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Keith A. Somers

Founder and COO of Keith A. Somers International Foundation, Actor, Voice Over Artist, & Motivational Speaker

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 Keith A. Somers Biography

Keith A. Somers, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Keith A. Somers International Foundation, was born in the 60’s and raised in the suburbs of Southeastern Pennsylvania, thirty minutes outside metropolitan Philadelphia and just two hours away from Lancaster County, PA, also known as "Amish Country.” Keith’s community was predominately Jewish with smaller clusters of Italians, Germans, Poles, and a very small enclave of Afro-Americans.

He was raised with traditional, Catholic family values in an all-American household complete with biological mother, father, and an older brother. His childhood, judging from the outside, was basically unremarkable. Keith participated in all sorts of extra-curricular activities, such as Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts. He was a Cadet in the USAF-Civil Air Patrol, he played trumpet in the Stage Band and High School Marching Band. He turned professional photographer by age 12, working free-lance for the Philadelphia Bulletin and Ambler Gazette Newspapers.

Yet internally speaking, his reality was not so idyllic. Being the byproduct of the multi-ethnic union between his Afro-American father and his Italian/East-Indian mother, Keith had to endure significant ethnic and class prejudice from his peers, and his community at large. He battled many deep seated, emotional issues throughout his childhood and on into his teenage years, at which time Keith found relief from his demons through drugs and alcohol consumption.

After years of being a teenage celebrity and working as a professional performing artist (singing, dancing and acting), Keith decided at the age of 21 to turn his dreams into reality and moved to Southern California.

Needing to survive while simultaneously pursuing his dream of becoming a successful actor, Keith began work as a security guard. Becoming quickly disillusioned with that job’s prospects, he sought employment elsewhere, and quickly converted vocations within the security field as a trained, licensed and bonded Executive Protection Specialist (aka: body guard).

After nearly six consecutive years of working as a body-guard to the rich and famous, Keith landed his most lucrative contract in November 1992. The very next day, he decided to go out and celebrate his good fortune at a popular restaurant/nightclub on the infamous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

At 2 o’clock the next morning, Keith and his friends left the restaurant/nightclub, and shortly thereafter, he was the initiating party in a multi-car collision which resulted in the death of another young man and multiple injuries suffered by the survivors.

Keith was charged and convicted of Second Degree Murder, and given a life sentence in the State Prison. Determined to come to terms with the magnitude and gravity of his actions, Keith embarked on lifelong quest for complete spiritual and physical recovery. While incarcerated on his life term, Keith availed himself and benefited from every available form of rehabilitation inside or outside the prison walls.

Then, after 18 1/4 consecutive years of model behavior and after nearly a half-dozen parole hearings, Keith was finally released from state prison on parole.

After serving nearly two decades and making a successful re-entry back into his community, Keith is determined to take every ounce of experience, strength, hope, and wisdom that he gleaned through his "trial by fire” and give back to the world at large by paying it forward through all of his remaining days.

His life’s mission is to effectively change the future of our world beginning with the piece of our society most responsible for our future: the youth of today.

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Speaking Topics
  • Distracted & Impaired Driving:

    Keith looks to achieve four (5) fundamental, and interrelated objectives when speaking on this subject matter. 1) to educate youth about the risks and consequences of impaired and distracted driving. 2) to identify the mentality and mindsets that are the ancestor to every irresponsible decision to drive while distracted and/or impaired. 3) to provide youth with safe and healthy alternatives to both distracted and impaired driving. 4) to implement effective support systems by yoking youth to both, respected community leaders and crisis interventionists, to achieve profound and lasting change in attitude and behavior by discontinuing to drive while distracted and/or impaired, and 5) to also be shown how to ambassador and shepherd other youth into the same morally conscious behavior which they learned through S-DAP

  • Drug & Alcohol Abstinence:

