Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? And a star of the MTV show The Buried Life. As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC News, and Oprah, who called Ben and his friends “truly inspiring.” An acclaimed speaker, Ben has keynoted business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, garnering standing ovations from Amazon, FedEx, Harvard, Levi’s, Microsoft, Verizon, and more. In 2019 Ben was named in the World’s Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals by Global Gurus.

It all stems from a battle Ben had with depression over a decade ago. In an attempt to feel more al...

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5 Steps to Making the Impossible Possible

Ben has driven many other people to chase and achieve their dreams, as both a helping hand and as an inspiration. These experiences have taught him that articulating and prioritizing your personal goals is not a selfish act—but one that creates a ripple effect that can both help others directly and inspire others to live their best life. Ben weaves the remarkable story of how The Buried Life grew from 100 impossible dreams into a global movement and connects his story to the fabric of our daily lives.

Ben’s message of radical possibility combined with his ‘5 Steps to Make the Impossible Possible’ leaves audiences not only inspired but also equipped to tackle the seemingly insurmountable. Ben’s system of achieving impossible goals demystifies daunting tasks by turning ‘dreams’ into ‘projects’ and creating a digestible pathway to success. Ben reminds us that it’s never too late to start your list or leave a lasting impact on others.


New Leadership: Why Dreams Matter

What’s your dream? Asking this question is one of the fastest ways to transform relationships and build meaningful connections. Ben knows firsthand, he’s been asking it for the past decade. He also knows that pursuing your passions brings you a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and happiness. The truth is, a company can only become the-best-version-of-itself to the extent that its employees are becoming better-versions-of-themselves. Showing that you care enough to ask your team what their dreams are goes a long way, and it’s usually easier than you think to help them get there.

Ben brings home the importance of pursuing a bucket list, not only for your own wellbeing but also for your career and for those around you. Ben facilitates goal sharing and inspires people into action by implementing tiers of accountability. Organizations that take a stand to support their employee's dreams see increased retention, improved recruitment and experience greater work-life-harmony.


Mental Happiness

Ben authored a #1 New York Times Bestselling book, starred in an MTV show, met President Obama at the White House, was interviewed by Oprah, had beers with Prince Harry and has been living his dreams for the past decade.

He also struggles with depression. This may come as a surprise, and that’s exactly why Ben wants to talk about it. In university, Ben was hit with a crippling depression that forced him to drop out of school and retreat into his parent's house. In an effort to climb out of his darkness, Ben decided to surround himself with friends who inspired him and committed to finally following his buried dreams. These commitments led him to Jonnie, Dave and Duncan and The Buried Life was born.

Ben is a mental health advocate who believes that all humans have ups and they have downs. He believes the stigma around mental illness can be broken through open, honest conversations. However, the onus is not on the 1 in 5 who struggle with mental health to break the stigma, the responsibility falls on all of us. By showing how his vulnerabilities have become his strengths, Ben gives others the courage to talk about their internal battles. Ben shares the tools that help him cope with the stresses of life and emphasizes that it is ok to reach out for help. His astounding story and authentic levity gives audiences hope and normalizes behavioral health in a vibrant way.


Activations to Enhance the Keynote

List Writing Workshop

Ben’s 30-minute list writing workshop puts the '5 Steps to Making the Impossible Possible' into action. Inspiration doesn’t come to us, we must create inspiration by taking steps toward our goals and this workshop does exactly that. The breakout session includes writing your list, identifying the most important item on your list, dream sharing with an accountability partner and helping one another reach our goals in intimate group settings. These steps are designed to build accountability around personal goals, to generate inspiration by stimulating small actionable steps and to illustrate that help might just be sitting right next to you. This breakout session can be added to any keynote.


