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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carlaMy name is Carla Respects Nothing. I am a Native American of the Ogalala Lakota Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. I was born and raised on my reservation and later moved to Denver in 1989. I’ve struggled with alcohol addiction throughout my life, but I’m proud to say that I’ve been sober for three years. My sobriety allowed me to seize new opportunities; I graduated as a Pharmacy Technician from Community College of Denver. I am now a community advocate, volunteer, and mentor in Denver, surrounding communities, as well as my native reservation. I love to help those struggling with homelessness, mental health, spirituality, and addiction.


IMG 0057My name is George Journey. When I hurt my back at work, my life spiraled. I lost both my car and my house. I was homeless for nine months. During that time, pandemonium erupted in a nearby movie theatre. I swiftly maneuvered my way through the outward stampede of people toward the gun shots. I ended up saving the lives of two young girls. However, tragedy struck again in 2016, when my friend committed suicide in front of me… 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.

iamgraceMy name is IamGrace. I am a mother; not only of my own children but also of children in my community. I have seen many trials and tribulations in my own life, and in the lives of friends and family. But, I have also seen beautiful transformations, healings, and miracles. I am an ordained minister, an intercessor, and a spiritual life coach. I am also a member of ToastAbility, Toastmasters, and Bayaud’s Speakers’ Network. I want to share how I have used my artistic nature to help myself and others, with poetry, dance, songwriting and singing

jeremyMy name is Jeremy Levy. I have been blind since birth. One of my earliest memories is learning to play the piano; at four years old. Today, I play the piano weekly at a retirement home in Parker. I find much relaxation and comfort in the music. I am also an accomplished traveler because I have been doing it since birth. I’ve not only learned to play the piano, but also to swim and ski. I’m now developing my speaking career based on my positive messaging. I hope to inspire others that no matter the odds, blind people can!

joeMy name is Joe Kovach. I have been inspiring audiences with my story since I was ten years old. My audiences have included school groups and law enforcement. I share with my audiences how to live a successful and fulfilling life with blindness and mental illness. 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 0107My name is Marcus Harris. At age 17, I became one of America’s countless high school dropouts. I later earned my GED, but maintained the behaviors that contributed to the end of my academic career. I self-medicated heavily with pot, alcohol, and hallucinogenic drugs. In prison, I vowed to end a lifetime of selfishness; an awakening that continues to inspire me today. However, I 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, I work at Bayaud Enterprises as an Advisory Council Peer Organizer. I’m dedicated to ending the vicious cycle of poverty and homelessness. My 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.

markMy name is Mark Jackson. After a profitable 30 year career as a stock market trader, I allowed greed to infect my moral and ethical compasses. Ultimately, I 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 my lengthy recovery, I decided to dedicate the rest of my life to inspiring others. 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.

ronnieMy name is Ronnie Roy Anika. I am originally from Uganda. I have served as a social worker for over 15 years. When I joined university, I was able to fulfill a long-held desire to work with—or rather—serve vulnerable persons. In my heart, I have always had a calling to support and empower people. My social work has provided me with the opportunity to serve street kids, persons with disabilities and the elderly. My goal is to help them achieve a sustainable livelihood.

richardMy name is Richard Ray; like a ray of sunshine. I’ve been blind since I was six years old; when an operation to remove a large brain tumor inadvertently destroyed both my optic nerve and pituitary gland. I danced with death yet again on Christmas Eve of 2012. I was deprived of oxygen for 45 minutes, during which time I glimpsed the other side… I was in a coma for six weeks. God reinstated my consciousness when my life support was pulled, reviving me from my comatose state. My determination, will to live, and faith in God allowed me to regain my strength over the following years. I 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.