Reviews

Read what audience members have to say about Mark’s presentations:

Best keynote speech I have heard in 30 years.

- Stephen Freeman VP at M&T Insurance Agency Inc.

Mark’s session was the most inspiring and engaging experience I have had in a long time to regard to K-12 public education.

- Chad Wyen Superintendent at Mad River Local Schools

This was the best keynote I have ever been to! It was so inspiring the whole way through, provided easily applicable information and left me ready to act!

- Shelley Baudean Grants Specialist

Life changing message. Let me say I feel I’ve learned a new way to understand and speak to my grandkids and the younger generation.

- Terry Strayhand CTE Grants & Accountability LEAD

Absolutely hit the target for students of today and the impact of teaching for their future.

- Missie McKinney Assistant Principal at Dalton High School

Amazing presenter! Mark makes it real. He bridges the gap between education and employment.

- Terry Krezmer Human Resources at Larson Design Group

You know a speaker is great when he inspires you to race back to your office or classroom to start implementing what he said. Mark is that kind of speaker.

- Sally Pestana Kapiolani Community College

Mark Perna — what a change agent! Amazing presentation! Mark shows that we should believe in today’s younger generation and help them open every new door.

- Timothy Reilly Teacher, Author, Global Director at Farmington High School

Buckle up for a fast, furious conversation of motivating younger generations and becoming aware of the issues with employment gaps and the way to fix them. Very exciting conversation with Mark Perna.

- Sadie Fritzler Career Coach at Northeastern Junior College

What an eye opening morning. This will forever change the way I look at my young staff. I didn’t realize I had such an amazing army of world changers at my fingertips.”

- Kellie Kiser Executive Director at YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

Insightful, energetic, challenging and spot on!

- Bob Pautke Founder/President at SOAR with Purpose

Mark Perna was an absolute pleasure to work with as the keynote speaker for our company’s tuXperience Event. He tailored his presentation to fit our audience and was extremely energetic, engaging and entertaining while at the same time hitting our attendees with topics that hit the “sweet spot” for what they are experiencing with today’s workforce challenges. Our attendees could not say enough as to how much they enjoyed his presentation, as well as the ability to take back to their organizations so many of the thought-provoking topics and solutions he addressed!

- Lysa Kenney Sales & Marketing Specialist at Tooling U-SME and Bryan Knaack, Manager, Client Services at Tooling U-SME

Understanding the passions and needs of others creates engagement and leads to success. Mark Perna understands and preaches this in an engaging and embracing monologue.

- Mark Drury Vice President, Business Development at Shapiro & Duncan Inc.

Fantastic delivery of an incredibly relevant topic. Who doesn’t want to understand Gen Y better? The storytelling format made the entire presentation so much more interesting and relatable. I would say this was one of the best I’ve heard on this topic.

- Dana Zorn Training & Development Specialist at Hilite International

We are all trying to make a difference, make improvement, and make an impact in our business and our personal lives. The info shared today provides insight and inspiration to do just that!

- Robert Martens Chief Mfg Eng – Steering at Nexteer Automotive

One of the most informative presentations that I have ever been involved with at the professional level. Mark gives a great perspective on how to understand the Millennial Generation.

- Wade Thompson Vice President, Membership/Workforce at ABC North Alabama

Mark provides valuable information about engaging Millennials in a very energetic and captivating way, with great examples and stories.

- Scot McLemore Technical Workforce Development at Honda North America, Inc.

This presentation gave me a much better understanding of how to deal with the Millennial Generation. I had never heard of many of the ideas.

- Tim Webber VP of North America Operations at Greif, Inc.

Great insight on how Millennials expect respect of them first and how respect must be earned. Also the light at the end of the tunnel strategy is helpful. I would like to read Mark’s book when it is published.

- Janis Tobin Controller at Arwood Machine Corp.

High energy and excellent message on hearing the branch creak, giving the vision, and creating common ground with Millennials.

- June Hazzard VP, Human Resources at Woodward, Inc.

After hearing this presentation, I have a much better understanding of the Millennials, their needs and a strategy for success.

- Jim Kunik Sr. Brand Strategy Manager at WW Grainger, Inc.

