her control.  Recently, she had to utilize her strength and courage once again, this time in the form of relocating to a new home late in life.  Change in life happens in many forms and my mothers ability to not only survive but flourish, made me take pause of the significance of this vital  characteristic that makes many wildly uncomfortable.                  

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

             

“Mark Farrell served our firm with a perfect mix of motivation, humor and uplifting personal experience during a corporate event to touch each employee personally while inspiring success and determination. Mark’s professionalism, contagious charisma and flexibility made working with him something we look forward to again in the future”

Robin Greene, Vice President
Prestigious Hedge Fund Greenwich, CT

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December 9, 2016  

Tracey Jackson, tv and film writer and co-author of NY Times best seller, GRATITUDE AND TRUST: 6 Affirmations That Will Change Your Life joins me for an in-depth conversation about loss, denial and numerous invaluable life lessons.   Hear many riveting stories including Tracey’s first meeting with Oscar and Grammy winning song writer Paul Williams that took place in Robert Mitchum's bedroom. Really!  A veteran of traditional therapy — though never an alcohol or drug abuser like her friend Paul…Tracey has struggled with other negative behaviors to numb her pain such as men, cigarettes, and over-spending.  Tracey shares stories of debauchery that Paul lived and wrote about in their book like how Paul was rarely able to recollect his dozens of appearances on the Tonight Show since he was so high. Tracey blogs on traceyjacksononline.com, and she runs GratitudeandTrust.com with her dear friend Paul Williams.

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

             

“Mark Farrell served our firm with a perfect mix of motivation, humor and uplifting personal experience during a corporate event to touch each employee personally while inspiring success and determination. Mark’s professionalism, contagious charisma and flexibility made working with him something we look forward to again in the future”

Robin Greene, Vice President
Prestigious Hedge Fund Greenwich, CT

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December 2, 2016  

Brian Fischler – comedian, writer and so much more talks with me about the 11th Laugh For Sight NYC on Monday December 5th at Gotham Comedy Club starring Robert Klein, Joy Behar, Stacey Prussman, Daryl Wright and the comedian who founded LFS – Brian and his dog Nash. We learn about Brian’s 24 job in LA, how Charlize Theron walked all over Brian and how he lives with Retinitis Pigmentosa.  Big kudos to Brian for his steadfast work in spreading awareness and raising critical funds for degenerative retinal diseases!  Every year I have a blast hosting this event that unites uniquely talented comedians that donate their time for laughter and cures.  Please join us: www.gothamcomedyclub.com for tickets.

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark Farrell presented at our school during The Week of Respect. The students were captivated by his motivating message on perseverance, diversity, and anti-bullying. Our students remained engaged throughout his presentation as he has perfected speaking to students at their developmental level. Mark was flexible to work with and was able to engage with students on a large array of topics. My students greatly benefited from hearing the message that with hard work, diligence, and never giving up on yourself, your dreams can become your reality. I would highly recommend Mark Farrell to any school looking for a highly motivating speaker”

Janice Dawer School Counselor/SAC
Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School

 

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November 18, 2016  

Schizophrenia is manageable and now fashionable!  Founder of Schizophrenic NYC, Michelle Hammer shares how her diagnosis after college sparked the idea to spread awareness of mental illness – in particular schizophrenia through her most creative and clever t-shirt line.  Check out www.schizophrenic.nyc.com and wear out mental illness!

 

The shallowness and phoniness and lack of compelling conversation drove Jasmine Lobe to pen what she dreadfully experienced in LA.  The rest is all history for this native New Yorker who returned to write for the NY Observer as a sex and relationship columnist.  Hear how this affable and witty actress, model, producer and former figure skater has readers pausing from Tinder to read about her life of ecstasy.  http://observer.com/author/jasmine-lobe/

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark truly energized the crowd and engaged the youth in a truly effective way, we were very happy to see the very important anti-bullying message delivered in such a kid-friendly, yet meaningful way. Way to go! Thank you for the experience Mark!”

Daakeia Clarke, Madison Square Garden Company,
Marketing Manager, NY Liberty

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November 1, 2016  

Another professional athlete is charged with domestic violence – something that is become all too common for victims and leagues.  Are sports that require a certain degree of violence for professional athletes more dangerous for the health and well being of their spouses?  In October - most schools celebrate diversity, inclusion and the importance of acceptance regardless of how a student identifies as well as the dangers of drug and alcohol use.  During this vital month I share my vast experience with students at schools everywhere on overcoming adversity – my struggles of living with a visual impairment, coping with mental illness, my awakening of years of drug/alcohol use and so much more.  I’m beyond gratified when I meet students months or years after they heard one of my talks and they recite my mantra, “My Difference Makes Me Stronger” and how my talk had such a positive impact on them.  I wish schools didn’t let the calendar dictate or limit how much impact significant messaging can have on students.      

