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Orlando Bowen

Former Pro Athlete, Empowering people to find their passion, overcome adversity, and to use their gifts to make a difference in business and in their personal life.

Orlando Bowen is a game changer. Orlando uses his incredible storytelling abilities, fitness activities, and cognitive exercises to send the message of hope, resilience, leadership, and teamwork. 

In 2004, Orlando thought he was about to die. Pinned to the ground and enduring a savage beating, the then-CFL linebacker had been jumped by two plainclothes police officers, an injustice, which was the first of many laid against him at the hands of the police force. “In that moment, knowing my life was about to end, I’m thinking, ‘I didn’t give everything I had to make a difference. There’s more I could’ve done.’ ” Later completely exonerated of any wrong doing, Orlando—incredibly—has publicly forgiven his perpetrators and has dedicated his life to inspiring others to pursue excellence in all they do.

Born in Jamaica, Orlando came to Canada as a child and grew up excelling in sports. He earned a full scholarship to Northern Illinois University where he secured a business marketing degree and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Management. He spent five seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Argos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, before the concussion he suffered at the hands of the police forced him to quit the sport.

Orlando is now the founder and executive Director of One Voice One Team Youth Leadership, which empowers youth to utilize leadership skills and talents to better themselves and their community. He has been repeatedly recognized for his incredible work. He was selected as one of the 2012 Diverse-City Fellows; is a recipient of the 2012 African Canadian Achievement Award; was bestowed with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013; and was the national 2014 Harry Jerome Award winner for community service.

Empowering people to find their passion, overcome adversity, and to use their gifts to serve is the reason Orlando breathes. This gift has placed Orlando on hundreds of stages, boardrooms and in presentations across North and South America and has garnered him numerous awards.

Presentations are designed to equip people with practical tools and the necessary understanding that they need to identify their passions, empower youth, to develop resilience and to use their talents to make a difference. Orlando inspires people to work more harmoniously and to fight for the possibilities of success no matter what challenges they face. Audience members leave inspired, committed and ready to take action to provide opportunities for success.

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Presentations

  • Topic: One Voice One Team – There Is No ‘Us and Them'…There’s Only ‘Us'

    All members of your group are in the game together. Your group can win as a team or may suffer defeat as a team. More importantly, your group can collectively define what winning and excellence looks like. It’s about doing the little things that each of your team members can commit to that will move you towards ensuring collective success. This keynote will engage your team members in identifying what those ‘little things’ are and the possible roles they can play in the success of their team.

  • Topic: Leadership – “Leading by Example, We ALL Have Stories AND Gifts to Give”

    We all have unique skills, talents and gifts that we bring to our communities, companies, organizations and teams. This keynote presentation will engage your audience in thinking about ways of beings catalysts in creating and fostering powerful environments where people know that they are respected and that their voices matter. They will also be engaged around how they can celebrate each other’s contributions and powerfully tap into their own gifts for the betterment of all.

  • Topic: Resilience – “Making Sweet Lemonade of Life’s Lemons and Sharing It With Those Around You”

    You have the ability to develop a resilience excellence mindset and can use the unexpected challenges that life will bring you as a fuel for new beginnings, deeper connections and clarity of purpose. With this understanding, you can smile in the face of adversity and be stronger for having conquered the challenge. This keynote will equip your group with tools to increase resilience, engage them to see greater possibilities and recognize their ability to overcome adversity.

  • Corporate

    Orlando works with consultants, sales teams and entrepreneurs. Through keynotes, workshops and ‘lunch n learn’ engagements, Orlando empowers executives to; Work more collaboratively in their personal and professional lives. His expertise is in building a spirit of resilience while pursuing excellence and leaving a legacy through their work.

  • Student & Educator

    Orlando delivers inspirational assemblies, workshops and team-building activities that engage, inspire and empower young people. These engagements are designed to equip youth with practical tools and the necessary understanding that they need to identify their passions, empower youth to develop resilience and to use their talents to make a difference.

    Orlando inspires educators to work more harmoniously and to fight for the possibilities of success for the youth in their classrooms.

