Antonio Neves

Antonio Neves is a speaker, award-winning journalist and leadership expert who uses the art of storytelling and humor to inspire students to become standout leaders on campus.

During his high-profile career as a television correspondent and host, Antonio interviewed and learned from top CEOs, Heads of State and Grammy and Oscar Award winners. In his dynamic talks, Antonio shares the steps that students can take to create their own luck and become better communicators. Whether speaking to an audience of 50 or 3,000, Antonio motivates college audiences to use their unique backgrounds, talents and the power of their communities to spark positive change. No two talks are the same and Antonio will work with you to develop a powerful program that will leave your students feeling motivated and inspired with new tools they can immediately put into action on campus.

How to Create Your Own Luck: Excelling On Campus Before You Have Experience & Connections

More than ever, it’s a competitive landscape out there for young people. There’s a tough economy. High unemployment rate. Student loan debt. And, college graduates are “boomeranging” back home in droves. To make matters worse, there seems to be more competition than ever! In this social media age, everyone seems to be awesome with phenomenal credentials. If you don’t stand out, you’re left behind. So how do you stand out in the crowd? You have to get busy creating your own luck. Antonio Neves knows this all too well. Raised in a small midwest town, he grew up in a blue-collar family, spent time living in a shelter as a kid and he became the first in his family to get a college degree. He moved to New York City with $600 in his pocket, knowing one person in the city. Even without any connections to speak of and no real world experience, he took three pivotal steps to create his own luck, and he created a high-profile career in the competitive television industry with top networks including NBC, BET, Nickelodeon, PBS and more. He transformed potential into exceptional performance. So can you. Antonio is an exceptionally lively speaker who energizes audiences of all sizes and types. His message is positive and encouraging, making him a perfect choice for a stand-alone event, leadership conference, or emerging leaders program. In this keynote, Antonio breaks down his three steps to creating his own luck, helping students understand how they can start setting themselves up for a better shot at success. These steps include “getting uncomfortable;” developing a “Walk-On Mentality;” and asking the important question “Who makes you better?” As the famous quote goes, “Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.” This motivational program empowers student leaders to take steps now so that they will be prepared to stand out during and after college.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending the program, students will learn:

  • how to create a campus community of ‘Allies of Glory’ that supports you, encourages you and holds you accountable to be the best version of yourself,
  • how to develop entrepreneurial leadership traits that allow student organizations to thrive and for students to stand out on campus in the local community,
  • how to empower other students to get outside of their comfort zone and take small steps that lead to win-win outcomes, and
  • how limited resources and constraints can be an asset that fuels creativity.

Student-Athlete 101: Becoming A Leader On & Off The Field

Student-athletes face one of the most challenging experiences a college student can encounter. Not only do they have to balance a full load of classes and their social life on campus, they simultaneously must learn how to thrive in the high-pressure environment of NCAA athletics. While many student-athletes have goals of turning professional, the truth is that the vast majority of them won’t play their sport beyond their university experience. It’s absolutely necessary that student-athletes learn to harness their years on campus for immediate and long-term success. So how do student-athletes learn how to thrive on and off the field? By learning the basics of Student-Athlete 101. Keynote speaker, and author of the best-selling book Student Athlete 101, Antonio Neves knows what it takes to excel as a student-athlete. A former walk-on at a top NCAA Division I program, he took key steps to succeed in the classroom and on the field. From day one on campus, he committed himself to getting the most out of his four-year student-athlete experience. And he did. He went on to earn a scholarship and become an all-conference and all-academic performer. This foundation helped him create a high-profile career for himself in the completive television industry with top networks including NBC, PBS, BET, Nickelodeon, and more. Antonio is a direct, engaging, and dynamic speaker that motivates student-athletes regardless of their sport or year in college. His message is one of positivity and focuses on teaching student-athletes how to take full accountability and responsibility for their actions and how to take the necessary steps to get the results they desire. In this keynote, Antonio breaks down the key steps student-athletes must take to develop into top leaders on and off campus, and in their careers. He teaches them how to harness their natural attributes that include time management, teamwork, focus, and strong work ethic. Antonio is the perfect choice for a stand-alone event, student-athlete conference, or freshman student-athlete orientation.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending the program, students will learn:

  • Leadership: Learn how to take full accountability, responsibility and manage the student-athlete experience.
  • Balance: Learn how to successfully balance student life on and off the field.
  • Relationships: Learn how to be associated with greatness by building positive relationships with professors, coaches, and fellow students.
  • Career: Learn how leverage being a student-athlete to your advantage to get prepared for internships and jobs.
  • Off The Field: Learn how to get outside of your comfort zone and participate on campus outside of the student-athlete experience.

50 Ways to Excel in Your Future Career

The most powerful lessons that prepare college students for a career simply aren’t always learned in the college classroom. Those nuggets of practical wisdom aren’t just secrets to success on the job – they are also crucial to excelling in life. 50 Ways to Excel in Your Future Career is the go-to keynote for college students as they prepare to enter the real world and strive to build exceptional careers. Based on Antonio’s best-selling book of the same title, this program helps all students prepare for and get the most out of their internships and their first-time experiences in the workforce by teaching them critical lessons that are essential to making a mark on the world, like leadership skills, soft skills, creative thinking abilities, and networking and relationship building skills. Keynote speaker and author, Antonio Neves, knows what it takes to build a stellar career. He went from being a first-generation college student to building a high-profile career for himself in New York City as a correspondent with major television networks including NBC, PBS, and Nickelodeon. His high energy is felt by audiences of any type and size. His message is positive and encouraging, making him a perfect choice for a stand-alone event, leadership conference, or emerging leaders program. The program helps students, who are soon-to-be professionals, get the most out of their real world career from day one in the office and represent their university well.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending the program, students will learn:

  • why those with soft skills are the most sought after in the business world,
  • how to build a strong network of allies to build influence, and grow as a professional,
  • how to develop problem-solving skills and identify opportunities as opposed to just focusing on challenges, and
  • what are the two key components of leadership: accountability and responsibility.

“The experience completely exceeded expectations with Antonio. He used jokes and then a serious side to always have the attention of the audience and keep them engaged. Antonio is a great speaker and it showed through his experience and in his ability to take control of the room.”

– Michael Walsh, Inter-Fraternity Council Vice President, University of Delaware

“Antonio taught our student-athletes lessons that apply to their athletic careers and beyond. His passion and positive energy was contagious. Our students left his presentation excited to face their challenges and learned strategies to improve their performance. We look forward to having him back on campus in the near future!”

– Dr. Karin A. Lee, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Ball State University

“Antonio may be my new favorite speaker from CAMPUSPEAK! He asked really great questions ahead of his scheduled presentation and really did a phenomenal job connecting with the students. I have heard every day since the conference how great he was. So, he made a lasting impression.”

– Kristina Clement, Georgia State University

“Antonio brings great energy to his work and it really shows in his ability to connect with students. His content was relevant, insightful, engaging, practical and we would definitely bring him back to campus again in the future!”

– Douglas Calhoun, Stanford University

“Antonio’s presentation style is engaging, direct and full of real-life stuff that people relate to. And, his facilitation and listening skills engage people immediately. Students were very comfortable asking real questions about real life.”

– Linda Ickes, Western Michigan University

Antonio’s Bio

Antonio Neves is a nationally recognized college leadership speaker, award-winning journalist, and author. He has delivered keynotes to thousands of students and millennials at scores of universities and conferences including Stanford University, University of Arizona, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Louisiana State University, Big Omaha, Drexel University, Syracuse University, University of Southern California, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and more.

An award-winning journalist, Antonio worked in television as a correspondent and host with top networks including NBC, PBS, BET Networks and more. He began his television career co-hosting Nickelodeon’s hit show, U-Pick Live. Today, Antonio’s articles and videos regularly appear in,, Money and Forbes. A former NCAA Division I student-athlete, Antonio is the author of Student Athlete 101: College Life Made Easy On & Off The Field. Antonio is a graduate of Western Michigan University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.