Foster care motivational speaker and foster parent trainer Derek Clark has an inspiring story of resilience and redemption. He is a popular child welfare speaker and trainer for professionals working in the foster care system. Derek grew up in the California foster care system and has become a successful author, musician and motivational speaker after a childhood filled with rage and fractured relationships. He spent 13 years in the foster care system. Before entering foster care, Derek suffered unthinkable child abuse, abandonment and emotional distress, Derek knows first hand on how to cope with adversity and overcoming hardship. His past reflects a life of humiliation, aggression, emotional distress, self esteem issues and overwhelming anxiety. He has experienced the life of fear and rejection and much more.
Derek Clark is an inspiring motivational speaker and the author of Never Limit Your Life and the critically acclaimed I Will Never Give Up book series. As the founder of several successful corporations, Derek knows that attitude, vision, leadership, teamwork and a fresh perspective play critical roles in the success of any organization. When individuals push themselves beyond their self perceived limits, everyone around them grows in strength and character. Hope and positivity are not only contagious, but the keys to higher productivity. Personal and professional success begins, first and foremost, with our attitude. By cultivating drive, focus, and fearlessness, employees will find their professional and personal lives opening up to new promise and fresh opportunities.
Derek Clark knows first-hand the power of attitude in coping with adversity and overcoming hardship. At five years of age, Derek’s mother and stepfather (his biological father was in prison) turned him over to the California foster care system, where he would spend the next thirteen years of his life, contending with rejection, humiliation, emotional distress and overwhelming anxiety. Yet through it all, Derek never gave up, and went from victim to victor by defying the artificial limitations imposed on him. He literally took a disadvantage in life and turned it into an advantage. His remarkable story is one of resilience and redemption, from his personal to professional life.
Having suffered brutal child abuse and abandonment, Derek was prone to severe distress and lashing out in anger. As a child he was “labeled and misdiagnosed” in almost every psychological evaluation in existence. As a helpless child, Derek was nearly institutionalized due to severe erratic behavioral problems and violent tendencies. At 6 years old, Derek was diagnosed as mentally handicapped with an IQ of a two and half year old and suffered erratic psychosis. As he developed, it became clear to his wonderful foster parents that this diagnosis was without merit.
Derek’s life mission has become helping others find the mental strength to recognize and take advantage of opportunities. His keynotes are based on true-life trials and triumphs, and have inspired thousands of listeners to have the mental strength to overcome adversity and fear. His purpose is to cultivate drive, focus, and the courage to take action.
In his presentations, he reveals how he overcame his adversities and how he triumphed in his personal life. He takes you down his road of lessons that he has learned of hate, anger, resentment, mistrust in adults, violent tendencies, rejection, lack of love, child abuse and the memories that have haunted his life. Derek believes he has successfully thrived as a leader in life because of his painful past, compassion for others and living a “No Excuse” life.
As a motivational speaker, Derek inspires youth and adults across this nation to never give up and to not let the past limit their incredible future. He shares his message of courage, hope and perseverance to help others find the strength to Never Give Up. When Derek speaks, it is from his passionate soul. He brings along his guitar to sing the journals of his life. He believes that music is one of the purest ways to touch and communicate with the hearts of the audience. His listeners will be ignited with passion and have the courage to take action and fight their fears. He will inspire and teach you to push yourself beyond your perceived limits. He believes it all comes down to a choice and taking responsibility for the direction of your life. He is proof that you don’t have to let adversity hold you down in life; you have a fascinating and inspiring destiny awaiting you.
Derek is an inspiring motivational speaker/trainer, an internet sensation as the Rapping Dad in the viral video hit, a featured expert on CNN Headline News, The Ricki Lake Show, The Steve Harvey TV Show and many TV shows around the world. He is the author of seven books including “Disable the Label”, “Never Limit Your Life” and the “I Will Never Give Up” book series.
As a speaker, author and singer/songwriter, Derek has spoken and performed his music from Australia to Canada including a President of the United States. His true-life trials and personal triumphs have inspired organizations with his message of hope and unwavering perseverance. His maxim is to make no excuses. He has turned his situation from a victim to a victor, equipping him with the Wisdom and the Will to never give up.
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Derek Clark is a motivational and inspirational speaker and trainer, singer/songwriter and the author of Never Limit Your Life and the I Will Never Give Up book series. Derek has over 100 tracks on iTunes. His true-life trials while in and out of foster care have added to his personal triumphs have and inspired organizations throughout the United States, Australia and Canada with his powerful message of hope and unwavering perseverance. Here are some of his recent keynotes:
Australia National Foster Care and Kinship Care Conference
TEDx California – Independently Organized TED Event
International Foster Care Organization -IFCO World Conference
Ohio Supreme Court Intercourt Conference
National Eligibility Workers Association – California State Chapter Conference
Juvenile Court, Community and Alternative School Administrators of California State Conference
Milton Hershey School
Court Improvement Summit
Mexico City – Colegio Anglo Mexicano De Coyoacan Preparatory High School for National Autonomous University of Mexico
California Association of Probation Services Administrators State Conference
Federal Bureau of Prisons Conference
Ministry of Canada Crown Ward Conference
Circuit Court Conference
and many more.
If you are planning a child welfare conference or are a professional working in the foster care system and desire to find out more about motivational speaker Derek Clark and his inspiring programs,