Michael Ivanov

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When he was 18, Michael dropped his speech class in college and swore he would never take the stage again after a humiliating presentation. Today, Michael is a Game-Changing speaker and Best-Selling author who has impacted thousands of people with his message of resilience.


Born in Kiev, Ukraine, he immigrated to the United States just before the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. He is the grandson of a ‘Siege of Leningrad’ and Dachau camp survivor. Michael's master storytelling ability leaves audiences exhilarated and equipped to act on their inspiration. His success principles empower audiences to smash fears, limitations, and passive, excuse-oriented mindsets. Michael takes his audiences on a journey through his story of humble beginnings, living on hand-me-downs and Food Stamps, to becoming a business owner, an author, and a motivational speaker. He reveals how the personal choices we make, the attitudes we carry, and the principles we choose to live by, affect our mental health and performance, and determine the success of our lives and organizations.


Before becoming a best-selling author and motivational speaker, Michael worked as an IT Professional and suffered from crippling depression. Desperate to revive his long-lost enthusiasm for life and opportunity in the land of the free, Michael committed to a series of positive life changes when he discovered a tattered personal development book in the small corner of the local library. He had a shift in perspective that changed his outlook on life and once again opened his mind to endless possibility. From there he committed to unearthing his buried dreams and helping others do the same.

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My employees absolutely loved having Michael as a guest speaker at our company holiday retreat. Michael performed at an absolute professional level and was able to connect with everyone in the room. Michael was able to motivate and inspire everyone while keeping it small and personal. My employees had a wonderful experience that will stay with them forever.

Jason Catron

Mr. Ivanov was a pleasure to work with and was connected to our students in a professional manner that allowed him to tailor his speech to our school. Michael felt like family and it is our hope that he enjoyed us as much as we enjoyed having him. His personal story and life lesson were the right speech for our student to hear at the right time!

Hector Santiago

"I am so glad I was able to make it to the event! I was transformed by your message, I needed it, the world needs to hear it."

Jesse C.
  • What is your favorite quote? All things are possible for those who believe!
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? One book changed my life. The book was "A better way to live" by Og Mandino. This book ignited the dream in me to write my own books and speak. Before that I was working in a dead-end job, I
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I love anything to do with history, especially the WWII era. My grandfather fought for the Red Army and was captured at the Siege of Leningrad. He spent 4 years in Dachau Concentration camps.
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? Two people, Jim Rohn & Og Mandino. Both of these great men inspired my dream for writing and speaking.
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I have written and published 4 books, and working on my 5th!