Detroit-Based Speaker / Paul Artale

“Paul joined us for Talks at Google and gave one of the most engaging talks we’ve had this year. The lessons he shared regarding both his self-acceptance and the acceptance of others was not only inspiring, but very instructive. Within our community at Google, we’re making strides to become more inclusive to all identities. By Paul sharing his story, the microaggressions he faces, and being open and transparent to answering questions from the audience, he widened our minds and in turn made us more aware of how we can better support our customers and colleagues who have either a seen or unseen disability.”

Molly Force
Disabilities Task Force Lead / Google


Paul was a rock star! HIT HARD lit a fire in our audience to face challenges and keep going. I received nothing but compliments and appreciation from all attendees. I would recommend Paul. His energy is through the roof!

Lisa Winstead, Executive Director
Hobart Chamber of Commerce

Hobart Chamber of Commerce

“Paul Artale is a fine speaker and provided Ford Employees, as well as a few employees belonging to other Disability ERGs in Southeast Michigan, with the opportunity to learn about disability in the workplace through his presentation. Paul has fantastic audience engagement, had a clear presentation and answered audience questions thoroughly.

Some feedback we received from attendees:

‘There were parts that were very eye-opening.’

‘I am very glad I attended – answered a few important questions for me.’

‘Great session!’

We recommend Paul as a speaker to any professional group wanting to learn more about the topic of disability in the workplace.

The Members of Ford Empowering Diverse Abilities


“The Association for Human Resource Management had the distinct pleasure to obtain Paul Artale as a guest at our August chapter meeting. At that time, Paul delivered and engaging, funny, and informative lecture about (dis)abilities in the workplace (and other areas of our lives). Paul’s content was so refreshing that several of our ~100 HR professional members signed up to be a part of Paul’s online community to learn more about disabilities, work life balance, etc. from his newsletters, podcasts, and books. As the Interim Director of Programming, it was a pleasure to work with Paul logistically. He was timely, prepared with entertaining slides, and he stayed at the meeting till all members had left to ensure he fielded their many questions and post-lecture comments. I would recommend Paul to any other organization for speaking engagements in the future!

Brooke Lugonjic, Program Chair
Grand Rapids SHRM


Paul Artale is an exceptional leader, speaker, professional, and human being. While working for for me in Graduate Student Affairs at Michigan State University Mr. Artale designed and initiated several cutting edge programs that continue to make a difference in the lives of our students. Paul is also and outstanding and captivating motivational speaker. His inspirational message encourages and inspires people to reach towards their highest potential. I highly recommend Mr. Paul Artale as a higher education leader and motivational speaker.”

Katie Butterfield, Conference Chair
Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University

“Paul acted as a motivational speaker on behalf of Habitat for Humanity Lansing at a Team Build Workshop with Accident Fund employees. His presentation was moving, inspirational, and tailored to the specifics of our event. I recommend Paul to other businesses and non-profits.

Dena Vatalaro
Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

“Paul spoke for us at the May Grand Rapids Business Breakfast and he did not disappoint. His message was, THE SPORK FACTOR: USING WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY TO CREATE A HIGH IMPACT WORK CULTURE. His content, knowledge, delivery and humor were excellent! All of our surveys came in with excellent ratings. I recommend Paul for your next event speaker.

Michelle Steffes, President
Grand Rapids Business Breakfast

GR Business Breakfast

“This was one of the best keynote conference kick-offs I have experienced in a while. If you need a motivational speaker with inspiration to get you and your colleagues moving, look no further! Paul Artale tells a heartwarming personal story, with a twist of humor all while keeping his audience engaged. If Paul can do it, the rest of us can, too. I highly recommend him for any type of meeting as his story and delivery will rev those engines!

Lorri Vedder, National Chair
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)


“Paul spoke at our yearly LSA Administrative Professionals conference. He was able to clearly articulate exactly what he advertises: how to identify and leverage our current strengths, how to maximize our opportunities in our current space, and how to build allies within that space. His talk was entertaining, while providing useful information that can be used by people in all levels of an organization. I highly recommend Paul… you won’t be sorry!

