Marcus Engel speaks from experience. After a drunk driver left him blind, Marcus overcame unimaginable obstacles to return to college and reclaim his life. This dramatic story inspires audiences to make intelligent choices, maximize their potential and achieve their dreams.

Education Speaking EngagementsMarcus’ programs help audiences to:

  • Understand repercussions of unhealthy decisions
  • Break through self-limiting behaviors
  • Achieve success despite the obstacles
  • Learn how choices, not circumstances, determine happiness
  • Turn adversity into victory
  • Explore issues associated with disability
  • Find inspiration in unlikely places
  • Realize the true value of interpersonal relationships



“In The Blink Of An Eye”
Prevention, NCAA Student Athletes, Alcohol Awareness, Safe Spring Break, Red Ribbon Week, Greek Week, Fraternity & Sorority Issues, etc.

Marcus’ stunning and honest account of the fight of his life – from average college student one minute, to clinging to life in a hospital bed the next – Marcus takes audiences deep inside his recovery after being blinded by a drunk driver. Audiences will experience the pain, frustration and loss that can happen in an instant, all due to one preventable mistake. Beyond a typical alcohol awareness presentation, Marcus blends an unforgettable Prevention Message with significant amounts of humor, tips and insights for audiences to use to overcome adversity in their own lives.

Marcus with fellow Kappa Sig’s“Change the Things You Can”
Orientation, Motivation, Inspiration, Student Retention

Ever switched from tears of pain to tears of laughter in the blink of an eye? You will with Marcus Engel’s one-of-a-kind presentation! After being blinded and nearly killed by a drunk driver as a college freshman, Marcus made the incredible decision to overcome his challenges and re-claim life. Through hilarious accounts of his hospitalization, rehab and college years as a blind student, Marcus plants unassuming insights for the audience to utilize in their personal lives to achieve success. This powerful program is excellent for reminding students of the valuable opportunity they have in pursuing education – and inspires them to stay strong even when the going gets tough!

“The Other End Of The Stethoscope”
Future Health Care Professionals, Allied Health, Health and Wellness Offices, etc.

Want to learn the secrets to being the best health care professional? Marcus’ touching tale of hospitalization, health care communication and honoring these pros will provide insight from the other end of the stethoscope. Heartwarming and hilarious, this program will inspire future health care professionals to understand their vital role in the patient experience.

“Can I Say That??”
Diversity, Disability Awareness

Ever met someone different than you? Did you find yourself asking, “What do I do? What do I say? How do I act?” If you’ve ever had occasion to meet someone of a different race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or level of ability, you may have questioned what your role should be. In this session, Marcus Engel explores diversity from a human perspective. Audiences will learn why it’s okay to ask respectful questions, associate outside of one’s usual circles and learn ways to be more comfortable with all people!


“Marcus’ captivating story, easygoing personality and ability to relate to students combine to make him one of the best speakers we’ve ever had.”

Kara Miller
Coordinator for Greek Affairs
University of Miami (Florida)

“Our students were quite impacted by Marcus’ message. I wouldn’t hesitate to have this amazing gentleman back to our campus!”

W. David Gunn
Louisiana State University

“Marcus’ inspiring keynote impacted our students deeply. He is a delight to work with and helped us out so much on the front end with all of his additional marketing efforts.”

Sally Spencer-Thomas
Director of Leadership Development and Behavioral Health Promotion
Regis University (Denver, CO)

“Marcus has a gift for making a difference. I highly recommend everyone, student and non-student alike, experience his presentation and hear this amazing story.”
Marcus Engel Education Speaking Engagements

Kelli Larson
Loyola College (Baltimore, MD)