David Jacobson is a professional speaker on leadership, team building, humor and health and overcoming trauma. He is the former Chief of Social Work of the Phoenix VA where he assisted in improving their mental health system. He also is the former Social Work Manager at University Medical Center who worked with the patients and families of trauma's including the tragic shooting event in Tucson that happened at his hospital January 8th, 2011 which resulted in a personal thank you from the President for his work with the shooting victims and their families. For over 30 years David, has provided his expertise on leadership, humor and health related topics to audiences around the country and served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. He has been featured internationally by various media outlets, including magazines, journals and television from London to Seoul, Korea. He is the award winning author of "The 7 ½ Habits of Highly Humorous People."
David Jacobson suffered many losses early in his life including a diagnosis with a severe form of arthritis at 22 in 1980. Since then, he has become a living example that you can accomplish anything if you truly believe in yourself. Through his years of struggling with chronic pain, he developed humor techniques that got him through the hard times. He now teaches these skills to audiences around the country in his keynotes and workshops which as entertaining as they are educational.
His many honors include a "President's Award" from Flashnet Marketing, Inc. , A Lifetime Achievement Award and a "National Hero Overcoming Arthritis" award by the Arthritis Foundation National Office for completing a 50 mile unicycle ride at a fund raising event and the Wayne Washburn Memorial Award which reads as follows "We all need someone or something to inspire us to bring out our best. You are that someone"
For the past fifteen years, Mr. Jacobson has worked as a hospital administrator in addition to his writing, speaking and consulting career. He is currently the Director of Behavioral Health Case Management at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson.
- Joy Mask presented to David by the Korean Broadcasting System for his contribution to their documentary on humor and stress.
- National Hero Overcoming Arthritis Award from the Arthritis Foundation national Office. Selected from thousands of nominations nationwide.
- The CONQUISTADOR TROPHY is the PBAA’s most prestigious symbol and is presented to a select few. David received not one, but Two El Conquistador Trophy’s. The first he received (on the left) after getting a silver medal in the 115 mile version of the El Tour. This was the Jim Elliot Award, presented to an individual whom society often considers to be unable to participate in an event such as El Tour. This award acknowledges the courage, discipline and determination of the recipient. The second (on the right) he received was the “Most Unique Bicycle” trophy for completing the 50 mile version of the El Tour on his unicycle.
- Environmental Protection Agency’s Crystal Award for David’s presentation during the EPA’s National Disability Awareness Month
- Arthritis Foundation’s “Lifetime Achievement” Award for his volunteer work as a former Arthritis Foundation chapter Board President, Board Chair, volunteer as a counselor and other activities, and numerous speaking events for people with arthritis.
- FlashNet’s President’s Award for trainings of their sales force.
- Wayne Washburn Memorial Award: We all need someone to inspire us to bring out our best. You are that someone.