    Research has shown that the key risk periods for drug abuse are during major transitions in children’s lives. The first big transition for children is when they leave the security of the family and enter school. Later, when they advance from elementary school to middle school, they often experience new academic and social situations, such as learning to get along with a wider group of peers. It is at this stage—early adolescence—that children are likely to encounter drugs for the first time. When they enter high school, adolescents face additional social, emotional, and educational challenges. At the same time, they may be exposed to greater availability of drugs, drug abusers, and social activities involving drugs. These challenges can increase the risk that they will abuse alcohol, tobacco, and other substances. When young adults leave home for college or work and are on their own for the first time, their risk for drug and alcohol abuse is very high. Consequently, young adult interventions are needed as well. Having evolved from being a drug and alcohol abuser himself, Keith is uniquely equipped to not only speak from the perspective of an alcoholic and addict, but more importantly having amassed nearly twenty-four (24) consecutive years of unbroken recovery, Keith instructs at-risk youth how to make the proper life choices and to abstain from both drugs and alcohol.

  • Bullying, Suicide, Depression and other Anti-Social Behavior:

    Keith’s story empowers today’s youth who, on a daily basis, are struggling with crime, bullying, gangs, suicidal thoughts, depression, and other harmful/anti-social behavior. Researchers note that bullying escalates in the later years of elementary school, peaks in middle school, and then dissipates by high school. They also note that 6th grade is the worst year for bullying. **Bullying** Academically gifted students, especially those with high verbal aptitude, are often bullied and are more likely than less gifted students to suffer emotionally. In 2007, the five worst states for bullying in kindergarten through 12th grade were (1) California, (2) New York, (3) Illinois, (4) Pennsylvania, and (5) Washington. Every day, 160,000 students skip school because they are afraid they will be bullied. Thirty percent of students who say they have been bullied said they sometimes had brought weapons to school. While teachers say they intervened 71% of the time in bullying incidents, students report that teachers intervened only 25% of the time. Leading up to this incident was the devastating Columbine High School massacre (often known simply as Columbine), where two senior students, Eric Harris and Dyland Klebold. The two students involved were described as gifted students who had been bullied for years. These two unhappy students embarked on a shooting spree in which a total of 12 students and one teacher were murdered. They also injured 21 other students directly, with three further people being injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair then committed suicide. It is the fourth-deadliest school massacre in United States history, after the 1927 Bath School disaster Bath School disaster, 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and the 1966 University of Texas massacre, and remains the deadliest for an American high school. These and so many other senseless crimes can be preventing when youth are exposed more positive processing to help change their outlook on life. **Suicide:** Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents, accounting for a greater number of deaths than the next seven leading causes of death combined for 15
    • to 24-year-olds (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2006a). Almost 1 in 12 adolescents in high school made a suicide attempt, and 17% of adolescents seriously considered making a suicide attempt, in the calendar year 2005 (CDC, 2006). Nonetheless, there are differences among ethnic groups in the rates and contexts within which adolescent suicidal behaviors occur. Risk factors for suicide among the young include suicidal thoughts, psychiatric disorders (such as depression, impulsive aggressive behavior, bipolar disorder, certain anxiety disorders), drug and/or alcohol abuse and previous suicide attempts, with the risk increased if there is situational stress and access to firearms. **Depression** Over 60 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent. Depression affects nearly 10 percent of Americans ages 18 and over in a given year, or more than 24 million people. More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease (17 million), cancer (12 million) and HIV/AIDS (1 million).

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Keith A. Somers

Founder and COO of Keith A. Somers International Foundation, Actor, Voice Over Artist, & Motivational Speaker

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Keith A. Somers Biography

Keith A. Somers, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Keith A. Somers International Foundation, was born in the 60’s and raised in the suburbs of Southeastern Pennsylvania, thirty minutes outside metropolitan Philadelphia and just two hours away from Lancaster County, PA, also known as "Amish Country.” Keith’s community was predominately Jewish with smaller clusters of Italians, Germans, Poles, and a very small enclave of Afro-Americans.

He was raised with traditional, Catholic family values in an all-American household complete with biological mother, father, and an older brother. His childhood, judging from the outside, was basically unremarkable. Keith participated in all sorts of extra-curricular activities, such as Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts. He was a Cadet in the USAF-Civil Air Patrol, he played trumpet in the Stage Band and High School Marching Band. He turned professional photographer by age 12, working free-lance for the Philadelphia Bulletin and Ambler Gazette Newspapers.

