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

January 22, 2021  

GAGA OVER BIDEN/HARRIS INAUGURAL EVENT & UNIQUE PROGRAM LESSENS HARD TIME FOR YOUTH WITH FAMILY IN PRISON  

 

Congratulations President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris! Most of the nation, including Mark is jubilant and feeling ecstatic with the prospect of great change with COVID being the most paramount issue the new administartion is tackling head on.  Mark talks about the monumental inaugaration events, Biden’s riveting address, music performances and the astonishing Poet Laurette, Amanda Gorman and how she epitomizes the sea of change.        

Amy Friedman, author, writing teacher and prison rights activist joins Mark to discuss her paramount role as Co-founder and Executive Director of POPS (Pain of the Prison System), a school based program that originated in Venice California that provides a safe and supportive space for students with an imprisoned sibling or parent.  Students are encouraged to share feelings and to support each other in recognizing their strength and resilience.  Astoundingly, nearly 3 million children in the U.S. have at least one parent in prison and which underscores the need of POPS and the program’s success is demonstrated by the 17 clubs in 5 states that host this unique and impressive program.  

POPS also proudly produces “Dream Catchers”, an inspiring and enlightening annual anthology of art, prose, and poetry created by the programs youth and alumni impacted by mass incarceration.  Mark urges you to visit the POPS site to learn more as well as help the program thrive but ordering your copy of “Dream Catchers”https://popsclubs.org/

During this very challenging COVID era, have Mark speak at your company, organization, conference and retreat to increase morale, productivity, confidence and more with either an in-person or virtual event.  Mark also has riveting talks for students k-12 and college on: overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement, senior send-off and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com Email: mark@markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor

Holland Brook School NJ

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

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University

 

January 20, 2021  

COVID KIBOSH & THE HILARIOUS ROBERT TREBOR ON TRUMP AND MORE

 

Robert Trebor, an accomplished character actor widely recognized for playing a fictional salesman, Salmoneus, in the cult hit series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, and a real-life serial killer, David Berkowitz, a/k/a the Son of Sam, in the movie Out of Darkness opposite Martin Sheen, offers valuable insights and an opportunity to laugh at the absurdity of the situation in which we find ourselves in his new book, THE HAIRCUT WHO WOULD BE KING, a satire about the Donald J. Trump presidency.  

 

During this very challenging COVID-19 era, have Mark speak at your company, organization, conference and retreat to increase morale, productivity, confidence and more either in-person or virtual.  Mark also has riveting talks for students k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement, senior send-off and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com Email: mark@markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor

Holland Brook School NJ

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

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University

January 18, 2021  

U.S. CAPITOL ATTACK AFTERMATH & A FILM THAT’S RADICALLY OPENING EYES AND HEARTS

Pictured L-R (Amanda Cali, Mark and Odette Schwegler)

Odette Schwegler, Co-Executive Producer of the new phenomenal documentary Tin Soldiers,  discusses the journey that began a decade ago when the paths of two mothers crossed, one an American mother of a child with an ultra-rare condition, the other a South African journalist and mother of four who became consumed with a rare disease named FOP.  Mark and Odette discuss the films process, the lives the disease and film have touched, the on-going mission of educating doctors and vital decision makers on Capital Hill.   

Imagine your body seizing up. Unable to walk, bend over or not being able to simply wave hello or goodbye. Hillary Weldon and daughter Whitney Weldon know all too well how Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), an extremely rare degenerative disease has impacted their lives. And no better conduit to enlighten the world then through a riveting full length documentary film they created aptly named, “Tin Soldiers”.  Odette Schwegler and Amanda Cali are the Executive Directors and Assistant Producers are Hillary and Bill Weldon. Movie trailer: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2163573907045300

About: Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) is a disorder in which muscle tissue and connective tissue such as tendons and ligaments are gradually replaced by bone (ossified), forming bone outside the skeleton (extra-skeletal or heterotopic bone) that constrains movement. This process generally becomes noticeable in early childhood, starting with the neck and shoulders and proceeding down the body and into the limbs.