This message is very current with our needs, on how to interact with Millennials.

- Seth Machlus VP of Operations at Hartwig Inc.

Experience is everything. This presentation provided great input on retaining and managing Millennials.

- Maria Kogen Sr. Director, Brand at WW Grainger, Inc.

I walked into the classroom thinking that I should be back at the office getting my work finished. When this presentation was ending, I became extremely disappointed that I couldn’t have the entire day to sit and learn from Mark. Hands down 100% the best time and information I have received in my career. Thank you!

- Kimberly Stephens Chief Communications Officer at Lake Emergency Services

I absolutely loved the presentation. Mr. Perna was the best speaker/presenter I have ever seen. Please bring him back again.

- Franchetta Honer FL Hospital Waterman at FL Hospital Water Client Services & Office Supervision

You know a speaker is great when he inspires you to race back to your office or classroom to start implementing what he said. Mark is that kind of speaker.

- Sally Pestana Kapiolani Community College

I could have listened for another hour. Too short! This presentation should be delivered to every school teacher in America.

- TerriAnn Brennan Sr. Communications Manager at Montgomery County Public Schools

Your insight, framing and context are amazingly aligned with what we need in education today!

- Bob Sinclair James Hubert Blake High School

Dynamic and powerful! Inspiring educators like myself to change the way we can be game changers in our students’ lives and get them where they need to be. Mahalo!

- Michael Sana Instructor/Academy Lead at Waipahu High School

Wow! Bringing Mark Perna in to speak to MCC faculty and administrators was one of the best decisions we ever made. His powerful keynote address during our fall opening week was, and continues to be, instrumental in helping the College sharpen its focus on enrollment, engagement, and retention. Mark is a dynamic and entertaining speaker, but more importantly, his presentation was one of real substance. He laid out specific, step-by-step strategies for getting students in the door, keeping them interested, and helping them cross the finish line. Our audience was so impressed that they gave Mark an enthusiastic standing ovation at the conclusion of his presentation. He truly made a lasting impact here! His message prompted everyone to get fired up about reaching students, and his experience-driven guidance has laid the foundation for us to stay on message as an organization.

- Michelle Rule Institute for Faculty Excellence, Faculty Development Coordinator at Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska

Mr. Perna was dynamic, energetic and knowledgeable. Made the presentation engaging and relevant to all audience members. Positive attitude and humor were great. Thank you for the information and your passion!

- Stephanie Gwin Social Studies Instructor at Pioneer Career & Technology Center

How to connect to the Y and Z Generations — so true! Thank for you igniting the spark in me to change. To plant the seed for a new tree to grow the minds and interests of my students. Please email me your presentation and sign me up for that book when it prints!

- James Rumon M.S. Tech Teacher

Mark was very engaging and entertaining. I really enjoyed his personal stories about his sons and students that have been successful. These stories made it more real.

- Cindy Carpenter Syracuse High School

Mark is very engaging and draws in his audience. He makes us feel like together we can accomplish any goal that we set.

- Tonya Randolph Academic/Career Advisor CTEPS at Cochise College

Awesome speaker — genuine, knowledgeable, practical.

- Allison O’Dell ELA Academic Liaison at E2 BOCES

Mark is easy to listen to — very engaging, entertaining and informative.

- Lisha Johnson Teacher at Highline High School

Absolutely magnificent presentation — informative, fun, engaging! A strong call to action.

- Beth Augustyn Instructor at Metropolitan Community College

Finally! Some fresh, exciting ideas to attract students to our programs. Can’t wait to spread the word back at my district office. Hands down, best presentation!

- Erica Shumaker Administrative Assistant Curriculum at West-MEC

Mark is the most engaging, dynamic, motivating ‘marketer’ I’ve ever met! His passion is addictive. I can’t wait to get back to my classroom!

- Linda Rudio Adult Ed Instructor at Bradford Union Technical Center

This is by far the best session I have been privileged to attend. It was informative, engaging and enlightening. I can truly say you are the best keynote speaker I have seen.

- Ghytana Goings Chair, Arts & Sciences at Wallace Community College Selma

Best presentation on Millennials. Extremely helpful on how I’m going to interact with my students and engage them in finding their light.

