Mike Nelson is here to motivate the current and next generation of students.

Mike Nelson is an minister, author speaker and trainer. Mike hated school growing up in Philly, and his GPA was evident of that as he entered into his first year of college with a 1.9 GPA. Through hard work and dedication, Mike graduated and discovered his “student success” formula, which he now shares with students and educators across the country.

Mike travels the country speaking at high schools and colleges, he specializes speaking in high schools through his Student Success Tour School Assembly program. The Student Success Tour School Assembly consists of motivational and educational presentations infused with cutting edge principles to show students how to succeed academically and personally.


Mike’s ability to take concepts and simplify them for his audience has lead him to teach, train and empower over 100,000 Educators and Students across the country.

Mike is a problem solver. He helps schools to identify tailor-made programs to help enrich students’ learning experience. He is the founder of several programs that range from teaching students soft-skills, social and emotional learning concepts and student success.

Mike’s book, Yes, You Can: 7 Keys to Student Success has been used as curriculum to help students with grit and academic resilience. Mike’s goal is to teach, train and inspire one million students and educators. Mike lives by the motto: “We cannot make a commitment to changing the world, without first making a commitment to changing students lives”.

Michael “Mike the Motivator” Nelson is a phenomenal young motivational speaker. His presentation to the students of the Young Men’s initiative at Philadelphia Futures was truly inspiring to them and their mentors who were in attendance as well. I highly recommend Michael as a motivational speaker for all ages and hope you are as moved as we were by his presence.”

Stephen Tyson Jr.
Director of Young Men's Initiative