Dan Clark

Dan Clark

Dan Lee Clark's journey from Zama, Japan, to the NFL, and his celebrated role as 'Nitro' on American Gladiators, is a testament to resilience, strength, and the power of transformation. His TEDx talk, which has captivated over 500k viewers, shares profound insights on overcoming obstacles and achieving goals, resonating particularly with young audiences seeking guidance and inspiration. Dan's life story is more than just inspirational; it's a practical blueprint for navigating life's challenges with courage and determination.

Dan Lee Clark's journey from Zama, Japan, to the NFL, and his celebrated role as 'Nitro' on American Gladiators, is a testament to resilience, strength, and the power of transformation. His TEDx talk, which has captivated over 500k viewers, shares profound insights on overcoming obstacles and achieving goals, resonating particularly with young audiences seeking guidance and inspiration. Dan's life story is more than just inspirational; it's a practical blueprint for navigating life's challenges with courage and determination.

Central to his speaking engagements is the theme of “Strength in Vulnerability: Embracing Brotherhood and Openness,” a message that resonates with the ideals of healthy masculinity and mutual support. Dan’s approach challenges and redefines traditional notions of toughness, advocating for a culture where men are encouraged to share their struggles and triumphs alike. This narrative is further enriched by his personal journey of recovery and empowerment following a life-altering heart attack, exemplifying how adversities can be transformed into sources of strength.

Dan’s influence extends beyond the speaking circuit. His role in creating, producing, and starring in the Netflix hit “Muscles & Mayhem – The Unauthorized Story of the American Gladiators,” which debuted at #1 in America, showcases his multifaceted talent and deep connection to stories of resilience and redemption. His bestselling books, “F Dying” and “Gladiator: A True Story of ‘Roids, Rage, and Redemption,” continue to inspire those on their own paths to self-discovery and success.

Offstage, Dan’s passion for life is as evident as ever. Whether it’s his love for pickleball or his advocacy for meaningful causes like the Talk About Autism initiative, Dan embodies the spirit of living fully and making a positive impact. Through his words and actions, Dan Lee Clark inspires a sense of brotherhood, encouraging young people to face life with openness, courage, and a supportive community.

PROGRAMS

...But Men Do: Finding Strength in Vulnerability, Embracing Openness and Real Brotherhood

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual

Danny Lee Clark’s keynote, “…But Men Do: Finding Strength in Vulnerability, Embracing Openness and Real Brotherhood,” is a riveting journey through the highs and lows of a life lived in the spotlight, from the gridiron fields of the NFL to the dazzling set of American Gladiators and beyond. Dan begins with a captivating look back at his role in shaping the cultural phenomenon of the ’90s, leading into the heart of his message: the transformative power of authenticity and vulnerability.

Through personal anecdotes, including his time in college (including Greek life), his brush with stardom, and his battles with personal demons, Dan dismantles the myths of traditional masculinity.  He opens up about the pivotal moments that defined him, including the tragic loss of his brother and the personal epiphanies that followed.  By sharing these moments, Dan invites the audience to reflect on their own beliefs about masculinity, strength, and vulnerability.

This program is not just a talk; it’s an interactive experience that encourages participants to question, reconsider, and ultimately, understand that true strength lies in the ability to be vulnerable and authentic. Dan tackles tough topics with humor, warmth, and an unflinching honesty that resonates with audiences across the spectrum.

Dan’s message culminates in a powerful call to action: to move beyond outdated notions of masculinity and embrace a life marked by authenticity, emotional intelligence, and the courage to be truly oneself. It’s an invitation to be part of a conversation that could change the way we see ourselves and each other.

Audience members will…

  • Engage with Dan’s personal journey to understand the impact of societal expectations on individual growth.

  • Explore the dichotomy between traditional and healthy masculinity, and the societal shift towards embracing emotional openness.

  • Reflect on personal experiences and societal influences that shape their understanding of masculinity.

  • Reflect on personal experiences and societal influences that shape their understanding of masculinity.
Ideal Audiences
  • Fraternity/Sorority Life
  • New Greek Member Orientation
  • Mental Health & Wellness Events
  • Conferences on Healthy Masculinity and Personal Development

The Best Life: What I Learned from Nearly Dying, Exploring Purpose, and Discovering Happiness

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual

To most, Dan “Nitro” Clark has lived a full life. 

As a collegiate and professional athlete, actor, author, speaker, television star, and internationally recognized popular culture figure, one might assume Dan has had it all. All the things many aspire to be.

On December 18, 2013, Dan nearly died from a heart attack. In the process he began to explore how to develop a world of fulfillment, gratitude, purpose, and happiness. In this dynamic and powerful program, he shares not only his process of discovery but, most importantly, how audiences can apply these lessons and strategies to leading their best life also. 

This program is intended for people to help shift mindsets, identify, and understand core values, and live passionately. 

Audience members will…

  • Consider how we create and make meaning of goals.

  • Process how true happiness is developed through gratitude.

  • Develop a personal mantra to overcome the hardest challenges.

Ideal Audiences

  • Fraternity/Sorority Life
  • New Member Orientation
  • Mental Health & Wellness
  • Healthy Masculinity

GLADIATOR: Powerful Principles for Achieving Your Greatest Potential

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual

When you close your eyes to imagine a successful future, what do you see? Is it a big house, fancy car, or expensive possessions? While those things might seem cool, Dan Clark suggests there are things far more important.

In this passion-filled and impactful program, Dan will share with you his journey of becoming a television icon as an original cast member of The American Gladiators, a Netflix documentary star and producer of Muscles and Mayhem, and an internationally recognized speaker and author.

But, here’s the head fake: being a success isn’t about any of those things. 

It’s about living your life with purpose and following core principles related to gratitude, courage, integrity, and relationships. 

It is about the “inside game.”

Audience members will…

  • Discover the core principles of creating a purposeful life.

  • Consider how each of these is connected to long-term goals and success.

  • Define what being a GLADIATOR means on their own journey 

Ideal Audiences

  • Fraternity/Sorority Life
  • New Member Orientation
  • Mental Health & Wellness
  • Healthy Masculinity
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