- Kristin Garcia Counselor at Early College HS/Career Pathways

This is the third time I have heard Mark, and I have learned something new and useful each time.

- Murray Fenn Consultant at Green Hills Area Education Agency

In eleven years of teaching, I have never been so inspired and re-charged!

- T.J. Rhodes AG Teacher at Bear River High School

Exceptional, motivational, practical ideas to engage students, improve morale and raise the caliber of work we receive from our students.

- Lisa Moon Nursing/Health Science Director at Bridgerland Applied Technology College

Mark is an awesome motivator.

- Juanita Landry Art Teacher at Lafayette Parish School System

Nailed it! Millennials want support and respect. This keynote address absolutely hit the nail on the head. Give them structure to succeed. Well said.

- David Smith CTE/Business at Bear River High School

The idea that the Millennial generation is one of the smartest, most self-sufficient generations is a very interesting viewpoint. It also may be a great motivation for my students to apply themselves and drive themselves.

- Cody Ortego Teacher at Lafayette High School

Mark nailed it right on the head. He knows my clientele without having met them.

- Kyle Saunders Department Head at Bridgerland Applied Technology College

I just wanted to say THANK YOU. In reality, keynotes are like a box of chocolates… you never know what you will get until you open the box. Let us just say that not only was I pleased, but the chatter throughout the day clearly indicated that we as planners and you as the keynote speaker hit a home run. It was exceptionally well planned and engaging. The delivery was flawless. The real test is how many stay for the follow-up, and you retained 25% of the audience who wanted more despite having many other session choices. The surveys speak for themselves — they were perfect. Thank you for making a difference for our educators in our Massachusetts vocational technical community.

- Peter D. Dewar Director of Professional Development at Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators

Great strategies for connecting with students/peers, great info on generations. This speaker is awesome — lots of energy, full of great statistics, upbeat, positive. Should have pyrotechnics on stage. One of the best presentations in my 9 years coming to the conference. Keep up the momentum.

- Susan O’Hare Early Childhood Instructor at Greater Lowell Technical High School

I gained a better understanding of Generation Y individuals, what they need, how they think and what I can do to help them see the light at the end of the tunnel. A++ presentation!

- Audra Marini Math Teacher at Montachusett Reg Voc Tech High School

Mark is genuine — he knows his stuff.

- Joseph Corriveau Plumbing Teacher at Blackstone Valley Reg Voc Tech HS

Mark hits the nail right on the head. Not only is he a great presenter, but he also happens to be 100% on point with what is needed for education. I now have another hero besides Mike Rowe.

- Richard Sauro Auto Collision Repair/Refinish Instructor at Blue Hills Regional

Awesome information given in a way that grabs you. Thank you for practicing what you preach! You don’t just deliver this information, you live it.

- Mallory Morris HIT Instructor at Ogden-Weber Technical College

I always appreciate useful, relevant information/data to use with students and parents. The Career Trees are very intriguing. Love that the millennials weren’t denigrated. It was a great, realistic assessment of them.

- Jennifer Mclellan Mercer Island School District

Not only was this useful to me as an educator, but it will serve as a tool to help me work with my 17 year old who is stuck and perplexed about her future. I now have a clear path to help her with goal setting and future planning.

- Wanda Coates Principal at S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary

Good insight as a parent to move our children to the light at the end of the tunnel.

- Sheila Ann Dagarag CTE District Resource Teacher for East Hawaii

Address the why, I will be using this for my son as well as my classroom from now on. Great message and easy to follow.

- Lynne Collins Morgan Community College

These concepts and approaches to understanding the Millennial generation are useful in my work in approaching students and parenting my Millennial son. I wish my husband could have attended.

- Sherry Gaynor Chef Instructor at First Coast Technical College

My daughter is 23 and what you said makes a lot of sense. I will become a better instructor and a better Father. Thanks Mark.

- Phil Brown Chef Instructor at First Coast Technical College

Would love for my 25 year old Millennial son to see this presentation!

- Deborah Hehn Adult Ed Instructor at First Coast Technical College

Great tips on connecting with students and to my own children.

