College Motivational Speaker – Educate, Engage & Empower Students

Equip your faculty and staff to support your students’ mental wellness, along with their Inclusion and Diversity projects on campus. Mental wellness is a key factor in suicide prevention and the ability to receive a well-rounded education.

Mike Veny was named one of the 5 Best Motivational Speakers on Mental Health along with Brené Brown. He is the author of the best-selling book, Transforming Stigma: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero. For the presentation of a lifetime (live or virtual), you've come to the right place.



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Mike's mission is to support people in receiving the gift of emotional wellness. When you are emotionally well, you will be more PRODUCTIVE and your company will be more PROFITABLE. He is proud to be member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), National Diversity Council, Meeting Professionals International, the National Speakers Association and the Rotary Club of Wall Street New York.

These companies love working with Mike!

“Our Active Minds Chapter has hosted Mike Veny twice on our campus. Each time we have brought Veny to our campus, he has received nothing but the highest of praise from our students, faculty, staff, and community members."

Jamie Mahoney

“Our participants have to do more work with less money every year. What keeps them in the profession is caring for their clients and helping them have better lives. Your talk helped them see that their work has meaning and that their efforts count. There is always room for improvement in mental health counseling, but you helped them see this in a gifted way.”

Charlotte Besch

"As the keynote to our ‘Sincerely PHA’ week, Mike truly helped our community break the stigma surrounding mental health. Many of our community members approached him for advice afterward and loved the opportunity to hear him speak.”

Samantha Mahaffey

"Mike's speaking engagement was impressive, inspiring, and relatable. We are so happy we got the chance to work with him and I believe that any organization or community would benefit from his passionate energy and powerful talks."

Madeline Heim

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Effective Results

Mike does a superb job of simplifying this complex subject and empowering attendees to take action immediately.

So Very Versatile

A brilliant blend of customizing options that can be adapted to your specific needs, and this includes virtual presentations.

A Proven Track Record

He's an award-winning speaker, writer and author with lived experience. His practical tools help people throughout the world.

Feel the Energy

In addition to delivering entertaining presentations, he's also a professional drummer, so he can add live drumming to any presentation.


Mike gets booked fast, so we encourage you to contact him to start a conversation, even if you plan to decide later.



How to Find Inner Peace in Times of Uncertainty

There has never been a more important time in history to focus on your mental wellness. Finding inner peace is crucial to your health and safety. This important presentation will revitalize you. First and foremost, you will learn to shield yourself from stress. Next, you will learn to put your mind at ease and reduce your anxiety. Last but not least, you will learn to take advantage of golden opportunities to cope with loneliness and grief. Take advantage of this special opportunity to invest in your team.

Learning Objectives

Through this dynamic virtual presentation, participants will:

  • Learn why stress management must be prioritized and 3 amazingly simple techniques to handle stress in minutes.
  • Learn 3 practical exercises to relieve anxiety and manage obsessive thinking.
  • Learn 3 inspiring strategies to cope with loneliness and grief.
CAS Learning Objectives:
  • Knowledge acquisition, construction, integration and application
  • Intrapersonal development
  • Interpersonal competence

Transforming Stigma® into Strength

This high-energy keynote presentation performs double duty as an important educational experience and as entertainment for your audience. One in five people will experience a mental health challenge, and 1.5 million people will attempt to die by suicide during the next year. The stigma surrounding mental health is an enormous barrier to people seeking treatment and getting the help they need. And here's a proven solution: Transforming Stigma®. You've got an important decision to make.

Learning Objectives

Through this engaging and entertaining keynote, your attendees will learn tools to help:

  • Observe feelings of shame regarding mental health challenges and begin to diminish it through practicing self-care, while differentiating self-care from escape activities.
  • Recognize silence and determine how to engage in helpful conversations on the subject of mental health.
  • Discover how to overcome the consequences of not addressing mental health and empower people who are struggling through cultivating a sense of community.

CAS Learning Objectives:

  • Knowledge acquisition, construction, integration and application
  • Intrapersonal development
  • Interpersonal competence