Student Programs with Fran Kick

College students appreciate Fran’s fast-paced, down-to-earth, real-world, enthusiasm and interactive approach. Bring Fran Kick to your next student orientation or leadership event and inspire more students to motivate themselves so they can KICK IT IN and TAKE THE LEAD!

College graduates Kick It In

College Students have KICKed IT IN with Fran Kick at new student orientations, convocations, first-year program experiences, guest speaker lecture series, R.A. training, team-building programs, student government retreats, leadership training, and campus-wide events.

Topics for presentation themes include:

  • Paying attention and responding appropriately
  • The more you put into it, the more you get out of it
  • What you put into it, is what you get out of it
  • If you’re whining, griping and complaining, having a terrible time—maybe that’s why!
  • Positive attitude vs. negative attitude—you ultimately make the difference
  • Getting involved and cooperatively contributing
  • The discipline of focus and the power of attention
  • Positively reinforcing yourself and others to make positive choices
  • Leading by example—because you can’t lead others until you lead yourself


Jade Leitzel, Orientation Assistant Director
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Thank you so much for performance again this year! It was fantastic as always. We are always happy to have you. I will let you know shortly about the dates for next year! Best of luck to you on your future performances and thanks again for helping to make our Orientation program great!Jade Leitzel

Frederick Lorensen, Director of Freshman Development
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The feedback has been very positive from both the freshmen and the Orientation staff. Your enthusiasm and ability to hold the attention of nearly 1,000 students for over an hour was obvious to me and all others present. Your motivational message was also just what we were looking for, and I have used it as an example in several discussions with different groups of freshmen since then. I know there is interest from the Orientation staff to have you return next year.Fred Lorenson

Tamara Kelso, Director of Student Development
University of Southern Indiana
WOW! What an exciting event! Your sixty-minute presentation, Getting a KICK out of Your First Year, at the Freshman Convocation was absolutely terrific! Relaying a message to 1,300 students and parents, who not only listened but participated in your presentation, you shared with them how to pay attention and respond appropriately to opportunities on campus, positively reinforce yourself and others to make healthy choices, and get involved and cooperatively contribute to campus life at the University of Southern Indiana. I believe that our campus community will be better for having experienced your challenge to KICK IT IN!University of Southern Indiana

Michael Poll, former Director of Student Activities
St. John Fisher College, New York
The program you presented for the student leaders was very well received. The information you shared with us was timely and useful. You helped crystallize their concepts and ideas which they can now implement more effectively. The evening program for all students was very effective and I was surprised how many students attended! Once again, your style enabled the students to learn a great deal in a short period of time. Your quick read of the students was appreciated and your sense of humor an added delight.Michael Poll

Sarah Beck & Megan Moore
Leadership Quest Advisors, Indiana University
You started off our quest for leadership by challenging students to step outside their comfort zone and take advantage of the many opportunities for growth and learning throughout the day. Not only were students challenged, but they were also energized by your witty comments and exciting activities throughout your keynote. The variety of activities you employed were applicable to the college audience, and really started off our day on a positive note.Indiana University

Theodore Zern, Associate Dean
Western New England College, Massachusetts
KICK IT IN was GREAT! You captured student attention, you provided a strong sense of motivation and offered empowerment to those feeling anxious about the new experience of college. It is my belief that students not only need the skills inherent in post secondary education but they also need to believe in themselves. Your validation of that theme ably set the stage for continuing action on our part.Ted Zern

Claire Jordan, Student Activities Advisor
Hillsborough Community College, Florida
Wow, what a great presentation to the students participating in the Hillsborough Community College's SOAR Peer Leadership Training Program in September. You are making a difference in their lives. You got them to look outside themselves, look at the bigger picture and how they relate to that scenery.Hillsborough Community College


Details & Setup


Group Size: As few as 40 to audiences as large as 10,800+ Fran Kick interactively inspires students to be self-motivated and develop the personal leadership they need to succeed.

Program Length: Available for 30-, 40-, 45-, 60-, or 90-minute presentations for any event as well as 3-hour (half-day) and 6-hour (full-day) for workshops.

Room Setup Options

Fran’s goal at every event is to be the easiest speaker you’ve ever dealt with. His setup needs are few and because every program is different, every location is different, every audience is different, we’ll always confirm exact setup and AV requests prior to the program. There are however a few items that are typically suggested:

Auditorium/Theater: Perfect with open empty stage, well lit and house lights up—no spot lights.

Convention/Multi-Purpose Meeting Rooms: Set with chairs (ideally no tables) in a curved-row theater-style arrangement. This Audience-Centered Seating™ approach creates the most comfortable, viewable, and focused presentation possible. If the audience size will be over 400 and the room has a flat floor, a few 12–24 inch high platform risers would be suggested.

