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/ About Dr. Gaines

Tragedy To HOPE

Dr. John “Push” Gaines is a former at-risk kid turned mentorship advocate. His message is all about pushing through adversity and defying the odds.

John’s childhood was one of extreme adversity. Growing up surrounded by drugs and violence, facing personal struggles, and being bullied for his differences, he had every reason to give up, but he pushed through. Now, as a professional speaker and author, John strives to help & teach people to overcome and to rise.

 

“Every kid is one “I believe in you” away from achieving their dreams”.

Dr. Gaines - Motivational Speaker

 

He is driven to give hope to others because his own story grew from hopelessness. John earned his nickname “PUSH” because he believes in the power of perseverance and teaches others to “keep pushing” through life’s obstacles to become the best version of themselves.

He has devoted himself to the world community. He has proudly appeared as a guest speaker at Universities, Corporations, nonprofit events, NBA skill camps, school assemblies, and youth camps across the country. As a graduate of East Central University, where he was named Outstanding Student in Business and won a football championship as captain of the football team, he is the picture of success. With a Master’s degree in Business Leadership and a Doctorate in Business Administration, he demonstrates great dedication and personal achievement.

He is driven to give hope to others because his own story grew from hopelessness.

Speaking Programs

01.

PUSH: Persevere Until Something Happens. For Students

02.

I Am a Champion: Teaching Students How to Win in the Classroom and Life. For Students

03.

Just One, “I Believe in You” Can Change a Kid’s Life. For Parents, Educators and Caring Adults

/ Testimonial

Our Clients Say

    Patrick Thomas

    Senior Manager Of Microsoft

    "John shines a light that can inspire any audience—athletes, students, and staff. His message is pure, authentic and relatable. You walk away from listening to John wanting to find your purpose, pushing to be great, and most important share your gifts with the world. I have seen john speak many times and each time I learn something new. I am honored and blessed to call John a friend and encourage him to keep PUSHING in his purpose because the world needs more of John Gaines!"

      Carrie Holden

      PRESIDENT/CEO Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound

      "John has an ability to connect with others while he shares his personal experiences and passion for giving back to the community that helped shape him. While speaking at our Legacy of HOPE event, which is our largest fundraiser, he was able to attribute the impact of the Clubs to the success he has had which gave our donors confidence in investing in our programs because they're investing in creating great futures like John's."

        Wendell Godwin
        Wendell Godwin

        Dean East Central University School of Business

        "John shines a light that can inspire any audience—athletes, students, and corporate employees. His message is pure, authentic and relatable. You walk away from listening to John wanting to find your purpose, pushing to be great, and most important share your gifts with the world. I have seen john speak many times and each time I learn something new. I am honored and blessed to call John a friend and encourage him to keep PUSHING in his purpose because the world needs more of John Gaines!"