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 29, 2021  

AVI’S NEW LIFE LIVED, VEGAS SCHOOLS SUFFER HUGE LOSS, JIMMY FALLON FINDS GEM IN HARDWARE STORE   

 

Avi Golden, depicts what the human spirit is all about! After suffering a stroke at 33, this remarkable resilient man started rehabilitation to learn how to communicate and live life with partial paralysis.  For what should have been a routine procedure, left this passionate NYC EMT and aspiring doctor leading a life never planned.  Aphsia, may give Avi a run for his money though nothing will prevent him from sharing his personal journey with medical professionals nationally and internationally.

 

Eighteen Vegas students have died by suicide since the start of the pandemic and as the nation struggles with vaccination supplies and distribution school administrators struggle with the decision to open schools for the sake of students mental health.          

 

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 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

 

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