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Nametags™ Educational Program

It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you.

Nametags™ is an assembly program that empowers students to choose the labels, or “Nametags,” they wear. Presenters use their own inspirational life stories to illustrate that “It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you,” a line that students chant at intervals throughout the program. This motto illustrates that while no one is free of struggle, we have the opportunity to choose how we react to our challenges.

This interactive program provides students with simple lessons about how to make tough choices. In addition to encouraging personal resilience, Nametags reinforces the importance of creating a community in which differences become indications of potential genius instead of dividing lines. No matter what challenges they face, students, and faculty alike will leave the Nametags presentation with purpose, strategy, and inspiration.


Forty-five to sixty minutes with Q&A. Third grade and above.

(Junior program available for second grade and below)


Presented to over 500 schools and over 150,000 students throughout the world


Donna Volpitta, Ed.D. Teachers’ College, Columbia University

  • Co-author The Resilience Formula
  • Leader in the field of disability and resilience study

Chris Waddell – Chief Presenter

  • Thirteen Paralympic Medals
  • First nearly unassisted paraplegic to summit Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Named to NPR’s “The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever”
  • Doctor of Humane Letters from Middlebury College
  • “50 Most Beautiful People,” People Magazine

Please contact us to schedule your Nametags presentation:

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