Alex Sheen | Founder of Because I Said I Would, Social Entrepreneur, Humanitarian and 5x TedEx Speaker

Alex Sheen

Founder of Because I Said I Would, Social Entrepreneur, Humanitarian and 5x TedEx Speaker

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Alex Sheen

Alex Sheen is the founder of because I said I would, a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by the loss of his father, Alex and his organization send "promise cards" to anyone anywhere in the world at no cost. Alex is someone who truly honors commitment. He once walked over 240 miles across the entire state of Ohio in 10 days to fulfill a promise. In just two years, because I said I would has sent over 12.3 million promise cards to over 153 different countries. The promises written on these cards have made headlines around the world. Alex is a five-time Tedx Talk speaker and his charitable work has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, The Today Show, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, and many other programs.

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Featured Keynote Programs

Accountability in the Workplace

Alex uses this professional experience to craft speeches that are meaningful to a diverse corporate audience. Whether it is a management training session or an annual meeting, Alex will work with you to ensure that the importance of a commitment resonates with your team.


- Boost in employee morale

- Increased goal attainment rates

- Restored culture of accountability

Keynote Deliverables

Alex will deliver a keynote presentation about the importance of honoring the commitments and goals we set as individuals and professionals. He will include moving and emotional stories that have been shared with him through because I said I would. Alex will also speak to his personal experiences in leading the social movement. The keynote will end with a strong call-to-action activity that incorporates promise cards and the goals of the audience as individuals and teams.

- Two hours of planning and preparation through video conference
- One-hour “meet and greet” session
- Up to a one-hour keynote
- Thirty-minute “question and answer” session
- One-hour executive discussion regarding accountability in the workplace
- Ten Promise Cards and instructions for each audience member
- One Promise Wall for every 50 audience members

Because I Said I Would

We live in a society that often does not respect the importance of a promise. It’s too easy to say “I’ll get to it” or “tomorrow.” In many ways, we have become numb to the disappointment from broken commitments, and this numbness can enter our homes, our workplaces, our schools, our communities…

But Alex Sheen believes that every individual has the strength to become a person of their word.
Alex will deliver a keynote speech up to 60 minutes long about the importance of honoring your promises. He mixes emotion, humor, and inspiration as he tells deeply moving stories from the "because I said I would" movement. Alex also shares moments from his personal journey launching and building this viral social movement.

Alex expertly employs video media and visually striking imagery to keep audiences engaged throughout his keynote.

His keynote concludes with a strong call to action that connects the Promise Card to the personal lives of each audience member. Every person attending the keynote then receives 10 Promise Cards at no cost.

100% of Alex’s speaking fee goes directly to because I said I would as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. So you can both book a world-class keynote speaker and effectively donate to a high-impact nonprofit!

Life of a Promise Workshop

Do you have content needs beyond a keynote speech? Alex can also lead leadership workshops at your event. In his “Life of a Promise” workshop, Alex dives deeper into themes explored during his keynote.

It's not about making a better employee. It’s not about making a better manager. It’s about making a better human.

As one of the foremost expert on promises, Alex combines evidence-based and peer-reviewed research with riveting stories and collaborative activities. This leadership workshop is an interactive and thought-provoking experience designed to give individuals the tools to be accountable in their personal lives, by learning how promises are made, kept or broken, and, most importantly, why.

Alex has created a program that builds individuals who lead by example. Our work isn’t about profit margins, products, and quotas. This is a different type of experience. This leadership workshop is an interactive and thought-provoking exercise designed to give individuals the tools to be accountable in their personal lives.

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Featured Book

Because I Said I Wouldby Alex Sheen

Because I Said I Would

by Alex Sheen

A single promise can change a life forever. 
We all make promises constantly. ''Yes, I'll be there.'' ''Sure, no problem!'' But do we really mean what we are saying? What is the impact of a broken promise? And what happens to a life when a promise is honored?

Because I said I would is the international social movement at the forefront of shifting how the world views commitment and accountability. With over 9.81 million Promise Cards distributed, this cause has played a unique role in changing lives around the world. Heartwarming, humorous, inspirational, and tragic--these stories will challenge readers to look deep within themselves and consider the importance of the promises they make.
Through a collection of inspiring short stories and concise philosophical chapters, readers will gain the following:
  • Practical life lessons from surprisingly raw stories of everyday people with incredible determination
  • Useful advice on how to get better at keeping promises
  • Inspiring perspectives that can be utilized in leadership and character development initiatives
One hundred percent of the author's proceeds go to because I said I would, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is bettering humanity through chapters of volunteers, character education in schools, accountability programs, and awareness campaigns with global reach.

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Featured Articles & Resources

Intense video confession sent to founder of because I said I would. [Video]

  On August 9th, a man sent a message to our Facebook page asking for my help. We receive thousands of messages each month, but this particular message was unfortunately...
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