Youth motivational speaker. Sugarcane farm boy turned author and keynote speaker who has worked for big name brands like Apple, Tesla, Salesforce, Uber, and Cruise Automation. A dynamic leadership speaker who presents fluently in English and Spanish.
Due to an emergency, Ovi‘s mom left him alone in the United States as a teenager without any support. By sharing his personal story, Ovi empathizes with students who face challenges because he was once considered an "at-risk student" himself before defying the odds and graduating from High School going then to college.
“The freedom to dream is allows me the opportunity to achieve.”
What to Expect
YOUR AUDIENCE WILL LEARN:
How to stay positive when facing challenges
How to be free from negative influences
How to avoid destructive behavior cycles
Why education is THE KEY to your dreams
How to understand your true potential
How to get and stay motivated for life
My message with a 100% family-friendly presentation routine and motivational speech that has dazzled and moved audiences, from elementary schools to high schools, to professionals in tech, in every community.
I am a farm boy from the sugarcane fields of Central America. From wielding a machete in the sugarcane fields at the tender age of 14 years old. I arrived in the US in 2006. In 2009, my mother had to return home to care for my dying grandmother. Left alone, with no support, I did the only thing I could do —survive. Enrolled in high school during the day and working in warehouses at night, stayed away from drugs, alcohol, and negative influences, I overcame adversity and graduated in 2011. Received my DACA in Nov. 2014. Studied IT in business from Foothill College and landed an internship at Salesforce, have worked for Apple, Tesla, Salesforce, Uber, and now at Cruise Automation. I am the author of 5 books and I emerge today as one of the most sought-after bilingual motivational speakers of our time.
I share with educators how to motivate migrant students & keep them motivated. I help migrant students adapt to a new culture & school system, and to succeed. I inspire parents to encourage their kids to enroll in college.
My goals are to increase college enrollment. Increase graduation rates. Decrease dropout rates. Your audience will learn: Why education is THE KEY to your dreams. How to stay positive when facing hard times. How to stay free from negative influences. How to discover your true potential. How to get and stay motivated for a better life. How to awaken the leader in you.
As a teacher every day you are impacting the lives of hundreds of kids. You are shaping the future of our country. But, with so much contention and negativity in the world, how do you ensure it doesn't show up in your classroom? How do you stop the bullying and eliminate racial tension? How do you help a migrant kid who is ready to drop out?
As an unaccompanied immigrant farm boy from the sugarcane fields of Guatemala, I have experienced firsthand the struggle that immigrant children face. I understand how disruptive it can be to the classroom, from bullying to feeling alone, to the fear of not being able to make it on my own. I was tired of not being able to understand most of my teachers. I failed classes. I failed the CAHSEE test 3 times. I wanted to drop out.
The good news is; Even though my single mom left me by myself during High School, I overcame these challenges. I worked in a warehouse during graveyard shifts to put myself through school. I built my own self-esteem to overcome the bullying. I focused on my studies. I worked tirelessly to enroll in college, start my own company, and become a published author.
Now, I'm passionate about sharing my story with students and teachers. Bridging the gap between immigrant and American children. Showing teachers how to identify early warning signs of immigrant children who are here alone. Inspiring students and teachers alike to discover their greatness. Developing a thirst for parents to get involved in school’s meetings. It is our understanding of each other that allows us to come together and succeed.
Additional Booking Notes
Usually, I only ask for a projector, HDMI cable, and a lapel microphone. For room set up, Chevron style would be ideal for best experience but not always required.
Chevron room style