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At a glance:The founder of because I said I would. demonstrates the importance of honoring your word by sharing his quest to better humanity and improve the lives of others through promises made and kept.
Regardless of your age, gender ethnicity or profession, we all understand the importance of a promise. A promise is elemental to humanity. Alex Sheen would come to realize this after a tragedy in his life. On September 4, 2012, Alex would hold his father’s hand as he passed away from small cell lung cancer. Alex was asked to deliver his father’s eulogy. His father’s best quality was being a man of his word. When his dad promised, he delivered. At his father’s funeral, Alex spoke about the importance of a promise and delivered a eulogy titled “because I said I would” that sparked an international social movement. He encourages people to make commitments on “promise cards” that the organization sends to anyone anywhere in the world at no cost. Since the day Alex’s father died, the organization has distributed over 1.3 million because I said I would promise cards to over 105 different countries. As the youngest manager of an international enterprise software company, Alex submitted his resignation in order to advance because I said I would’s philanthropic mission.
Alex believes in leading by example and makes his own promises to help others. He raised money to send 100 kids with cancer to Disneyland. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, he drove through the night to New York City with disaster relief supplies to help those in need. In the summer of 2013, Alex walked over 240 miles across the entire state of Ohio in 10 days. This was part of a promise he made to raise funds for Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, the three Cleveland women who were kidnapped and held captive for 10 years. Through the stories of his promises, Alex has inspired individuals to make life-changing commitments to self-improvement and the betterment of humanity. Alex delivers passionate and thought-provoking speeches about the importance of keeping promises to audiences across the country, with 100% of the proceeds going to fund the work of this nonprofit organization, like volunteer projects, awareness campaigns, character education programs in schools, and teacher resources provided at no cost. He is a two-time TEDx speaker and his work has national headlines on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, TODAY, The Los Angeles Times, Steve Harvey, NPR, and many other programs.
The Life of a PromiseIt's not about making a better employee. It's not about making a better manager. It's about making a better human.
As one of the foremost expert on promises, Alex has combined research and philosophy with tactical and actionable steps to help people become more committed. This leadership workshop is interactive and thought provoking that will give individuals the necessary tools needed to be a person of their word, by learning how promises are made, kept or bro- ken, and most importantly why.
We have created a program that builds individuals who lead by example. Our work isn't about profit margins, products and quotas. This is a different type of experience. In this program, your team will be exposed to the ideas, concepts and actionable advice that leads to positive change through the importance of a promise. Our mission is to strengthen humanity's will.
Accountability in the WorkplaceAlex uses this professional experience to craft speeches that are meaningful to a diverse corporate audience. Whether it is a management training session or an annual meeting, Alex will work with you to ensure that the importance of a commitment resonates with your team.
Keynote DeliverablesAlex will deliver a keynote presentation about the importance of honoring the commitments and goals we set as individuals and professionals. He will include moving and emotional stories that have been shared with him through because I said I would. Alex will also speak to his personal experiences in leading the social movement. The keynote will end with a strong call-to-action activity that incorporates promise cards and the goals of the audience as individuals and teams.
His message would motivate all ages to ‘Do what you can, with what you have’ – if you have not heard him speak, BOOK HIM NOW!
I can’t commend both the performance he has just given and indeed the work he is doing on the philanthropic agenda enough. Absolutely fantastic. Really great response from the participants and I think it has really made them think.
Every client is important, and every promise to them is just as important. By listening to the inspiration of Alex Sheen on stage, and how he continues to keep his promises, it reminds all of us in the audience to do the same.
—Million Dollar Round Table
From top to bottom, our staff have "because I said I would" cards taped, tacked and displayed in cubicles and offices to showcase how we have made and kept commitments. We have Alex to thank for that.
—Scott O’Neill, CEO, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils & Prudential Center