Questions, please email: info@tinsoldiers.org

Special acknowledgements to the invaluable help and contributions of Theresa Reid – Beyond Organics Howell NJ, Terry Eleftheriou of Shipwreck Grill – Brielle NJ.

During this very challenging COVID-19 era, have Mark speak at your company, organization, conference and retreat to increase morale, productivity, confidence and more either in-person or virtual.  Mark also has riveting talks for students k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement, senior send-off and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com Email: mark@markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor

Holland Brook School NJ

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

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University

January 11, 2021  

STORMING THE CAPITAL, PICTURING YOUR PERFECT PET & A NEWER YOU

 

You are not alone in experiencing disbelief that the United States Capital was stormed by Republican extremists.  Mark talks about a feeling of invasion, the major security lapse and the current state of anxiety.     

 

Meet Kristen Kidd, former social worker that always had an eye for capturing special moments so Kate is fulfilling her dream of becoming a professional photographer and has a new project showcasing the powerful connections between women and their dogs. She found this connection through her day job as a photographer.  The Woman's Best Friend Project coffee table book stands behind the idea that mental health should be destigmatized because it is natural to go through that in your lifetime. Kristen tells these stories of women so that the readers know that they are never alone in their struggles.  100% of the profits from each book sale is donated to a local rescue partner. The second edition, which is now available for pre-sale, is partnered with Brandywine Valley SPCA.

 

http://www.kristenkiddphotography.com/

 

During these very challenging COVID-19 era, have Mark speak at your company, organization, conference and retreat to increase morale, productivity, confidence and more either in-person or virtual.  Mark also has riveting talks for students k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement, senior send-off and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com Email: mark@markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor

Holland Brook School NJ

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

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University

January 11, 2021  

Way More Then Sex and Statues

Internationally acclaimed sculptor Susan Bahary, joins Mark to discuss her newest creation, a life size bronze monument titled “The Pledge” which is at the permanent collection of the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Maryland.  Susan’s phenomenal work is commissioned by the United States War Dogs Association

Susan Bahary is internationally known for her inspiring sculptures honoring the animal/human bond and service animals. Mastering both form and emotion in her animal and human subjects, her works have captured hearts worldwide. She is known for her unique gift of combining accurate form with stunning, lifelike expression. Her extensive knowledge of and experience with the animal form continues to earn her commissioned works for some of our country’s most celebrated animal monuments located in prominent museums, universities, military bases and abroad. Susan created our country’s first official war dog memorial, "Always Faithful” that was unveiled at the Pentagon and dedicated at the US Marine Corps War Dog Cemetery on Guam in 1994. She has since been a leader in raising awareness of and support for their deeds and sacrifices.

https://baharystudios.com/art/

 

The author of “The Tragedy of Heterosexuality”, Jane Ward muses joins Mark for a discussion on how she is not on a mission to eradicate heterosexuality but to shed light on its damaged state and point straight people toward feminist and queer ways of healing.  JANE WARD is also a Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of California Riverside, where she teaches courses in feminist, queer, and heterosexuality studies. https://www.janewardphd.com/

 

During this very challenging COVID-19 era, have Mark speak at your company, organization, conference and retreat to increase morale, productivity, confidence and more either in-person or virtual.  Mark also has riveting talks for students k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement, senior send-off and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com Email: mark@markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor

Holland Brook School NJ

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

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University

 

November 9, 2020  

TICK-TOK A SECOND TRUMP TERM UNLIKELY, A COMMUNITY THAT HURTS AND HEALS TOGETHER

 

The unprecedented Presidential election brought millions more Americans to the polls than ever before.  Mark discusses the probability of  Vice President Biden as our next Commander in Chief.  Law Professor and author, Derek W.  Black shares insights from his new book SCHOOL HOUSE BURNING: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy and how students are not receiving a comprehensive education in the United States.

