So who is this "Awesome Nick D" guy?
Nick Destefano (or "Awesome Nick D", as most call him) is a husband, dad, brother, professional leadership speaker, and the founder of the Chasing the Awesome Life Initiative: a program that teaches individuals how to embrace pain and fears so they can live life as resilient, confident, and awesome leaders.
He serves as the Service Excellence Process Manager for McLeod Health. He has over 12 years of experience in providing service excellence and leadership training to thousands of individuals across the nation. Improving the human experience for all is his true passion.
Nick knows that you have the ability to positively impact the world if you start with self-awareness and confidence. For this reason, he became a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, and coaches students and professionals on their unique talents and ways to maximize their potential.
Nick also has the pleasure of serving as a national autism awareness trainer for Champion Autism Network (CAN). This is a passion project and volunteer endeavor that means the world to him, as his oldest son, Calvin, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two and a half. Calvin has completely changed Nick's idea of resilience and leadership for the better!
In his free time, you can find Nick drinking ALL the coffee, carrying a ruck, sandbag, or log on the beach, training for a marathon, or just loving life with his college sweetheart Megan, and two young sons, Cal and Coop!
What the ruck?
You might have been asking yourself this question: What's with this guy and wearing a backpack?
Here's why I find it necessary to do my presentations and programs with 30 pounds (or more!) on my back.
When Nick takes the stage, his energy and enthusiasm always ight up the room. As a dynamic speaker, and the only one who wears a weighted backpack, Nick stands out from the rest. He wants to show the potential that each member of your audience has, and their ability to be awesome. When they recognize and embrace this, your culture will be awesome. Nick's results speak for themselves...
“ Nick is an AWESOME educator, facilitator and speaker. I have worked with Nick on a variety of events for different audiences, both large and small and a variety of topics. He has been able to cater to exactly what that group needed and met them where they were at but also challenged and pushed the students to think further. He is great to work with and can make any program that you have AWESOME! ”
Brittany Pruim, M.Ed.
College Counseling Asst., Head-Royce School
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