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

 

“Mark Farrell presented at our school during The Week of Respect. The students were captivated by his motivating message on perseverance, diversity, and anti-bullying. Our students remained engaged throughout his presentation as he has perfected speaking to students at their developmental level. Mark was flexible to work with and was able to engage with students on a large array of topics. My students greatly benefited from hearing the message that with hard work, diligence, and never giving up on yourself, your dreams can become your reality. I would highly recommend Mark Farrell to any school looking for a highly motivating speaker”

Janice Dawer School Counselor/SAC
Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School

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October 10, 2016  

 

Jack and Corinne Wlody (aka Team Wlody) cycled over a staggering 23,783.1 miles to capture a coveted 1st/2nd place in NYS and 8th/12th place nationally part of the daunting National Bike Challenge!  Learn how this effervescent lifestyle transformation expert couple/team is serious about positively impacting lives on and off the bike.  Parents of college students, don’t be alarmed if you kid calls at an odd hour from a wild party to tell you they love you – it’s because they lost at beer pong (though I’m sure they do love you) and they price of losing is embarrassment and of course, a good long chug.  Trump lost Jennifer Mau’s vote when she along with her daughter with a disability attended a rally for Trump last week in LovelandCO. when she inquired about Trump’s insensitive and callous remarks about NY Times reporter Serge Kovalevski (who suffers from a joint condition), she was harassed to the point secret service had to safely escort her out along with her 7 year old.  Now that’s the way to earn a vote.           

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

 

“Mark truly energized the crowd and engaged the youth in a truly effective way, we were very happy to see the very important anti-bullying message delivered in such a kid-friendly, yet meaningful way. Way to go! Thank you for the experience Mark!”

Daakeia Clarke, Madison Square Garden Company,
Marketing Manager, NY Liberty

 

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September 30, 2016  

BRUCE EMBRACES FANS, PARALYMPICS WRAP-UP, NEW BEATLES MOVIE ACCESSIBLE FOR THE BLIND    

 

Bruce Springsteen’s new book had two thousand very fortunate fans at his home town of Freehold, NJ waiting for their eight seconds to spend with The Boss at the Barnes and Noble meet and greet.  Jamie Sorcher (pictured), ESPN Gadget Girl and Journalist shares her experience of meeting her longtime idol.  The cauldron went dark in Rio but the fever lives on as Muffy Davis, 7 time Paralympic Medalist shares just how extraordinary the Rio games were.  Not only does Michelle Spitz have a phenomenal voice she is blazing trails in her endeavor in making films accessible and Ron Howard’s new documentary, “The Beatles 8 Days a Week, the Touring Years” is one of them so persons with visual impairments or blindness can also experience the Fab Four!

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

             

"Mark invigorated our conference! His genuine enthusiasm and professionalism, combined with an amazing topic, made for a marvelous presentation."

 

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Pinceton University

 

 

    

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September 8, 2016  

Emilie Gossiaux has and always will be a gifted artist despite being struck by a tractor trailer in 2010 that put her in a coma, and despite her doctors removing her intestines due to massive swelling, and despite Emilie’s mother being told that her daughter would not survive and then asked if she’d like to donate Emilie’s organs.  Emilie is a clearly a fighter and has much to accomplish personally and professionally in life to let some wimpy 80,000 lb eighteen wheeler derail her.  Hear Emilie’s story of love and determination through her miraculous comeback that allows her through the use of a highly innovate invention called the Brain Port Vision Device paint, sculpt and live her dream job of working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in her role as Museum Educator.  Emilie was also a recipient of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Award of Excellence in 2013 for her “Bird Sitting” piece.  She has sold her work and continues to create art every available moment in her NYC studio alongside her precious guide dog, London.

 

The 2016 Paralympic games have begun and Muffy Davis http://www.muffydavis.com/, former Paralympic cyclist, sit-skier and mountain climber calls from Rio the morning after the opening ceremonies to report on the largest Paralympic games in history and what athletes are likely to medal.  Watch unprecedented Paralympic coverage on NBC Sports Network through September 18th.

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

             

                       “Mark did a magnificent job of letting our students know about his struggles he’s overcome and his incredible determination not let our limitations (perceived or real) to get in the way of pursuing our dreams and being proud of who we are.  What made Mark’s presentation so spectacular was his ability to tell his story in a way that connected to all of our students. Mark’s message of self-acceptance and perseverance was extremely moving and important. The feedback from our teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and staff members were as impressed by you as much as our students were.  You are a true inspiration to all of u!”

 

Robert Schweitzer, Colts Neck High School

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September 2, 2016  

Bruce Springsteen’s shows are unparalleled for many reasons including performance time that he so graciously gives adoring fans.  I think his 4 plus hour shows are equally fulfilling for him as much as his fans as it’s evident just how elated he is performing in front of fellow New Jerseyians.  Hear clips from the 8/30/16 show that where he proved it ALL night long why no other musician can match his shows!

 

The very passionate and affable Carol Glazer, President of The National Organization on Disability (NOD) Shares how the mission of NOD is to have persons with disabilities employed through the numerous programs that educate employers, create opportunities, and partner with educational and philanthropic institutions to pilot innovative approaches to disability inclusion.   

