Child Welfare and Foster Care Motivational Speaker

Reserve Derek Clark for your next foster care conference and have him deliver a powerful keynote speech full of leadership, hope, courage and determination. His inspirational and educational message is sure to rejuvenate:

  •   Social Workers
  •   Foster Parents/Adoptive Parents
  •   Foster Children and Youth
  •   CASA Volunteers and Staff
  •   Family Court Personnel
  •   Group Home Staff
  •   Residential Treatment Center Staff
  •   Mental Health Professionals
  •   Teachers
  •   Youth Development Staff
  •   Child Protective Services – CPS
  •   Department of Children and Family Services
  •   Child Welfare Professionals
  •   Judges – Circuit Court Summits
  •   Juvenile Justice Employees


Derek Clark knows firsthand about overcoming adversity and taking leadership over your life. At the age of 5 years old, Derek was abandoned at a psychiatric facility where he would be diagnosed and misdiagnosed with many emotional and behavioral problems. He was later referred to the county social services where he would spend the next thirteen years in the foster care system. After he aged out and felt like he was going nowhere in life, he decided to embrace motivation.


In his early 20’s, Derek discovered his great qualities and worked on leadership and vision skills. He is now widely considered a great leader with passion, vision, integrity, creativity, compassion and persistent determination. He is an international motivational speaker and the author of six books including Never Limit Your Life: From Personal to Professional, and the critically acclaimed I Will Never Give Up book series. Derek’s previous successes include founding and performing as CEO at a very successful corporation.


Since achieving his professional dreams, Derek’s life mission has become helping others find their personal leadership qualities and the mental strength to recognize and take advantage of opportunities. His keynotes are based on true-life trials and triumphs, and have inspired audiences in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia to have the mental strength to overcome adversity and fear. His purpose is to cultivate responsibility, drive, focus, and the courage to take action.


Derek believes that a great leader makes leaders. Jack Welch, one of the world’s most respected and celebrated CEO’s is known for his unmatched track record of success, enormous love of people, fierce passion for winning, and unbridled desire to change the world for the better. Jack once said, “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion.”


An inspiring and great leader has the discipline, dedication and the ability to take decisive action while working towards the “team” goal. Leaders are not all cut from the same mold and there is not a one-size that fits all blueprint. Every great leader has a detailed approach and a style of leadership that is unique. Great leaders have an amazing foundation of qualities and can communicate, motivate and inspire individual team members to rise up to a higher level.


Reserve Derek Clark now to make your foster care conference the most inspiring one yet!

Testimonials from foster care conferences:

Thank you so much for your wonderful keynote presentation! It was the best keynote that we’ve had in years and we’ve had some great ones!!! – Arkansas Counseling Association
Thank you so much for being the keynote for our conference. From the evaluations, your presentation was the highlight of the conference. Many were touched by your story and your success. They felt very honored that you would come and speak to them. Many of them commented that they were inspired to continue to reach out and not let go of that “difficult” teen or child. It was an honor to meet you and have you among us. Thanks again and much continued success to you. – University of Alabama
Derek’s story is a reminder of why we do what we do. I learn from these stories about what things make a difference – perhaps we can help others in the face of adversity.
Absolutely amazing. One of the greatest presenters I’ve ever heard
Refreshing and restorative; why we do what we do
Very informative and enjoyed Derek Clark’s real life experiences. What a horrible life but what a wonderful man Derek Clark turned out to be.
This training has opened my eyes to help the angry little boy we have now. THANK YOU Derek Clark. God Bless you Always
This session was awesome. I enjoyed hearing about Derek Clark’s story from his perspective. As case managers, we read the files and see the kids but we don’t always know the truth of how they feel.
Derek Clark was very interesting, moving and has an inspiring and wonderful testimony. He was a joy to hear. He touched my heart!
When you were speaking, things surprised me, it was the notion of you saying, there is a reason why we have a dream so live it. I’ve listened to many speakers before in my short life but for once that truly hit me.
I loved your story and presentation.
Derek! You were one of the best speakers I have ever heard and I just wanted to thank you for sharing your story with us! You were absolutely amazing!!! YOU rock!
Our students learned so much about determination and integrity from Derek Clark’s inspiring, educational and enthusiastic presentation. It was amazing!
Derek Clark, you seriously were the best keynote speaker I have ever heard!
Derek! You are the best speaker I have ever heard and I just wanted to thank you for sharing your story with us! You were absolutely amazing!!! YOU Rock! When you were speaking, things surprised me, it was the notion of you saying, there is a reason why we have a dream so live it. I’ve listened to many speakers before in my short life but for once that truly hit me. Thank you!”


