Motivational Youth Speaker Derek Clark Inspires Student Leadership Conferences Nationwide. His Champion Programs Are Inspiring. As a child, Derek was in foster care for 13 years and “labeled and misdiagnosed” in almost every psychological evaluation in existence.

Having suffered unthinkable child abuse, abandonment, emotional distress and being wrongfully labeled, this has never held Derek back from accomplishing what he set his heart and mind to. He has turned his situation from a victim to a victor, equipping him with the Wisdom and the Will to never give up.

Derek shares how he achieved great personal and financial success with his motivational leadership style and how he lives his life on purpose. His triumphant message has inspired many youth conferences, student leadership conferences, at-risk youth conferences, foster youth conferences, colleges and high school assemblies.

Youth motivational speaker and multi-million dollar producer Derek Clark knows that a great leader has passion, vision, integrity, creativity, compassion and persistent determination. Derek Clark is an international motivational speaker and author of Never Limit Your Life: From Personal to Professional, and the critically acclaimed I Will Never Give Up book series. Derek’s previous successes include founding and performing as CEO of the highly successful Fast

Since achieving his professional dreams, Derek’s life mission has become helping others find the mental strength to recognize and take advantage of opportunities. His keynotes are based on true-life trials and triumphs, and have inspired thousands of students to have the mental strength to overcome adversity and fear. His purpose is to cultivate responsibility, drive, focus, and the courage to take action.

Derek believes that a great leader makes leaders. Jack Welch, one of the world’s most respected and celebrated CEO’s is known for his unmatched track record of success, enormous love of people, fierce passion for winning, and unbridled desire to change the world for the better. Jack once said, “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion.”

An inspiring and great leader has the discipline, dedication and the ability to take decisive action while working towards the “team” goal. Leaders are not all cut from the same mold and there is not a one-size that fits all blueprint. Every great leader has a detailed approach and a style of leadership that is unique. Great leaders have an amazing foundation of qualities and can communicate, motivate and inspire individual team members to rise up to a higher level.


Derek W. Clark is an Inspiring Motivational Speaker and the Author of the I Will Never Give Up book series which includes the award winning and critic acclaimed autobiographical books “I Will Never Give Up”, “I Will Never Give Up For The Teenager” and “I Will Never Give Up On God Again”. Derek spent 13 years in the foster care system.

At five years old his mother and stepfather turned him over to the county social services and yet, they kept his brother and sister. His father who he has never known was in jail for the criminally insane. As a foster child, Derek was disturbed and erratic. Having suffered child abuse and abandonment, he was prone to severe distress and crippling depression. He has been “labeled and misdiagnosed” in almost every psychological evaluation in existence.

As a helpless child, Derek was nearly institutionalized due to severe erratic behavioral problems and violent tendencies. He is a survivor of brutal child abuse, and was diagnosed early on as mentally handicapped with an IQ of a two and half year old and suffered aretic psychosis. As he developed, it became clear to his wonderful foster parents that this diagnosis was without merit.

Derek has learned some very difficult lessons growing up as a troubled teenager. As a foster youth, he wanted to go back and live with his mom but that never happened. He felt rejected and became an angry teenager. He was constantly in trouble because of his difficulties dealing with his anger, respecting others and trusting adults. Even against unbelievable odds, Derek never gave up, using music, laughter, will power, and positive decision-making to triumph over adversity.

He reveals how he overcame his adversities and how he triumphed in his personal life. He takes you down his road of lessons that he has learned of hate, anger, resentment, mistrust in adults, violent tendencies, rejection, lack of love, child abuse and the memories that have haunted his life. Derek believes he has successfully thrived as a leader in life because of his painful past, compassion for others and living a No Excuse life.

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