These nationally-renowned, award-winning performers have made a career out of inspiring people to follow their passions and give them the courage to tackle the obstacles we face in our lives. Through never seen before spoken word storytelling, Kirk and Gabriel captivate a wide array of audiences, from fortune 500 company's to local foundations to juveniles in lockdown detention facilities.
Together, the stories of Gabriel Giron, a cancer survivor and former US Army soldier serving during 9/11, and Kirk Latimer, a survivor of suicide and former High School English teacher, speak from an original and authentic perspective. Kinetic Affect combines dynamic spoken word poetry with motivational speaking that is described as a life changing and captivating performance that is a must see experience. These two energetic performers are sure to engage through humor, raw honesty and powerful spoken word poetry.
Kinetic Affect provides one of a kind performances that will blow you away.
A trained teacher and natural motivator, Bearj offers a unique perspective, incorporating motivation into his teaching and teaching into his motivation, giving his audience an exclusive arsenal of tools to use in their climb to success.
Bearj is a highly sought-after Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader who can speak for groups ranging from 20 – 20,000+! He will inspire, motivate and equip your Leaders and Team to have World Class Success! Bearj believes that Breaking Down the Walls to Success is the key in every area of business, leadership and life.
Dynamic, Exciting and Engaging, Bearj discovered his unique style of motivating and empowering others while leading young people, parents and educators as a high school band director, using music as the vehicle to inspire the students in his high-powered band program to achieve lofty goals.
Sam holds many titles including filmmaker, radio host, actress, international model, author, wife, mother, and home education advocate.
After high school in Pittsburg, PA, Sam studied biomedical engineering at Duke University before pursuing a career in modeling. Modeling offered her the chance to travel and learn languages; she is fluent in five. Sam moved to Los Angeles for acting, where dedication and perseverance gained her roles in several films (Bonfire of the Vanities and Twenty Bucks) and TV shows, including Chicago Hopeand Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Hercules introduced her to Kevin Sorbo, who swept her off her feet. They married in 1998 and she moved to New Zealand. While living in Auckland, Sam created and published a humorous and educational photo-book, Gizmoe: The Legendary Journeys, Auckland. Sam’s most recent book, with co-author Marius Forté, is The Answer: Proof of God in Heaven. She is radio host of nationally syndicated The Sam Sorbo Show, speaks publically around the country and recently appeared in the movies Hope Bridge, with Kevin Sorbo and Boo Boo Stewart, and Just Let Go with Ian Cusick, for which she won "Best Supporting Actress" at the Utah Film Festival.
Dr. Shirley Raines
Dr. Shirley Raines, the first woman president of the University of Memphis, served for 12 years in the role. Now, as president emeritus, she is a speaker, consultant and author. Growing up on a small cotton farm in West Tennessee, her career journey went from preschool teacher to the first woman president of the University of Memphis.
Shirley uses humor, examples, insights, challenges and concrete strategies to inspire and inform audiences from the podium, the classroom and the boardroom. Described as "powerful, prepared and personable," her two focus areas are leadership development and the value of education in society.
Based on her wealth of experiences, Dr. Raines is the consummate energizer of leaders and their teams. For seven years, she shared her leadership stories, challenges and pitfalls at Harvard’s Institute for New Presidents and Chancellors. Now, Shirley is in demand to work with non-profits, corporations, foundations and professional associations to inspire, inform and challenge leaders, team members and citizens. Whether in the board room or from the conference podium, she conveys her leadership stories with humor, dignity and style.