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About Dr. Gaines

Inspirational. Motivational. Resilient. Transformative.

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Meet Dr. John “Push” Gaines, a former at-risk youth turned inspirational powerhouse. As the CEO and Founder of PUSH For Dreams, a non-profit organization, Dr. Gaines has made a profound impact on classrooms, school districts, and businesses nationwide. He is also a best-selling author, Emmy-nominated speaker, leadership consultant, and mentorship advocate.

Drawing from his own life experiences, trauma, and unique challenges, Dr. Gaines connects with audiences on a deep level. With an approach rooted in positivity and unity, he tackles important issues with authenticity and enthusiasm, bringing people together and leaving a lasting impact.

Recognized as one of Yahoo News’ “Top 10 Most Influential People of 2020,” Dr. Gaines possesses a rare ability to relate to his audiences and inspire them to imagine greater possibilities. His nickname “PUSH” embodies his unwavering belief in the power of perseverance, motivating others to push through obstacles and become their best selves.

Dr. Gaines holds a Bachelor’s Degree from East Central University, where he was honored as the Outstanding Student in Business and led the football team to victory as captain. He also has a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership and a Doctorate in Business Administration, exemplifying personal and professional excellence.

Apart from his remarkable achievements, Dr. Gaines finds true joy in being a loving husband to Emily and a devoted father to his children, Anorah, Benny, and Jonah. Join Dr. Gaines on his mission to elevate and motivate students, teachers, administrators, professionals, and communities, and discover the transformative power of resilience and determination.

Redefining Limitations

With a deep understanding of the power of personal experiences, Dr. Gaines inspires individuals to embrace their innate resilience and tap into their inner strength. Through his motivational talks, mentoring programs, and community outreach initiatives, he empowers people to transcend their perceived limitations and redefine what they believe is possible for themselves.

Dr. Gaines firmly believes that each person possesses the capacity to rise above their circumstances and carve out their own path towards success. He recognizes that resilience goes beyond merely bouncing back from adversity; it entails using challenges as opportunities for personal growth and empowerment.