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Fantastic Letter From Conference Planner Who Hired Motivational Speaker Derek Clark. 727 Audience Evaluations With a Rating of 5 out of 5!

Motivational speaker Derek Clark delivered a powerful and inspiring keynote at the Texas Child Care Administrators Conference. Here is a fantastic letter from a conference planner who details the audience’s feedback.

November 4, 2014

Dear Derek,

Thank you so much for your participation at the 2014 Texas Child Care Administrators Conference, It Starts with Us: Paving the Way for Our Children’s Future, held in San Antonio last month.

This year’s conference hosted a record-breaking 727 nonprofit leaders and child care administrators from around Texas providing them with valuable networking opportunities and training on working with children and youth removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.

Your keynote, The Spirit of a Child: From Rejection to Connection to Direction, was very well received with your average overall score of 5 out of 5.

Respondents’ comments included:

• Awesome, excellent, inspirational, outstanding, powerful, motivating, enlightening, amazing, captivating, great
• Best motivating keynote ever.
• Fantastic combination of storytelling and wise advice about how to understand and connect with children from hard places.
• This was an awesome training. To better understand youth and children in care from the perspective of a former child in care that rose above what he was labeled.
• Loved his music!
• Thank you for reminding us why we do what we do.
• Interesting, informative and entertaining
• Derek is the best and I have a new appreciation for rap!
• Thank you Derek for being willing to share and be so vulnerable. Bless you a thousand times for your miraculous gift to the world!
• Great story and great reminder of the reality of human connection and its power to heal.
• Derek was completely what we all need a reminder of – it only takes one foster family to make a difference!
• You are a blessing and a breath of fresh air as a reminder of why we do this extremely difficult work!
• Thank you for sharing your story and reminding us that all kids can connect when given the opportunity.
• Best motivating keynote ever.
• His sharing made him human and admirable.
• Amazing story. I could relate to his foster mom and got some comfort for my own foster son.

• The presenter is amazing.
• Very powerful.
• This was an awesome training. To better understand youth and children in care from the perspective of a former child in care that rose above what he was labeled.
• Epic!
• Great examples from personal experience. He speaks to the heart about real life situations and actions.
• The most inspirational speaker I’ve ever seen!
• Thank you for recharging my batteries!
• Renewed my passion for working with kids.
• I really appreciate the take-aways we can now apply to our work and our own personal lives. Loved the quotes.
• All foster kids would benefit from his work.
• Great inspiring stories of words of wisdom that I can use with my kids.

Thank you again for helping to make this conference one of the largest and most informative for Texas child care administrators. We hope to see you again soon!


Nancy Holman
Executive Director

If you are planning your next conference or training, please consider hiring motivational speaker Derek Clark! He is known to inspire audiences from Austrailia, Canada, United States and Mexico. Here is a little background information on motivational and inspirational speaker Derek Clark.
Derek Clark’s life is one of resilience and redemption. As a child he suffered unthinkable child abuse, abandonment and emotional distress before being turned over to the psychiatric hospital at age five. His thirteen years in the San Francisco bay area foster care system reflected an early life of humiliation, aggression, emotional distress, overwhelming anxiety and being wrongfully labeled.

Psychiatric reports stated that at the age of five years old, Derek had severe behavioral problems. Neurological reports stated that at six years old, he had the IQ of a two year old and diagnosed him with erratic psychosis. Having also been misdiagnosed as mentally handicapped and having numerous emotional and language difficulties, Derek never gave up.

With amazing help from his foster parents, a great social worker and mentors, he has defied the artificial limitations imposed upon him. Derek knows firsthand how to cope with adversity and overcoming hardship. His past has never held him back from accomplishing what he set his heart and mind to. From owning a very successful corporation to having a family, his maxim is to make no excuses.

Watch motivational speaker Derek Clark’s TED Talk sharing part of his inspiring foster care story!

Derek is an inspiring speaker/trainer, featured on HLN Headline News, The Steve Harvey TV Show and The Ricki Lake TV Show. Google ranks Derek the #1 “inspiring motivational speaker” out of 1 million listings and also ranks #1 for “stories about never giving up” out of 121 million listings. He is the author of six books including “Disable The Label: Never Limit The Potential of a Child”, “Never Limit Your Life” and the “I Will Never Give Up” book series.

As a speaker, trainer and author, Derek has inspired audiences from United States, Australia, Mexico and Canada. His true-life trials and personal triumphs have inspired organizations with his message of hope and unwavering perseverance.

His maxim is to make no excuses. He has turned his situation from a victim to a victor, equipping him with the wisdom and the will to never give up.

To find out more about Derek Clark and his inspiring programs, visit

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