Dan Faill

Dan Faill takes necessary, and sometimes difficult conversations and uses his humor and personal stories to help create a deeper understanding for student audiences. He believes we must be brave enough to have conversations that matter.

Topics

▪Alcohol & Other Drugs ▪Fraternity & Sorority Life ▪Leadership ▪Masculinity ▪Organizational Development ▪Sexual Violence Prevention

Keynotes

▪A Night to Forget: The Intersection of Blackouts and Sex
▪An Impostor’s Tale: From Fitting in to Standing Out
▪Redefining Superman
▪Faill Forward
▪When is Enough, Enough?

 

When you need a program that focuses on tough topics, such as challenges leaders face or difficult members of your organization. Dan’s humorous approach, backed by his life experiences, leaves a significant and long-term impact on students.

Dan Faill

 

Dan’s Bio

Dan Faill was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he attended University of North Carolina at Wilmington and graduating in 2002. His claim to fame while at UNCW was becoming a Founding Father of Theta Chi Fraternity. After college, Dan traveled for Theta Chi Fraternity as a consultant and ended up attending graduate school at the University of the Pacific in northern California and later worked at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and then served as Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life at Elon University in North Carolina. Having missed the sun and shore of Los Angeles, Dan moved back and worked for the UCLA Alumni Association before making the decision to follow his passions of becoming a full time speaker with CAMPUSPEAK and serving as the Director of Consulting and Coaching for LaunchPoint Solutions. For seven years, Dan worked as a CAMPUSPEAK facilitator before becoming a keynote speaker in 2017.

 

Promotional Materials

To help you promote your event with Dan, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos you can use for your event.
Link to Promotional Materials

Logistical Materials

Below you will find logistical resources for the day of your event with Dan.

In-Person Event AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)

“Dan has been to our campus twice over the last year, once to talk to our entire community and again to help us in educating our new members. His message is important and our students easily relate to his experiences. I appreciate his vulnerability and the way that he is able to take his negative experience and make it a positive opportunity for others to learn and open up the dialogue about their own experiences. Our students appreciated his story and his energy.”

Becky Acton

Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life, Appalachian State University

“During Dan’s visit to campus, he took time to work one-on-one with council members and chapter leadership. He challenged my students’ ideas and pushed them to reach new conclusions to better their community. After time spent with Dan, my students were excited to try out his suggestions, and apply his expertise to their positions. The brief time he spent with these student leaders definitely left an impact.”

Frae Binder

Assistant Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life, Texas Tech University

See What People Have to Say!

“Dan’s program touches on many aspects of sexual assault – the role of relationships, substance abuse, and consent (or lack thereof), the realization and understanding of what happened, and the aftermath that can last many years and impact a lifetime. Dan successfully uses humor to talk about this very difficult topic, and he is relatable to students and vulnerable in his story all in the same space. Dan’s program is very powerful and it helped our students begin to think differently – and more personally – about sexual assault.”

Dawn Floyd– Director of Compliance/Title IX, Lenior-Rhyne University

“Dan Faill holds students accountable for their actions and behavior, while still making them laugh. He makes them think that things don’t just happen at other schools, they can happen here, too.“

Caitlin Roberts -Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life, University of Oregon

“Dan is one of the best speakers I have seen. He is very engaging and knows the audience he is presenting for. He is really good at mixing laughter with seriousness. Dan was really great at offering advice on how to change our image around campus as well.”

Panhellenic President– Armstrong State University

“Dan’s keynote hit home with a lot of our students. He kept them engaged, but, when it was time to be serious, they were hanging on his words. I think they left feeling empowered and were thinking about their own experiences and the experiences of those around him. They are already asking for him to come back next year to work with our new members!”

Becky Cooke– Appalachian State University

Keynotes

A Night to Forget: The Intersection of Blackouts and Sex

Sometimes our members think they are invincible. They go out with the intention of blacking out, but what happens when they don’t remember the night before? How does alcohol impact the ability for a person to give consent? Listen to a real life story of the presenter as he takes you through his college nights of fun, nights of mischief, and one night to forget.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • what consent is and the impact that alcohol has on the ability for one to give consent,
  • the definitions of sexual/interpersonal misconduct,
  • statistics that affect collegians around blackouts, sexual assault, and consent, and
  • how alcohol affects the body and memory functions.
Faill Forward

Being a leader is hard and, at times, it can just suck. So, what do we do when we are managing the high expectations and challenges we face daily? Dan Faill believes the best way to fix problems in our roles is to shift how we think about leadership in general. In this keynote, Dan shares his 12 tips on how to “Faill Forward,” that students can apply to help them grow as a leader and advance their organization or campus community.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • 12 ways to survive and flourish as a leader,
  • how to avoid common leadership pitfalls and how to learn from their mistakes,
  • how to develop and hone in on their leadership skills to set them up for success, and
  • to articulate the Rule of 3% and see how critical it is for student leader success.
An Impostor’s Tale: From Fitting in to Standing Out

Have you ever felt out of place, like you don’t belong? Maybe you’ve been elected to serve your organization and don’t feel like you’re qualified. Or do you ever feel like you’re waiting for someone to figure out that you don’t belong? Turns out, you’re not alone.

A study from the Journal of Behavioral Science found that over 70% of people feel like an impostor at some point in their life. Trying to fit in or pretending to be something we’re not can cause a variety of issues, including low self-esteem, anxiety, or poor job performance. The irony behind impostor syndrome is that our need to belong ends up overshadowing becoming who we are meant to be.

Throughout this keynote, Dan blends personal stories and engages audiences so they not only understand they’re not alone, but he helps participants realize their capacity to ask better questions and connect on a more natural level, proving that it’s not about trying to fit in, but stand out.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will:

  • understand the role impostor syndrome plays in everyday life
  • see how self-doubt and the lies we tell ourselves impact our ability to effectively lead
  • learn tips and tricks to confront impostor syndrome in their lives
When is Enough, Enough?

What are some of the common stereotypes you have heard from non-fraternity & sorority life students? What are some stereotypes about your organization? Do you hear anything positive or is it all bad? There are chapters and members out there that get in trouble, make poor decisions and, perhaps, joined for the wrong reasons. The question is: how do we move away from the negativity and have others see us (and have us see ourselves) as a values-based organization? Dan understands how it feels to have others paint fraternity & sorority life in a bad light. When Enough is Enough, Enough? is a keynote focused on discussing how to break free of stereotypes within your organization, motivate your members to move towards their full potential, and the importance of making better decisions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • how their perception or misperception shapes the reality of their organizations,
  • the potential impact of seemingly innocent behaviors, and
  • how to stay motivated in leaving a positive legacy within their organizations.
Redefining Superman

Being a guy isn’t easy, and it seems like it’s getting harder all the time. Drawing from personal experience as a geek and comic book collector, Dan realized the parallels for masculinity that have existed throughout the decades, continually being shifted and refined. Through the lens of pop culture and some very entertaining and vulnerable stories about his own life, Dan believes we need to move past “boys will be boys” and understand how we can be the real men the world needs.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • how the role vulnerability plays in male development,
  • how to help support and encourage healthy relationships with others, and
  • how the history and context of comic book characters creates a parallel narrative to their own development.