Olympic Gold Medalist & Motivator
Billy Mills is the only American to have ever won the Olympic gold medal in the 10,000-meter run. A Lakota Sioux raised in one of the poorest communities in America, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Mills was orphaned as a young boy, facing prejudice and cultural discrimination most of his childhood life. It was through a running scholarship to the University of Kansas that he was able to leave the reservation. Read More >
Our world is changing: entire governments have been dismantled, new governments created, existing governments redesigned, universities re-engineered, and businesses reconstructed. Billy Mills shares what remains constant in our ever-changing world and explains how this consistency is our key to global unity.
He takes his audience on a compassionate and powerful journey through time, weaving stories of his young life as an orphaned Native American child living in poverty and coming face to face with racism, and explains that it was the daily choices he made in life, not just the talent he possessed, that led to his quest for Olympic glory.
In this powerful presentation, Mills explains that it is the journey, not the destination, that shapes us as individuals and unites us as a people.
Sharing his personal schema for success, Billy Mills explains how he has been able to unleash the passion and energy within himself to achieve phenomenal success in sport and life. Recalling his legendary 10,000 meter run—the greatest upset in Olympic history—he outlines his value-based concept on how dreams come true, a system which continues to inspire thousands of individuals across America today.
"We had a wonderful Convocation today. Many people told me it was our best ever—and it was because of Mr. Mills. He was an excellent speaker; he spoke from his heart and held our students’, and the area High School and Middle School students’, attention; they were awed. Thank you so much."
"Billy was absolutely wonderful! His presentation was excellent and very inspiring to our audience. We had a packed auditorium of approximately 250 faculty, staff, students and members of our Native American community. Billy was so easy to work with. He stayed about 90 minutes after his presentation ended to meet individually with the line of students and fans who wanted to meet him, shake his hand, and get a picture and an autograph."
"The students were extremely attentive and once he completed, a crowd formed to shake his hand and ask for pictures. Mr. Mills was so gracious and waited until the last student that wanted a picture was able to get one and then sat and visited with a local journalist. We have NEVER had the great amount of positive response/feedback across the board from our Tribal Council, school administration, faculty, community members, parents and students as we did from his visit."
“Billy was fantastic! He spoke at an event for our High school and middle school students. The feedback I heard was all positive from the students and staff. He was easy to talk to and had time for all. I have heard from two students who mentioned him as inspiration as they had track and field events still coming up.”