David Mahan is known for being one of the most cross-cultural speakers in the country. He possesses the rare ability to connect with audiences of all kinds: faith-based or secular, affluent or disadvantaged, young or… seasoned. His experience stems from years of working with thousands of youth and adults from just about every demographic and sub-culture imaginable. Regardless of the audience, his message is strong enough to reach the hardest hearts, yet compassionate enough to reach the most broken ones. When mentoring educators, he often says that effective communication is not as much about “what” is said, but “how” you say it. For this reason, he employs every part of his personality to skillfully guide his audience to each principle, through a myriad of emotions from sidesplitting laughter, to solemn self examination.
For years, David has been a popular speaker and youth development consultant for organizations such as the Federal Administration for Children and Families, Georgia’s Governor’s Office for Children and Families, Maryland Department of Health, Mississippi Department of Human Services, the Ohio Department of Youth Services, the Salvation Army, TBN, the Ambassador Speaker’s Bureau, and several school districts across the country.
From Tragedy to Triumph: As with so many children, David and Elese, his wife of 22 years, had to navigate their own childhood through the obstacles and consequences of their parents poor choices. The physical abuse, substance abuse and poor relationship and financial choices that mingled in with the well-meaning intentions of their parents, made for an often challenging and conflicted childhood. Then came their own poor choices which led to them becoming teen parents. After wrestling with some really difficult decisions, they chose to get married in 1994 and raise their baby girl Jessica the best they could. With little education, no money, and Jessica sleeping in the bottom drawer of her great-grandmother’s dresser, David and Elese realized that they needed to make some pretty extreme lifestyle changes if their family would ever have a chance of being anything better than what theirs were like growing up. Twenty years and a whole lot of hard work later, the six member Mahan family is thriving. As the daughter of teen parents, Jessica should statistically be a teen mom herself, raising her baby alone on welfare. However, because two teenagers sought help and changed their habits, Jessica graduated high school with a 4.3 GPA and is currently on the Dean’s List at the Ohio State University studying neuroscience. Her sister Alexis, following in her footsteps, received over $100,000 in scholarship money for her college education. David and Elese have a passion to see children and families overcome life’s obstacles, and get back on course to BUILDING LEGACIES THAT THEY CAN BE PROUD OF. Check him out in our video section.