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Don McPherson

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Activist, Educator, Feminist, Entrepreneur, College Football Hall of Famer

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 Don McPherson Biography

For more than 34 years, Don McPherson has used the power and appeal of sport to address complex social justice issues. He has created innovative programs, supported community service providers and has provided educational seminars and lectures throughout North America.

As an athlete, McPherson was a unanimous All-America quarterback at Syracuse University and is a veteran of the NFL and Canadian Football League. As captain of the undefeated 1987 Syracuse football team, McPherson set 22 school records, led the nation in passing and won more than 18 national “player of the year” awards, including the Maxwell Award as the nation’s best player, the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and the inaugural Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He was second in the Heisman Trophy voting. In 2008 McPherson was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. In 2013 Syracuse University retired his #9 jersey. Only the fourth number (and one of five) to be retired in the history of the University’s storied football program.

Since 1986 McPherson has delivered school and community based programs addressing issues such as drunk driving, alcohol and substance abuse, bullying, youth leadership and mentoring. Upon retiring from pro football in 1994, he joined Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society as national director of Athletes in Service to America. In 2002 he founded the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University, for which he served as executive director until 2007.

In 1995 McPherson turned his focus to the issue of “men’s violence against women,” as director of Sport in Society’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program, taking over for the program’s founder, Jackson Katz. McPherson emerged as a national leader and advocate for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. He has conducted workshops and lectures for more than 250 college campuses, community organizations and national sports and violence prevention organizations. His programs and lectures have reached more than 1 million people.

Don has twice testified before the United States Congress and has worked closely with the U.S. Departments of Education and Defense on issues of sexual violence in education and the military, respectively. He has provided commentary on numerous national news programs and was featured in O Magazine and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Don also created and hosted “Training for Life” on MSG Varsity, a life skills TV show that examined a myriad of social issues and sports. In 2012, Training for Life's episode on "Sports Parenting" was nominated for an Emmy Award.

McPherson has worked as a college football analyst for ESPN, BET and NBC and spent six seasons as the lead studio analyst for Sportsnet New York’s coverage of Big East and American Athletic Conference football. In 2000, while a board member of the Nassau County Sports Commission, McPherson created the John Mackey Award, which recognizes college football’s outstanding tight end.

Don McPherson has received several honors in recognition of his service, including the Frederick Douglas Men of Strength Award, given by Men Can Stop Rape, Champions for Change, presented by Lifetime Television, The Creative Vision for Women’s Justice, presented by the Pace University Women’s Justice Center, and a Leadership Award from the National Center for Victims of Crime. Most recently Don received the George Arents Award, Syracuse University's highest alumni honor and “Letter Winner of Distinction,” the highest honor bestowed a former student-athlete.

Don McPherson has served as a board member, consultant and advisor for several national organizations including the Ms Foundation for Women, the US National Committee for UN Women and the National Football Foundation. McPherson currently serves on the board of directors for the NYC Chapter of the National Football Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, at Stony Brook University and is a member the NCAA Task Force on Sexual Violence and the NCAA Board of Governors Commission to Combat Sexual Violence.

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Speaking Topics
  • Campus Programs

    Dating Violence: “You Throw Like a Girl" This discussion is directed primarily at men and focuses on language such as "you throw like a girl" that sets a standard on the narrow expectations of masculinity while simultaneously establishing an understanding that girls and women are "less than" men. The presentation focuses on nurturing positive language and understanding of masculine identity. Orientation: " Maximize the Experience" Most Orientation programs are designed to help students identify "trouble areas" and introduce where, within the college or university system, resources are available. This session supports this effort and help students to recognize the richness in being proactive and engaged in the full compliment of opportunities and support afforded in higher education. Administrators: “The Generation Coming” Each year school administrators welcome a new generation of students. These students are a product of an ever changing culture that moves faster than research or policy can predict or govern. Administrators need comprehensive information to better understand the perspective of and challenges inherent in educating and influencing youth behavior.

  • Creating a Positive Work Environment (Teamwork/Leadership)

    “One Down, One to Go” When teams and organizations succeed, the effort to reach that moment typically requires many factors and individuals coming together. Very often that effort makes milestones to feel more important than they actually are in the big picture. Successful organizations use early success to build team and focus while maintaining an eye on the ultimate prize. “Our Best Moments Happen in Practice” Most teams and organizations fail to realize that their best ideas, synergy and work occurs when they are preparing to present their work to a client, in performance, etc. Our preparation is what makes us better and what strengthens our resolve and performance.

  • Motivational

    “Spend Time with Your Dreams” Most teams and organizations fail to realize that their best ideas, synergy and work occurs when they are preparing to present their work to a client, in performance, etc. Our preparation is what makes us better and what strengthens our resolve and performance. “Mastery in Practice” The little things we do everyday, in preparation for larger tasks are the foundation of success. Those minute skills that we take for granted because they were drilled in us and have become rote understanding, are also the ways in which we problem solve, create opportunities and ultimately achieve success.

  • Transition Issues

    “Life is Not an Event” It's hard to see "down the road" when there are sharp turns blocking your sight. And, no game is won or lost on game day. Sustained success comes from understanding that life is a process and success is measured in the aggregate of the span, not the glitz of a moment.

  • Overcoming Adversity

    “Back to the Manual” The more difficult challenges become, the more important it is to consider the basics. From the basics we can see the road map to correction and we are reminded of our initial motivation. “Disregard All Extraneous Stimuli” Focusing on your mission and goals is more difficult in today's instant gratification and highly saturated media/communication environment. Focus requires strategy and practice.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Don McPherson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Don McPherson 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 Don McPherson, 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 Don McPherson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Don McPherson?

    Booking fees for Don McPherson, 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 Don McPherson, 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 Don McPherson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Don McPherson 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 Don McPherson for your next private or corporate function.
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Don McPherson

5 out of 5

Activist, Educator, Feminist, Entrepreneur, College Football Hall of Famer

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Don McPherson Biography

For more than 34 years, Don McPherson has used the power and appeal of sport to address complex social justice issues. He has created innovative programs, supported community service providers and has provided educational seminars and lectures throughout North America.

As an athlete, McPherson was a unanimous All-America quarterback at Syracuse University and is a veteran of the NFL and Canadian Football League. As captain of the undefeated 1987 Syracuse football team, McPherson set 22 school records, led the nation in passing and won more than 18 national “player of the year” awards, including the Maxwell Award as the nation’s best player, the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and the inaugural Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He was second in the Heisman Trophy voting. In 2008 McPherson was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. In 2013 Syracuse University retired his #9 jersey. Only the fourth number (and one of five) to be retired in the history of the University’s storied football program.

Since 1986 McPherson has delivered school and community based programs addressing issues such as drunk driving, alcohol and substance abuse, bullying, youth leadership and mentoring. Upon retiring from pro football in 1994, he joined Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society as national director of Athletes in Service to America. In 2002 he founded the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University, for which he served as executive director until 2007.

In 1995 McPherson turned his focus to the issue of “men’s violence against women,” as director of Sport in Society’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program, taking over for the program’s founder, Jackson Katz. McPherson emerged as a national leader and advocate for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. He has conducted workshops and lectures for more than 250 college campuses, community organizations and national sports and violence prevention organizations. His programs and lectures have reached more than 1 million people.

Don has twice testified before the United States Congress and has worked closely with the U.S. Departments of Education and Defense on issues of sexual violence in education and the military, respectively. He has provided commentary on numerous national news programs and was featured in O Magazine and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Don also created and hosted “Training for Life” on MSG Varsity, a life skills TV show that examined a myriad of social issues and sports. In 2012, Training for Life's episode on "Sports Parenting" was nominated for an Emmy Award.

McPherson has worked as a college football analyst for ESPN, BET and NBC and spent six seasons as the lead studio analyst for Sportsnet New York’s coverage of Big East and American Athletic Conference football. In 2000, while a board member of the Nassau County Sports Commission, McPherson created the John Mackey Award, which recognizes college football’s outstanding tight end.

Don McPherson has received several honors in recognition of his service, including the Frederick Douglas Men of Strength Award, given by Men Can Stop Rape, Champions for Change, presented by Lifetime Television, The Creative Vision for Women’s Justice, presented by the Pace University Women’s Justice Center, and a Leadership Award from the National Center for Victims of Crime. Most recently Don received the George Arents Award, Syracuse University's highest alumni honor and “Letter Winner of Distinction,” the highest honor bestowed a former student-athlete.

Don McPherson has served as a board member, consultant and advisor for several national organizations including the Ms Foundation for Women, the US National Committee for UN Women and the National Football Foundation. McPherson currently serves on the board of directors for the NYC Chapter of the National Football Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, at Stony Brook University and is a member the NCAA Task Force on Sexual Violence and the NCAA Board of Governors Commission to Combat Sexual Violence.

Don McPherson Videos

  • 2016 MVP Student Leadership Summit Keynote- Don McPherson
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Don McPherson Speaking Topics

  • Campus Programs

    Dating Violence: “You Throw Like a Girl" This discussion is directed primarily at men and focuses on language such as "you throw like a girl" that sets a standard on the narrow expectations of masculinity while simultaneously establishing an understanding that girls and women are "less than" men. The presentation focuses on nurturing positive language and understanding of masculine identity. Orientation: " Maximize the Experience" Most Orientation programs are designed to help students identify "trouble areas" and introduce where, within the college or university system, resources are available. This session supports this effort and help students to recognize the richness in being proactive and engaged in the full compliment of opportunities and support afforded in higher education. Administrators: “The Generation Coming” Each year school administrators welcome a new generation of students. These students are a product of an ever changing culture that moves faster than research or policy can predict or govern. Administrators need comprehensive information to better understand the perspective of and challenges inherent in educating and influencing youth behavior.

  • Creating a Positive Work Environment (Teamwork/Leadership)

    “One Down, One to Go” When teams and organizations succeed, the effort to reach that moment typically requires many factors and individuals coming together. Very often that effort makes milestones to feel more important than they actually are in the big picture. Successful organizations use early success to build team and focus while maintaining an eye on the ultimate prize. “Our Best Moments Happen in Practice” Most teams and organizations fail to realize that their best ideas, synergy and work occurs when they are preparing to present their work to a client, in performance, etc. Our preparation is what makes us better and what strengthens our resolve and performance.

  • Motivational

    “Spend Time with Your Dreams” Most teams and organizations fail to realize that their best ideas, synergy and work occurs when they are preparing to present their work to a client, in performance, etc. Our preparation is what makes us better and what strengthens our resolve and performance. “Mastery in Practice” The little things we do everyday, in preparation for larger tasks are the foundation of success. Those minute skills that we take for granted because they were drilled in us and have become rote understanding, are also the ways in which we problem solve, create opportunities and ultimately achieve success.

  • Transition Issues

    “Life is Not an Event” It's hard to see "down the road" when there are sharp turns blocking your sight. And, no game is won or lost on game day. Sustained success comes from understanding that life is a process and success is measured in the aggregate of the span, not the glitz of a moment.

  • Overcoming Adversity

    “Back to the Manual” The more difficult challenges become, the more important it is to consider the basics. From the basics we can see the road map to correction and we are reminded of our initial motivation. “Disregard All Extraneous Stimuli” Focusing on your mission and goals is more difficult in today's instant gratification and highly saturated media/communication environment. Focus requires strategy and practice.

FAQs on booking Don McPherson

  • How to book Don McPherson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Don McPherson 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 Don McPherson, 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 Don McPherson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Don McPherson?

    Booking fees for Don McPherson, 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 Don McPherson, 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 Don McPherson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Don McPherson 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 Don McPherson 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 Don McPherson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Don McPherson 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.

Don McPherson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Don McPherson for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Don McPherson generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jenny Lynn Anderson, Elizabeth Smart, Kori Cioca, J.R. Martinez and Amanda Nguyen. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Don McPherson for an upcoming event.

Don McPherson Speaker Videos

  • 2016 MVP Student Leadership Summit Keynote- Don McPherson
    Jun 14, 2016 ... 2016 MVP Student Leadership Summit Keynote Speaker - Don McPherson. Alan Heisterkamp. Loading... Unsubscribe from Alan Heisterkamp?

Don McPherson Speaking Topics

  • Campus Programs

    Dating Violence: “You Throw Like a Girl" This discussion is directed primarily at men and focuses on language such as "you throw like a girl" that sets a standard on the narrow expectations of masculinity while simultaneously establishing an understanding that girls and women are "less than" men. The presentation focuses on nurturing positive language and understanding of masculine identity. Orientation: " Maximize the Experience" Most Orientation programs are designed to help students identify "trouble areas" and introduce where, within the college or university system, resources are available. This session supports this effort and help students to recognize the richness in being proactive and engaged in the full compliment of opportunities and support afforded in higher education. Administrators: “The Generation Coming” Each year school administrators welcome a new generation of students. These students are a product of an ever changing culture that moves faster than research or policy can predict or govern. Administrators need comprehensive information to better understand the perspective of and challenges inherent in educating and influencing youth behavior.

  • Creating a Positive Work Environment (Teamwork/Leadership)

    “One Down, One to Go” When teams and organizations succeed, the effort to reach that moment typically requires many factors and individuals coming together. Very often that effort makes milestones to feel more important than they actually are in the big picture. Successful organizations use early success to build team and focus while maintaining an eye on the ultimate prize. “Our Best Moments Happen in Practice” Most teams and organizations fail to realize that their best ideas, synergy and work occurs when they are preparing to present their work to a client, in performance, etc. Our preparation is what makes us better and what strengthens our resolve and performance.

  • Motivational

    “Spend Time with Your Dreams” Most teams and organizations fail to realize that their best ideas, synergy and work occurs when they are preparing to present their work to a client, in performance, etc. Our preparation is what makes us better and what strengthens our resolve and performance. “Mastery in Practice” The little things we do everyday, in preparation for larger tasks are the foundation of success. Those minute skills that we take for granted because they were drilled in us and have become rote understanding, are also the ways in which we problem solve, create opportunities and ultimately achieve success.

  • Transition Issues

    “Life is Not an Event” It's hard to see "down the road" when there are sharp turns blocking your sight. And, no game is won or lost on game day. Sustained success comes from understanding that life is a process and success is measured in the aggregate of the span, not the glitz of a moment.

  • Overcoming Adversity

    “Back to the Manual” The more difficult challenges become, the more important it is to consider the basics. From the basics we can see the road map to correction and we are reminded of our initial motivation. “Disregard All Extraneous Stimuli” Focusing on your mission and goals is more difficult in today's instant gratification and highly saturated media/communication environment. Focus requires strategy and practice.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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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