Our Speakers

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NTLP always provides the best youth motivators in the nation!

NTLP is proud to use The Fisher Agency as its booking agent for the majority of our speakers for over 27 years!

Friends and family are invited to hear our inspirational speakers along with our attendees at our closing program on Sunday! Contact us for more information.

Speakers in 2019! Summer 2020 speakers are TBD.
Paul Parsons

Paul Parsons
Paul Parsons is a professional speaker, entertainer and hypnotist. His performance, which opens NTLP on Friday evening, is designed to both relax and invigorate the audience and help set the pace for a motivating and enjoyable weekend. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and an accomplished musician, Paul played with the Milwaukee Catholic Symphony at the age of 13. With his genuine enthusiasm and sincerity, combined with lots of audience participation, Paul guarantees a performance that is motivating, amazing, and hysterically funny.​

William Martinez
A native of Denver, William Martinez earned his Bachelor Degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, to pursue his acting/singing career. He has stayed in LA to enjoy the sunshine ever since! He is currently touring the educational market with his presentation SIGNing the Song: You Have Changed My Life inspiring teachers to remember how incredible their impact is on their students. SIGNing the Song combines American Sign Language (ASL) with song and shares his inspirational story of growing up in a deaf household, discovering music, and celebrating the massive impact that one teacher had on his life. He also introduces how ASL in the classroom can create a new and effective way for teachers to communicate with their students. He is extremely honored to have SIGNing the Song be the DVD companion to one of the most successful educational books on the market: The First Days of School: How to Become an Effective Teacher (Fifth Edition) by Harry and Rosemary Wong. In fact, the DVD has won multiple AVA Digital Awards including the platinum award for On-Camera Talent award to William as a Motivational Speaker! The highest award given!
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In addition to his speaking engagements, William is also a professional actor/singer with many impressive credits and awards under his belt. His theatrical version of Signing The Song won a Broadway World award in 2018! He toured Thank You for The Music: A Modern Tribute to ABBA across the nation and sailed the high seas as the Lead Male Singer on Silversea Cruises performing Opera, Broadway, Pop, Jazz, and other musical styles (along with showcasing SIGNing the Song). Previous to those productions, William originated the role of Bean’s Dad in Ivy and Bean at South Coast Repertory and Jason in Ordinary Days at the Victory Theatre in LA. He has also performed in Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sacramento Music Circus, La Mirada Performing Arts Center), Parade, Little Mary Sunshine, No No Nannette, Superman, Street Scene, Blood Brothers, High Fidelity, Titanic (Musical Theatre Guild), Secret Garden, Once Upon a Mattress, City of Angels, 110 in the Shade, Bells Are Ringing, Kismet (Musical Theatre West Reiner), Big River (Taper), Big River and Oliver! (Deaf West Theatre), Back to Bacharach (Sierra Rep), Forever Plaid (Little Theatre of the Rockies), Plaid Tidings (Laguna Playhouse), Sweeney Todd (Gold Coast) and many other musical shows. He has performed for countless award shows, honor galas and charity events (including the Paul Newman’s SeriousFun for children). He has done film, TV, voiceovers, and sings backup for Kristin Chenoweth whenever she is in the Los Angeles Area. He loves to give back to the community by performing for elementary school kids with Musical Theatre West, Musical Theatre Guild, and New West Symphony and is a proud member of Actors Equity. William thanks his wonderful family for their endless love and support. ILY!
Our Speakers - Julia Garcia

Julia Garcia
After 10+ years working with over a quarter million students nationwide, social-emotional health expert and TEDx Speaker JULIA GARCIA is leading a generation of young voices to speak up, stand up and rise up TOGETHER.

JULIA GARCIA is extraordinary in her ability to create a culture of empathy and compassion on campuses. With her infectious energy, raw spoken word poetry, and powerful audience interaction, she creates a space for students to have a real experience instead of just attending an event.

Her diverse background, unparalleled passion, and Ph.D. research make JULIA GARCIA one of the most dynamic and critical voices of our generation. In a digital era with overwhelming pressures and fake highlight reels, JULIA GARCIA is a refreshing a reminder that we are never alone and your story and your voice matter.

Our Speaker - John Beede

John Beede
Adventurer John Beede has been struck by lighting, attacked by a 5-foot iguana, and he once did the hokey-pokey in the eye of a hurricane. He’s been swimming with Hammerhead, Great White, and Whale sharks. He was even trapped in the Indonesian jungle between warring tribes and the world’s largest goldmine. His travels have taken him to 56 countries and every continent including Antarctica.

In his presentation, you’re going to learn the peak performance and leadership lessons that John learned while pursuing his life’s biggest dream; reaching the summit of Mount Everest. After two months of climbing, 9 months of full-time preparation, and 17 years of mountaineering, he planted his trusty ice axe into the summit of Mount Everest. Subsequently, he was featured on TV’s 60 Minutes and media outlets across the globe.

He is not sponsored. All funding for his expeditions comes from building and selling his own companies. Additionally, he has authored two books, including Climb On! Success Strategies for Teens and The Mini-Manual for Becoming Super Awesome. Together, they have sold over 50,000 copies. After his talk, you’re welcome to purchase a copy of your own and take your picture with this extraordinary gentleman.

Get ready to laugh and be inspired. John’s integration of outdoor adventure stories and powerful success strategies are going to catapult you to a new level of personal achievement.