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Francesco Clark

Author, Founder/CEO of Clark’s Botanicals Skincare, LGBTQ & Disability Advocate

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Francesco Clark Biography

Francesco Clark was 24 years old with a promising career in fashion when his entire world was turned upside-down. On June 1, 2002, he dove headfirst into a swimming pool and crashed into the bottom. Clark became paralyzed from the neck down, unable to move or feel 99% of his body. Doctors told him he probably wouldn't survive, and if he did, he’d never speak or breathe or move on his own again.

After his accident, Clark spent three years in an isolating depression, grappling with his new reality and unable to face himself in the mirror; he had become unable to see the person, but only the wheelchair he now sat in. It was too much to bear. Clark shaved his head bald every day and wore the same t-shirt and hospital pants. He only left the house for occasional physical therapy and local hospital visits.

Christopher Reeve’s passing was a huge turning point for him. The Superman champion of spinal cord research had suddenly vanished. Clark resolved to take responsibility for what happened in his own life. He realized that he didn’t want to stay isolated at home. He wanted to reconnect with other people and be an active member of society. Clark was asked to attend an advocacy group meeting and decided he would go. As he was getting ready, he looked in the mirror for the first time in 3 years. He was shocked. What he saw on the outside did not reflect who he was on the inside.

As a side effect of his injury, Clark’s skin lost the ability to sweat, which led to acne, rosacea, and dry and oily patches, and resulted in an overall complexion that looked ten years older. Clark enlisted the help of his father, a medical doctor trained in homeopathy, to heal his skin. After five years and countless formulations, they discovered Jasmine Catalyst Complex™, the highly concentrated ingredient base that turned back the clock on Clark’s prematurely aging skin and what would become the foundation of his skincare line. Clark’s Botanicals was born. And, Clark was reborn, regaining his sense of self-worth, confidence, and purpose. In 2010, Clark released his book "Walking Papers: The Accident that Changed My Life and the Business that Got Me Back on My Feet," which details his life post-accident and the making of Clark's Botanicals.

Fast forward to 2022. Clark is a beauty industry leader and innovator. He built the bestselling skincare line Clark’s Botanicals from his hospital bed and is reinventing clinically clean beauty, powered by botanicals. And, defying all odds, Clark has gained more movement in his body than doctors ever thought possible. His fine motor movements are coming back little by little. He has gained more control of his wrists, arms, and he can now use a regular fork to eat. Sitting on his own is more comfortable thanks to a stronger core.

Clark is passionate about giving back to the community that inspired him. Clark’s Botanicals is a committed donor to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and more recently to Northwell Health and Montefiore Medical Center. Clark is also a national ambassador for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, helping to fund for the care and the cure of people with spinal cord injuries. He is an advocate for medical research, serving on the board of Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. And, he serves on the board of NYSCF, New York Stem Cell Foundation to help deliver cures for incurable diseases.

Speaking Topics
  • Finding Your Voice & Taking Control of your Own Destiny

    After his injury, Francesco lost the ability to speak. Doctors told him he would never speak again. He proved them wrong. How Francesco no longer takes his voice for granted and tips for others on how to use their voices purposefully.

  • Overcoming Survivor’s Guilt and Imposter Syndrome

    Francesco wasn’t supposed to survive the accident. Miraculously, he did, but then faced the very difficult question: Now that I’ve survived, how do I prove that I'm good enough? Who am I going to be and what CAN I do? Fast forward to Francesco starting Clark’s Botanicals skincare, selling it to private equity, finding himself in board meetings, and asking himself “what am I doing here?”.

  • Why Not You? The Right to Live the Life of Your Dreams

    You probably won’t survive the night. You won’t ever be able to move your fingers, or eat on your own, or make a living to support yourself...Francesco was surrounded by doctors and people bringing him down, telling him there was no hope. He felt ashamed to grasp onto any hope himself. Francesco can talk about how he overcame this and how you can be the success story that you dream about or read about.

  • How to Start a Business from a Hospital Bed

    How Francesco began award-winning, Clark's Botanicals Skincare when he was unable to move or feel 99% of his body. Today, Clark’s Botanicals is sold in Australia, China, UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and US. Their mission is to empower you to live your most beautiful life from the outside in.

  • Powerful Habits

    Knowing that everybody has 24 hours in a day, how will you maximize the time you have today to make your tomorrow that much better?

  • Resilience

    The most successful people you’ve ever read about have failed. The point is not getting it right the first time but adapting, evolving, and perfecting your pitch.

