Who am I and Why Do I Love to Help Others?
My name is Paul Artale and I help people and organizations break barriers and achieve their goals. I was born with short forearms and missing fingers on my left and right hands. I was no strangers to challenges. I spent much of my youth in hospitals undergoing surgeries to improve my hands. As I child I was blessed to be raised around people who never treated me as “different” or “special” and who never let the word disability enter my vocabulary. Those experiences are what gave my the resilience and grit he needed to achieve my dreams in life
What do I speak about?
I have three distinct tracks: motivation and leadership, public speaker training, and work-life balance. Below you will see brief descriptions of my topic areas. To see a detailed list of all my speaking topics and programs please visit the programs page.
My Football Story in 115 Words
I was cut from my high school team but found myself playing defensive end for the University of Toronto six years later and playing on fields and stadiums I watched as a child. At seasons end I was given the Bennett Award by my teammates, which was awarded to the player who in the opinion of his teammates had overcome the most obstacles. After playing I stayed on at University of Toronto as a defensive intern before pursuing my dream of coaching college football. I coached in the NAIA for several years, rose to become Special Teams Coordinator at University of Saint Mary and was named as an all-star coach at the NAIA all-star game.
Public Speaking Training
My signature keynote “Hit Hard!” chronicles my journey in football has played to international audiences. As a championship speaker, I have won many awards on the Toastmasters speech competition circuit including earning a spot as a semi-finalist in the 2013 World Championships of Public Speaking where he was among the final 89 out of over 25,000 contestants. My Unleash Your Message Program has helped aspiring keynote speakers refine their message and better connect with audiences. As one client wrote:
“Working with Paul will make you a better speaker if you choose to pick up the tools he lays at your feet. Forever grateful for his services!” – Zach Gowen, Professional Wreslter (WWE Alumni) and Keynote Speaker.
I am currently finishing my PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education with a focus on Human Resource Management at Michigan State University. I focus how work-life balance initiatives and awareness improves employee retention, satisfaction, and performance. As an emerging researcher my work has twice earned me the Wilson Award at MSU for excellence in human resource research. My thoughts on work-life have led to magazine articles, interviews on podcasts, and most recently given a published chapter in the book Beyond the Pride and the Privilege: Stories of Doctoral Students and Work Life Balance. I also am an intense advocate for flexible work-life policies that allow employees to tend to their personal needs and still excel in their job performance.
Student Affairs/College Administration
I have been a Student Affairs professional for the past 13 years. I am currently the Director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs at the University of Michigan-Flint. I have worked in multiple aspects of college administration including residence life, athletics, career services, academic success, judicial affairs, Fraternity and Sorority Life, graduate student services, advising organizations, and my favorite: leadership development. I have involved in the Knowledge Community and Commission leadership in NASPA and ACPA respectfully. I believe passionately in the value student affairs brings to a student’s experience. I will argue with anybody who dismisses student affairs as a support service or a secondary unit. Student Affairs is part of the formula to student success should be treated as such.
16 Random Facts About Me You Should Know About Me
- Despite all my achievements and love of speaking, my greatest achievements and love are with my son Alessio (3) and daughter Sofia (newborn).
- I met my wife Sherri while coaching football in Leavenworth, KS. I literally owe all I have in life to football.
- I was an extra in the film Blue Brothers 2000. Dan Akroyd gave me a towel….which belonged to a hotel. True story.
- I hold a 3rd degree brown belt in Shotokan Karate. I was close to getting my black belt but then moved. I will get that black belt one day…I promise!
- I am a musical theater nerd.
- I spoke Italian before I spoke English. I also speak French….terribly.
- I am a Toronto boy at heart but didn’t start rooting for any Toronto teams until I moved to the United States. I guess it’s how I deal with home sickness.
- I am a Civil War buff and at one point used to be a re-enactor.
- My son Alessio is co-authoring my first book.
- I am a professional wrestling fan. There, I said it!
- I am a proud brother of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.
- I am also a huge karate kid fan and have photos of me doing crane kicks in all sorts of crazy places.
- My reward for finishing my PhD will be enrolling in the Second City’s Sketch Comedy Writing Class.
- Tortellini are my my favorite food. I can eat them with anything…..and I do.
- I met Mr. T when I was a child. I touched his golden ring and he did not pity this fool.
- I donate my time to a great charity called Nubabiity Athletics. It is a charity that helps limb different children learn to play (and improve in) competitive sports. All the coaches are limb different as well.