 

Freehold, New Jersey resident Stephanie Nicole Parze was murdered by her boyfriend in late 2019, who died by suicide after being release from jail on separate charges though did not admit his cowardly act in his suicide note left for his mother.  In the short period after Nicole’s body was found, Stephanie’s parents Ed and Sharlene Parze founded the Stephanie Nicole Parze Foundation with the vital mission of providing education, intervention and support to families and individuals dealing with domestic violence, sexual abuse and missing loved ones.  Mark discusses the 1st Annual Stephanie Nicole Parze Color Butterfly Run/Walk on October 24, 2020 and his role of emcee and how he incorporated the significant role  the community played in searching for Stephanie and honoring her life through attending a golf outing and the run/walk to benefit the foundation.  Please learn more: www.snpfoundation.org  Pictured, Reagan Richards of Williams Honor sang the National Anthem at the Stephanie Nicole Parze Run/Walk on stage with Mark Farrell.   

 

Have Mark speak at your company, organization, conference and retreat to increase morale, productivity, confidence and more during these challenging COVID times either in-person or via webinar.  Mark also has riveting talks for students k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement, senior send-off and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com Email: mark@markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor

Holland Brook School NJ

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

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University

 

August 28, 2020  

A DIFFERENT KIND OF KID SUMMER AND A MEMOIR THAT SPRUNG A LIFE  

 

No camp, no vacation, no sleepovers so what’s a kid to do during the dog days of summer?  Mark shares ideas on how he and his wife are attempting to provide a summer that doesn’t make the kiddos feel cheated.  From building a bridge, camping to cannonballs galore – this is what summer looks and feels like!

 

Author, speaker and mental health advocate - Michelle Dickinson talks about how her childhood well prepared her for many things in life and though she possesses many quality traits it’s her resilience that has fueled her to succeed both professionally and personally.  And despite her challenging formative years as a child caregiver to her dear sweet mother that was bi-polar, Michelle remarkably persevered to make her life “normal”.   Hear Mark’s conversation with Michelle as she delves into her past and articulates what life was like in their household where she experienced fear, dread and elation and which she so eloquently expresses in her memoir, “Breaking Into My Life”.  Michelle’s determination and devotion to eradicate the stigma of mental illness and much more is awe inspiring. Read about Michelle’s tireless work to eradicate mental illness: https://www.michelleedickinson.com/

 

Have Mark speak at your company, organization, conference and retreat to increase morale, productivity, confidence and more during these challenging times either in-person or via webinar.  Mark also has riveting talks for students k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement, senior send-off and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com Email: mark@markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor

Holland Brook School NJ

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

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University

 

August 21, 2020  

COVID SEX AND BEYOND, THIS THING CALLED RADIO!

On International Radio Day Mark looks back at his NYC radio career that includes riveting times, celebrities, international broadcasts and much more.  Dr Diana Wiley, a marriage & family therapist and board-certified sex therapist specializing in sexual and relationship issues joins Mark to share proven tips that’ll make your love life more gratifying and fulfilling that’s straight from her new book Love in the Time of Corona: Advice from a Sex Therapist for Couples in Quarantine.  Plus Dr Wiley is a colleague of Mark’s on the Progressive Radio Network where she is also a long standing host of her show “Love, Lust And Laughter” that airs Tuesdays at 6pm est Hear this great conversation that Mark often leads astray for comedic payoffs.    

Have Mark speak at your company, organization, conference and retreat to increase morale, productivity, confidence and more during these challenging times either in-person or via webinar.  Mark also has riveting talks for students k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement, senior send-off and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com Email: mark@markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor

Holland Brook School NJ

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

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University

 

 

August 14, 2020  

WALK OF LIFE, BIGGER BETTER BRAVER AND BIDEN

Our new and different life – is your free time during COVID-19 constructive, fun and fulfilling? Hear how Mark creates and blows off steam to cope during these still very funky times including his 28 mile solo walk to benefit The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Nancy Pickard, Life coach, speaker and author of: BIGGER, BETTER, BRAVER: Conquer Your Fears, Embrace Your Courage, and Transform Your Life, joins Mark to share her phenomenal experience of summitting Mount Kilimanjaro at the age of 60 to reinventing herself and leading her ideal life.    

