Unlimited Potential...

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Joe Roberts
Keynote Speaker | Author | Humanitarian

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From Skid Row to CEO

Experience an unforgettable, life-changing story with author and inspirational keynote speaker Joe Roberts.

In 1989, Joe Roberts was a homeless addict, struggling with his mental health. Within 12 years, he was celebrated as the Skid Row CEO, a highly successful entrepreneur featured in multiple publications.

Joe’s lived experience resonates deeply with audiences.

They sit spellbound as he recounts the story of his dramatic transformation, all while weaving in strategic lessons that meet them exactly where they are.

His presentations inspire audiences with a fresh perspective on adversity and resilience, and the belief that they can create their own life-changing story when they access the unlimited potential already inside them.

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Joe’s message is a true testament to the resilience of the human spirit

and what you can achieve when you set your mind to it.

―Fire Chief, Town of Essex, Former Board Member, OACF

Explore Joe's Inspiring Keynotes

From Skid Row to CEO

Building resilience one step at a time

In this empowering keynote, Joe teaches audiences how to build the resiliency needed to succeed in the face of adversity and change by taking small, attainable steps. Sharing the story of his catastrophic failure and extraordinary success, Joe inspires audiences to see beyond their perceived limitations to overcome life’s challenges and embrace change.

This keynote is ideal for anyone who is:

  • Trying to adapt to significant change or disruption and enhance their resilience
  • Disconnected from their purpose and passion and showing signs of burnout or underperformance
  • Feeling stuck or holding onto limiting beliefs and a negative outlook
  • Struggling to see their potential and ability to accomplish anything!

The audience will leave with:

  • Actionable insights on building personal resilience no matter what challenge or change they are facing
  • A greater understanding of the cumulative impact of small, consistent actions and the motivation to take the first step
  • Renewed interest and focus in their work as they reconnect to their purpose and passion
  • Tools for reframing a limiting mindset so they can see the possibilities in themselves and the world around them

There’s More to You Than You Can See

Collapsing mental health stigma

In this eye-opening keynote, Joe shares the critical role family and community support played in helping him overcome a lifelong struggle with substance use and mental health. Through the lens of his incredible transformation, audiences will be reminded that every person, including themselves, has enormous potential and will leave inspired to create safe spaces for others to learn, grow, and change.

This keynote is ideal for leaders and teams who are:

  • Seeing a rapid rise in sick leave, burnout, suicide, PTSD, substance use disorder, and depression in their organization
  • Experiencing productivity decreases, increased sick days, quiet quitting, unmotivated staff, high turnover, or internal strife and tensions
  • Needing to build empathy-based leadership and a psychologically safe work environment
  • Unaware or unconcerned about the stigma and issues surrounding mental health, addiction, and suicide

The audience will leave with:

  • The motivation and tools to develop empathy centered leadership and see the possibilities in everyone they meet
  • Simple steps anyone can take to create a safe space where people are seen and heard
  • Practical techniques for supporting the person AND challenging the behavior, including tools for conducting “Tough Stuff” Mental Health Conversations

To Protect and Serve

The life-changing potential of every interaction

In this inspiring keynote, Joe Roberts highlights the life-changing impact first responders can have in every interaction through his own remarkable story. What was a typical distress call for Constable Scott MacLeod (another man with a gun threatening suicide) became a moment that changed Joe’s life forever. Joe’s story reminds first responders of the power of every interaction and the deep impact they have, but don’t always see, on their communities.

This keynote is perfect for any first responder who is:

  • Feeling under-appreciated under the weight of public hostility, negative headlines, and the growing anti-police movements
  • Needing a reminder of the good work being done every day in their millions of positive interactions
  • Struggling to see the potential in the people they support and serve because of burnout, frustration, or unrecognized bias and stigma

The audience will leave with:

  • A feeling of being honored and appreciated for their work
  • A powerful reminder of their ability to make a difference in their community through a real-life example
  • A rededication and commitment to purpose and passion and tools for staying inspired and motivated despite external factors
  • Greater empathy and respect for the potential of those who struggle with mental health or addiction

Safety - It’s About the Little Things

Leading and inspiring a culture of safety

In this keynote, Joe explores the connection between mental safety and physical safety and shares how anyone can connect their personal purpose to safer behavior. As Joe walks the audience through his first poor choice and how it led to a journey of degradation and despair, they will understand why people make unsafe decisions and how they can intentionally build physically and mentally safer workplaces with every small decision.

This presentation is perfect for safety leaders and teams who are:

  • Unaware of the significant impact mental health can have on job performance and safety
  • Lacking a safe and supportive environment where employees feel comfortable discussing their mental health
  • Struggling to pay attention to the little things, leading to potentially costly mistakes
  • Unsure how they can build a culture of empathy where people feel seen, heard, and safe enough to address potential safety issues

The audience will leave with:

  • A deeper understanding of why the little things matter so much and the motivation to make every small choice a good one
  • A greater appreciation for the importance of advocating for prevention, even if it means having a tough conversation
  • Tools for creating a safe space where people are not only seen and heard but also supported in their struggles

The Push for Change

How to lead, inspire, and engage on purpose

Pushing a shopping cart 9,064km (5,625 miles) across Canada may sound impossible, but amazing things happen when passion aligns with purpose! Joe shares lessons learned from The Push for Change, a 17-month walk across Canada to support the end of youth homelessness. As audiences follow along with his journey, they‘ll learn practical insights for developing a purpose-driven leadership that inspires and engages others.

This program is perfect for any audience who wants to lead well but is:

  • One of the 4 in 5 people that aren’t playing to their strengths in the workplace
  • Unsure how to handle the issues they’re facing with their teams, such as decreased productivity, increased sick days, unmotivated staff, and internal strife and tensions
  • Struggling with apathy, disengagement, and underperformance, due to burnout-out or a disconnect from their purpose and passion

The audience will leave with:

  • Tools they can immediately use to overcome adversity and reframe a limiting mindset
  • The ability to tackle big projects and stay focused by tapping into their deeper sense of purpose-driven leadership
  • Three core things that get people and teams fired up so they can achieve literally anything!
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You connected with people using your authentic personal experience...
with both mental health and addiction, something that
touches all our lives.

―Area Manager, BC Hydro

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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.”

―Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police

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The employees and contractors attending this safety meeting were
...more engaged then I’ve seen them in years.

―Talisman Energy

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Our members were very impressed with his story...
and appreciated his great
insight on leadership.

―Executive VP and ACEO, Credit Union Managers Association of Manitoba

Joe Roberts, The Keynote Speaker who redefines impossible

Inspirational Keynote Speaker on Resilience, Mental Health, Overcoming Adversity and Leadership

Joe teaches how anyone can overcome perceived limitations and achieve their goals.

His life experience provides teachable moments that drive a fresh and unique perspective to today’s common challenges:

  • How to develop resilience and overcome adversity and change
  • How to cultivate empathy-centered leadership to inspire passion among your teams
  • Break free from limiting beliefs to unlock human potential
  • Engage in difficult conversations about mental health and substance use disorder

A masterful keynote speaker, Joe’s customized presentations will lead you on a transformative journey towards embracing a BELIEVE IN POSSIBLE™️ mindset.

Joe’s goal is to help you create a highly successful event. From the moment you connect with him, his team will collaborate with you to ensure your event runs seamlessly.

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