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Inspiration - Ranked Keynote Speaker

Since 2012 Blake has made an impact on the lives of thousands of people through sharing his story of perseverance and equipping the audience with motivation and tools to overcome their challenges. His message of Breaking Chains is universal and has been featured in different environments, including K-12 classrooms, universities, workshops for educators, corporate sales and management meetings, as well as faith-based communities.

A Personal Message for You…

Hi Friend… planning a successful conference or meeting is a huge job and responsibility.

I want to make your job easier while making you look GREAT and leave the audience THANKING YOU for inviting me to speak to them!

Your audience will be instantly engaged, and they will leave inspired, motivated and empowered to “Break Their Chains and Achieve Success!”

As an individual with a physical disability, I have faced and conquered unique challenges in my personal and professional life. Although my challenges look different than other people, I have found that the lessons I’ve learned are beneficial and can be applied to all challenges.

One of the main questions that organizers ask me is “how do audiences respond to your speech impediment?”

Yes, it can be difficult to understand my speech at times. However, the feedback from the audience members has been outstanding. They tell me that although it was hard for them to understand me at first, it forced them to be present and attentive, which helped them understand the rest of my talk. This lesson in attentiveness is an added benefit and is one that they will THANK YOU for. Also, to compensate for my challenges, I provide the audience with an outline of my key points and important quotes.

Thank you for your consideration! I look forward to working together to help you create your BEST event EVER!

– Blake


Blake inspires students to reach their full potential through his personal testimony but also through classroom lessons on treating yourself and others with respect. He reaches students with his genuine care and kindness and encourages them to recognize opportunities to be helpful, supportive, and compassionate in the classroom, at home, and in their communities. Blake reminds kids and adults that a life with heart is a fulfilling life.

Elly Kendig4th Grade Teacher, Portland Public Schools

Blake presents from a perspective that is often silenced in the general education classroom. He has taught my kids about perseverance, personal best, empathy, and thinking outside the box as to not be limited by the things that make you unique. He has not only touched my students but also the staff members in my building. Leading staff trainings and brainstorming with teachers about how to meet student needs are only the beginning of what he has to offer. I feel so fortunate to have him as a partner in teaching the generation of the future.

Katherine Wich4th and 5th Grade Teacher, Portland Public Schools

Blake embodies someone who is up for anything, and this showed in his presentation to my class. This presentation changed perspectives for many students, and I believe Blake will continue to change the lives of the many people he comes in contact with.

Bailey NewellUndergraduate Student ('17), Warner Pacific College

Blake is by far one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. He uses his disability to show others that anyone can overcome anything - as long as they work hard and have a good attitude about it.

Madison AdrianUndergraduate Student ('18), Western Oregon University

Blake Shelley gave quite an inspirational presentation to our WCP Solutions Portland Lead Team recently. The challenges Blake has been able to overcome and sharing the basics of Breaking Chains had the group emotionally on the edge of their seats. Blake's presentation was very timely and relevant to the changes we are faced in both our personal and highly competitive professional lives.

Ed AllenPresident, WCP Solutions

During the 18 years that I have had the pleasure of knowing Blake, I have watched him develop into a remarkable young man who is a powerful and inspiring motivational speaker. During a recent presentation, I marveled at his ability to use humor, charisma, excellent anecdotes, and a fine balance between discussing hardship and triumph to impact the lives of others. He exemplifies courage, strength and continual self-development, which made his audience feel quickly connected to him and eager to learn more. I have no doubt he will continue to positively influence the lives of those who have the honor and pleasure of those who hear him present.

Ruth McKeeColumbia Regional Program