Have Mark speak at your company, organization, conference and retreat to increase morale, productivity, confidence and more during these challenging times either in-person or via webinar.  Mark also has riveting talks for students k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement, senior send-off and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com Email: mark@markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor

Holland Brook School NJ

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

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University

 

December 16, 2019  

HARVEY WEINSTEIN DEBACLE PLYAS LIKE A SCARY MOVIE, OVER A CENTURY OF VISON AND VITAL SERVICE, VICES MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND     

 

Dr. Bernice Davis, Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), joins Mark to discuss how CBVI provides education, vocational rehabilitation, independent living skills, assistive technology, and eye-health services for the estimated 290,000 residents of N.J. who are blind, vision impaired, or deaf-blind.  In 2020 CBVI will celebrate 110 years of invaluable service throughout the year and culminating in October during blindness awareness month . For more information including referrals, student assessments, counseling services and much more contact CBVI: 877-685-8878 or www.cbvi.nj.gov

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

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor Holland Brook School NJ

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

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University

“Mark has a kind and generous spirit and has a great deal to offer as a motivational and inspirational speaker to any group who serves others striving to overcome challenges,  accomplish goals, and realize their personal dreams wherever they might lead”

 

John Petix, Jr.

Executive Director - DIAL-Center for Independent Living

December 6, 2019  

GIRL THAT LONGED FOR GRIDIRON PLAYS & BUYS PRO TEAM -  TOUGH LOVE MINUS THE LOVE PROPELLS SUPER MODEL TARA PACE

 

“No” is what fuels Andra Douglas.  Her simple desire to play football as a young girl led her to ultimately play and own a professional women’s tackle football team in NY.  In Andra’s new book, “Black and Blue: Love, Sports and the Art of Empowerment” she chronicles through a driven character, all it took to play the pigskin and more.  In addition to her entrepreneur acumen – Andra also worked for several of the top media and entertainment companies  and is also a gifted artist.  Her parents influence and her passion for sport and art have driven Andra to become this phenomenal success story. And having reside in NYC for thirty years we are proud to call her our own. Andra is an inspiration for men and women and one does not have to love football to love her new book!  For Andra’s new book and artwork: https://andradouglasart.com/

      

Nothing in Tara Paces childhood resembled a nuclear family setting though those unthinkable and harsh years created an indomitable characteristic that allowed her to succeed as a top fashion model and so much more. Tara’s empathy, huge heart and work ethic have spilled into all avenues of her bright and shinning life.  Hear her remarkable story and how she and Mark can find humor in almost anything.   

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

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor

Holland Brook School NJ

November 1, 2019  

LAUGH FOR SIGHT AND ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER

 

Comedian and assictive technology expert, Brian Fischler joins Mark to talk how “Laugh For Sight” has raised vital funds for degenerative retinal diseases and how the 14th annual LFS with headliner Robert Klein on Monday Novemeber 28 and co-hosted by Mark Farrell, will continue the tradition of bringing the best comics of today to defeat degnerative retinal diseases.  www.laughforsight.com

 

When #BlackLivesMatter went viral in 2013, it shed a light on the urgent, daily struggles of Black Americans to combat racial injustice.  The message resonated with millions across the country.  Yet many of our political, social, and economic institutions are still embedded with racist policies and practices that devalue black lives.  

 

Tehama Lopez Bunyasi co-author of  STAY WOKE: A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter (NYU Press, joins Mark to  shed light on the evolving effort to bring attention to the precarious nature of Black lives in the United States. Delving into history from Reconstruction through Jim Crow, and taking a hard look at today’s troubling political and social climate, the authors expose the deep roots of structural racism in America and its enduring, pervasive impact on racial inequality.  Tehama discusses the staggering statistics and data to document how Black men, women, and children are disadvantaged and devalued by negative stereotypes, discrimination, and segregation in every sector and aspect of life—from criminal justice to housing, education, and unemployment.  

