Shawn Hessee to speak at Iowa Central

by Josh Sandin
Posted on 1/25/2012


FORT DODGE - The Iowa Central Community College Diversity Committee will be hosting motivational speaker Shawn Hessee at the Biotechnology and Health Science Building auditorium Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7:00 p.m.

Hessee is traveling and speaking as part of his free lecture series, Rolling Through Adversity. The lecture series delivers a powerful message of overcoming obstacles and throwing excuses to the wind in order to accomplish personal and professional goals. Aware of the fact that not everything learned is from a textbook, Hessee encourages his audience to learn from the experiences and challenges they face. Through his motivational speaking, Shawn hopes to help people cope with frustration, anger and the difficult issues that arise during life.

As a result of being born premature to a mother addicted to drugs, Shawn Hessee was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Shortly after birth, he was ushered off to foster care and eventually adopted into a loving family. Although his disability has caused him to be confined to a wheelchair, he has been able to accomplish many things and maintains an active lifestyle.

Hessee is a graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. with a Bachelor Degree in Broadcast Communications/Public Relations. He is also a member of the Carolina Fury wheelchair power hockey team. He is currently the assistant executive director to the Strength Coaching Foundation which awards money to elementary school students to help them buy needed supplies and encourage them to achieve their dreams in their chosen field.

Hessee's lecture is appropriate for conference keynotes, orientation, residence life events, motivational programs, and health and wellness programs. Some of the speaking points covered in his lecture series include campus violence, drug and alcohol abuse, time management, life experiences, stereotypes and racism, anger management and living with a disability.