"Belief is our greatest power. Despite the challenges we face in higher-education, we must never waiver from believing in our immeasurable capacity to leave the world a better place. That, after all, is the true definition of a legacy."
- Matthew Schmoker
Since he was barely old enough to drive a car, Matthew Schmoker has been on stage inspiring students, educators, leaders and organizations throughout the world. With a passion for education and driving performance, Matt has dedicated a near 25-year career to being an award-winning enrollment management and student retention expert, executive coach, educator, school owner, and acclaimed keynote speaker.
Matt's ability to empower others for success comes from his own survival testimony overcoming abuse, neglect, health challenges and addictions, and the impact he's made in the education industry.
Matt understands the significant challenges and rewards of the education sector. From his humble beginnings as a High School Admissions Representative, to being an educator, to holding executive level roles - including Executive VP of Admissions, and a school owner himself, Matt infuses proprietary research, real-world experience, and immediate and actionable content in all his talks.
With an unmatched ability for transforming low-performing institutions into surpassing goals, and reigniting passion in the hearts of educators and leaders, Matt continued committing his expertise to supporting more schools and organizations in maximizing their potential and founded Legacy Admissions Solutions. Since then, Matt, and the Legacy Team, have supported over 700 schools throughout the United States and abroad, in surpassing enrollment and retention goals, while strengthening campuses in becoming a culture of service.
Matt is driven by his personal commitment to “Support Dreams, Inspire Greatness” of today's education professionals and students. As a master storyteller, Matt possesses an amazing ability to personally connect with his audiences as he teaches and inspires through his hilarious and heartwarming true stories every audience internalizes, learns from, and never forgets.
As such, Matt is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and facilitator, who has inspired over 3.5 million people by delivering over 4,600 keynotes and seminars to corporations, associations, high schools, colleges and universities.
With his unwavering dedication in sharing his unforgettable “YO! Be Amazing Today!” message, Matt has been inducted into the Washington Education Association Speaker Hall of Fame, and has been recognized seven times by Beliefnet.org as the "Ten Most Inspirational Speakers" of the year.
With his infectious enthusiasm, passion for education, and unrivaled blend of expertise, and ability to inspire excellence in his audiences, Matt will empower your school and organization to leave an incredible legacy.
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