When it comes to building teams, creating momentum, and employing winning strategies, Orlando Bowen is the real deal. For over a decade, Orlando has used storytelling, fitness activities, and cognitive exercises to teach resilience, leadership, and teamwork to over 300,000 people. Empowering others to overcome adversity, to find their passion, and to use their gifts to serve is the reason Orlando breathes.
Ten years ago, Orlando thought he was about to die. Pinned to the ground and survived a savage beating, the then-pro linebacker had been jumped by two plainclothes police officers, an injustice which was the first of many. “In that moment, knowing my life was about to end, I'm thinking, ‘I didn't give everything I had to make a difference.” he says. Later completely exonerated of any wrong doing, Orlando—incredibly—has publicly forgiven his perpetrators and has dedicated his life to inspiring others to pursue excellence through his speaking engagements and through One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization, a charity (501 c3) founded by Bowen
Born in Jamaica, Orlando came to Canada as a child and grew up excelling in sports. He earned a full scholarship to Northern Illinois University where he earned a business marketing degree and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Management.