Motivational Keynotes


“H.I.T.T. Hard: Overcoming Adversity in Life.”  Two words that have allowed me to overcome any challenge set before me.  Using my experiences in semi-pro and collegiate football as a framework, my challenges will inspire you to be more and do more in life.    Click here to view clips from this award winning speech.


“The Spork Principle:” A survival guide to working in the small college (or business) work environment.”

Ever been the head of a department of one?  Has your head sported multiple hats?  If the answer is yes then Paul has also felt your pain.   Paul spent several years working at small, private liberal arts colleges.  Before that he was a special education teacher in a high needs school that did not have the infrastructure to meet student needs.  Growing up Paul worked for the family business: a small company that struggled to fight the giants in the industry.  Even when working for a major state university with over 40,000 students, Paul still found himself working for a department 1/4 the size of comparable institutions.  In other words: Being understaffed and outgunned is something Paul is used to but in every case he was able to succeed.  It isn’t easy but during the course of this presentation Paul will take you through his principles of success!  As an added bonus Paul will tell you how to keep your sanity as well.

*Note this program can be catered to student organizations as well.  

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Being Superman: The Journey and Privilege of (Dis)Ability.

Born with shortened forearms and missing fingers, Paul Artale dreamed of playing college football.  Although he was cut from his high school team, 6 years later Paul found himself playing defensive end for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.  During this presentation Paul will infuse his life story of overcoming challenges both on and off the football field with practical knowledge relating to ability, inclusion, and resilience.  Specifically, participants will:


  1. Learn the 3 key strategies in building resilience in their own lives.
  2. Learn the key tenants of Gibson’s Disability Identity Theory Model
  3. Understand and identify microagressions and how to combat them
  4. Define and understand intersectionality both broadly and on a personal level
  5. Create action steps to be more inclusive in their practice


The lessons you will learn from Paul will expand your view of inclusion, ability, and provide you with the tools necessary to overcome challenges in your endeavors.