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About Mike

Mike Marsteller is an author, teen mentor and motivational speaker. His goal is to help as many young people as possible by teaching them how to be resilient and find purpose in life.

He grew up in Pennsylvania and throughout childhood and adolescence he struggled with the constant void of one of the most important role models of a young man’s life – his Father, who lost his battle with cancer when Mike was just one year old. Raised in a single parent home, he empathizes with students who face challenges and they see him as someone who’s been there and wants to help them succeed. Mike’s school assembly program has empowered teens all over the U.S.

He recently joined accomplished business leader and dedicated philanthropist Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University, along with other leading experts from around the world to co-author the book titled, Breaking Through. On the day of release, Breaking Through reached best-seller status in two categories.

In 2009, he founded the HCM Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with hospitals and social workers in order to provide financial support to help cancer patients and their families. In 2013 HCM was recognized for its continued dedication and awarded the CHASE award presented by Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Mike’s greatest motivation for life comes from building connections that inspire the people and communities around him. He is a graduate of Slippery Rock University and is an avid runner, cyclist and four-time Ironman triathlete.

Featured Program

Break Barriers, Build Success

School Assembly / Keynote

It is an incredibly difficult time to be a teenager. Students today feel misunderstood. They feel the pressure to be successful inside and outside the classroom, but sometimes life gets in the way of staying on track.

"Break Barriers, Build Success" is more than just a motivational message. It's a school assembly program designed to teach students how to deal with the stresses of being a teenager so they have the tools to reach their personal and academic potential.

Mike uses humor to grab attention, energy to keep it and empathy to help students build the confidence to see obstacles as opportunities for growth. They begin to recognize their unique gifts that need to be shared with the world.

If your school is looking to teach students life skills in addition to your academic curriculum, then this is the program for you.

Designed for middle school, high school and college campuses, Mike adapts his message to the age of the audience and communicates the following topics in an entertaining way:

  • How to cope with stress
  • How to define core values
  • Dealing with fear of failure
  • How to avoid negative influences
  • How to make good choices
  • Resilience now and beyond

*Guaranteed to motivate, entertain and empower your student audience.

What People Say

  • Mike has a real knack for connecting with high school students and I highly recommend his message!

    Chris Schiffert Principal, Whitehall High School

  • Mike Marsteller is a person that every student should be hearing.

    Michelle Minotti Principal, Parkland School District

  • Mike, thank you so much for sharing your story, inspiring us all, and allowing us to see obstacles as opportunities for growth!

    Deb Borden Director of Middle School, The Rosemont School

Work with Mike

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