 

8 gold medals are not enough for Paralympian Allison Jones whose deft ability to make velodrome, time trial and road racing appear easy.  Allison calls hours before boarding a plane for Rio to share with me her innate competitive nature, love of music, marriage and more.    

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

             

"Mark invigorated our conference! His genuine enthusiasm and professionalism, combined with an amazing topic, made for a marvelous presentation."

 

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Pinceton University

 

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August 26, 2016  

I typically attempt to write a snappy blurb that’ll make you want to immediately hit the play button though I have completely failed since there’s little I can write that’ll remotely come close to encapsulating the life and conversation I was fortunate to have had today with undaunted Alvin Law.  Listen and you’ll concur!  Tomatoes are beautiful, scrumptious and life affirming!  Sounds like I’ve been “hitting the sauce”, rather I just discovered how very special making Italian sauce with family and friends is and why so many embrace such a laborious production that requires vast equipment, heavy lifting and 10 plus hours to complete.  I’m hooked!   

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Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

             

"Mark invigorated our conference! His genuine enthusiasm and professionalism, combined with an amazing topic, made for a marvelous presentation."

 

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Pinceton University

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August 19, 2016  

Mark speaks with Gary Shulman, one of the leading disability advocates in the nation where his dynamic workshops and trainings have inspired and educated tens of thousands of educational professionals and parents of children with disabilities.  Hear why everyone who hears Gary loves Garywww.garyshulman.jimdo.com  A Canadian commercial for the Paraylmypics is a smash success due to the incredible footage capturing unparalleled athleticism and uniquely talented persons with disabilities.  Mark plays the audio description version of this 3 minute jaw dropping commercial allowing persons with low vision or blindness to also enjoy the experience and awe inspiring feeling.  Also, a letter to Trump on his beyond incomprehensible mocking behavior of NY Times reporter Serge Kovaleski. 

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

             

"Mark invigorated our conference! His genuine enthusiasm and professionalism, combined with an amazing topic, made for a marvelous presentation."

 

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Pinceton University

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August 11, 2016  

HIGH END BLIND DESIGN…ROCKING ANXIETY…COMMUNITY GREATNESS

 

Evan Mittman’s vision may have failed him though his eye for design coupled with his business acumen captured many of the world’s best eyes including: Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Kate Spade and more.  Evan shares with Mark how his world dramatically changed in college when he was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentation.  Rather then retreating to his family, Evan’s steadfast determination to become self-sufficient had him unloading trucks and finishing college with limited vision which was no easy feat.  As a proud college graduate, Evan started a small company that manufactured belts then after an unimaginable phone call with then client Liz Claiborne his company was literally catapulted into the big leagues where it thrived for decades.  As a longtime Board Member for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Evan raises critical funds for degenerative retinal diseases and where they not only fund the most innovative research in the world FFBs awareness campaign # HOW I SEE IT (pictured - by Luke) will have Serena Williams, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and other celebrities experiencing what it’s like to have low vision. 

 

Have Mark speak at your workplace, college/school, camp and more on vital topics that impact everyone on topics including: overcoming adversity/resiliency, mental health, drugs/alcohol, anti-bullying and more: www.markfarrellmotivation.com


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July 21, 2016  

Like millions of Americans, Andre Fooks is fed up with the numerous shootings and deaths of black men by police officers and the recent retaliation deaths from angered black men so Andre’s impromptu decision to walk into a New Jersey police department to speak with an officer spawned a concept that he calls #peaceforpics.  Hear how and why this grass roots concept has gone viral.  Please join in as well as spread the word at: #picsforpeace.  Daniel L. Hatcher’s new book, “The Poverty Industry – the Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens” reveals how vital money is being siphoned from the disabled community, senior citizens, foster children and more through profiting from the social safety net.  Most states are guilty of this and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is no exception since he too has redirected funding earmarked for vulnerable populations.  Seems unfair because it is unfair!

Have Mark speak at your workplace, college/school, camp and more on vital topics that impact everyone including overcoming adversity/resiliency, mental health, drugs/alcohol, anti-bullying and more: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

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July 14, 2016  

“I plan on winning a Paralympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games”…that sums up Will Lachenauer – member of the US Paralympic National Cycling Team that’s  Rio bound.  My talk with Will further demonstrates that despite life circumstances that seem incredibly daunting, determination and resiliency can get one through the worst of times.  From motocross racer, climber. Mountain bike competitor to nationally ranked hand crank cyclist post his accident – Will’s remarkable zeal for life, family and work have given him an entire new perspective though the only thing Will says he can’t do nowadays is change light bulbs.  Seems like a 90’s flashback that Pokemon is ubiquitous but the new Go version is prompting people who suffer from depression, agoraphobia and more to leave  their homes.  Can a game help treat mental illness and more through distraction?      

 

Have Mark speak at your workplace, school, camp and more on vital topics that impact everyone: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

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