June 13, 2014 at 1:41 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Motivational speaker Scott Chesney, a nationally and internationally recognized workshop and keynote presenter, gave an inspirational speech for students and parents at Heritage Middle School on Thursday. The event was sponsored by the Livingston Municipal Alliance Committee (LMAC), in partnership with Livingston Public Schools (LPS).
Chesney, who grew up in Verona, NJ and is a graduate of Seton Hall University, has spoken to more than one million children and teens in 38 countries and to Fortune 500 corporations, hospitals/rehab centers, associations, sports' teams, audiences at The United Nations, The Pentagon and the FBI, colleges and universities, and K-12 schools. He encourages students to live life to their fullest.
Throughout his talk, Chesney shared his incredible journey of traveling the world and fulfilling his dreams, despite living with paralysis since the age of 15 from a rare spinal disease.
He engaged the audience with his stories of skydiving, meeting former President Bill Clinton and carrying the Olympic torch. He also stressed the importance of finding inner peace and possessing a positive attitude through any obstacle.
“Gratitude will take over any challenging moment and the best way to facilitate change is to lead by example,” he said.
Chesney also challenged the audience to use the power of choice to create change in their lives.
Debbie Lindner, chairman of LMAC, which works through grants and funding from the state to bring special programs, such as this one, to the Livingston schools, said the programs are “aimed at helping kids feel good about themselves and make good choices.”
Chesney exemplified this objective by saying that the most meaningful aspect of his work with children is to “see them down the road and have them share a decision they have made or what they have changed. It reaffirms my message is being carried out in a positive way.”
According to his website, in addition to keeping a busy speaking and coaching schedule, Chesney became President of Raise Hope Foundation in 2011 that trains, mentors, and places people with disabilities and veterans for competitive careers in financial services. He is also an Ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, an Ambassador for Kessler Foundation, a member of the Seton Hall University Leadership Advisory Council, a member of the Board of Trustees for The Knowles Foundation and a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA). He has also served on the Board of Trustees for Children's Specialized Hospital. Chesney is married, has two children, and resides in New Jersey. For more information on Chesney, click HERE.