Yet internally speaking, his reality was not so idyllic. Being the byproduct of the multi-ethnic union between his Afro-American father and his Italian/East-Indian mother, Keith had to endure significant ethnic and class prejudice from his peers, and his community at large. He battled many deep seated, emotional issues throughout his childhood and on into his teenage years, at which time Keith found relief from his demons through drugs and alcohol consumption.

After years of being a teenage celebrity and working as a professional performing artist (singing, dancing and acting), Keith decided at the age of 21 to turn his dreams into reality and moved to Southern California.

Needing to survive while simultaneously pursuing his dream of becoming a successful actor, Keith began work as a security guard. Becoming quickly disillusioned with that job’s prospects, he sought employment elsewhere, and quickly converted vocations within the security field as a trained, licensed and bonded Executive Protection Specialist (aka: body guard).

After nearly six consecutive years of working as a body-guard to the rich and famous, Keith landed his most lucrative contract in November 1992. The very next day, he decided to go out and celebrate his good fortune at a popular restaurant/nightclub on the infamous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

At 2 o’clock the next morning, Keith and his friends left the restaurant/nightclub, and shortly thereafter, he was the initiating party in a multi-car collision which resulted in the death of another young man and multiple injuries suffered by the survivors.

Keith was charged and convicted of Second Degree Murder, and given a life sentence in the State Prison. Determined to come to terms with the magnitude and gravity of his actions, Keith embarked on lifelong quest for complete spiritual and physical recovery. While incarcerated on his life term, Keith availed himself and benefited from every available form of rehabilitation inside or outside the prison walls.

Then, after 18 1/4 consecutive years of model behavior and after nearly a half-dozen parole hearings, Keith was finally released from state prison on parole.

After serving nearly two decades and making a successful re-entry back into his community, Keith is determined to take every ounce of experience, strength, hope, and wisdom that he gleaned through his "trial by fire” and give back to the world at large by paying it forward through all of his remaining days.

His life’s mission is to effectively change the future of our world beginning with the piece of our society most responsible for our future: the youth of today.

Keith A. Somers Videos

  • How I Paid the Price for My Worst Mistake | Keith A. Somers | Goalcast
    Aug 9, 2018 ... Celebrity bodyguard Keith Somers was living the Hollywood dream when a tragic turn of events led to his arrest. This is the story of...
  • KEITH SOMERS, TEDx Harvard Westlake - YouTube
    Jun 3, 2018 ... Keith delivers a speech on Transforming Trauma for TEDx Harvard Westlake (04- 22-2018)
  • Young Healers Talk Clip

Keith A. Somers Speaking Topics

  • Distracted & Impaired Driving:

    Keith looks to achieve four (5) fundamental, and interrelated objectives when speaking on this subject matter. 1) to educate youth about the risks and consequences of impaired and distracted driving. 2) to identify the mentality and mindsets that are the ancestor to every irresponsible decision to drive while distracted and/or impaired. 3) to provide youth with safe and healthy alternatives to both distracted and impaired driving. 4) to implement effective support systems by yoking youth to both, respected community leaders and crisis interventionists, to achieve profound and lasting change in attitude and behavior by discontinuing to drive while distracted and/or impaired, and 5) to also be shown how to ambassador and shepherd other youth into the same morally conscious behavior which they learned through S-DAP

  • Drug & Alcohol Abstinence:

    Research has shown that the key risk periods for drug abuse are during major transitions in children’s lives. The first big transition for children is when they leave the security of the family and enter school. Later, when they advance from elementary school to middle school, they often experience new academic and social situations, such as learning to get along with a wider group of peers. It is at this stage—early adolescence—that children are likely to encounter drugs for the first time. When they enter high school, adolescents face additional social, emotional, and educational challenges. At the same time, they may be exposed to greater availability of drugs, drug abusers, and social activities involving drugs. These challenges can increase the risk that they will abuse alcohol, tobacco, and other substances. When young adults leave home for college or work and are on their own for the first time, their risk for drug and alcohol abuse is very high. Consequently, young adult interventions are needed as well. Having evolved from being a drug and alcohol abuser himself, Keith is uniquely equipped to not only speak from the perspective of an alcoholic and addict, but more importantly having amassed nearly twenty-four (24) consecutive years of unbroken recovery, Keith instructs at-risk youth how to make the proper life choices and to abstain from both drugs and alcohol.

  • Bullying, Suicide, Depression and other Anti-Social Behavior:

    Keith’s story empowers today’s youth who, on a daily basis, are struggling with crime, bullying, gangs, suicidal thoughts, depression, and other harmful/anti-social behavior. Researchers note that bullying escalates in the later years of elementary school, peaks in middle school, and then dissipates by high school. They also note that 6th grade is the worst year for bullying. **Bullying** Academically gifted students, especially those with high verbal aptitude, are often bullied and are more likely than less gifted students to suffer emotionally. In 2007, the five worst states for bullying in kindergarten through 12th grade were (1) California, (2) New York, (3) Illinois, (4) Pennsylvania, and (5) Washington. Every day, 160,000 students skip school because they are afraid they will be bullied. Thirty percent of students who say they have been bullied said they sometimes had brought weapons to school. While teachers say they intervened 71% of the time in bullying incidents, students report that teachers intervened only 25% of the time. Leading up to this incident was the devastating Columbine High School massacre (often known simply as Columbine), where two senior students, Eric Harris and Dyland Klebold. The two students involved were described as gifted students who had been bullied for years. These two unhappy students embarked on a shooting spree in which a total of 12 students and one teacher were murdered. They also injured 21 other students directly, with three further people being injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair then committed suicide. It is the fourth-deadliest school massacre in United States history, after the 1927 Bath School disaster Bath School disaster, 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and the 1966 University of Texas massacre, and remains the deadliest for an American high school. These and so many other senseless crimes can be preventing when youth are exposed more positive processing to help change their outlook on life. **Suicide:** Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents, accounting for a greater number of deaths than the next seven leading causes of death combined for 15
    • to 24-year-olds (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2006a). Almost 1 in 12 adolescents in high school made a suicide attempt, and 17% of adolescents seriously considered making a suicide attempt, in the calendar year 2005 (CDC, 2006). Nonetheless, there are differences among ethnic groups in the rates and contexts within which adolescent suicidal behaviors occur. Risk factors for suicide among the young include suicidal thoughts, psychiatric disorders (such as depression, impulsive aggressive behavior, bipolar disorder, certain anxiety disorders), drug and/or alcohol abuse and previous suicide attempts, with the risk increased if there is situational stress and access to firearms. **Depression** Over 60 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent. Depression affects nearly 10 percent of Americans ages 18 and over in a given year, or more than 24 million people. More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease (17 million), cancer (12 million) and HIV/AIDS (1 million).

FAQs on booking Keith A. Somers

  • How to book Keith A. Somers?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Keith A. Somers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Keith A. Somers, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Keith A. Somers or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Keith A. Somers?

    Booking fees for Keith A. Somers, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Keith A. Somers, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Keith A. Somers?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Keith A. Somers for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Keith A. Somers for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Keith A. Somers or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Keith A. Somers or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Keith A. Somers is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Keith A. Somers for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Keith A. Somers generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Clint Malarchuk, Matt Paknis, Kevin Briggs, Amy Purdy and Maurice Clarett. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Keith A. Somers for an upcoming event.

Keith A. Somers Speaker Videos

  • How I Paid the Price for My Worst Mistake | Keith A. Somers | Goalcast
    Aug 9, 2018 ... Celebrity bodyguard Keith Somers was living the Hollywood dream when a tragic turn of events led to his arrest. This is the story of how one ...
    KEITH SOMERS, TEDx Harvard Westlake - YouTube
    Jun 3, 2018 ... Keith delivers a speech on Transforming Trauma for TEDx Harvard Westlake (04- 22-2018)
  • Young Healers Talk Clip
    Youth Preparation Talk Clip
  • Keith Somers Interview
    Keiths Story

Keith A. Somers Speaking Topics

  • Distracted & Impaired Driving:

