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Speaker Mike Donahue

Mike Donahue is the executive director and founder of R5 Productions, a nonprofit organization based in Omaha, NE, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people. In the last decade, Mike is one of the most sought after speakers in the country on the subject of respect, bullying, and diversity. His candid style and authentic persona keep the students engaged right from the first words. Mike hails from Boston, MA, and was a member of the United States Air Force. He began his career as a youth director and youth pastor in Rockford, IL, Denver, CO, and Bellevue, NE. He is the father of four children.


Mike Donahue has spoken to more than one million students. He has spent the last 25 years working hand in hand with young people all over the world, helping them find purpose and define themselves as they navigate the often- difficult transition from childhood to adulthood. In addition to traveling the United States, Asia, South America, and Europe speaking to young people, Mike has authored four books: Reinventing My Normal, Hidden Scars, Talking to Brick Walls, and his newest book, Value Up.


Mike says his life mission is to help young people find the answer that is already inside of them, and to help them find the courage to face whatever it is that is holding them back from experiencing greatness.