Focus. Plan. Take Action.

An Unforgettable Experience

Change the Game with a Customized Keynote by Mark C. Perna.

Every one of Mark’s keynotes, professional development sessions, and workshops is individually crafted for the unique audience and context. The goal? To deliver a dynamic, inspiring, and actionable experience that culminates in an extraordinary outcome.

In a keynote, Mark’s efforts to get people to their feet are not to stroke his ego, but rather because taking part in a standing ovation is more impactful for audience members themselves. They’re more likely to take action on the strategies and insights gained when they stand in solidarity with others who have been moved by the same message.

Whether in person or virtual, Mark delivers more than just a riveting and inspiring speech. This game-changing experience is tailored to your needs and thoughtfully engineered to maximize audience engagement—before, during, and after the event.

Mark Perna BROUGHT OUR AUDIENCE TO THEIR FEET with his ENERGETIC, ENGAGING, AND INSPIRING message! His insights will help us move forward effectively in a changing world. Mark knows how to bring the heat and CHALLENGE EVERY PARTICIPANT to forge a GENUINE HUMAN CONNECTION with the young people we serve. Our audience left with valuable tools they can start using immediately to improve their day-to-day interactions and outcomes, and the feedback has been amazing. Thanks, Mark!


Senior Policy Director at Arkansas Community Colleges

Engineering a Remarkable Outcome

Here’s how.

The power of partnering with Mark begins long before he takes the stage. Prior to your event, Mark will schedule a prep call to candidly discuss your objectives. Based on this conversation, he will meticulously design a speech to align with everything you want to accomplish.

Following your prep call, Mark’s team will provide complimentary promotional materials to help you spread the word and build excitement.

Finally, on the day of the event, Mark will:

• Arrive 90 minutes early to check sound
• Ensure all technology is working, and
• Connect directly with audience members as they arrive to create a personal touch and enhance their engagement with the presentation.

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Customized Topics

Mark’s core message is how to unleash passion, purpose, and performance in the younger generations. Whether in education, employment, or economic development, this topic has tremendous application in every context. Connect with Mark today to discuss the impact it can make for your audience!

Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations

For All Audiences: Educators, Employers, Economic Developers, Stakeholders, and Parents

If you work with today’s younger generations in any capacity, these proven strategies will inspire you to bridge the generational divide, engage and retain young people, and equip them with a powerful competitive advantage.

Purposeful education is the heartbeat of this inspiring call to action. Students who experience education with purpose can then pursue passion-driven employment at all levels of learning and experience. Though they’re often painted in a negative light, they have incredible potential to change the world. We just have to unleash it. As the skills gap widens, we must tap into the vast creativity, intelligence, and potential of the next generation.

A father to two successful young people, Mark delivers key insights on how they think, what makes them tick, and how they make decisions. Mark will show you how to connect, engage, and answer why to inspire their greatest effort. With clear action steps you can implement immediately both in your home and professional life, Mark’s message will help you move young people from static purpose to active purpose so they can achieve at a higher level. Countless parents, educators, and employers have used Mark’s strategies to maximize their interactions and outcomes with today’s younger generations.

With highly practical generational insights, innovative best practices, and signature inspiration, Mark’s nationally acclaimed methods will open your eyes to the amazing promise of the younger generations. Recharge your passion for making a difference and start motivating young people like never before!

Building Your Dream by Developing a Powerful Competitive Advantage

For College, High School, and Middle School Students

What does it take to live the dream? Dynamic education expert Mark C. Perna will inspire today’s younger generations to explore, discover, and build their dreams to their fullest potential. Educational organizations of all kinds—high schools, middle schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, unified school districts, and more—can ignite their students’ success through this riveting presentation.

Today, students have every reason to dream big and achieve great things. Mark’s gripping storytelling style will encourage them to discover what they’re passionate about, develop decisive goal-setting skills, and see why their effort today matters to the lifestyle they want to achieve.

To move forward with confidence, young people need to shed their fear and start taking steps toward their future—instead of standing still. For students unsure about their career and life direction, Mark will demonstrate how they can make progress even when they change their mind. Finally, Mark will help motivate students to improve their performance in school and someday, in the workforce.

In a charismatic, authentic, and humorous way, Mark challenges each student to carve out the crucial time to focus, plan, and take action building their own dream, whatever that dream is to them. Empower your students to maximize their potential, define their goals, and start moving toward their dream today!

Mark Perna’s high-powered keynote was the capstone of our statewide conference! Afterward Mark led a frank and candid VIP discussion about where the world has changed and how we take action as communities—as well as how we move forward as a state. WE HAD LEADERS AND INFLUENCERS IN ATTENDANCE WHO NOW FEEL THE URGENCY TO BRING THIS MESSAGE TO THE CAPITAL FOR LEGISLATORS AND THE GOVERNOR to take action. With the powerful momentum Mark has helped create, we will accomplish great things.


Past President & Event Organizer at Alaska ACTE

Mark’s Upcoming Events

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EWP: Mark's Vision for Education & Workforce Development

To thrive in a rapidly changing world, young people need a dynamic competitive advantage in their education and career journey. And Mark’s movement, Education with Purpose & Employment with Passion (EWP), is empowering educational, business, and community organizations nationwide to deliver it.

Purposeful education and passion-driven employment are the heartbeat of this vision. When we come together around this shared goal, we can transform education, employment, and economic development—both locally and on a regional level.

Want a taste of how EWP can empower your organization and community? Join Mark at the next national Call to Action Livestream Experience to discover the paradigm shift that is shrinking the skills gap and inspiring every student to learn with purpose!

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