Manny was awesome, everyone loved his presentation
Manny's split second reaction to 'Leave No Man Behind' was a life changer. Due to the severity of his injuries, he was medically retired from the Marine Corps in 1998. He has opened up about his experiences with various audiences over the years to demonstrate that one's tragedy does not mean you cannot go on living. Manny's story is not just of being a burn survivor, but of living a life beyond the burns. Whether you are looking for a someone to empower and inspire your group at a personal or corporate event, Manny's message transcends all boundaries, motivating everyone to challenge themselves in becoming a more positive leader or role model. He has recently shared the same stage with Alec Stern (Co-Founder of Constant Contact) and Jennifer Baker (Best-selling author and Founder of SuccessGPS).
"Manny is truly inspirational and motivating to any audience, from professionals to students. His story left a lasting impression on the students and staff. Manny engaged the students during his presentation in a meaningful way. I would highly recommend Manny for a speaking engagement."
Jessica Barnes, Principal
Twin Groves Middle School
Buffalo Grove, IL
"His personality and enthusiasm captivated an audience of approximately five hundred people from the start of his talk to the end. I truly felt the reason why he showed exceptional confidence is because he spoke from his heart. While his life tragedy has had a significant impact on his life he was and is a great source of inspiration to others.
- David Schury, Founder/ President, From Tragedy to Triumph Foundation
He was very good for our young people and a great witness for all of them. I truly believe that for some of them, he made a real difference and for all of them, he made them aware of the sacrifices we may have to make and the struggles we may have in life and that we can, with the proper attitude, overcome these challenges.
- Deacon James J. Ernst, Our Lady of Hope Church
He speaks from the heart with sincerity, authenticity, humor and conviction. He has been through intense physical and emotional trials in his life and has overcome them with an amazing level of grace and positivity.
- Thi Linh Wernau, Artist and Filmmaker, DarknessAndLight.tv
The power of Manny Gonzalez's message has a universal application of survival to thriving from a life changing burn trauma. Manny is dynamic and energetic in sharing his message that is appropriate for all audiences. His military service is weaved throughout his story which brings a unique angle to overcoming adversity. Manny will successfully consider and adapt to your organization's specific meeting objectives.
- Amy Acton, Executive Director, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors