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2024 Speakers

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Ian Manuel

Author and Motivational Speaker

As a thirteen-year-old in Tampa, Ian Manuel was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for attempted murder after his participation in a botched robbery. Manuel served 26 years in prison until Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative secured his release in 2016, 18 of which (starting at age 15) were in solitary confinement. While incarcerated, Manuel began writing poetry, which he credits for keeping him sane and giving him hope, and he also befriended his victim, who is now one of his closest friends and fiercest advocates. His memoir My Time Will Come was released by Pantheon in May 2021. Manuel now lives in New York City, and is a motivational speaker at schools and social organizations nationwide.

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Tony Hoffman

From Prison to the Olympics

After paroling prison on December 13, 2008, Tony Hoffman started living out his dream, with his addiction behind him. Tony is a Former BMX Elite Pro and placed 2nd at the 2016 World Championships in Medellin Colombia in the Masters Pro class. Tony coached Women’s Elite Pro, Brooke Crain, to a 4th place finish at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. 

Tony has presented on the prestigious TEDx stage and his viral Goalcast video ‘From Prison to the Olympics’ has been viewed more than 12 million times. He is a founder of pH Wellness, a drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility located in Southern California which uses his ‘F.I.T For Life’ sobriety model utilizing fitness and a world class career placement center to increase long term recovery outcomes. 

Tony is an author & one of the most requested mental health & substance use speakers in the country, traveling over 200 days a year to share his inspiring story with various audiences.

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Marcus Bullock

Founder/CEO | Flikshop

Marcus Bullock is an entrepreneur, justice reform advocate, and TED speaker. Following his 2004 release from prison, he launched a construction business that grew to employ other returning citizens. Bullock is also founder and CEO of Flikshop, Inc., a software company that builds tools to help incarcerated people stay connected to their families and build community.

 

The Flikshop mobile app enables families and non-profit organizations to send mail to incarcerated people, with the mission of using social connections, tech, and data to help decrease recidivism around the world. He also founded the Flikshop School of Business, a program that teaches returning citizens life skills and entrepreneurship via computer coding and software development. As Forbes writes, “Will Flikshop, the Instagram for prisons, solve all of [the mass incarceration] issues? No. But Flikshop typifies the sort of work that needs support to scale to address these issues from many angles.”

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