Mike calls on us to take response ability and react to any everyday life issue by going beyond our shame and fear to show courage and honor dignity in momentary choices. Mike is on a mission to change the way individuals, organizations, companies, and communities react when someone is being adversely impacted by inappropriate, abusive, or unhealthy behavior.
The impact of inaction is that way too many people are being mistreated, abused, violated, and even killed, while others look on and do nothing. Or, don’t do enough. The violations of dignity in our world lead to disengagement, not feeling worthy, and retaliation.
The impact on business is low morale, lack of productivity, attrition/turnover, tarnished public image, possible legal costs, and simply unhappy people. The personal impact of inaction and violations of dignity is shame and regret, accompanied by low self-esteem and confidence.
In organizations. In business. In community. In life.
For colleagues. For family. For friends. For strangers.
As a filmmaker and video producer for over 30 years, Mike produced a film in 2008 that would change the course of his career — and his life. RESPONSE ABILITY, the award-winning educational film on bystander intervention for 40 organizations and over 300 college campuses, immediately became a distinct and special project. This one struck a chord. This one caused a demand. This one sparked a movement.
After 12 years of leading this movement for bystander empowerment, Mike launched a new project in 2018: DignityU. Here, Mike educates and empowers us all to make the choice in every interaction to build up rather than tear down. To honor dignity — our inherent birthright to feel valuable and worthy.
The reasons why these two conversations are so critical have showed up in each of the nearly 4,000 stories he has accumulated from his keynote audiences. Each story is heartbreaking. Each story is filled with the shame and regret from not intervening in a moment of need or having our dignity violated. Each story points to the pain we carry with us for the rest of our lives…pain that determines whether we will ever stick our neck out again and show courage or honor dignity. Pain that impacts our own confidence and self-esteem.
Now, as a filmmaker-turned-advocate, Mike delivers hope for a new world through these two movements. He speaks frequently for organizations, campuses, companies and communities — delivering his powerful, yet challenging, keynotes to audiences of all sizes. When not speaking, he is writing, training others, or creating the next big thing.
In 2015, Mike was designated a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) by the National Speakers Association. The CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform competence.
A Little More About Mike
In 1990, after serving for two years as Assistant Executive Director for Sigma Nu International Fraternity and producing more than 20 video programs and two international conventions for the fraternity, Mike established a reputation for creating and producing effective and powerful video presentations and special events. After working with executives from other organizations, Mike realized there was a market needing his skills and expertise. BECK & CO. was founded to provide high-end video/film and special event production services for its clients. Since 1990, Mike has produced over 60 educational, promotional and fundraising video presentations for clients and won numerous awards. RESPONSE ABILITY is the latest, and most successful, project Mike has produced.
In 1998, Mike expanded his expertise and entered the world of non-profit fundraising where he was instrumental in raising millions of dollars for people living with HIV/AIDS. He has served as the Director of the inaugural Texas AIDS Ride, Director of Special Events for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), and Program Director for the first three years of the National AIDS Marathon Training Program and for the inaugural year of TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) – both endurance training programs benefitting AFC. He most recently served as National Director for T2 and resigned in 2011 to devote himself full-time to RESPONSE ABILITY.
On a personal note, Mike is single and lives in Dallas, Texas. He enjoys singing in the Turtle Creek Chorale as well as playing tennis, biking and has run six marathons, three half marathons and cycled in 12 long-distance AIDS Rides around the country.