Dream Wall

A “Dream Wall” (or “Before I Die Wall”) is a popular pre-keynote activation. The walls come in many forms, shapes, and sizes but they all serve the same purpose: to get people thinking about their list leading up to Ben’s presentation. A “Dream Wall” is a place for attendees to write, stick, clip or post their bucket list item on a wall for everyone to see. This dynamic visual doesn’t just get people talking, it’s also a fantastic way to learn about the folks around you. It’s common for organizations to secretly choose a few bucket list items to check off and announce this after Ben’s presentation.


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    (West Palm Beach, FL), February 8, 2019—An eight-year-old boy battling a brain stem tumor will get his wish to attend the Bobsled & Skeleton World Cup in Lake Placid, New York and ride in a bobsled with elite athletes, thanks to the support of people attending the TechKnowledge 2019 conference hosted by the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

    ATD, the world’s largest association dedicated to supporting the work of talent development professionals, convened more than 1,200 attendees at its TechKnowledge conference in West Palm Beach. Attendees were challenged to achieve 50,000 points in the Play@TK game held during the conference to support granting a wish for a critically ill child in the local area. The idea was inspired, in part, by keynote speaker Ben Nemtin, star of The Buried Life, who committed to helping complete strangers every time he accomplished something on his bucket list.

    Nemtin was the one who revealed that TechKnowledge attendees succeeded in their quest and introduced the boy and his family to cheering conference attendees.

    Tiago will have his wish granted the weekend of February 15, 2019. It includes:

    A VIP Package for the Bobsled & Skeleton World Cup and a bobsled passenger ride, compliments of the Olympic Regional Development Authority.
    U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation athletes will join Tiago and his family at the World Cup Event on Saturday, February 16 and give them a tour of the Olympic Training Center (OTC) followed by lunch in the OTC Dining Hall.
    Gordy Sheer with USA Luge will provide a tour of the U.S. Luge Start House before the family departs Lake Placid.

    “Every day, talent development professionals make a difference in the workplace by helping people gain new knowledge, skills, and abilities. We know that learning often comes through memorable experiences and we’re excited to have been able to make this wish happen for Tiago,” said Tony Bingham, President and CEO of ATD.

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    BROOKFIELD, Wis., Jan. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- TTS, an OnCourse Learning Company, and the Center for Financial Training (CFT) announced the date and location for the annual Bank Trainers Conference & Expo 2019, the largest event dedicated to bank and credit union training professionals in the country. The event will take place May 7-9, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Over 1100 training professionals from banks and credit unions across the United States and beyond have attended the Bank Trainers Conference & Expo to experience informative and engaging keynote presentations, hands on workshops, and networking events with some of the greatest minds in the industry all come together at a state-of-the-art event designed to help attendees stay up-to-date on the latest training tools, trends and techniques.

    "From our first conference in 2013 until today, our goal has been to bring trainers from banks and credit unions together in one city to experience top notch speakers along with outstanding networking opportunities. The growth has exceeded our expectations and the 2019 conference brings an unbelievable group of presentations to Atlanta. If you are a trainer or training manager, you don't want to miss this special event." – Mark Bennett, President, TTS

    Key highlights of Bank Trainers Conference & Expo 2019 include:

    Keynote Speaker: Ben Nemtin, New York Times #1 Bestselling Author, started an inspiring movement that encourages individuals to realize their dreams. Oprah Winfrey called Ben's life work "truly inspiring".
    Keynote Speaker: Honey Shelton, Nationally recognized speaker with 25 years of experience as a training and quality improvement consultant for banks and banking associations across the country. Founder of InterAction Training, the firm she founded for banks and credit union training.
    Event Expo: Sponsors and attendees discuss the latest training solutions and innovations in the industry.
    Workshops: From eLearning and Gamification to Presentation Skills and Managing Change.
    Networking: Opportunities to network with the greatest minds in Learning and Development.

    "The collaboration, synergy, and opportunity to learn from experts and peers will help you renew your commitment to excel at training effectiveness. See you in Atlanta!" – Honey Shelton, President, InterAction Training


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