David Brown

  • Bigger Loser Season 15 Runner-Up

David Brown was in his early 20s, living out the life he dreamed of as a child. At age 22, while earning a communications degree at Oklahoma City University, David got married to his collegesweetheart Andrea. It was just six months after the wedding when a tragic turn of events turned itall upside-down. Three days before their first Christmas together, Andrea had a seizure and wasdiagnosed with a brain tumor. The 'dream-life' quickly gave way to fighting for life. Two years intothe marriage, while Andrea's cancer was in remission, they became pregnant, but lost the baby inthe third trimester. Several more years of remission and the birth of two daughters followed, before Andrea's cancer returned as stage 4 brain cancer and ultimately took her life nine years after theywere married. David was devastated and left to raise their two surviving daughters, then 4 and 6years old.

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  • Overcoming Obstacles: Whether we like it or not, adversity is part of life. Overcoming adversity is one of the most important character qualities we can learn. Everyone, and I mean everyone, will eventually face hardships in their life. Problems, large and small, present themselves to us throughout our whole existence. Regardless of how sharp, clever, or happy-go-lucky we are, we will encounter struggle, challenges, difficulties and at times, heart wrenching moments. In this presentation, David explains the different types of obstacles, the skills necessary to overcome life's most challenging moments, and developing the challenge/finisher mentality. When it challenges you, it has the chance to change you.
  • The Winning Step: It's easy to see when someone has been successful at something. Isn't there confetti that falls on everyone when they "win?" Few people have a plan for their life. Most are passive participants, having life happen to them, rather than with their consent. In this presentation, David teaches how to go from reactive to proactive, while developing a "5F Focus" for accomplishing those priorities that matter most. Everyone will end up somewhere, but few will end up somewhere on purpose.
  • The Warrior's Heart: Many leaders think the key to effectiveness is influence. Others believe it is their "smarts" that gain them leadership chops. Still others rely on their winning personality. While these are valuable traits, they are not the most important to today's leaders. The most significant leadership tool you have is your heart. In this presentation, David shows how to identify and develop the heart of a warrior and the benefits of leading whole-heartedly, both to self, family, company, and community.
  • Leadership Lessons From A "Big Loser": In any organization, the character of the leader sets the tone for everyone else. When leaders demonstrate good character and expect the same from all employees, everyone benefits from the resulting inclusive, high-trust culture and the company outperforms. In this presentation, David shares the 15 character qualities and subsequent leader lessons he learned while on Season 15 NBC's "The Biggest Loser," and how cultivating a character-based leadership culture contributes to a stronger, finisher-minded family, company, and community.
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Overcoming Obstacles

David Brown was in his early 20s, living out the life he dreamed of as a child. At age 22, while earning a communications degree at Oklahoma City University, David got married to his collegesweetheart Andrea. It was just six months after the wedding when a tragic turn of events turned itall upside-down. Three days before their first Christmas together, Andrea had a seizure and wasdiagnosed with a brain tumor. The 'dream-life' quickly gave way to fighting for life. Two years intothe marriage, while Andrea's cancer was in remission, they became pregnant, but lost the baby inthe third trimester. Several more years of remission and the birth of two daughters followed, before Andrea's cancer returned as stage 4 brain cancer and ultimately took her life nine years after theywere married. David was devastated and left to raise their two surviving daughters, then 4 and 6years old.

David has lost a lot in his life, a wife, a child, his dream... and his health. In losing himself while caring for everyone around him, David put on more than 200 pounds since his first wife’s cancer diagnosis. In the fall of 2013, David got a wakeup call from his doctor. Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, David was told “If you don’t change your health right now, you are going to die young andleave your family without their father.” A fighter for others his whole life, David now had to take onthe fight for his own life.

Second Chances

David was happily remarried in 2004 to his best friend Melissa and is now father to three girls(ages 6, 16 and 19). Still battling his weight, David had the chance of a lifetime and was selectedfor the hit NBC show, The Biggest Loser Season 15. David started the show at 409 pounds. At the Week 1 weigh-in, David revealed a tattoo over his heart that means “Warrior,” and immediately putthat “Warrior” spirit on display with a record loss of 38 pounds, quickly setting the tone for his dedication to the journey ahead! Over the course of the season, David openly shared his story ofloss and captured the hearts of countless fans, while fighting relentlessly to gain his health back. David lost an astounding 222 pounds and finished runner-up, losing more than 54% of his bodyweight. As a result of his lifestyle transformation, David no longer suffers from sleep apnea, high blood pressure, hypertension, high cholesterol and the diagnosis that started the fight, Type 2 diabetes.

Stronger Than The Story

David started an online community Inspire, Challenge, and Change those who are ready to fight for their own health. Today, David enjoys sharing his inspirational story whilespeaking to audiences around the world about “Overcoming Obstacles,” "The Winning Step,” “The Warrior’s Heart,” and “Leadership Lessons from a ‘Big Loser.’” In 2014, David started a communit yrace series, The 1STRONGER CHALLENGE (1 mile, 5k, 10k, Mud/Obstacle course fun runs andcorporate challenges), to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.

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