TOPICS: Distracted Driving / Impaired Driving / Speed & Reckless Driving / Self-Help / Anxiety / Depression / Resilience / Overcoming Adversity

AUDIENCES: Middle School / High School / Colleges / Educators & Administrators / Parents / Corporate / Prevention Stakeholders

Give your audience the SKILLS to make POSITIVE CHANGES in their lives

Steve Emt: Motivational Speaker, Author, 2x Paralympian

From a small town in Connecticut to West Point, UCONN Basketball, a devastating automobile accident, and now a 2-time US Paralympian…Steve Emt has been through more than most people. But Steve isn’t like most people. He’s overcome all the adversities that he’s been faced with to become a successful educator, empowering people of all ages all around the world to become the hero of their own lives.

At the age of 25, his life took a dramatic turn when a drunk driving crash changed him forever. After hours of surgery and days in a coma, he woke up to learn that he was paralyzed from the waist down and would never walk again. Confined to a wheelchair, Steve was faced with the challenge of learning how to live again. 

He was also faced with a decision. Lose the battle to his disability, or accept what had happened and realize that he needed to lead a life of educating and impacting others. He chose the latter…nothing was going to hold him back. 

Steve is the author of You D.E.C.I.D.E.: A 6-step action plan to becoming the hero of your own life. Through his book and his numerous public appearances, Steve empowers men and women of all ages the life skills necessary to make difficult decisions and ultimately reach their goals through perseverance and dedication.

Youth prevention speaker Steve Emt of the Drive to Save Lives Tour


For nearly 30 years, Steve's passion has been presenting at schools and impacting as many lives as possible. His presentation focuses on Social & Emotional Learning and Alcohol Awareness Education while inspiring audiences to become the hero of their own lives.

As a former middle school teacher, Steve knows how to connect with students from middle school through college and beyond. Steve had a profound impact on me personally and our entire school community. If you want to impact people’s lives, have Steve Emt speak to your school.
Frank Henderson
MS Principal
John MirabelloTeacher, Northwest Catholic High School
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Steve Emt’s speech to our student body this Spring was one of the best I have experienced in all my time at the school. Steve’s talk was riveting for all in attendance which included teenagers and adults. From beginning to end, Steve provided life lessons and inspiration. Steve has a gift in the way he speaks to his audience. His story is fascinating, and his message moves his audience through a range of emotions.
Kevin KanaitisMiddle School Health & PE teacher
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Emotional yet powerful, motivating and inspiring! A true testament to courage, a strong will, commitment and resiliency.
Jae MaranoRetired MS & HS School Counselor
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Steve connects with young people on every level. He has a powerful message and my students were spellbound by his story. I highly recommend him as a way to bring young people into the discussion regarding risky behavior and overcoming huge obstacles.
MaryJo Archambault, CTRS, EdDSouthern CT State University
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Steve Emt is an outstanding motivational speaker. As I looked around the auditorium, not one student was on their cell phone and everyone was engaged. This in itself is testimony to his ability to capture his audience! His message was truly inspiring.
Kevin McGinnissAssistant Professor, Southern CT State University
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The crowd was so in tune to Steve’s presentation, the entire time you could hear a pin drop. The overarching theme of the post lecture feedback was ‘inspirational and motivating.’ I would recommend Steve Emt as a motivational and entertaining speaker to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Steve Emt is an extraordinary individual!



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