- Jennifer Reihl RN, CTE Instructor at South Bend Community School

As a parent, thank you. I now know how to talk to my daughter, figure out what she wants to do and how to get there.

- Kara Rowlinson Payroll Clerk at Pioneer CTC

Students do not hear the branch creak. This presentation has helped me understand my youngest daughter, my grandson and my students.

- Diane Zwiernikowski Family Life Teacher

Awesome presentation! Thank you. A light at the end of the tunnel for me — parent of a teenage boy. Your personal story about your son Nick was very inspiring. I have my own Nick.

- Pam Thomas Counselor at J. Wallace James Elementary

Thank you for bringing light to my generation instead of bashing it! It was very refreshing hearing someone from another generation understand how/why we do things and what we value.

- Sahvanna Mease Family Consumer Sciences Teacher at Vista Ridge High School

As a millennial I really related to this. I feel understood!

- Josie Rizzo Office Manager at Curry Electric

Before now, I seriously thought that college was my only option. Not anymore.

- Brooklyn Pustari Student at Colorado Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

The way he explained everything made sense and didn’t describe my generation as failures.

- Lexis Michael SkillsUSA State Secretary at SkillsUSA Colorado

Great relevance to education and life with younger generations. As a millennial, I found you do an incredible job explaining my generation.

- Alexa Acord Spec. Ed. Teacher at Colorado Springs SD 11

Loved the Career Tree, starting at the roots and growing to the top. Even as a high school student, I know this presentation changed my life.

- James Ryan Colorado TSA Officer at Large at Technology Student Association

This was seeing my life generalized through someone else’s eyes. It made me self-reflect, made me proud, made me see direction and made me laugh at myself.

- Megan Greenland Director of Events and Communications at ABC Arkansas Chapter

This was an amazing presentation and as a Millennial and first-time teacher, I feel very excited and inspired to do my job!

- Kristen Bielik Columbiana County Career Center

As a Millennial, you hit the nail on the head! As a Marketing Director, I wish everyone in my organization could experience this seminar. I loved it and am aching for more!

- Jill Owenby Director of Marketing at Southwest Technology Center

I am a Millennial and it was still very enlightening to learn things about myself and my peers that I have never thought about before, like Generation Y vs. Generation Why and making sure Millennials are stimulated at all times.

- Angela Cannizzaro Engr. Manager and Director of Quality at EJ Basler Co.

As a Millennial, your presentation helped me understand myself better, as well as how to work better with my students. I identify with your son in that I didn’t do well in school until I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for the great info!

- Kristen Bogue Business Instructor at Bridgerland Applied Technology College

As a Millennial and teacher, I found the information accurate and eye opening to give the students what I would want from a program.

- Darren Libby Digital Design Instructor at First Coast Technical College

I am from the millennial generation and went through the bad and good of the Career Tree. I entered into education to help students avoid my mistakes. The Career Tree has laid out my vision perfectly.

- Andrew Bird Woods Cross High

I am a member of Gen Y and I learned so much about myself today. But most important, I learned how to use my personality to benefit the college, rather than try to fit the mold. I realized I have something to offer.

- Ashley Mellott Marketing Assistant at Ogden-Weber Technical College

As a Millennial, I agree 100% that experience is everything. Also agree that lifestyle choice is just as important if not more than career choice. We need to give our students the light at the end of the tunnel/lifestyle vision for enrollment and retention!

- Amber Weaver Registrar at First Coast Technical College

I am Gen Y but it can still be difficult to understand what younger Gen Y and Z need and want. I enjoyed the breakdown. I also enjoyed the Career Tree and how to make this valuable to my students.

- Elizabeth Booth Teacher

I am a Y Generation and it was interesting to be able to understand more of my generation and to see where to connect with others in my generation and those from others.

- Rachel Prothero Nursing Assistant Teacher Aide at Ogden-Weber Technical College

Love the Career Tree. Being a Millennial myself and an expert in my field, I try to get my students to feel as passionate about a career as I do. Even if they feel this is not the path for them, I steer them in the direction they will love to work in.

- Kara DeJack Sports Medicine Instructor

As a millennial, I found Mr. Perna very accurate and I reflected on my own life, goals and present endeavors.

- Jen Oney 2015 WA ACTE Attendee

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