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Walking Papers: The Accident That Changed My Life, And The Business That Got Me Back On My Feet

Walking Papers: The Accident That Changed My Life, And The Business That Got Me Back On My Feet

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    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Francesco Clark for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Francesco Clark, 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 speaking fee information and check availability for Francesco Clark or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Francesco Clark

    Speaking fees for Francesco Clark, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Francesco Clark are under $10,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Francesco Clark, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Francesco Clark speak about?

  • Where does Francesco Clark travel from?

    Francesco Clark generally travels from Bronxville, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Francesco Clark’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Francesco Clark for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Francesco Clark for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Francesco Clark or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Author, Founder/CEO of Clark’s Botanicals Skincare, LGBTQ & Disability Advocate

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Francesco Clark Biography

Francesco Clark was 24 years old with a promising career in fashion when his entire world was turned upside-down. On June 1, 2002, he dove headfirst into a swimming pool and crashed into the bottom. Clark became paralyzed from the neck down, unable to move or feel 99% of his body. Doctors told him he probably wouldn't survive, and if he did, he’d never speak or breathe or move on his own again.

After his accident, Clark spent three years in an isolating depression, grappling with his new reality and unable to face himself in the mirror; he had become unable to see the person, but only the wheelchair he now sat in. It was too much to bear. Clark shaved his head bald every day and wore the same t-shirt and hospital pants. He only left the house for occasional physical therapy and local hospital visits.

Christopher Reeve’s passing was a huge turning point for him. The Superman champion of spinal cord research had suddenly vanished. Clark resolved to take responsibility for what happened in his own life. He realized that he didn’t want to stay isolated at home. He wanted to reconnect with other people and be an active member of society. Clark was asked to attend an advocacy group meeting and decided he would go. As he was getting ready, he looked in the mirror for the first time in 3 years. He was shocked. What he saw on the outside did not reflect who he was on the inside.

As a side effect of his injury, Clark’s skin lost the ability to sweat, which led to acne, rosacea, and dry and oily patches, and resulted in an overall complexion that looked ten years older. Clark enlisted the help of his father, a medical doctor trained in homeopathy, to heal his skin. After five years and countless formulations, they discovered Jasmine Catalyst Complex™, the highly concentrated ingredient base that turned back the clock on Clark’s prematurely aging skin and what would become the foundation of his skincare line. Clark’s Botanicals was born. And, Clark was reborn, regaining his sense of self-worth, confidence, and purpose. In 2010, Clark released his book "Walking Papers: The Accident that Changed My Life and the Business that Got Me Back on My Feet," which details his life post-accident and the making of Clark's Botanicals.

Fast forward to 2022. Clark is a beauty industry leader and innovator. He built the bestselling skincare line Clark’s Botanicals from his hospital bed and is reinventing clinically clean beauty, powered by botanicals. And, defying all odds, Clark has gained more movement in his body than doctors ever thought possible. His fine motor movements are coming back little by little. He has gained more control of his wrists, arms, and he can now use a regular fork to eat. Sitting on his own is more comfortable thanks to a stronger core.

Clark is passionate about giving back to the community that inspired him. Clark’s Botanicals is a committed donor to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and more recently to Northwell Health and Montefiore Medical Center. Clark is also a national ambassador for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, helping to fund for the care and the cure of people with spinal cord injuries. He is an advocate for medical research, serving on the board of Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. And, he serves on the board of NYSCF, New York Stem Cell Foundation to help deliver cures for incurable diseases.

Francesco Clark Speaking Topics

  • Finding Your Voice & Taking Control of your Own Destiny

    After his injury, Francesco lost the ability to speak. Doctors told him he would never speak again. He proved them wrong. How Francesco no longer takes his voice for granted and tips for others on how to use their voices purposefully.

  • Overcoming Survivor’s Guilt and Imposter Syndrome

    Francesco wasn’t supposed to survive the accident. Miraculously, he did, but then faced the very difficult question: Now that I’ve survived, how do I prove that I'm good enough? Who am I going to be and what CAN I do? Fast forward to Francesco starting Clark’s Botanicals skincare, selling it to private equity, finding himself in board meetings, and asking himself “what am I doing here?”.

  • Why Not You? The Right to Live the Life of Your Dreams

    You probably won’t survive the night. You won’t ever be able to move your fingers, or eat on your own, or make a living to support yourself...Francesco was surrounded by doctors and people bringing him down, telling him there was no hope. He felt ashamed to grasp onto any hope himself. Francesco can talk about how he overcame this and how you can be the success story that you dream about or read about.

