Very applicable to all levels of education, connected to the audience well, very relatable, real, can talk about real-life experiences that happened within the past 24 hours, and teachers are still talking about him and his message. More than anything we truly appreciated the adjustments in airfare and hotel to make sure we had the opportunity to see him.
Hamish Brewer is a powerful and positive disruptor who transcends the status quo and typical norms in leadership and education. Mr. Brewer has become globally recognized while inspiring, advocating and amplifying the voices of communities everywhere. He built his reputation on results and performance, becoming affectionally known as the Relentless, Tattooed Skateboarding Principal with his galvanizing message to "Be Relentless" and his high-octane delivery style.
Mr. Brewer currently consults with businesses and organizations all around the world on leaderships, culture and organizational performance change and improvement. As a Beachheads advisor to the New Zealand Trade Enterprise, he also helps grow New Zealand businesses and advises on strategic development in the North American market place.
Mr. Brewer has served as an award-winning principal at both the secondary and elementary school levels. He was recognized as the NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal and Virginia Principal of the Year. He has also been honored with the VAESP School Bell Award and ASCD Virginia Impact Award. Hamish was named a Northern Virginian of the year by Northern Virginia Magazine and Principal of the Year for the online national publication – Education Dive. Prince William County Public Schools named Hamish the school division's Principal of the Year and Hamish was recently recognized by Omega U as the Principal of the Year.
Under his leadership – his elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Hamish has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia.
Mr. Brewer is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker – motivating and inspiring audiences everywhere around the world, including being recognized as a TED speaker. Originally from New Zealand, Hamish earned his first degree from the University of Auckland. Mr. Brewer is currently a doctoral student at Virginia Tech University. Hamish is the best-selling author of “Relentless – Disrupting The Educational Norm, published in 2019.
Mr. Brewer previously served at the state level as the Federal Relations Coordinator on the Board of Directors with the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals and was a lead fellow of NAESP’s Center for Innovative Leadership. He is a school turnaround and school improvement specialist, working with some of the most at-risk students in the United States.
Mr. Brewer was highlighted as a Hometown Hero by Fox 5 in Washington, DC. With more than 32 million views, his story has become a viral sensation through the Freethink Docuseries “Relentless”, and being highlighted on all the national news broadcasts here in the US and in Australasia, including with NBC and Lester Holt. Mr. Brewer is also featured in the skateboarding humanitarian movie documentary "Humanity Stoked."
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Sometimes you have to hear the things you don’t want to hear in order to move forward, to be better and to get results. Hamish will take you on a hard-hitting journey that will challenge to rethink your practices, to disrupt the norm and change the game. Find out if you have or are willing to go one more round, if your willing to advocate for every single person and child. Find out if your willing to take your school or organization to the next level.
A motivational presentation that will completely change your perspective on life, business and education. A message that will challenge you to be better, to make those around you better and to leave an impact on world through your legacy – people want to be part of something special, something bigger than themselves - come on a journey that will inspire you at any time of year to chase greatness and change the lives of the people around you!
Hamish Brewer an award-winning leader and school turnaround expert who has turned around multiple schools – both at the elementary and secondary levels, working with some of the most at risk students in America. Hamish will share his secrets to his school’s success with not only research best practices but also through the effect practices he has implemented. Improve your culture, your instruction and processes – and get results!
One More Round
In education we have many situations where everyone knows when and how to say the right things, sing kumbaya and go through the motions of saying I make a difference. The truth is so many educators and leaders back this up by getting bogged down in toxic conversations that focus on the uncontrollable external and internal factors and all the excuses for why we can’t make a difference.
The truth of the matter is the inspiring work that we do is hard work, it’s not easy and it doesn’t come without sacrifice to both ourselves and all those around us. The sooner we acknowledge and embrace this the sooner we feel liberated from all the toxic internal and external factors that weigh us all down in our effort to make a difference each and every day.
“One More Round” is a metaphor for acknowledging all the hard work that goes into the opportunity that comes with being a relentless educator. In our roles as leaders and educators there are going to be many circumstances that are going to knock us down and challenge us all on our ability to get back up each and every time and come back for more.
Your support and participation at this year's convention will have a lasting impact on those that we entrust to make a difference in the lives of many children all over the state. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to address the school board members and superintendents.
Let me say he was the best speaker I have ever heard in my 16 years in education. I have nothing but positive reviews and comments from my schools. He was unbelievable.
You knocked it out of the park and we don't know how we will ever be able to top your presentation. We appreciate the time you took out of your busy schedule to join us and thank you for sharing your insights and expertise with our attendees. Your willingness to share your time, energy and support is greatly appreciated. It was a pleasure meeting you and again, many thanks for your time and effort.
Our experience with Hamish was nothing short of phenomenal! Hamish shares his living, breathing experiences in the present. He is a practitioner, so what he speaks of is relevant and meaningful. Hamish is in the business of working with students, families, and educators to create opportunity for all, engage with all, and fulfill a commitment to all. He lives his beliefs as an educator, and challenges the norm
High Energy, Great Message, Powerful Impact That's what Hamish brought to our 2018 Leadership Conference! District leadership, School leadership & teams are still raving about him! One of the best speakers we've had. He has inspired us to be more and do more! Big Impact! "
Our event with Hamish was phenomenal. He was the most down to earth keynote that we have had. We appreciate his willingness to be super involved throughout the conference experience. We appreciate the assistance from Premiere with booking him.
Hamish Brewer is a dynamic speaker, motivator, and leader. He brought an energy to the Digital Learning Conference that will forever be difficult to emulate. The buzz that was created when we announced him as our speaker was continued throughout the course of the day and on social media far into the evening after his speech. We couldn't have been happier with his message, passion, and determination to inspire people to be the best for the students and communities that they work with.