Speakers Network

Bayaud Speakers’ Network offers engaging speakers who provide insights into topics like employment barriers, business ethics, situational awareness, and more. Our speakers will captivate your crowd! The majority of the cost goes to the speaker, with 10-20% going to Bayaud Enterprises to keep The Laundry Truck and other Bayaud programs operational. Please see our speakers’ profiles below. Bayaud Speakers’ Network Manager and Promoter, Leonard Estes, will follow up with you within the week via phone call. Feel free to contact either Leonard or our speakers directly to schedule someone for your next event!

Leonard Estes Bayaud Speakers’ Network Manager and Promoter
Phone: 303- 830-6885, x238
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carlaCarla Respects Nothing is a Native American of the Ogalala Lakota Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She was born and raised on her reservation and later moved to Denver in 1989. Carla has struggled with alcohol addiction throughout her life, and proud that she has been sober for three years. She shares that her sobriety has allowed her to seize new opportunities; Carla graduated as a Pharmacy Technician from Community College of Denver. She is now community advocate, volunteer, and mentor in Denver, its surrounding communities, as well as my native reservation. Carla says "I love to help those struggling with homelessness, mental health, spirituality, and addiction."

 

IMG 0057George Journey hurt his back at work, quickly his life spiraled down. He lost both his car and his house. Geoerge became  homeless for nine months. During that time, pandemonium erupted in a nearby movie theatre. George swiftly maneuvered his way through the outward stampede of people toward the gun shots. He ended up saving the lives of two young girls. However, tragedy struck again in 2016, when his friend committed suicide in front of him…  He says, "my experiences have afforded me the opportunity to determine the ways I spend my time on this earth. I inspire others to be empathetic, to be good fathers, and to understand the power of giving."

 

iamgraceIamGrace is a mother; not only of her own children but also of children in her community. IamGrace has seen many trials and tribulations in her own life, and in the lives of friends and family. But, she says, "have also seen beautiful transformations, healings, and miracles." IamGrace is  an ordained minister, an intercessor, and a spiritual life coach. She is also a member of ToastAbility, Toastmasters, and Bayaud’s Speakers’ Network. She wants to share how she have used her artistic nature to help herself and others, with poetry, dance, songwriting and singing.

 

jeremyJeremy Levy has been blind since birth. One of his earliest memories is learning to play the piano; at four years old. Today, he plays the piano weekly at a retirement home in Parker. Jeremey finds much relaxation and comfort in the music. He is also an accomplished traveler because he has been doing it since birth. Jeremy not only learned to play the piano, but also to swim and ski. Jeremy is now developing his speaking career based on his positive messaging. He hopes to inspire others that no matter the odds, blind people can!

 

joeJoe Kovach has been inspiring audiences with his story since he was ten years old. Joe's audiences have included school groups and law enforcement. he has shared with my audiences how to live a successful and fulfilling life with blindness and mental illness. He says, “I help them to experience my world with situational awareness strategies. My audiences leave our time together with wider perspectives on life."

 

leonardMy name is Leonard Estes. My deadly habit of using heroin led me to crime. Ultimately, I became one of the many dope fiends who end up in prison. I entered the federal penitentiary as a hardened convict; ready for anything- except what I got. Blindness. I spent the next twelve years learning how to overcome obstacles and adapting to life as a blind convict in the prison system. Through introspection, I have transformed from “thuggable” to “huggable.”

 

IMG 0107Marcus Harris at age 17, was one of America’s countless high school dropouts. He later earned his GED, but maintained the behaviors that contributed to the end of his academic career. Marcus self-medicated heavily with pot, alcohol, and hallucinogenic drugs. In prison, he vowed to end a lifetime of selfishness; an awakening that continues to inspire him today. However, Marcus struggled with lack of marketable skills as well as chronic unemployment, parole supervision, and the stigma associated with African American men with past felony convictions. Today, he works at Bayaud Enterprises as an Advisory Council Peer Organizer. He is dedicated to ending the vicious cycle of poverty and homelessness. He says, I have a fervent desire to help others gain upward mobility is apparent in my co-founding of People Rising Against Poverty (P-RAP) and the P-RAP Speakers’ Bureau."

 

markMark Jackson has had a profitable 30 year career as a stock market trader. He say’s "I allowed greed to infect my moral and ethical compasses.” This ultimately, he served a 15 year sentence in the CO Dept. of Corrections and survived a deadly flesh-eating disease that kills or maims most of its victims. After his lengthy recovery, Mark decided to dedicate the rest of his life to inspiring others. He says, "I help my audiences believe that with fierce determination and hard work, they can rise above seemingly insurmountable obstacles and not only survive, but thrive."

 

ronnieRonnie Roy Anika is originally from Uganda. Ronnie have served as a social worker for over 15 years. When she joined university, she was able to fulfill a long-held desire to work with—or rather—serve vulnerable persons. She says, “in my heart, I have always had a calling to support and empower people.” Through social work she has had opportunity to serve street kids, persons with disabilities and the elderly. Her goal is to help them achieve a sustainable livelihood.

 

richardRichard Ray is like a ray of sunshine. He has been blind since he was six years old; when an operation to remove a large brain tumor inadvertently destroyed both his optic nerve and pituitary gland. Richard danced with death yet again on Christmas Eve of 2012 when he was deprived of oxygen for 45 minutes, during which time he glimpsed "the other side." He was in a coma for six weeks. God reinstated his consciousness when his life support was pulled, reviving him from his comatose state. Richard's determination, will to live, and faith in God allowed him to regain his strength over the following years. Richard says he works to "encourage, challenge, and dare others to trust in God, to relinquish fear, and to relish in the rare rays of sunshine that life affords us throughout stormy times.

 

lyndaMy name is Lynda Drake. In the past eleven years, I have assisted over a thousand individuals in their job searches as a Job Developer and Program Manager for Bayaud Enterprises. I’ve also facilitated a program called Beyond Bayaud. It is a class that provides people with the tools necessary to rise above poverty and to take initiative of their lives. Through my experiences at Bayaud and my life as a stock broker, I have become an expert on personal financing for women, parenting disabled children, and living a life of love.

 

Vicki C Vicki Dillard is foundress of On Purpose, LLC, an inspirational community organization. she is a social critic, speaker and writer. She is a political activist and former political prisoner. She says,  "I electrify, inform, and equip my audiences with power through spiritual thought, inspirational song, and advocacy for the voiceless and powerless.” 

 

Brenda MBrenda Mosby, thought her life was over when she went blind. Instead, it was just beginning. She discovered a world of possibility because of her disability. She is a published author and motivational speaker, she believes  her  most important job is helping people with disabilities realize their true values. She says, “people who know their values go on to find employment opportunities that fulfill their lives.”  The title of her book says it all: You Are CapABLE.

 

Please contact us for speaking opportunities and or any questions. 

Leonard Estes Bayaud Speakers’ Network Manager and Promoter 
Phone: 303- 830-6885, x238 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.