  • How to Start a Business from a Hospital Bed

    How Francesco began award-winning, Clark's Botanicals Skincare when he was unable to move or feel 99% of his body. Today, Clark’s Botanicals is sold in Australia, China, UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and US. Their mission is to empower you to live your most beautiful life from the outside in.

  • Powerful Habits

    Knowing that everybody has 24 hours in a day, how will you maximize the time you have today to make your tomorrow that much better?

  • Resilience

    The most successful people you’ve ever read about have failed. The point is not getting it right the first time but adapting, evolving, and perfecting your pitch.

Francesco Clark Videos

  • Access Hollywood Chats with Clark's Botanicals Founder Francesco Clark
    Learn how founder Francesco Clark's adversity helped define this preeminent clean beauty skincare line, he also share a few beauty hacks!
  • 2022 Bronxville Graduation - Francesco Clark
  • Francesco Clark Built a Blossoming Beauty Brand After Becoming Paralyzed
    Francesco Clark may currently be the CEO of a celeb-loved beauty brand, but his success didn’t come without major struggles. After being paralyzed...

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  • How do I book Francesco Clark to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Francesco Clark for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Francesco Clark, 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 speaking fee information and check availability for Francesco Clark or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Francesco Clark

    Speaking fees for Francesco Clark, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Francesco Clark are under $10,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Francesco Clark, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Francesco Clark speak about?

  • Where does Francesco Clark travel from?

    Francesco Clark generally travels from Bronxville, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Francesco Clark’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Francesco Clark for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Francesco Clark for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Francesco Clark or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Francesco Clark is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Finding Your Voice & Taking Control of your Own Destiny, Overcoming Survivor’s Guilt and Imposter Syndrome, Why Not You? The Right to Live the Life of Your Dreams, How to Start a Business from a Hospital Bed, Powerful Habits and Resilience. The estimated speaking fee range to book Francesco Clark for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Francesco Clark generally travels from Bronxville, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kylar Broadus, Darian Aaron, Sally Kohn, Yoruba Richen and Damian Pelliccione. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Francesco Clark for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Francesco Clark Speaking Topics

  • Finding Your Voice & Taking Control of your Own Destiny

    After his injury, Francesco lost the ability to speak. Doctors told him he would never speak again. He proved them wrong. How Francesco no longer takes his voice for granted and tips for others on how to use their voices purposefully.

  • Overcoming Survivor’s Guilt and Imposter Syndrome

    Francesco wasn’t supposed to survive the accident. Miraculously, he did, but then faced the very difficult question: Now that I’ve survived, how do I prove that I'm good enough? Who am I going to be and what CAN I do? Fast forward to Francesco starting Clark’s Botanicals skincare, selling it to private equity, finding himself in board meetings, and asking himself “what am I doing here?”.

  • Why Not You? The Right to Live the Life of Your Dreams

    You probably won’t survive the night. You won’t ever be able to move your fingers, or eat on your own, or make a living to support yourself...Francesco was surrounded by doctors and people bringing him down, telling him there was no hope. He felt ashamed to grasp onto any hope himself. Francesco can talk about how he overcame this and how you can be the success story that you dream about or read about.

  • How to Start a Business from a Hospital Bed

    How Francesco began award-winning, Clark's Botanicals Skincare when he was unable to move or feel 99% of his body. Today, Clark’s Botanicals is sold in Australia, China, UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and US. Their mission is to empower you to live your most beautiful life from the outside in.

  • Powerful Habits

    Knowing that everybody has 24 hours in a day, how will you maximize the time you have today to make your tomorrow that much better?

  • Resilience

    The most successful people you’ve ever read about have failed. The point is not getting it right the first time but adapting, evolving, and perfecting your pitch.

Francesco Clark Speaker Videos

  • Access Hollywood Chats with Clark's Botanicals Founder Francesco Clark
    Learn how founder Francesco Clark's adversity helped define this preeminent clean beauty skincare line, he also share a few beauty hacks!
    2022 Bronxville Graduation - Francesco Clark
  • Francesco Clark Built a Blossoming Beauty Brand After Becoming Paralyzed
    Francesco Clark may currently be the CEO of a celeb-loved beauty brand, but his success didn’t come without major struggles. After being paralyzed in an instant following a diving accident, the...

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