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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.

Letters of Recommendation

Orefield Middle School
Whitehall High School

Speaking Programs


Audience: High School Students
Format: Student Leadership Events & School Assembly

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 and sometimes life gets in the way of staying on track.

"Life = Choices" is more than just a motivational message. It's a school assembly program designed to teach high school 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 while recognizing 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.

Mike 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

Cool To Be K.I.N.D.

Audience: Middle School Students
Format: School Assembly

In a unique approach to bullying, "Cool To Be K.I.N.D." has the ability to change the culture in your school and the way your students can impact the community. Through sincere and authentic conversation, Mike teaches students how to:

  • Build self confidence
  • Disarm a face-to-face or online bully
  • Use empathy to help others
  • Create an inner circle of friends

Mike takes these four topics and uses the word K.I.N.D. to break it down into four easy categories that students can relate to and put into their own perspective:

  • Know yourself first
  • Inspire those who hate
  • Navigate with empathy
  • Develop meaningful friendships

Each category has at least one challenge or action step that students can implement immediately. This program is results oriented and guaranteed to make a difference in your school.

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

What People Say

  • If you are looking to plan an assembly program or bring in a speaker, I highly recommend Mike as your top choice. He will bring value to your students and leave a lasting impression that helps prepare them for
    what's next.

    Chris Schiffert Principal, Whitehall High School

  • Every student should hear Mike's message about resilience and kindness.

    Todd Gombos Principal, Parkland School District

  • Mike's message is incredibly relevant to what students go through on a daily basis. He is the speaker you
    need to emotionally connect with your students and genuinely get through to them.

    Megan Wilson Advisor, Missouri FCCLA

Past Clients

Work with Mike

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Phone: (484) 347-3993

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