Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D.
“Dr. Plotkin's speech was phenomenal! At the end of his speech, the entire audience, over 3,000 people, gave him a standing ovation.”
–Lewis and Clark College
"I am hoping that somebody will pass along a message of thanks to Dr. Plotkin for his graduation speech at Lewis & Clark College in 2010. I was one of the students who graduated that day, and your speech is still a vivid memory for me. I felt like it was made for me and for my closest friends at Lewis & Clark. Last night I watched the video of the speech again, as I have done several times since the day I graduated. I watch it when I am feeling inspired, but also when I am feeling beaten down by the world, doubtful of my ideals, and unsure of my own character. There are moments of the speech that resonate with me now even more than they did the first time… I admire your conviction and free spirit, and I hope to say the same for myself as I 'grow up.' After graduation I have swiftly learned a lot more about how hard that really is, but I am doing my best. Thanks again for the inspiration."
Student from Lewis & Clark Class of 2010
“Mark Plotkin was fabulous! His presentation was an hour and a half, but it felt like 15 minutes. On a scale of 1-10 he was an absolute 10!”
-Carroll Anne Smith, Assistant for the Director for the Office of Health Policy and Planning, Virginia Dept. of Health
"Dr. Mark Plotkin gave an outstanding presentation to our National Wellness Conference last week. He was brilliant, funny, passionate, and thoroughly convincing, and the reviews were extremely high. We have world-class speakers at the conference, and a standing ovation is a rare thing -- but participants leapt to their feet and talked about his message for days afterwards. Thanks for your help in arranging this dynamic speaker and true hero of the planet."
- National Wellness Institute
"Mark was a fantastic speaker - I have heard nothing but positive comments about his presentation. I enjoyed hosting him, he is very personable and easy to work with. He was very gracious at the dinner and he even thanked the donors for their support of out lecture series. Overall, I would rank his lecture/visit among the very best we have had since the series began about ten years ago."
-Bill Hammer, Augustana College
“Thank you for allocating time to speak with university students; it is essential that students become acquainted with people who will both challenge and inspire them to learn and to broaden their experiences. You are a marvelous storyteller and have an instant rapport with your audience. We look forward to your return to Elon University.”
-George Troxler, Elon University
"Dr. Mark Plotkin spoke...to an enthusiastic crowd from the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on his work with the indigenous peoples in Amazonia. It was very well received and connected wonderfully with the mission of the botanical gardens.
Mark also graciously and generously made repeated reference to the need for public support for our scientific research efforts. A number of our guests spoke highly of his magnanimity.
Mark is an outstanding representative for global conservation efforts in Amazonia and, as one of your official agency speakers, embodied the best that public speakers can offer to a conservation-minded public."
-H. Bruce Rinker, Director of Canopy Ecology, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
"Mark's presentation was educational, interesting, and all left wanting more. Mark has a flair, which kept us entertained and at the same time gave a strong and important message of the plight of the Amazonian rainforests. We also asked each YPO member to fill out an evaluation form after the event. Here are some of their comments:
-'One of the best chapter events ever'
-'Mark Plotkin is one of the best speakers I've ever heard'
The YPO event was attended by 120 people (YPO members and their spouses) and by the 300 employees of Diversa Corporation. I look forward to working with The Harry Walker Agency in the future."
-Paula Devereux, Manager to Dr. Jay M. Short, President and CEO, Diversa Corporation
“Mark Plotkin was incredible. Just amazing--all surveys came back with the highest marks. Attendees felt our marketing pieces couldn't put into words what they ultimately experienced from attending that session.”
-Sharon Cook, Conference Manager, New Hope Natural Media
"The AIMS Annual Conference was yesterday, and Mark Plotkin was a terrific keynote. He was easy to work with and his 75 minute talk was very well received."
- Association of Independent Maryland Schools
“Dr. Plotkin is dynamic and thought provoking as he educates the public through story- telling and humor! He immediately establishes a phenomenal rapport with his audience and leaves them wanting to hear more and more! Mark had an audience of not only students and faculty of CLU, but many community members of the Conejo Valley as well! The audience was captivated and inspired by Mark and they stayed well into the afternoon at the end of his presentation with a myriad of questions. Dr. Mark Plotkin is one of the few speakers I could hear over and over again and learn something new every time!”
-Gloria D. Latta, Wheaton Warrenville South High School
"The overall meeting went very well and Mark’s participation was very well received … I heard many good comments afterwards.
We will certainly keep HWA at the top of our list the next time we need a speaker as you and your colleagues are a pleasure to work with!"
-International Federation Of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers