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Wesley Hamilton

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Motivational Speaker; Mental & Physical Health Advocate for Overcoming Adversity; Executive Director of Disabled But Not Really (DBNR); Featured on Queer Eye

Motivational Speaker; Mental & Physical Health Advocate for Overcoming Adversity; Executive Director of Disabled But Not Really (DBNR); Featured on Queer Eye

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Wesley Hamilton Biography

Wesley Hamilton was born and raised on the east side of Kansas City, Mo., where it was difficult for a young African American male to find opportunities outside of the streets. By the age of 16, he became too much for his mother to handle (which was a common lifestyle for kids in his neighborhood) and moved out to be on his own. By the age of 22, he became a father to his daughter, Nevaeh.

Two years later, at only 5-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Hamilton was non-athletic and vastly overweight as a single father, working full time at an auto finance company, and had just won sole custody of his then 2-year-old daughter. But only 5 days after his 24th birthday in January of 2012, everything about Hamilton’s life changed dramatically. As he was walking back to his car, Hamilton was shot multiple times, with one bullet slicing through his chest and fracturing a rib. The other entered his abdomen, partially severing his spine and paralyzing him below the waist. The shooter was a guy he’d never met.

Hamilton spent the next three years in recovery, which also included two of those years fighting the severe emotional depression that arose from his belief that his life would forever be bedeviled by medications, surgeries, and limitations. But for the overwhelming love he had for his daughter, Hamilton knew he had to set an example for Nevaeh. He started down a path of taking ownership back in his life. He started a fitness and nutrition regimen, which was completely foreign to him – as he had never eaten healthily a day in his life nor had any experience exercising. Hamilton learned everything he could about nutrition and started cooking and is now known for his culinary skills. The fitness side of everything also took off, and in the first year, he lost 100 pounds. He became a powerhouse of inspiration and felt his transformation had the potential to help others who are struggling with similar battles, so he founded a non-profit called Disabled But Not Really (DBNR).

DBNR has helped so many individuals with disabilities (not just physical) to feel empowered and has helped so many people overcome any mental limitations they may have – which is the driving force of the organization. DBNR joins community events to raise awareness about the role of good mental and physical health in overcoming life’s challenges. It has expanded a scholarship program for disabled individuals who learn ways to improve their nutrition and fitness, as well as support the homeless population in his hometown of Kansas City, providing dignity care packages, water, and food. Hamilton has been recognized many times for his entrepreneurial success and has been honored with a number of philanthropic awards.

Hamilton has also spent the past four years being recognized as a role model in the Crossfit Community, winning a number of bodybuilding competitions and even being featured in Men’s Health Magazine climbing a rope with his wheelchair. He has had the opportunity to speak to many community groups, schools, universities, organizations, and associations, sharing his story and inspiring so many lives. He has a stack of hero letters from all ages thanking him for sharing his story. Hamilton transformed yet again when working with the Fab Five on Season 4 of the Netflix hit show, "Queer Eye," who taught him how to be true to himself, leaving him humbled by the experience. Hamilton believes that the highest human act is to inspire – and knows that is his purpose in life.

Wesley Hamilton Speaking Topics


    Wesley Hamilton's journey after surviving multiple gunshots in his abdomen will inspire every human on the earth. His quintessential stories of courage, strength and perseverance resonate with participants long after any talk he’s ever delivered. Wes instills the essential tools of positivity, self-awareness, empowerment, resilience, and acceptance in the face of any challenge. He believes “the highest human act is to inspire” • and that is exactly why he is profoundly affecting human hearts of all ages, races, lifestyles and backgrounds worldwide.


    This keynote teaches people how anyone can take control of their life, specifically addressing wellness, nutrition, well-being and personal/professional development. Wesley shares his stories on how he started a successful non-profit organization; how he stays fit, even winning bodybuilding competitions; how he never lost hope or accepted failure • and teaches his listeners how to do the same. Wes also has a culinary passion, and shares his success secrets on how he lost over 100 pounds. This is a great keynote for all ages, and will leave you with key insights and action steps to improve and master your own life. People can relax and sit back, laugh, learn and feel supported.


    Prepare to be taken on a journey. In this moving, inspiring and thought-provoking keynote, Wesley Hamilton teaches his audience to find peace, purpose, and happiness and motivates them to rise above any obstacle or challenge they may face so they can live their best life. As a survivor of multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, Wesley shares his personal journey from how he went from hopeless and depressed to a life full of purpose, understanding, acceptance, joy and forgiveness. Now that he lives a life filled with love, happiness, gratitude, and success beyond what he could have ever imagined prior to his accident, he helps inspire others to do the same. Through the power of storytelling, Wesley entwines powerful life lessons, encouragement, and inspiration allowing his audience to understand the answers to some of life’s biggest questions, and how to continue to remain positive during the toughest times in our lives. Wes leaves his audience beyond motivated and with a rejuvenated perspective on life.

Wesley Hamilton Videos

  • Keynote Speaker Wesley Hamilton on upcoming Civil Rights ...
    Lincoln Commission on Human Rights Civil Rights Conference 2022 FEATURING KEYNOTE SPEAKERWesley HamiltonWednesday, April 20, 20228:30 a.m. ...
  • From Paralyzed to Purpose-Driven | Wesley Hamilton | TEDxUMKC
    Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. After my 24th birthday, I suffered a spinal cord injury after being shot multiple times.
  • Local man talks about impact of Netflix show

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Wesley Hamilton is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as FROM PARALYZED TO PURPOSE-DRIVEN - MY INSPIRATIONAL STORY, MASTERING YOUR POTENTIAL and LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE. The estimated speaking fee range to book Wesley Hamilton for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Wesley Hamilton generally travels from Kansas City, MO, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rudy Ruettiger, Amelia Rose Earhart, Lizzie Velasquez, Shawn Harper and Tatyana McFadden. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Wesley Hamilton for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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