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ABC News Veteran, Creator & Host, What Would You Do?
Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights, and a powerful presence, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most popular inspirational speakers in the world today. His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying journey, celebrate the life-changing power of education, champion the Latino American Dream, and provide thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior. Read More >
A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took Quiñones from migrant farm work and poverty to more than 30 years at ABC News, the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime, and 7 national Emmy awards for his reporting over the years. Along the way, he broke through barriers, won the highest accolades, and became a role model for many. As host and creator of What Would You Do?, the highly-rated, hidden camera ethical dilemma newsmagazine now on its 14th season, Quiñones has literally become “the face of doing the right thing” to millions of fans. It’s a role that he has enthusiastically embraced off camera, with a popular book and inspirational keynote presentations that challenge both business and general audiences to examine the What Would You Do? moments we face every day.
Known for truly connecting with audiences and leaving them uplifted and inspired, Quiñones delivers a powerful message of believing in one’s self, never giving up, and always, always doing the right thing. Read Less ^
Introduction: What Would You Do?
Virtual Keynote: "What Would You Do?" Coming Together in Kindness Instead of Fear
WWYD New Season Trailer
John Quiñones Lifetime Achievements
Overcoming Adversity: Poverty and Homelessness
How Reporting Shapes America
Opportunity Through Education
Journalism is the Candle in the Darkness
John Quiñones has never forgotten the day when, on their way to harvest cherries in Michigan, his family was separated from their caravan of migrant farm workers. The family ran out of food. With nothing else to eat, John, his mother, father and two sisters had to survive on a gallon can of green beans and a loaf of bread until they landed in Traverse City two days later. Read More >
It was that hardship and hunger, Quiñones says, that gave him the determination to turn disadvantages into assets and achieve his ambitions. With drive and perseverance, Quiñones relentlessly pursued his vision to become a television journalist, while building a lifelong reputation for hard work and integrity. The lessons he learned about overcoming challenges, believing in oneself and defying the negative messages that society often sent inspire all of us to reach for our highest potential. Read Less ^
John Quiñones’ millions of fans have often said, “The world would be a better place if we all thought John Quiñones was in the next room – watching our behavior. Because we would then all be on our BEST behavior.” Read More >
Quiñones tailors his What Would You Do? talks to any and all audiences. Having filmed more than 500 different WWYD scenarios, John takes on just about any form of ethical dilemma under the sun. Everything from spousal abuse to the shortcomings of America’s foster care system to discrimination and racism. Who sounds the alarm? Who simply looks the other way? John fascinates the audience with clear cut descriptions about the type of people who get involved as well as those who don’t. And, very often, the “everyday heroes” captured on hidden camera are not the persons one might expect.
These thought-provoking presentations often end with spirited Q & A discussions about ethics and morals in today’s America – a time when a show like WWYD is more valuable and necessary than ever before. Read Less ^
The chances of getting caught on hidden camera by What Would You Do? are tiny compared to the everyday dangers of the digital age – especially in the business world. We live in a time when the boundaries between our personal and professional selves are blurred, reputations can be lost in an instant, and mistakes live on forever. Read More >
In this highly topical keynote, John Quiñones explores the dilemmas that leaders, employees and organizations face in this brave new world of transparency. Sharing scenarios from What Would You Do? and years of observing the best and worst of human nature, Quiñones tailors themes and examples to address your organization’s areas of interest or concern. Flexible in focus, his inspiring and thought-provoking presentations leave audiences with a timeless takeaway: No matter how advanced we become, it all still comes down to doing the right thing. Read Less ^
John Quiñones’ accomplishments defy the destiny that too many predicted for him. As the child of migrant farm workers who entered school not speaking English, Quiñones later found himself put into a vocational track, despite his dream of going to college. In high school, he finally found a helping hand: an English teacher who recognized that the talented young man had what it takes to become the first in his family to attend college. By believing in Quiñones and entering him into the federal Upward Bound program, one teacher put him on a path that literally changed the trajectory of his life. In this moving presentation, John Quiñones inspires all of us to believe in our own potential, the transformative power of education, and how one person can make a difference in the future of a child.
According to John, “I love it when people ask me, ‘John Quiñones, you’re Mexican-American, when did your family come over from Mexico?’" With his signature warmth, John responds that his family has been in Texas for seven generations. “The Quiñones family never crossed the border. The border crossed us!” In this uplifting presentation, John views a greater, stronger America built upon our dynamic cultural diversity. With a call to “build bridges, not walls,” he celebrates our differences as a powerful force and a proud part of our shared American character.
"We couldn’t have been more pleased with Mr. Quiñones’ presence at the banquet. His speech, along with the clips from his TV show, connected well with both our audience and our theme of Realizing the Dream Through Acts of Courage and Compassion. Thank you again for all that you did to help make this event possible for us."
"It was an honor to speak with John Quiñones today as part of Deloitte’s Race in America series and our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month! His perspective on compassion, empathy, and kindness was an incredible inspiration."
"The event was fantastic and John was amazing! His message and personal story brought the crowd to a roller coaster of awe, a few tears, joy, and inspiration to succeed. It was a wonderful experience! We certainly would love to have him back to Fort Wayne in the future. Thank you to everyone at APB for working on this project. It was seamless and entirely successful!"
"The event was a great success! John is charming and went out of his way to allow photos and a quick word with anyone who approached him. The audience was captivated and his remarks definitely captured the spirit of our fundraiser."
"John Quiñones was fabulous! His message resonated beautifully with our audience. I have had nothing but favorable comments about him and his presentation. He went out of his way to be accommodating. We have been doing this event since 2009 and so many of our guests expressed that this was the best one yet. Thank you for suggesting him and making the arrangements."
"Wow! It was a WOW event. Everyone wants him to come back again. John Quinones is a very kindred, humble and personable human being. Everyone loved him and took away a lot of long-life learning stuff from the lecture. Thank you so much for always helping us."
"John was amazing. Everyone loved him. He was very motivational and personable. He was very patient and stayed to talked with everyone that wanted to speak with him or take pictures. He was definitely a hit and I would highly recommend him. Our event was a huge success with lots of energy felt by the participants and John was a big part of that."
"John did an outstanding job at El Centro’s luncheon. Everyone liked him and said that his speech was of the best they have ever heard."
“Our event was phenomenal and John was amazing! He was so genuine and gracious to our guests. We have received so many compliments about the evening and John's story. We could have listened to him for hours.”
"Our membership loved John Quiñones! Numerous members approached me after his presentation saying how much they enjoyed his personal story and how they valued the insights from over a decade of “What Would You Do?” shows. John’s touching story of how people connect was a great reminder for our members who are healthcare providers connecting with patients everyday in a retail environment. John was easy to work with and very accommodating which made our team’s jobs backstage and leading up to the event easier!"
“It’s rare to find a speaker who can connect to the heart, mind and soul of an audience - John did just that! Attendees raved about him and we had an outpouring of heartfelt appreciation from everyone about his presentation. He’s had such a successful career and interesting life that you can’t help but get lost in his storytelling, feeling as though you’re experiencing things right along-side him. He was a delight to work with at every step and we really felt as though he had just as much of a vested interest as we did. He was generous with his time and made everyone feel at ease to meet and learn from him. Highly recommended for any organization!”
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