Orlando Bowen

Orlando Bowen

Orlando Bowen’s mission is to inspire people to be GameChangers in the lives of others. GameChangers show up in ways that powerfully influence the path, perspectives and possibilities of those they interact with.

Orlando has been motivating youth and corporate audiences for years, both through his inspiring keynotes as well as through his role as the passionate and dedicated founder and Executive Director of One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization, a charity based in the Greater Toronto Area. Orlando’s “S.W.O.L.E.”™ Leadership Development Program empowers people to serve with passion and vision. The acronym “S.W.O.L.E.”™ stands for Self respect, Work hard, Overcome adversity, Lead by example, and Excellence.

Orlando has been recognized for his work by; Being awarded a 2012 AFRICAN CANADIAN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, 2013 QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL and a national 2014 HARRY JEROME AWARD for community service and a 2015 National Youth Empowerment Award. In 2015, he served as the president of the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and contributes to various committees that focus on building better communities throughout North America.

His powerful personal experiences ignite and inspire people of all ages and he is committed to being ‘all in’ with the audiences he engages.

    When Orlando isn’t travelling North America to speak, he resides in Brampton, Ontario.

Orlando Bowen’s Speech Titles & Descriptions

For Students

Resilience – Making Sweet Lemonade of Life’s Lemons and Sharing it with Those Around You
Anti-bullying – One Voice One Team – There is No ‘Us and Them’… There’s Only ‘US’
Leadership – Leading by Example, We ALL Have Stories and Gifts to Give
High Performance – Creating High Performance Teams where Excellence is the Standard

For Educators

Set the Tone – Creating a Climate and Culture of Excellence for Every Student
Resilience – Creating and Fostering Excellence in Light of Adversity… Bring it ON!!


  • "Orlando is very engaging. The students instantly connect with him. He has led an amazing life but his message is about encouraging students to do the same. The students feel like he is talking directly to them even though there are thousands of people in the room."R. Jones, Coordinator, Alberta Student Leadership Conference 2018
  • "Honestly, it was an honour to have you at our school today, you not only touched my heart but the hearts of all the students you talked to today. You make me want to be the best person I can, and from this day, I will. Thank you!"Brittney, Grade 10 Clarke Road S.S. (London, ON)
  • "Orlando Bowen is the most powerful and engaging speaker I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. His vision for the world left me in awe. He connected with both the boys and girls in the audience, which is rare for a speaker."Erin, 4H Canada
  • "Orlando speaks from the heart with sincerity, enthusiasm, and most importantly, he speaks from experience. His biggest message is about forgiveness. Having lived through unspeakable, life-changing events, Orlando can teach students about forgiveness, because he has managed to unconditionally forgive all those who have wronged him. "A. Cox-Twardowski, Teacher, Beaconsfield H.S., Montreal, QC

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