2017 Character Combine
Folsom High School
Saturday, April 29, 2017
2017 CHARACTER COMBINE MAIN STAGE SPEAKERS
The odds were stacked against David ever making anything of himself. He grew up in an abusive household, barely graduated high school, and struggled with serious health issues, to name just a few of the challenges David had to overcome. In spite of all of these obstacles, David never had a “woe is me” mentality.
David is the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training (including two Hell Weeks), the U.S. Army Ranger School (where he graduated as Enlisted Honor Man) and Air Force tactical air controller training.
David has completed multiple ultra-marathons, triathlons, ultra-triathlons, bike races and arduous mountain ascents, setting new course records and regularly placing in the top five. His achievements made him the subject of a lead feature in Runner’s World, where he was named “Running Hero”, and Outside Magazine named him “The Fittest (Real) Man in America.” The Navy SEALs even asked him to be their poster-boy and appear in a recruiting commercial.
David has been sharing stories of his journey for many years as a motivational speaker and is a highly sought after public speaker. What his audiences get is a crash course in personal accountability and how to go beyond motivation to achieve your personal best. David is all about owning his failures—casting blame elsewhere is simply not acceptable.
September 9, 2006. It started as a normal college football game in Neyland Stadium. For Inky Johnson, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges. His dream had always been to play professional sports. You might think his injury would have destroyed his motivation and crushed his spirit. But that’s only because you don’t know Inky.
Who is Inquoris “Inky” Johnson? He could be described as the survivor of an underprivileged past. He could be described as a refugee of poverty and violence. He could be described as a success story stained by tragedy. But if you look deeper, you’ll discover something else. “Motivation” is often nothing more than forcing people to do something they don’t really want to do. In contrast, inspiration affects people from within, giving them the ability to accomplish what would otherwise be impossible. Through his walk and his talk, Inky embodies and imparts a truly inspirational message. Not that Inky’s injury turned him into an inspiration. It just showed the world the inspirational life he’s been living all along. Executives, sports teams, church members, and young people all benefit from the raw energy of his charismatic speaking. Whether the topic is leadership, teamwork, or perseverance, Inky inspires his audiences to embrace the challenges of life.
Kevin is key component in the development of Character Combine. With a partnership with Jason Harper, together, they speak to high schools on the value of character amidst competition and the need for athletes to represent on behalf of those who have been bullied. When Bracy addresses student-athletes, he is not coming from a place of theory. He is coming from a place of successful experience. Being a former high school baseball standout, a community college player/graduate, NCAA Division-1 baseball player/team captain/graduate and playing two years at the professional level, Bracy has an unlimited reservoir of experience to pull from. He has the ability to relate with your student-athletes on many levels.
As a Combine Veteran, Kevin holds the highest exit rating of any speaker in the Combine’s history and has keynoted eight times.
Check out Kevin Bracy’s ANTI-BULLYING VIDEO.
DWIGHT TAYLOR SR. aka TRANSPARENT
This International Empowerment Speaker and BET Music Matters Winner, has been featured on ESPN, CBS and SHOWTIME. Dwight Taylor Sr. aka The Professional Communic8or, has given motivational/inspirational presentations in Australia, the Grand Cayman Islands and multiple states in the U.S. As a facilitator for President Obama’s “My Brothers Keeper” initiative, he organizes discussions with minority students and educators around the topics of education, employment and public safety. He has shared the stage with great speakers, artists and public figures such as Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward, CeCe Winans, Eric Thomas, Kevin Bracy, Leah Albright-Byrd, Lecrae, Tye Tribbett, and more!
Taylor is a Bishop O’Dowd High School and Fresno State University Alumni with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development. After graduating, he held positions with Alternative Family Services as a case manager/Independent Living Skills Specialist for foster care and adoption children. He is currently the program director for the non-profit organization Beyond the Locker, teaching youth life skills through sports. His dual passions for youth and spreading the truth are what fuel’s his determination to live his life in an upright and “Transparent” way.
Alexis Jones founded the 501c3 nonprofit I AM THAT GIRL, which currently has 1M+ girls involved and chapters in over 20 countries. She is an internationally recognized author, activist, speaker, media personality. Alexis hosted a TV show on the red carpet and several shows on CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports, MTV and TLC. She also hosted and organized TEDxAustinWomen, executive produced the film, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story and won nine out of nine film festivals. Alexis recently founded ProtectHer, a locker room program educating male athletes on the importance of respecting women. She was featured as one of AOL’s MAKERS along with Oprah, Ellen, Hilary Clinton and Sheryl Sandberg. She was listed as one of Oprah’s #SuperSoul100, Cultivate & Creates’ Top 100, DELL’s #Inspire100, Fast Company’s “Female Trailblazers,” ESPN’s “Pop Culture’s Top Ten,” and named one of the five most influential women in Austin as a Profiles in Power winner. Alexis has spoken at The White House, Harvard, Stanford, The United Nations, Nike, DELL, Pepsi and The Girl Scouts.
As a renowned public speaker, author and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Les Brown has learned from his own life and one he is helping others apply to their lives.
Les Brown is not only an internationally recognized speaker and CEO of Les Brown Unlimited, Inc., he is also the author of the highly acclaimed and successful book, Live Your Dreams, and former host of The Les Brown Show, a nationally syndicated daily television talk show which focused on solutions rather than problems.
Les Brown is one of the nation’s leading authorities in understanding and stimulating human potential, utilizing powerful delivery and newly emerging insights to teach, inspire and channel people to new levels of achievement.
As the founder of Character Combine, Jason has a vision to see athletes compete with character amidst competition. Passionate and a concise communicator, Jason will launch the Combine on pace to bring lasting transformation to all in attendance. As a an advocate for education equality, Harper has worked in the philanthropy for more than 20 years. His expertise is on motivation leadership that brings transformational change. His energy is endless and his ideas are strategically executed to bring ‘win-win’ outcomes in an often complex and diverse landscape. Defined as “an all in passionary,” his involvement in numerous circles of influence has created systemic impact in the region and is a sought after expert on children’s fitness, education, and sports activities. A motivator and fitness industry expert, Jason will set the tenor for the conference, serve as the emcee, and host post session Q&A with each keynote speaker.
Character Combine Session Speakers Will Be Announced Soon!
“Sports don’t make character. Sports reveal it.”