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

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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July 7, 2016  

Some call Kristina Kuzmic their sanitation engineer, chef, chauffeur, and conflict resolution guru…those would be her three favorite clients, her children.  Oprah said she wants to be like Kristina and it’s no wonder with millions of You Tube views and multiple media outlets including, The Huffington Post calling Kristina’s work “Parenting comedy at its best”.   Hear Kristina’s candid talk with Mark as she shares the not so good times that propelled her forward in life both personally and professionally.  She can really cook, she has excellent parenting chops and is wickedly funny though Mark’s favorite Kristina characteristic is her willingness to share her blunders and rock bottom experience.  www.kristinakuzmic.com

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

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June 30, 2016  

Lara Stolman, Director and Producer of “Swim Team” a riveting soon to be released documentary that chronicles the Jersey Hammerheads, a swim team for children with autism. Hear about the vast positive impact sport and competition have on the three loveable and motivated characters lives.  Lara is an award-winning producer/director/writer of news and documentaries her work has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, AMC, TLC, VH-1, E! and AMC though Lara’s most proud role is parenting her son with autism. Lear more:www.swimteamthefilm.com  Michael Phelps new favorite number is 5 as he heads to  Rio for his fifth Olympic competition. This and much more with Mark including the debut of the youngest Farrell host.

 

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June 23, 2016  

Elaine Hall, Founder and Director of The Miracle Project was a top Hollywood acting coach when her life changed dramatically after her son Neal was diagnosed with severe autism. When traditional behavioral therapies didn’t work, she sought information from experts in the field of autism and then rallied creative people to implement what she learned. Slowly, her son merged out of isolation and she has helped countless with Autism live more freely, creatively as well as become more communicative.  Her Mark’s conversation with Elaine who is remarkably driven and devoted to children with special needs.  After all says Elaine, everyone has a little Autism in them.  www.Themiracleproject.org

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June 2, 2016  

Dr Christine Moutier, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Chief Medical Officer gives insight on mental illness including CDC findings, AFSP’s ambitious goal of reducing suicide, self talk that people with depression often experience and how the significance for the overnight walk goes way beyond raising money.  Melissa Penn, Co-Founder of the NYC Hemophilia Walk discusses how her first child’s diagnosis prompted she and her husband to create a NYC hemophilia walk which has grown to 40 states.  This power couple also founded Happy Fest which was featured on Insight several weeks ago.  www.nyhemophilia.org

Mark’s talks for schools (5-12 grades), college and corporate on: overcoming adversity, mental health, anti-bullying, drugs/alcohol and more leave audiences empowered, enlightened and knowing that their difference makes them stronger.  www.markfarrellmotivation.com

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May 12, 2016  

Co-Founders of Happy Fest and visionary entrepreneurs Melissa Penn and Adam Stengel (pictured center and right) talk about their incredible one of a kind inaugural family event created so everyone can experience fun through sport.  It’s a wildly exciting family day that’s inclusive for ALL ages, ALL abilities and wheelchair accessible.  Join Mark as he hosts this wildly fun obstacle course run, live music, food and more on Saturday May 21st at RacewayPark, Englishtown, NJ.  www.happyfestnj.com

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May 5, 2016  

Kayla Kahn and Samantha Stewart, co-founders of Motovaded Magazine - share how their vastly different backgrounds brought them together as a couple and to create an innovative platform where stories of love and loss, hope and despair depict how courageous and strong people are, especially in times of adversity.  www.motovadedmagazine.com 

Carly Fleischmann is an incredible 21-year old non-verbal woman who is not only hysterical as a talk show host where her Autism doesn't limit or define her, she's living her dream that includes having Channing Tatum as her very first guest. 

And Mark talks about the rock show of the year, boxer/hero "Sugar" Shane Mosley and what cities are NOT following South Carolina's transgender blunder.

Have Mark speak at your school, college or corporation to share his riveting life experiences on overcoming adversity, celebrating differences, mental health, drugs/alcohol and more. Info at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

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April 28, 2016  

President/CEO of Bike NY, Ken Podziba shares how exhilarating riding 40 miles on traffic free streets, over iconic bridges, through 5 boroughs with 32,000 riders can be. Tom Brady is completely deflated and flabbergasted after his 4 game suspension remains...justice after all! Learn how a textalyzer will hopefully become law and make roads safer for people who like to drive while driving. And hear how Ted Cruz's crew ejected a 16 year old transgender teen for being, transgender. Shame of you TD!

Have Mark speak at your company, school or college on vital topics that are ALL from his personal experience. Info at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

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April 21, 2016  

Yeah, heavy show. Not one of Mark's typical feel good, uplifting show though Mark's candor and surreal experiences always come with positivity.

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