Joe Roberts, aka The Skidrow CEO
International Resiliency and Change Motivational Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker, Bestselling Author
Fee Range: $15,000-$25,000
British Columbia, Canada
Leadership, Resilience, Change, Addiction, Change Management, Mental Health, Possibility, Adversity, Safety
From Skid Row to CEO “There’s More to You Than You Can See”
On a cold, rainy day in 1989, a man named Gus sat down on a park bench next to Joe Roberts. Gus took in Joe’s dirty clothes, disheveled hair, and shopping cart and decided to say something.
“There’s more to you than you can see.” Those eight words changed the trajectory of Joe Robert’s life.
At the time, Joe was a homeless opiate addict. He had no money, no prospects, and no belief in his own potential. He’d been living on the streets of Vancouver, struggling with opiate addiction and mental health issues, in large part due to childhood trauma and abuse.
It was hard for Joe to see his own possibility.
As he sat there in the rain, he never would have imagined that within 12 years, he’d be featured on the cover of Canadian Business as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Canada.
But Gus’s words opened Joe’s mind to the idea that maybe, just maybe, he had the potential for more. That one spark of possibility changed everything.
Achievements and Accomplishments of Joe Roberts include:
But as Joe became extraordinarily successful, he also became increasingly aware that his work wasn’t connected to his purpose.
He wanted to help others the same way he’d been helped. So he left his job and set out on a mission to make a difference.
He’d already started sharing his story, but he wondered if he could do more to help the younger versions of himself living on the street.
So in 2016, he started pushing a shopping cart again- this time for the thousands of homeless youth who needed help to achieve their potential, just like he had.
He pushed that shopping cart for 17 months across the entire width of North America.
And it worked. After walking almost 12 million steps through rain, snow, and shine, The Push for Change campaign made a tangible impact on Canada’s homeless youth. It raised awareness and funds and, more importantly, inspired permanent improvements to federal programs for vulnerable children.
Most Requested Keynote Experiences from Joe Roberts include:
“Joe was able to not only electrify our group of salespeople with his inspirational keynote, but he rose to our challenge of also providing a workshop to focus on HOW to do what he shared in his presentation. His humor, humbleness, and remarkable story touched all - but the real benefit was in better understanding how we could also integrate the mindset, skills, and opportunities to succeed in the face of adversity and challenges.” ~David Zann, Global Sales Training Executive, The Manitowoc Company, Manitowoc, WI
His clients include: FBINAA (FBI National Academy Association), The Manitowoc Company, MacEwan University, CIT International Conference, Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA), Calgary Chamber of Commerce, TEDx, APM Global, Loyalist College, Canadian Society for Marketing Professionals, Human Resources Professionals Association, Primerica, Salvation Army, Calgary Flames Hockey Team, PGA Golf, and many more…
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