 

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

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor

Holland Brook School NJ

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

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University

 

October 18, 2019  

ORGANIZATIONS FUELED BY IMPACT 100 AND FAMILIES SUMMITTING THE GREAT OUTDOORS FOR 50 YEARS

Mark welcomes Deirdre O'Brien Spiropoulos, President and Co-Founder of Impact 100 Jersey Coast  Impact 100 are women of different ages and backgrounds who combine our charitable dollars, experience, and energy to make a tangible difference in their community. Impact Jersey Coast is part of a growing international movement that empowers women to fund transformational changes in their local communities. To create a forum to raise awareness of our community’s most pressing needs and fund transformational grants for high-impact projects addressing those needs. To continue to grow membership to fund as many six-figure grants to eligible non-profit organizations as their numbers will allow each year. More at: https://www.impact100jerseycoast.org/

Tara Pace, Director at Family Nature Summits along with everyone at Family Nature Summits want you to experience the magic that occurs when families hike, swim, discover and flourish together on vacations at idyllic settings that are life changing. The U.S. is home to countless natural wonders – lakes, mountains, forests, deserts, oceans – that we all deserve to enjoy, but it’s hard to know where to go, what to do when you visit and how to share it all with your family. At Family Nature Summits you learn while you play with programming designed for every age group – from the young to the young at heart – giving all Summit participants the opportunity for a fulfilling  experience at each new location. 2020 Family Nature Summits celebrates 50 years.  Volunteer, donate and or join them for an unforgettable outdoor bonding, learning and relaxing experience like no other.  Much more including the 2020 summer summit at: https://familynaturesummits.org/

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

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor

Holland Brook School NJ

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

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University

 

 

October 18, 2019  

CAUSE FOR KINDNESS AND THE RIPPLE EFFECTS OF RANDOM ACTS

 

Michael Lloyd-White, CEO and Secretary of World Kindness USA joins Mark to discuss how this unique organization is changing perspectives and dispositions!  World Kindness is designed to bring people from a diverse background together to unite a nation on the platform of kindness regardless of politics, race, religion, gender, sexual preference, age and even zip codes, to see a kinder world realized in our lifetime. https://worldkindnessusa.org/

 

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

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor

Holland Brook School NJ

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

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University

September 30, 2019  

INDOMITABLE TIN SOILDERS REDEFINE RESILIENCE

 

Pictured L-R (Mark Farrell, Hillary Weldon, Amanda Cali and Terry Eleftheriou

 

Imagine your body seizing up.  Unable to walk, bend over or not being able to simply wave hello or goodbye.  Hillary Weldon and daughter Whitney Weldon know all too well how Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), an extremely rare degenerative disease has impacted their lives.  Amanda Cali is also well versed in this condition that her son Ian Cali was diagnosed with at age 5. Mark talks with Hillary, Whitney and Amanda about the onset to the vital clinical trials that are being conducted and how they feel it is their mission to educate the public as well as doctors globally on this rare disease.  And no better conduit to enlighten the world then through a riveting full length documentary film they created aptly named, “Tin Soldiers”.  Amanda Cali and Odette Schwegler are the Executive Directors and Assistant Producers are Hillary and Bill Weldon. Movie trailer: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2163573907045300  

 

About: Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) is a disorder in which muscle tissue and connective tissue such as tendons and ligaments are gradually replaced by bone (ossified), forming bone outside the skeleton (extra-skeletal or heterotopic bone) that constrains movement. This process generally becomes noticeable in early childhood, starting with the neck and shoulders and proceeding down the body and into the limbs.

 

Questions, please email: info@tinsoldiers.org

 

Special acknowledgements to the invaluable help and contributions of Theresa Reid – Beyond Organics Howell NJ, Terry Eleftheriou of Shipwreck Grill – Brielle NJ and Kim Kiss of The Bee in Sea Girt and Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.

 

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

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark Farrell is a dynamic speaker who will captivate the audience by sharing his personal story of how he was able to overcome challenges in life and worked his way to success.  We scheduled Mark for 45 minutes, but our students were so engaged in his story that Mark spoke for over 1 hour.  I still have students approach me and discuss Mark's message and say, "if he could do it, so can I”

 Christine Crielly School Counselor

Holland Brook School NJ

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

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Princeton University

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