Speaking Opportunities

About Me

I have been speaking to audiences of all sizes around the world for the past 25 years on topics connected to moral virtue, community engagement, education, inspired teaching, visionary leadership, innovative administration, city transformation, social justice, and issues related to and about teenage moral and spiritual development. I have spoken at everything from youth retreats high in the Colorado Rockies to nationally-recognized academic conferences at the nation’s most prestigious universities.

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My Work

I work with city planners, school leaders, non-profits, businesses, and community organizers to re-imagine their work as pursuers of human and communal flourishing. I have helped launch progressive school initiatives and am a published author of both creative fiction and scholarly inquiry. I have a PhD in the philosophy of moral education, with an emphasis in moral school leadership.


Speaking Topics

I speak to schools, youth and family retreats, leadership conferences, churches, businesses, and non-profits on the following topics:

  • Visionary leadership
  • City transformation
  • Living mindfully and intentionally
  • Youth development and moral virtue
  • Faculty professional development
  • Educating for wisdom, virtue, and compassion
  • Spiritual formation
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Previous Speaking Engagements


Recent Topics

The most recent topics on which I have spoken include:

  • “To Love a City”
  • “Beyond School Reform: Prophetic Imagination in Education”
  • “Educating for Wisdom, Virtue, and Compassion”
  • “Education and Moral Health”
  • “Dreaming New Dreams: Leading and Thinking With Innovation”
  • “Educating for Creation vs Consumption”
  • “What Breaks Your Heart?”
  • “The Pursuit of Virtue”
  • “Education: Struggles and Possibilities”
  • “Teaching as Soul-Craft”
  • “Cultivating the Fields of Education”



“Scott spoke to a group of 150 public school educators at an event we held at Norman High School last year called Tiger Talks 1.0. Knowing Scott’s passion, we intentionally put him in one of the first slots on the agenda. Scott spoke passionately and in an engaging way about teaching for human flourishing. Listening to Scott pose the question “Are we pursuing the wrong goals in our teaching?” our faculty was inspired.
Tiger Talk was a pivotal day in the reconceptualization of how we see our work as educators at Norman High School and Scott was an integral part of that transformation. If you need a message on purpose, on culture building, or developing a life that transcends the obvious and the temporary, Scott is your man.”
Scott Beck, Principal, Norman High School
“Scott has been instrumental in our organization’s understanding of education in its current state as well as our ability to envision a different and better future.  This goes beyond tactics, practices and strategies.  It is a prophetic voice that calls followers of Jesus to make ALL things new.   Scott is fully and uniquely qualified with experience and knowledge that make him a true expert.  Partnered with this expertise is his compelling presentation style, making him a perfect asset to any group, event or conference.”
Kim Bandy, Executive Director of the Spero Project
“Scott Martin has been an integral instructor for SHARP, speaking on “Education: Struggles and Possibilities” over 10 times to people who are eager to learn how to engage students and youth in a way that will bring life and hope to hurting communities. Without a doubt, Scott is an expert in his field and has decades of experience to pull from. In keeping with his true form, Scott asks questions that push and encourage our participants to dream, and he challenges presumptions on topics like education and city transformation. Questions like: “Where is the merit of education in a high school graduate who knows A, B, or C, but little of how to be virtuous or compassionate?” “How do we love our city into wholeness?”
Scott is skilled at presenting information in a way that is understandable and approachable. He has an expansive knowledge base, but it never leaves an expanse between him and his audience. He gives his full attention and interest to every person he meets, leaving them feeling heard and seen. Scott is a man who wants to bring change to the hurting, knowledge to those who are hungry for it, and peace to our city.”
Laura Ahern, Director of SHARP

What You Can Expect

Here’s what you can expect from me as a speaker at your event:

  1. Prompt, professional replies to your phone calls and email messages.
  2. A personal phone consultation, so I can better understand how to best serve you and your audience.
  3. An announcement about your event on my blog and social media channels. (This assumes that your event is open to the public and you want additional visibility for it.)
  4. A professionally prepared, dynamically delivered presentation focused on achieving the outcomes you want with your audience.
  5. A custom resource page, exclusively created for your attendees. It will include the slides I used in the presentation, along with links to books, articles, and other resources I believe will be helpful.
  6. A quick follow-up communication after the event, to make sure I met your expectations. (I also want to know how you think I can improve.)

The Next Step

Thanks again for considering me for your event. If any of the conversations created in this blog would be something you would like to have presented in more depth at your next staff retreat, youth gathering, professional development day, church event, or creative seminar, please let me know.  You can take the next step by contacting me via the form below for availability and booking information.

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