David Otunga

Do you have a passion inside of you and giant aspirations for life? If David Otunga can’t inspire you to reach for your dreams, no one can.


  • Black History Month
  • Bullying
  • Humble Masculinity
  • Leadership
  • Motivation & Inspiration
  • Self-Esteem


David Otunga awakens the passion and aspirations in students’ lives.

Getting to know

David Otunga

David Otunga is an actor known for his role in the movie The Call, a WWE professional wrestler, reality TV star, and Harvard Law School-educated lawyer. During David’s WWE career, he has become known for his impressive physique, earning him a top spot (#6) on WWE’s list of the Greatest Physiques of All Time.

David has been featured in countless fitness magazines and fulfilled a childhood dream by gracing the cover of the December 2013 issue of Muscle & Fitness. He enjoys being Steve Harvey’s nutrition expert and “Personal Fitness Guru.” With big dreams and determination, David has transformed his body and life – overcoming bullies, doubters, and stereotypes along the way. He speaks to college students across the country, encouraging them to believe in themselves, set goals, and follow their dreams.

David holds a Doctorate of Law from Harvard Law School and has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois. He lives in the Chicago area with his partner, Jennifer Hudson, son, and three dogs.

Do you have a passion inside of you and giant aspirations for life? If David Otunga can’t inspire you to reach for your dreams, no one can.

David Otunga is an actor, professional wrestler, reality TV star, a CNN legal analyst, and Harvard-educated lawyer. Despite his list of interesting job titles, David describes himself as a regular guy who was able to achieve all of his dreams because he never let obstacles get in his way. He believes that students have a choice to overcome their own obstacles to turn their dreams (no matter how large) into a reality.


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I had the best time celebrating my mom yesterday!  I wouldn’t be the man I am today without having such a wonderful mom.  I love you mom!  #happymothersday again and to all the moms!
I had an amazing birthday and Easter weekend with the family!  #DOJ and I have been locked in with our training and nutrition so we enjoyed a carefully planned birthday dinner of 100 wings!  But the big surprise was the PROTEIN BIRTHDAY CAKE David, Granna, and my nieces and nephew made for me!  It was great and guilt-feee!  That’s the best! 

Thank you for all the birthday wishes and I hope everyone had a #HappyEaster 

Watch to the end to see how the wings and protein cake treated my body… 😬
20 years ago today, I lost my Dad… my best friend… my role model.  So much has happened in the past two decades and I wish my hero was here to see it all and to experience it with us.  He would be so proud of David Jr aka DOJ.  I know he would be at every basketball game, cheering on his grandson.  Even though DOJ was born after my dad passed, DOJ still has a good sense of how amazing his grandfather was.  I realize that in a way, DOJ knows his grandfather very well, because he lives on through me.  The father I am today, is a direct result of how great of a father my dad was to my sisters and me.  I’m just trying to live up to the high standard he set.  I hope I make you proud Dad.  I wish you were here to see everything.  I know you’re looking down, beaming with pride, but I still wish I could get just one more hug from you. - DO 💚
I love seeing his face when he sees that the work we’re putting in is paying off.  DOJ is going to be NASTY! (Nasty in a good way; just not good for his opponents 😉) #NEWPR #personalrecord
Oh just another regular day for me, where I’m minding my own business in the gym and I get challenged to an impromptu #Flex Off / #posedown 

Check out my new buddy @jhhfit for some positivity and inspiration 

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David Otunga in The flesh ! 😈 #flexfriday
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My niece Wynter taking the stage for her #blackhistorymonth #solo #performance her brother Tahj is HYPED!! 😳🤦🏽‍♂️🤣

#NBAAllStar Weekend 2023
Great chat with @garyvee.  Insightful guy and very down to earth.  Talk to you soon bro!  #nbaallstar2023
My dude @lethalshooter already knows about #DOJ 🎯 #StayLockedIn ✊🏽
Our #entourage 
#arigold vibes
Great workout 💪🏽
Even greater conversation 🧠
Respect ✊🏽
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Climbing Mountains to Reach Your Dreams

Even as a little boy, David Otunga knew he wanted to become an entertainer. Despite being picked on relentlessly by his peers, David never compromised his dreams and goals. Following his graduation from Harvard Law School and becoming a lawyer at one of Chicago’s top law firms, David decided to take a leap of faith and follow his dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. He turned his dreams into a reality and became a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar and body builder.

By sharing his story and transformation from a regular kid into a worldwide celebrity, David inspires students to set huge goals and shares with them strategies to achieve them. Perfect for Black History Month, anti-bullying programs, career development seminars, and programs on men’s issues and masculinity, David’s keynote will push students to set lofty goals and prove to them that with hard work, determination, and perseverance, they can reach their dreams.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • the importance of setting goals and stopping at nothing to achieve them,
  • how there are no obstacles which are insurmountable, so long as they have a vision and plan to work hard to overcome them, and
  • how breaking down barriers and never settling for “no,” they can achieve their dreams.
You Are What You Believe

So many students today have a negative self-image. They don’t think they’re smart enough, tall enough, attractive enough, or good enough to please others around them, or more importantly, to please themselves. David Otunga knows better. He empowers and encourages audiences to realize that what naysayers and bullies think doesn’t matter nearly as much as what you think of yourself.

David works to encourage students in his audience to realize that people will experience all kinds of bullying at all stages of their lives and to learn that if you buy into the negativity you will start to believe it and it can manifest. However, if you believe that you are a great person with amazing talents, then that’s what you will become. Through his keynote, You Are What You Believe You Are, David helps students learn how to keep a positive mindset and to use different tactics to maintain a positive self-image that will ultimately lead them to become the best versions of themselves.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • the importance of having a positive self-image and about the power of positive thinking,
  • tactics and strategies for dealing with bullies at all stages of their lives, and
  • ways to develop their positive self-image that will help them become the best version of themselves.
More than Black and White

With the Black Lives Matter movement, national news stories and even the most recent presidential election, it’s more important than ever that students embrace diversity and inclusion within their campus communities.

Right from the start, this informative keynote creates a comfortable and safe environment where students can ask questions, build more awareness and participate in a meaningful discussion about race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Drawing from his own life, David Otunga shares his story and experiences as a biracial man in America. From his mother’s family disowning her for marrying a black man during the height of the civil rights movement, to overcoming obstacles during his childhood and becoming an Ivy League graduate, corporate attorney and professional athlete, David speaks openly about his struggles and how we can spread the message of unity and tolerance.

This keynote is the perfect choice for Dr. Martin Luther King day events, Black History Month, a better understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement or any other diversity-related programming.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this program, students will learn:

  • how stereotypes are harmful to all people,
  • what it means to be a minority on a predominately white campus,
  • how to properly address difficult conversations and handle confrontations regarding sensitive subjects, and
  • how to identify racial fatigue and “microagressions.”