Dana Brown
Senior Assistant to the Director
National Center for Institutional Diversity
University of Michigan

NCID / Univ of Michigan

“Paul was nothing short of phenomenal. Although he was only able to interact with the audience through a computer screen, he was engaging, funny, quick-witted and had many interactive aspects woven into his presentations. His two workshops and his keynote presentation received completely positive reviews from the members. They felt touched by his story, motivated by his message, and left feeling as though the time spent watching Paul was beneficial to them personally and professionally. Paul had a good rhythm to his story, and kept over 500 registrants engaged virtually through his keynote — which is no easy feat!”

Kimberly Way
Director of Training / Michigan Works

Michigan Works!

I am very happy to recommend Mr. Paul Artale as a speaker at any of your education programs. Paul spoke to our chapter at our 2018 Annual Meeting and was a big hit. The title of his program was, “Being Superman – 4 Concepts That Help Leaders Understand (Dis)Ability.” Following his seminar, each participant is required to evaluate the speaker. Paul’s evaluation put him in the top 1% of all speakers that we have ever contracted. I have no doubt that he will impress your participants as well. You won’t go wrong contracting Paul.”

Joseph Garves, Managing Director
Ohio Valley Country Club Managers Association

Ohio Valley Chapter

It is with great pleasure I recommend Paul Artale. Paul spoke at the 31st Annual SLS State High School Conference on November 5-6 at Shanty Creek Resort. His keynote “HIT HARD” was well-received by 250 high school students. Paul was easy to work with and eager to meet the needs of not only my organization but the students themselves. I recommend him for students and adults. I am sure that your students will enjoy Paul’s message as much as we did.”

Dawn Flood, Program Director
Student Leading Students

“Paul was our closing keynote at the 2019 HR Tampa Conference & Expo, his topic was Being Superman: 4 Concepts That Help Leaders Understand (Dis)Ability. He had a wonderful way of presenting a difficult topic with humor and provided strategies for recruitment and retention of employees with (dis)abilities using personal experiences and stories. It was a very educational session as well as entertaining.”

Layla Bonis / HR TAMPA

HR Tampa

Paul is an amazing speaker. He spoke to my students about topics related to bullying. My High School age students were engaged and interacting with Paul throughout his presentation. Paul will leave your audience with some serious food-for-thought. I highly recommend him for your event.”

Joshua Armstrong, Anti-Bullying Assembly Chair
Pickering College

Pickering College

“I had the pleasure of meeting Paul at the Toastmasters District 13 Spring Conference. Paul’s speech, ‘Hit Hard,’ carried a great message that I can use to both my professional and personal life. Paul’s 3 Must-Have Mindsets would be valuable characteristics to adopt at any business or organization. Paul brought credibility along with his powerful message. Paul exemplifies the meaning of a true inspirational speaker. In addition to being our Keynote Speaker, Paul also participated and interacted with our group throughout the conference. I highly recommend working with Paul and hearing his ‘Hard Hitting’ message at your next conference or event.

Bob Johnson, District Director
District 13 Toastmasters

Toastmasters International

“Paul has an engaging and interactive presentation style that ensured he connected with all members of the audience. His personal story coupled with humor resulted in a message that resonated and had my staff talking about the presentation long after he was done.”

Scott Menzel, Superintendent
Washtenaw Intermediate School District

Washtenaw ISD

“Paul is a knowledgeable Higher Education Professional and a motivating keynote speaker. I have had the opportunity and privilege to hear Paul present on several different occasions. Paul’s engaging stories and real life testaments are moving and inspirational! Paul’s messages and his delivery resonate with the audience and leave a lasting impression! If you have not heard Paul speak I would highly recommend you check him out!”

Andrew Belanger, President
Michigan Public Relations Association


“Paul ‘joined’ our SHRM chapter via Zoom to lead an informative and engaging discussion on the power of storytelling and how to build your own story for greatest impact. Despite more than a few schedule changes – and even slight topic changes – Paul remained flexible, positive, and creative. We enjoyed the content and loved his energy!

Serena Fisher, Program Chair
Volusia Flagler SHRM