Matt Mayberry, a former NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears, is currently one of the most read columnists for Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as an acclaimed speaker and performance expert. As the CEO of Matt Mayberry Enterprises, he specializes in maximizing the performance of individuals and organizations all over the world. His message is simple: Escape mediocrity, claim your greatness, and turn your failures into gifts.
Growing up in Darien, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Matt excelled in athletics and embraced his role as a team leader. He was team captain of his baseball team in high school and was a widely recruited athlete for football. He eventually received 19 division one scholarship offers before the start of his senior season. He chose Indiana University where he was team captain from 2009-2010. Mayberry earned All Big-Ten Honors from many different media outlets his senior season and led the Hoosiers in tackles his junior and senior years.
Matt is Indiana University’s current record holder for most sacks in a single game and was the team recipient of the prestigious Howard Brown Award, which exemplifies leadership, courage and work ethic. With a 4.45 forty yard dash, Mayberry was signed by the NFL Chicago Bears in 2010. Reaching the pinnacle of his sport, he suffered a life-changing injury. It was this event that inspired Mayberry to embrace his true passion—his true gift—helping others achieve massive success by learning how to turn failures into gifts.
As a keynote speaker, Matt is known for his innovative ideas on dominating, improving sales effectiveness and elevating human potential. Matt delivers keynote speeches and workshops with an emphasis on delivering actionable ideas and strategies designed to maximize business and personal performance.
Speaking to groups and organizations that encompass all ages and demographics, Matt is creating a new paradigm shift in the 21st century by helping to turn the word and experience of failure into a message of hope. His formula is simple and practical—but as unique as his story.
Growing numbers of people are taking notice of Matt Mayberry. His clients include major corporations, Fortune 500 companies, NFL and NBA teams, government, civic and nonprofit organizations, professional associations, hospitals, universities, and high schools. Matt has shared the stage with renowned success and leadership expert Stedman Graham, as well as other bestselling authors and celebrities, and has worked with Stedman’s nonprofit organization Athletes Against Drugs (AAD), as well as Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, and Children’s Memorial Hospitalamong others.
Matt sees the potential for growth in everyone and devotes his energy to helping others achieve their biggest goals and dreams. Bringing enthusiasm and his natural intensity to everything he does, Matt is an active social innovator and influencer who already has more than 100,000 followers of his blog, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook pages.
Matt is a contributing author for business and leadership with Entrepreneur.com, where his column receives approximately 123,000 views per month. He also writes for FastCompany.com. Throughout his career, he has been featured on numerous media outlets including NBC, Business Insider, Fox Business, ABC, and ESPN to name a few.
Matt is writing his first book, The Gift of Failure, planned for release in 2016.
He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. His personal interests include sports, fitness, golf, reading, the arts, spirituality, and spending time with his family and friends.