JOE ROBERTS | SKID ROW CEO
Joe Roberts aka The Skidrow CEO is an expert on resiliency and change. Having experienced both catastrophic failure and extraordinary success Joe teaches how to overcome the roadblocks that get in the way of high performance. He helps companies and individuals redefine what’s truly possible by confronting limiting mindsets. Participants at Joes’ events leave inspired and moved to action. What is most amazing about Joe is that in 1989 he was living on the streets of Vancouver as a homeless skid row addict. Through perseverance, determination and his resilient human spirit, Joe pulled himself out of darkness and despair, to become a highly respected business and community leader. Joe’s message is relatable, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable. He tackles the stigma associated with mental health and addiction in a straight forward authentic way and shares the tools needed to build resiliency in any situation. Since 1989, Joe has acquired two college diplomas, became the CEO of one of Vancouver’s leading multimedia companies, walked across Canada and achieved more success than he could ever have imagined. Joe has been recognized by MacLean’s Magazine as one of “10 Canadians who make a difference,” won the BC Courage to Come Back Award, received The Ontario Premier’s Award for Business, was given an Honorary Doctorate from Laurentian University and was recognized by the Senate of Canada with their Canada 150 Medal. Recently Joe was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) from The Governor General of Canada. Joe’s business solutions have made millions of dollars for his clients, across a variety of business sectors. It is from this experience that Joe draws when addressing Fortune 500 companies, professional associations and organizations internationally. Joe is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Push for Change Foundation, a charity advocating for youth homelessness prevention. Joe walked 9064KM across Canada from May 1, 2016 until September 29, 2017, pushing a shopping cart to raise money and awareness about youth homelessness. Joe’s deep resonating “WHY” is to facilitate the experience that empowers people to redefine what’s truly possible for their lives, their business, their family, and their community. KEYNOTES: Joe has been described as “truly amazing”, “emotionally engaging with humor and humanity” and “completely change my perspective”. Our keynote programs are likely the most unique experience your organization will ever have. Joe’s passion and experience shine through as he takes your event to the next level. Joe is a master at customizing his keynotes to suit all audiences and industries. ★ How to build resiliency one step at a time Every one of us is confronted by adversity, challenge and change. We face it with our families, work, health, and finances. Success in the face of adversity and change depends on our level of resiliency. In this keynote, Joe teaches how to build the resiliency needed to overcome life’s challenges and embrace change. Using a research based behavioural change model, participants will evaluate their current state of resiliency and learn how to crush unproductive habits while developing a high-performance mindset. Participants leave with tools they can use immediately to create their own inspired results. Joe’s is a treasured Canadian whose life story embodies the resiliency of the human spirit. His message is inspiring, energetic, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable. In the keynote you will learn: • How to build resiliency despite the world around you • Applying the A.I.R. Model for behavioural change • Why failure is predictable and normal • Seeing possibility – how to reframe a limiting mindset • How to convert failures into assets • The 3 most important things to know about engaging people ★ Seeing Possibility not Probability Mental Health and Addiction impacts every one of us. We all face adversity, challenge and change. But not everyone has the resiliency needed to survive life’s toughest days. How do we talk openly about addiction and mental health? How do we collapse judgement through transparency? How do we help others face their problems head on? In this keynote, Joe shares his story of redemption from a life long struggle with addiction and mental illness. Joe’s is a treasured Canadian whose life story embodies the resiliency of the human spirit. His message is inspiring, energetic, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable. In the keynote you will learn: • How to Support the Person – Challenge the Behaviour • Empathy Centred Leadership Tools” • How to Conduct “Tough Stuff” Conversations • Vulnerability – Strength from Weakness • How To Meet People Where They Are ★ How to lead, inspire, and engage on purpose Apathy. Disengagement. Underperformance. How do we inspire and engage people with purpose driven leadership to embrace change? Joe Roberts is a social change champion! In 1989 he was homeless living under a bridge, 12 years later he was a celebrated CEO. Joe made a promise when he was on the street to “pay it forward” and in 2017 he finished a 9064km charity walk across Canada. Joe teaches resiliency and inspires difference makers to lead with their “why”. In this keynote Joe takes you on an epic adventure from the planning stages, the aggressive pre-trek training schedule, and the campaign logistics up to the launch day. On May 1st 2016 Joe and Team Push for Change hit the road traversing the entire Trans Canada Highway from St John’s, NL to Vancouver, BC. Joe will share the extraordinary experiences of walking 24km every day, rain, snow or shine. Meeting icons like Walter Gretzky and Michael “Pinball” Clemons, inspiring over 100,000 students during 457 community events ending with a private meeting with the Prime Minster of Canada. In the keynote you will learn: • Resiliency Tools needed for the long game • How to reframe setbacks while staying committed • How to inspire Employee and Community Engagement • How to harness purpose driven leadership • How to lead teams towards Social Change ** for full information on Joe's client options and services click to his website from this profile **
Joe Roberts Inspirational Convocation Video
I want to thank you for inspiring, educating and empowering all of us.
I want to personally thank you for the excellent work you did on our recent 11 city cross Canada road tour with Primerica. Finding the perfect speaker for our annual tour is never easy. Rarely do we find individuals whose personal life experience has the power to motivate and move people like your story did. The way you delivered with consistency night after night and the impact you had on each room was reflected in the high level of engagement and feedback that we are still receiving. Your message was perfect for our sales group and I want to thank you for inspiring, educating and empowering all of us.
Your presentation was absolutely thought provoking, powerful and very moving.
Your presentation was absolutely thought provoking, powerful and very moving. It was very motivational for the group to hear what happens when “things go right.” I heard personally from numerous officers in attendance that they were emotionally impacted by your message and so very proud to be a police officer.
I LOVE your story and so did each participant ...
When we were selecting our speaker to tour the country with us we needed someone who could speak with authenticity to our group. We needed someone that understood the nuances of sales and could deliver not just a talk but tangible value and tools our reps could take to the streets to generate new business. From Victoria to Halifax you blew audience after audience away. As an entrepreneur I LOVE your story and so did each participant at DLC University.