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Shawn Harper - CEO, Speaker, NFL Veteran

Shawn Harper and his five siblings were raised by their single mother in Columbus, Ohio. Greeted daily by the hard knock life, 

he learned to survive the trenches of a rough, impoverished south side neighborhood. However, Shawn’s environment was not the 

only challenge he faced as a child. He also lives with four disabilities, including dyslexia and a speech impediment. He graduated 154th (last) 

in his class, did not receive scholarships to assist him financially, and there were no guarantees for Shawn – but just having an opportunity

 at the junior college was all he needed to explode and change his entire life forever.


While playing football for the junior college, he envisioned himself playing in the National Football League (NFL). For inspiration, he placed three

 letters above his headboard, “NFL”, and he continued to apply himself to his studies. Shawn was then recruited by Indiana University (IU). Having a 

successful football career at IU and graduating with honors, Shawn was drafted to the NFL and his dream became his reality.

​Shawn uses his “no excuses” philosophy to motivate millions of students, executives, and CEOs. Rising to fame in the NFL and serving as a life coach, 

successful business owner and worldwide motivational speaker, Shawn is living proof that “a set-back is a set-up for a comeback.“

  • Motivation

  • Play to Win

  • No Pressure No Diamond

  • Creating Capacity

  • Anti Bulling

  • Suicide Prevention

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Shawn Harper Motivational speaker

Program Information


Hear the fascinating personal story of Shawn Harper, who went from academic failure to college graduate; from sub-par football player to NFL career; from stutterer to international speaker, from broken home to family man and business owner. Learn how he overcame insurmountable odds to win at the game of life.

Listen to an entertaining, yet powerful personal testimony of overcoming adversity to inspire and motivate. This challenges team members to rise above what is holding them down to release their full potential.

Upon completion of this experience, participants will emerge with a plan of action and will be able to:

  • Gain the tools of vision and perspective

  • Uncover harmful belief systems that may be setting you back from achieving your goals

  • Break the chains that are limiting your potential

  • Create a new mindset that turns dreams into reality


Name a well-known leader who did not have adversity to can't! In order to create a diamond, carbon is at first exposed to very high pressure and it is under these circumstances in which a diamond is created. A lot can be gained from facing obstacles and challenge, find out what you can gain from your trials.


Adversity will either break you or make you a record-breaker! Pressure helps make a lump of coal turn into a beautiful diamond. As the saying goes--no pain, no gain!


As a result of participating in this program, participants will be able to:

• Learn from the decisions that great leaders had to make
• Consider a different perspective on the relationship between leadership and adversity
• Receive helpful tips on how to cope with pressure and manage your stress levels


When an organization is not growing, it's already dying. Being unprepared for growth and change easily occurs when managing day-to-day challenges and prevents planning for the future. Capacity must be created.


In this session, learn secrets from business legends such as Walt Disney, Ray Croc, and Bill Gates who foresaw what their businesses should look like well into the future and made plans for sustained growth and prosperity.


As a result of participating in this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discover how to recognize the signs of capacity overload

  • Learn the importance of building capacity into strategic planning

  • See why companies have failed due to capacity issues


The Winning Edge: 8 Principles that Will Bring Out the Winner in You Success and winning may sound like the same thing, but they aren’t! The picture of success is thrust upon us through images and ideas that the world has decided for us, and it’s based on externalities that leave us empty and unfulfilled. Winning is defined by you and begins with your internal identity. It seeks to maximize the potential and capacity of your purpose. Winning means producing and reproducing so that others can benefit from your legacy. Join former NFL player, Shawn Harper, as he takes wisdom he learned from the playing field and applies it to life beyond the game. These 8 principles and concepts will provide a detour that will usher you to the front of the line. Your life will never be the same as you live on The Winning Edge!  

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