    Educators leave the inspired, committed and ready to take action to provide opportunities for student success. They also leave with a powerful reminder of why they chose education as a vocation.

  • Teams

    Orlando trains teams cognitively and physically to set goals and to commit themselves to nothing less than excellence.

    Team members leave inspired to be the best teammates, people and athletes for themselves and their community.

     

  • Host/MC

    Orlando brings his positive personality & upbeat energy to his hosting duties. He summarizes the key-takeaways & learning’s throughout the day to make sure audiences leave the event inspired to take action.

Topic: One Voice One Team – There Is No ‘Us and Them'…There’s Only ‘Us'

All members of your group are in the game together. Your group can win as a team or may suffer defeat as a team. More importantly, your group can collectively define what winning and excellence looks like. It’s about doing the little things that each of your team members can commit to that will move you towards ensuring collective success. This keynote will engage your team members in identifying what those ‘little things’ are and the possible roles they can play in the success of their team.

Topic: Leadership – “Leading by Example, We ALL Have Stories AND Gifts to Give”

We all have unique skills, talents and gifts that we bring to our communities, companies, organizations and teams. This keynote presentation will engage your audience in thinking about ways of beings catalysts in creating and fostering powerful environments where people know that they are respected and that their voices matter. They will also be engaged around how they can celebrate each other’s contributions and powerfully tap into their own gifts for the betterment of all.

Topic: Resilience – “Making Sweet Lemonade of Life’s Lemons and Sharing It With Those Around You”

You have the ability to develop a resilience excellence mindset and can use the unexpected challenges that life will bring you as a fuel for new beginnings, deeper connections and clarity of purpose. With this understanding, you can smile in the face of adversity and be stronger for having conquered the challenge. This keynote will equip your group with tools to increase resilience, engage them to see greater possibilities and recognize their ability to overcome adversity.

Corporate

Orlando works with consultants, sales teams and entrepreneurs. Through keynotes, workshops and ‘lunch n learn’ engagements, Orlando empowers executives to; Work more collaboratively in their personal and professional lives. His expertise is in building a spirit of resilience while pursuing excellence and leaving a legacy through their work.

Student & Educator

Orlando delivers inspirational assemblies, workshops and team-building activities that engage, inspire and empower young people. These engagements are designed to equip youth with practical tools and the necessary understanding that they need to identify their passions, empower youth to develop resilience and to use their talents to make a difference.

Orlando inspires educators to work more harmoniously and to fight for the possibilities of success for the youth in their classrooms.

Educators leave the inspired, committed and ready to take action to provide opportunities for student success. They also leave with a powerful reminder of why they chose education as a vocation.

Teams

Orlando trains teams cognitively and physically to set goals and to commit themselves to nothing less than excellence.

Team members leave inspired to be the best teammates, people and athletes for themselves and their community.

 

Host/MC

Orlando brings his positive personality & upbeat energy to his hosting duties. He summarizes the key-takeaways & learning’s throughout the day to make sure audiences leave the event inspired to take action.

Testimonials

  • Orlando's message was very clear and critical for our employees to hear. If nothing else they all got the message of their success being intrinsically connected to the concept of being a part of One Team.

    Orlando Bowen Kirk McCallum, - Senior Financial Consultant
  • Ernest Hemingway said "The world breaks everyone and afterward some are strong at the broken places." What Orlando does is he shows us how to be strong in the broken places.

    Orlando Bowen Linda Theron, Management Consultant
  • Orlando has such a positive personality and he had a lot of adversity in his life but also has such high standards that helped him overcome and now he's teaching others how to develop those same standards.

    Orlando Bowen Virginia Hughes, Senior Financial Consultant
  • His commitment to helping others work together as a team is outstanding. Even in businesses where we do things as individuals, Orlando convinced us that we can produce even more together.

    Orlando Bowen Chuck Ealey, Investors Group Regional Director
  • Orlando can speak about anything and every time there will be something that will resonate deep within your being.

    Orlando Bowen Angie Pettyjohn, Mortgage Financing Specialist

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