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 1, 2017  

Jackie Atkins love for nunchucks, running and success paved the way for her to become Executive Director of Research & Development with Bell Labs, two time Ringside World Champion, National Golden Glove Champion and entrepreneur that gives immeasurably to youth so they too can have the vital tools in life needed to attain goals.  Jackie tells Mark how she would comb through the refuse to collect and learn the proprietary GUI software through her evening maintenance position with Bell Labs where she quickly earned a temporary role that got her noticed as the budding Executive Director of Research and Development.  Jackie broke the mold for women of color for her unwavering work in the corporate world, her work establishing award winning women’s boxing at West Point, the creation of the NJ chapter of Give A Kid A Dream (, and most recently – Jackie was bestowed that title of President of Amateur Boxing New Jersey.  And yes, Jackie can do one arm push-ups.   


The 2017 MTV VMA’s had a few shinning moments and one that included Pink’s reception speech of the Vanguard award that described the importance of being different.  Mark also discusses the impact of Logic’s new song “1-800-273-8255” and how encouraging it was to see survivors of suicide share the MTV stage and promote vital the messaging of getting help.


Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids 2nd – 12th 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:


"Marks message is a compelling, must hear for all high school students.  Mark's life and struggles mirror what many in high school are already dealing with.  His dare to be different attitude is something that should be adopted by all who are privileged to hear Mark speak."


Officer Rick Duda

Denville Township Police Department

School Resource Officer

Morris County School of Technology

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