A dynamic speaker and musician who delivers raw energy with a fresh perspective on wellness!
Mike Veny is a highly sought-after keynote mental health speaker, corporate drumming event facilitator, author, and luggage enthusiast. Seriously, you’d completely get it if you did all the traveling he did! He’s the author of the book Transforming Stigma: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero. As a 2017 PM360 ELITE Award Winner, Mike is recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry.
He loves working with leaders who are tired of bringing the same old textbook presentations to their events. If you are looking for a proven speaker who will connect with, entertain, and engage your audience—all while educating and uniting them around improving wellness—you’ve come to the right place.
You can feel confident having Mike as your keynote speaker or workshop facilitator. Over the years, his expertise has been honored with remarkable and notable accolades. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Fender Music Foundation and the Rotary Club of Wall Street New York; he is an ambassador for Self-Employment in the Arts and was a presenter at the Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp.
Mike’s path to becoming a public speaker became evident at an early age. He convinced the staff at psychiatric hospitals to discharge him three times during his childhood. In addition to being hospitalized as a child, he was expelled from three schools, attempted suicide, and was medicated in efforts to reduce his emotional instability and behavioral outbursts.
By the fifth grade, Mike was put in a special education class. Aside from getting more individualized attention from the teacher, he learned that pencil erasers make a great sound when tapped on a desk. He had no idea that drumming would become his career or his path to recovery.
As an adult, Mike spent many years facilitating drum workshops for children with special needs, teaching them to channel their energy by banging a drum and at the same time learning how to listen, focus, work together and succeed through teamwork. The project was such a hit that he continued to expand his drumming program, first to adults in recovery and eventually into the corporate setting.
Whether the focus of your event is leadership, motivation, or suicide prevention, Mike draws on his personal and painful experiences to deliver keynotes, presentations, and workshops that take your event to the next level.
With more than fifteen years of experience making meeting planners look good, Mike is committed to:
- Provide an abundance of helpful information to audiences
- Create innovative drumming workshops to empower teamwork
- Deliver epic live events that inspire action
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