Show Up and SHINE

What we believe in is evidenced by the steps we take, not just the words we say.

Serve First

Kent Julian is a lot of things: a family man, a speaker, an entrepreneur, an author, a swim coach. In everything he does, his overarching theme is to lead by serving. That’s why he’s so committed to empowering teens to SHOW UP AND SHINE in their life and leadership. About Kent

Serve Second

As a motivational youth speaker and leadership trainer, Kent serves thousands of students, advisors, and educators primarily through his partnerships with Career and Technology Student Organizations (CTSO), school districts, and student leadership organizations. Speaking Services


Kent wants to serve you and your team! You can be guaranteed he will SHOW UP AND SHINE and his focus will be on serving the purpose and goals of your organization. From start to finish Kent will be the best speaker you have ever contracted for your organization! Contact Us

  • Need an energetic and captivating speaker? Call Kent! Want a powerful, yet simple message to positively empower an audience of any age? Call Kent!! Want to work with someone who is organized, prepared, and ready to serve? CALL KENT!!!- Allison Faircloth, Executive Director, Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation
  • In my role, I look for three attributes in a speaker: (1) a great message, (2) someone who is easy to work with, and (3) someone the audience can relate to. KENT IS ALL THREE! He is a very genuine speaker and did an awesome job connecting with our DECA members and providing an outstanding motivational message that set the tone for our entire conference.- Chris Young, Director of High School Division, DECA Inc.
  • Kent is an amazing speaker and passionate about his SHOW UP AND SHINE message! In his keynote he specifically showed us the steps needed to move from the top 50 percent performers to the top 10 percent performers to the top 3 percent performers. And when it came to our state officers training, he was the first speaker I have ever heard who explained how I could create a speech that shares my leadership ideas in a way that creates enthusiasm and buy-in. It was incredibly helpful and rare! Kent is the best, and I’m so glad we brought him in for our state-wide leadership conference and our state officers training.- Rachael Ford, 2013-2014 FBLA Southern Region Vice President
  • Kent did an amazing job at our Fall Leadership Conference! His keynote presented core keys to success in a very fresh and inspiring way. It was such a hit with our students that they talked about specific ideas and strategies he shared throughout the entire year! And then he over-delivered throughout the year via his soical media shout-outs to Washington DECA reminding them of his key teaching points.- Candice Caldwell, Washington DECA State Officer Advisor
  • After reviewing upwards of 50 inspirational keynote speakers, we selected Kent Julian as one of the three speakers for our State Conference. We were very glad we selected Kent and received extremely positive feedback from our delegates! I have personally heard at least 14 inspirational speakers in my time with 4-H and the unique way Kent presents his main points was more memorable than any of the others. As a result, I will always remember how to move from being a top 50 percent performer to a top 3 percent performer. But what impressed me even more was the way Kent interacted with our delegates on Twitter before and after the event. This demonstrates he is more than a motivational speaker; he’s someone who truly cares about students.- David Runneals, 2012-2013 Iowa 4-H State Council Member
  • If you are looking for a great speaker for you next CTSO conference, the one thing I would say to convince you to hire Kent Julian is this: "Talk to student who have already participated in one of his keynotes or workshops." That’s what convinced us and we were delighted with our decision to hire Kent. Our students absolutely love him—both his inspiring message and the extra time he spent with them after coming off stage. It was our extreme pleasure to have Kent keynote at our Spring Leadership Conference!- Susan Ladd, Vermont CTSO Coordinator
  • Kent is so engaging and inspiring as a motivational speaker. I will always remember the E+R=O equation he taught us. It’s not the EVENTS in our lives that determine our OUTCOMES, it’s how we choose to RESPOND. Powerful! My friends and I ended up talking about E+R=O a lot during the conference.- Jonathan, High School Student
  • We loved Kent's message, excitement, enthusiasm, his theme and stories, his interactive experiences with our audience, how he related to our students off-stage, and the fact that he was PRESENT throughout our entire Spring Leadership Conference. It's hard to find a speaker who wants to be involved throughout the conference. He kept reminding us he was there to serve us and it's obvious he meant it...and our students LOVED it. We will definitely have Kent back to Iowa FCCLA in years to come!- Jenn Callahan, Iowa FCCLA Executive Director