Client Quotes


“Sam Kavanagh’s story of tragedy turned to triumph is one that will take you on a roller coaster of emotions.  Through his distinct gift of public speaking, Sam’s story will make you laugh and cry – but most of all, it will make you respect his courage, admire his perseverance and appreciate his passion for life.  Sam possesses a unique ability to relate to his audience and will leave a lasting impression on anyone who hears his uplifting story.”

– Matt Benchich, The Hartford



“Sam’s story is not only a riveting, sit-on-the-edge-of-your- seat narration, it is also a
 compelling, moving, heart wrenching recap of perseverance that inspires you to overcome
 personal obstacles and stop complaining about first world problems… he’s one of the good
– Trish Berry, Global Strategy Program Director at Newark element14

“Sam is an inspiring and engaging speaker. You feel an instant connection to his genuine nature and leave feeling in awe of his accomplishments and what he endured. Sam not only shared his experiences but truly motivated us to meet our challenges head on. For any business leader looking to engage and motivate their employees – I highly suggest bringing Sam in to speak to the team. Truly inspiring and motivating – an experience that will impact you in all areas of your life.”

– Nadine Hanna, Marketing Manager at Newark element14



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“I cannot say enough about how much I appreciate Sam Kavanagh and the message he delivered to our students at Columbia Falls High School. After talking with Sam in advance, he crafted his talks to fit our school’s culture and motto. Sam spoke to various student groups at CFHS High School along with delivering the keynote address at graduation. Sam also made a presentation at the Columbia Falls Middle School. In all accounts Sam’s message was inspiring and entertaining. His words and his ability to be “real” definitely made a positive impact on many of our students. After his visit, I continue to receive numerous comments from school board trustees, parents and students about how much they enjoyed, and were inspired by Sam’s message.”
-Scott Gaiser, Principal, Columbia Falls High School



“Sam has spoken to our 7th grade students many times in the last few years. His inspiring message is one the kids talk about long after he leaves. His story and dynamic speaking keeps their full attention, which is not an easy task. Not only does he inspire students to look for the good in hard situations, but he challenges them to work hard and put forth their best effort even when things are difficult. Sam is one of the most memorable speakers we have had for our students.”
-Charissa Johaneson, 7th Grade Teacher, Chief Joseph Middle School, Bozeman, MT

Whitefish 2Whitefish High School

“Sam is one of my heroes. To have him speak with our entire ninth grade at Whitefish High School was surreal. As he tells ‘his story’ and weaves in the urge for each individual listener to find meaning in their own story, the captivating response is one of survival in the face of life’s great challenges, as well as motivation to dictate the shape your own story, by focusing on positive passions in one’s life.”

-Kim Schneider, Whitefish High School Educator