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Mark Sterner

Over 2-million college and high school students have heard Mark Sterner’s amazing and tragic story.

Topics

▪Alcohol & Other Drugs ▪Drinking & Driving ▪First Year Experience
▪Fraternity & Sorority Life ▪High School Issues
▪Orientation ▪Risk Management

Keynotes

▪DUI: A Powerful Lesson

Over 2-million college and high school students have heard Mark Sterner’s amazing and tragic story.

Just three months before graduation, Mark and four of his fraternity brothers—and best friends—headed to Spring Break. On the final night, they decided the least drunk would drive home. The next morning, three of the men were dead, and Mark lay in the hospital critically injured and facing three felony counts of DUI manslaughter. Instead of being the first in his family to graduate college, Mark ended up the first member of his family to go to prison for his role in the tragic death of his three friends.

Mark’s Bio

Just months from graduation, Mark Sterner and four of his fraternity brothers headed to Spring Break. Each night, one would be the designated driver. But on the final night, they decided that the least drunk among them would drive home. Mark ended up with the keys at the end of the night.

The next morning, three of the men were dead, and Mark lay in the hospital critically injured and facing three felony counts of manslaughter. Instead of being the first in his family to graduate college, he would be the first to go to prison.

Now Mark tells his powerful story.

 

“Over 20 years ago, I was a junior in college. A man came to speak to a group of us as part of our Greek Week. I remember that presentation more than any I have ever seen; every year since then I have thought about him, his experience, and wondered if he has continued to share his message decades later.

Today I sat with a group of my high school students, we talked to them about the troubling results that have come from our state surveys regarding binge drinking, valuing, drugs, and risky behaviors. That man and his presentation came right to my mind yet again. As a guidance counselor I’ve told people about that presentation I saw as a young 20 year old more times than I can count, but I could never do it justice.

All these years later, I just wanted to let you know that your presentation changed me. It changed a lot of us and how we make choices.”

Laura Ladley – High School Guidance Counselor; Past Participant

 

 

“My overall experience with Mark was beyond my expectations. He touched every heart in the auditorium!! His message was able to be conveyed to all staff and students and connected on all levels. You could hear a pin drop in an auditrium of 1000 students!”

Pina Palmisano

New Rochelle High School

“My overall experience with Mark was beyond my expectations. He touched every heart in the auditorium!! His message was able to be conveyed to all staff and students and connected on all levels. You could hear a pin drop in an auditrium of 1000 students!”

Pina Palmisano

New Rochelle High School

“Mark was amazing as always. He gets and holds the audience’s attention better than any other speaker I have worked with. Mark, as he puts it, doesn’t preach, doesn’t speak down to anybody, and doesn’t waste their time. The audience really appreciates that. His presentation is one that won’t soon be forgotten.”

John Lata

Florida State University

“Students were thoroughly engaged throughout the entire presentation. Mark was professional, friendly, and clearly dedicated to making a meaningful experience for the SXU students. He connected with the audience by not being condescending, by being approachable, by using appropriate humor and language, and by telling his story in way that they were able to relate based on their age and experience.”

Amanda Mesirow

Saint Xavier University

Keynotes

DUI: A Powerful Lesson

In his acclaimed keynote, Mark Sterner leaves students with a powerful and personal story that forced him to confront his own decisions. He doesn’t preach or tell people what to do but puts real faces to the tragic consequences of impaired driving by showing videotape the friends made of their trip, ending just moments before the crash.

Mark helps students realize that the simple choice they make, like drinking and driving, can cause an everlasting impact on their friends, families and themselves. Mark is your most impactful choice for alcohol awareness, safe Spring Break, student-athletes, new student orientations and wellness programming. As a fraternity brother, Mark is also perfect for any Fraternity and Sorority Life programming, especially when emphasizing the importance of caring for your brothers and sisters.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • that their momentary decisions have the potential for severe consequences which could impact both themselves and their loved ones,
  • that the actions and choices they make while in college can lead to a major impact on their future, and
  • the importance of taking individual responsibility to take care of their friends and loved ones.