Want a Few Tips On Discovering Your Hidden Potential? Here are a few of Derek Clark’s personal secrets to success!


These tips have consistently helped Derek achieve significant amounts of success.
Formulate a vision. Have goals and get ready to rock. Take action now. Any action will create motion and motion means you that are moving. Make use of your time instead of being used by it. Find purpose. If you have no purpose in life, you just bounce around in mediocrity. If you look around you and cannot find a purpose, try putting yourself in a new environment. New horizons force us to look at the world in a different way, and fresh ideas come from fresh surroundings.


Have fun. What good is making money if you don’t know how to have any fun with it? Know how to laugh. A good, honest belly-laugh is more precious than gold. The days of our lives should not be filled with misery and grouchiness. A day without a laugh is a day that is wasted.


Vance Havner said it perfectly when he said, “Vision is not enough. It must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.”


Think of the first steps you are going to make. Step one is always believe in yourself. But it all starts with a goal. I write down my goals so that I can map out the means of getting there. It doesn’t matter if it’s a financial, physical, intellectual, or spiritual goal. Imagine what it feels like to have already achieved your goal. Get in commitment mode. How bad do you want to achieve the goal? What resources will you bring to bear in going after it? What sacrifices are you willing to make? If I am writing it down on paper, I am also writing it down in my head and imprinting it on my soul. I know I am fully committed. I will do whatever it takes to make the dream a reality.


Define your goals very clearly and precisely. It helps you map out and anticipate obstacles. It also helps you break the big goal down into smaller goals. Short-range goals are the stepping-stones on the way to achieving big things. Big goals don’t get achieved overnight, but the little goals add up quickly, and when the big victory finally happens, it will feel like it happened overnight. My overnight success took almost sixteen years to accomplish, so I was not surprised when it happened. I’d spent every day of my life working towards it.


If it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth it. Obstacles will come, oh yes they will. For me, working hard is a daily business. It is a marathon, not a sprint. “Success is not a result of luck. It is a result of how you spend your free time.” I always have a few different goals, so that when I need a break from one I can focus on another. Very few painters work only on one piece at a time—they work on many. Put passion into all your actions, and have many actions devoted to different passions.


Tell yourself that you are going to have a life that counts. You are going to make an effort to never give up. You are full of determination. You are ready to work hard and play hard. You will be the master of your time. Let go of your mistakes; today is a new day. Be ground zero for an epidemic of positive energy. You are going to be a doer and not a procrastinator. You are going to be a dreamer and not a dream-denier. You are going to hang out with others who lift you up and encourage your self-actualization. Shed your bad habits, and let good habits take root through repetition.


Life is about making progress. People are going to try and talk you out of your dreams. They will suck up your time with nay-saying, or criticize you and pick you apart. But you tell them that Derek said to back off. Stay away from those people who are imprisoned by negativity. They’re not even doing good for themselves, so how can they possibly be doing good for you?


Don’t worry about failing. It is nothing. It is the voice of other people ringing inside our heads. Failure is a great teacher and in a way has been my friend all along. Remember Thomas Edison’s quote: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Failure is also a test. Failure might be telling us that we need to change direction and execute a different plan of attack or a new strategy.


To be successful, we must be strategic in taking risks. Risks will take us to untamed and uncharted territory, but it is in these places that we become all we can be.


Stay creative. Sometimes you will have to sit quiet for thirty minutes, so you can clear your mind of all the noise. You will be amazed at what ideas or revelations come to you when you just put aside all the distractions of modern life.


Change the world by changing yourself. Once you are confident about your own ability to achieve, you can help create a world of achievers and leaders through your example.
Never limit your life, and never give up!