Mike Donahue is the executive director and founder of Denver, CO based R5 Productions and Value Up, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reaching out and enriching the lives of young people through its award-winning program.
Mike Donahue has spoken to more than a million students through the last decade. He has spent the last 30 years working with young people all over the world. In addition to traveling the United States, Asia, South America and Europe speaking to young people, Mike has authored four books: Reinventing My Normal, Hidden Scars, Talking to Brick Walls, and his latest book, Value Up.
He is one of the most sought-after speakers in the country on the subject of respect, bullying, and school climate issues, speaking alongside the likes of Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, and Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education. His candid style and authentic persona keep the students engaged from the first words and leaves them inspired.
Mike hails from Boston, MA, was a member of the United States Air Force, is the father of four children, and is married to his beautiful wife Rachel. He has dedicated his life to helping students understand their own innate value and the value of other people.
Since then, Craig has dedicated his life to making a difference in schools sharing his and his sister’s story. Speaking on a number of issues, the biggest thing the shooting taught him was the value of human life. Because of his work and experiences, Craig has had numerous appearances on Oprah, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and many others. He was appointed to a Presidential panel on school safety and has been a consistent voice in the media after incidents of school violence. His presentations have helped to stop hundreds of documented suicides as well as several school shootings. He has spoken to over a million people in live settings.