Here’s what some people have said about Dave ‘Gonzo’ Kelly:

Excellent workshop! I will recommend this seminar to all my friends. I will use this information for the rest of my life.

Kenneth K.

Mercer University, Macon, Georgia

I enjoyed all sessions! Very delightful & a learning experience. Dave made this applicable to our jobs and us!

Gayle T.

University Services Associate

UW-Green Bay, Wisconsin

I always leave his sessions with unbelievable excitement, energy and motivation. He is unquestionably passionate about working with people and helping people realize their goals, and I am always a little amazed by his drive and commitment.

Lacey S.

Admissions Counselor

Reinhardt College, Georgia

Over the past few years, Dave has become one of my strongest role models. From preparation to execution, Dave focuses on each step of the process when designing a workshop or facilitating an event, while always maintaining a keen awareness of the project's overall aim. He has a passion that shines through with remarkable clarity, and experiencing his level of dedication has been invaluable. Learning from and sharing in Dave's approach has helped me to elevate my speech writing and delivery, increase my confidence in networking, and realize the extent of my leadership abilities.

Carol K.

Agnes Scott College, Georgia

I highly recommend you consider Dave Kelly for your training and leadership development activities. He will not disappoint. His proven leadership record has allowed him to develop leadership and training programs to meet almost every need. Dave knows leadership. Why not learn from the best?

Judy Schwartz

Conference Chair/Treasurer

The Leadership Consortium of North Texas Colleges and Universities

Dave was a pleasure to work with – very professional, yet easy going! Our students left Dave’s training with not only a renewed motivation to achieve their goals, but the belief that they can also help others in the process! Great Job, Dave!

Erica Lopez

Program Coordinator

Office of Student Life and Transition Services, University of Texas-Pan American

Thanks Dave! I just perused through the evaluations and as usual, your presentations were EXTREMELY highly rated. Thanks for the fantastic workshops and information. You’re an absolute pleasure to work with and you make my job so easy because I just set up the conference and you take over!

Adele Clinton

Director of Student Life

Texas State Technical College-Harlingen


Melanie Walker

New Student Mentor

Endicott College (MA)

Loved all the new ideas. So excited to share these with my fellow students!

Elizabeth Nation

President of PEC – Student Leader

Upper Iowa University (IA)

I can’t wait to take all of this information back to share with other student government association (members), and apply it to student lobby day.

Annabella Lochmam

Humanities Rep

Lincoln Land Community College (IL)

You are super helpful with many ideas, so spontaneous. Can’t wait to take back to my community college.

Mallory Owens

Vice-President SLC

Hawkeye Community College (IA)

Truly excellent show!

Leslie Cirilo

SGA Rep for Spanish Club

Gulf Coast State College (FL)

Dave’s passion is evident & it is obvious that he makes a positive & uplifting impact wherever he goes.

Travis Lloyd

Professional Speaker

I learned how to lead better. Great insight on serving.

Sidney Love


Urban Arts, Gulf Coast State College (FL)

You are a great speaker. I liked the way that you presented. I learned many things and I realized that I am good enough and I can accomplish my goals. Thank you, Dave Kelly!

Antonio Peralta

President of the International Club

Northcentral Technical College (WI)

Another great presentation by Dave. Always motivating and engaging.

Matt Gregory

Student Government Vice-President

SUNY-Cobleskill (NY)

I am extremely excited to use these suggestions to implement community service into our program! Thank you so much for the great and helpful ideas!

Kelly Moje

President of Student Programming Board

Niagra Community College (NY)

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Tell me MORE!

Daisy Valentina Perez

Student Government Association Representative

Sul Ross State University (TX)

Our orientation leaders are doing well!!! It is because they were trained by Dave Kelly!

Coordinator of Recruitment and Orientation, Office of Admissions and New Student Services

University of Texas – Pan American

Fantastic ideas, great delivery, inspirational!

Joy Salzwedel

University of Findlay (OH)

Dave Kelly is an amazing speaker, I felt very motivated and engaged throughout the workshops and found him to be extremely relatable. Thank you Dave Kelly for all your wisdom!

Brittani Church

Junior Nursing Senate Representative

Marian University (WI)

There needs to be more people like Dave Kelly in this world!

Torin Power

Orientation Coordinator

Western State Colorado University

I thought the way you included humor into your presentation made the whole experience more memorable. Thank you & I can’t wait to bring you to campus!

Marissa Cohen

Secretary, SGA

Brookdale Community College (NJ)

You were great! Please come back!

Brittney McPhersen

Bonner Scholars Program

Concord University (WV)

Thank you for coming to talk to us. I learned a lot about myself & how to be a better leader. People like you are encouraging students to better * serve our world!

Brooke Layne

Bonner Scholars Program

Concord University (WV)

I love how you incorporate activities with your ‘lectures’. You make everything fun/funny. You’re Awesome!

Kyless Holden

Entertainment Coordinator

Treasure Valley Community College (OR)

This was a very informative session [‘Building Leaders Through Community Service’] & I learned many new projects students can do to serve. I liked all the personable examples you gave to show how you really walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

Amy Bockelman

Complex Director

Georgia College & State University

Your seminars are always so inspiration, it’s always different, fresh, and new! There is never a dull moment! I enjoy you coming in every time!

Christina Frederick

Student and W.I.L.D. program participant

Georgian Court University (NJ)

"I wanted to thank you for taking the time to come and speak to the Emerging Leaders. They absolutely adored you and I hope you had as good of a time as we did. The students could not stop talking about how fun and interactive the event was! Thank you again for your continued support. I will connect with you again next year to set up a new date for our new group of freshmen!"

Karissa Merkel

Asst. Director of Student Leadership and Engagement

Georgian Court University

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)