With humor, sincerity and emotion, Charlie inspires audiences to Expect Their Best in school, in business and in life through this keynote address. By sharing stories of his own experiences on and off the field, Charlie takes audiences on a journey of wins, losses and lessons learned that motivates individuals to Be Ready, Be Resilient and Be the Pro.
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"Thank you for your profound and fitting Commencement Address at Bethany College. You were the perfect speaker for our students . . . [and] for all of us in attendance!"
-- Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg, President & M.M. Cochran Professor of Leadership Studies, Bethany College
Eastern Michigan University
"The personal stories you shared with the audience underlined the trials that must be confronted in the need to protect and maintain one’s integrity and personal honor. We so appreciate you sharing your expertise with us . . . "
-- Devika Dibya Choudhuri, PhD., 2018 Morris Chair, Department of Leadership & Counseling
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
"Thank you for arranging such an inspirational day. This was the best year yet . . . Charlie Batch was such an inspiration!"
-- Manager, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Construction Specification Institute
"Charlie Batch’s speech to our group was engaging, and very interesting. His story telling of Steelers football insider information was well received. Charlie was able to use these Steelers and childhood stories to provide an excellent background as to why he is working so hard to help underprivileged children in his hometown. We all felt the passion of his presentation."
-- Rich Strayer, May 2017 Mid-Atlantic Region Conference
Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
"Charlie's presentation to our Bank management staff was an excellent addition to our leadership development program. His three themes of preparedness, resilience and being a pro painted an inspiring picture of an impressive pathway to success and personal satisfaction. Charlie was energetic, relatable and, as quoted by our CEO 'a marvelous speaker'."
-- Carolyn B. McKinney, Chief Human Resources Officer, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
The Salvation Army
"Charlie was wonderful! We really appreciated how he referred to the fact that he was helped by The Salvation Army when he was young, and how he encouraged volunteerism. His speech was heartfelt and delivered with passion. I received many positive comments from attendees."
-- Donna L. Fencik, Divisional Director of Marketing & PR, The Salvation Army
Eastern Michigan University
"Charlie Batch has been a great role model for our students with his commitment to serving others and to excel on the field and in his home community. His commencement speech was funny, heartwarming and inspirational to our students."
-- Dr. Sue Martin, President, Eastern Michigan University
Society of Carbide & Tool Engineers
"On behalf of our membership, please convey our thanks to Mr. Batch for speaking last Thursday. By far, Mr. Batch was the best speaker we have had in the last 20 years since I have been on the board!"
-- Craig A. Judy, Society of Carbide & Tool Engineers
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council
"Charlie Batch captivated the audience at our Leaders for Literacy Luncheon with his message of perseverance in the face of adversity. Like our students, Charlie encountered many challenges and setbacks in life, and yet he has achieved greatness both on and off the field. Batch inspired guests with a glimpse into his personal tragedy and lessons learned that turned his life around."
-- Don Block, Executive Director, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council
United Way of Allegheny County
“Compassionate, intelligent, genuine. Charlie has a compelling personal story that led him to a life of giving back to the youth in his hometown. Charlie brings his status as a professional NFL Quarterback to focus employers and their employees on the pressing and urgent needs of disadvantaged youth. He has been a great spokesperson for United Way of Allegheny County.”
-- Bob Nelkin, President & Chief Professional Officer United Way of Allegheny County
“I do not believe I have heard a finer Commencement address than the one you delivered to our graduates. It was touching, it was heartfelt, and looking down at the faces of our graduates, I hope you saw how much your words meant to them. You had them from your first word to your last.”
-- Sister Candace, President of LaRoche College
Carmeuse Lime and Stone
“Charlie’s presentation was engaging, personal and inspiring. Charlie is a grounded and passionate individual whose life has been touched by tragedy and good fortune. . . . His presentation style and candor make him believable as he motivates others to take action.”
-- Tom Buck, President & CEO, Carmeuse Lime and Stone
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