    Keith looks to achieve four (5) fundamental, and interrelated objectives when speaking on this subject matter. 1) to educate youth about the risks and consequences of impaired and distracted driving. 2) to identify the mentality and mindsets that are the ancestor to every irresponsible decision to drive while distracted and/or impaired. 3) to provide youth with safe and healthy alternatives to both distracted and impaired driving. 4) to implement effective support systems by yoking youth to both, respected community leaders and crisis interventionists, to achieve profound and lasting change in attitude and behavior by discontinuing to drive while distracted and/or impaired, and 5) to also be shown how to ambassador and shepherd other youth into the same morally conscious behavior which they learned through S-DAP

  • Drug & Alcohol Abstinence:

    Research has shown that the key risk periods for drug abuse are during major transitions in children’s lives. The first big transition for children is when they leave the security of the family and enter school. Later, when they advance from elementary school to middle school, they often experience new academic and social situations, such as learning to get along with a wider group of peers. It is at this stage—early adolescence—that children are likely to encounter drugs for the first time. When they enter high school, adolescents face additional social, emotional, and educational challenges. At the same time, they may be exposed to greater availability of drugs, drug abusers, and social activities involving drugs. These challenges can increase the risk that they will abuse alcohol, tobacco, and other substances. When young adults leave home for college or work and are on their own for the first time, their risk for drug and alcohol abuse is very high. Consequently, young adult interventions are needed as well. Having evolved from being a drug and alcohol abuser himself, Keith is uniquely equipped to not only speak from the perspective of an alcoholic and addict, but more importantly having amassed nearly twenty-four (24) consecutive years of unbroken recovery, Keith instructs at-risk youth how to make the proper life choices and to abstain from both drugs and alcohol.

  • Bullying, Suicide, Depression and other Anti-Social Behavior:

    Keith’s story empowers today’s youth who, on a daily basis, are struggling with crime, bullying, gangs, suicidal thoughts, depression, and other harmful/anti-social behavior. Researchers note that bullying escalates in the later years of elementary school, peaks in middle school, and then dissipates by high school. They also note that 6th grade is the worst year for bullying. **Bullying** Academically gifted students, especially those with high verbal aptitude, are often bullied and are more likely than less gifted students to suffer emotionally. In 2007, the five worst states for bullying in kindergarten through 12th grade were (1) California, (2) New York, (3) Illinois, (4) Pennsylvania, and (5) Washington. Every day, 160,000 students skip school because they are afraid they will be bullied. Thirty percent of students who say they have been bullied said they sometimes had brought weapons to school. While teachers say they intervened 71% of the time in bullying incidents, students report that teachers intervened only 25% of the time. Leading up to this incident was the devastating Columbine High School massacre (often known simply as Columbine), where two senior students, Eric Harris and Dyland Klebold. The two students involved were described as gifted students who had been bullied for years. These two unhappy students embarked on a shooting spree in which a total of 12 students and one teacher were murdered. They also injured 21 other students directly, with three further people being injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair then committed suicide. It is the fourth-deadliest school massacre in United States history, after the 1927 Bath School disaster Bath School disaster, 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and the 1966 University of Texas massacre, and remains the deadliest for an American high school. These and so many other senseless crimes can be preventing when youth are exposed more positive processing to help change their outlook on life. **Suicide:** Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents, accounting for a greater number of deaths than the next seven leading causes of death combined for 15
    • to 24-year-olds (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2006a). Almost 1 in 12 adolescents in high school made a suicide attempt, and 17% of adolescents seriously considered making a suicide attempt, in the calendar year 2005 (CDC, 2006). Nonetheless, there are differences among ethnic groups in the rates and contexts within which adolescent suicidal behaviors occur. Risk factors for suicide among the young include suicidal thoughts, psychiatric disorders (such as depression, impulsive aggressive behavior, bipolar disorder, certain anxiety disorders), drug and/or alcohol abuse and previous suicide attempts, with the risk increased if there is situational stress and access to firearms. **Depression** Over 60 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent. Depression affects nearly 10 percent of Americans ages 18 and over in a given year, or more than 24 million people. More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease (17 million), cancer (12 million) and HIV/AIDS (1 million).

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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