Gymnasium: Only if none of the above rooms are available, please sit students on one side, with any additional students sitting on the floor (2nd choice) or in chairs (1st choice) in front of the gymnasium bleachers.

A/V Requested

Microphone: Wireless hand-held (1st choice) or wired with plenty lots of cord (2nd choice).

A/V: Large flip pad of paper on an easel with markers. NO PowerPoint® will be used!

Added A/V requests for workshops:
TV monitor or video projector with a DVD player (not a laptop)
Enough room for activities (on stage or by moving chairs)

Again, all these items are listed here simply for pre-planning purposes. Any and all AV requests will be finalized prior to the program. For an easy-to-share, PDF version of this setup information, please download and print out the following file:

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Letters of Reference

Letters of Reference

If you’re interested in reviewing a few of the many letters received from people just like you, and you have Adobe® Reader®, then simply follow the links below:

Read what other colleges and universities say about working with Fran Kick for orientation programs College/University Orientation Program Letters of Reference

Read what other colleges and universities say about working with Fran Kick for leadership events College/University Leadership Program Letters of Reference

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Client List


Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, West Virginia
Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio
Boise State University, Idaho
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
Butler County Community College, Butler, Pennsylvania
Capital University, Columbus, Ohio
Carroll Technical Institute, Carrollton, Georgia
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio
Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
Community College of Allegheny County, Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Lexington, Kentucky
Delta Gamma Sorority, Lexington, Kentucky
Denison University, Granville, Ohio
DeVry Institute, North Brunswick, New Jersey
DeVry Institute, Columbus, Ohio
Dodge City Community College, Dodge City, Kansas
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma
East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas
Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey
Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Franklin Pierce College, Rindge, New Hampshire
Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina
Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia
Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa
Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana
Hillsborough Community College, Florida
Indian River Community College, Florida
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Jefferson Community College, Steubenville, Ohio
Kappa Alpha Theta, Cincinnati, Ohio
Kean University, Union, New Jersey
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio
Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York
Marian University, Indianapolis, Indiana
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York
Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Miami University-Middletown, Middletown, Ohio
Minnesota West Technical College, Pipestone, Minnesota
Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey
Monroe County Community College, Michigan
Montana State University-Billings, Billings, Montana
Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky
Northwest Mississippi Community College, Senatobia, Mississippi
Northwood University, West Palm Beach, Florida
Ohio Institute of Photography & Technology, Dayton, Ohio
Ohio State University Leadership Center, Columbus, Ohio
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Penn State University/Fayette, Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Pensacola Junior College, Pensacola, Florida
Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, North Carolina
Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Lexington, Kentucky
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Radford University, Radford, Virginia
Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia
Raymond Walters College, Ohio
Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois
Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey
Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City, New Jersey
School of Advertising Art, Kettering, Ohio
Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio
Sigma Kappa Sorority, Lexington, Kentucky
Southwest Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Oklahoma
St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York
St. Petersburg Junior College/Clearwater, Clearwater, Florida
St. Petersburg Junior College/Gibbs, St. Petersburg, Florida
St. Petersburg Junior College/Health Education Center, St. Petersburg, Florida
St. Petersburg Junior College/Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Florida
SUNY College of Tech-Canton, Canton, New York
SUNY-Cortland, Cortland, New York
Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia
The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
The University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio
The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
Theta Phi Alpha, Cincinnati, Ohio
Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, Bradford, Pennsylvania
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Cincinnati Clermont College, Batavia, Ohio
University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
University of Houston, Houston, Texas
University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
University of Illinois, Springfield, Illinois
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana
Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio
Utica College of Syracuse University, Utica, New York
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas
Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
Western Maryland College, Westminster, Maryland
Western New England College, Springfield, Massachusetts
Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio
Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Wright State University Lake Campus, St. Mary’s, Ohio
Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

…and Educational Meeting/Conference Clients

American Camping Association Ohio Conference
Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities National Conferences
Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities Summer Leadership Workshop
Association of College Unions International Regional Conference
Association of Student Advancement Programs District 5 Regional Conference
Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference
Business Professionals of America Regional Conference
Center for Child & Family Development, Norman, Oklahoma
Connecticut Music Educators Association Conference
Dartmouth Behavioral Health System Staff Development, Dayton, Ohio
Erie 1 BOCES, West Seneca, New York
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Cluster Meetings
Farmington Families in Action, Farmington, Michigan
Florida Junior/Community Colleges Student Government Association Conference
Georgia Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Fall Leadership Meeting
Golden Key International Honor Society Regional Conference
Head Start Hamilton County Inservice Conference Day, Cincinnati, Ohio
Hoosier Hospitality Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Southwest Ohio Seminar
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership World Leadership Congress
Indiana Music Educators Association
Indiana Principal Leadership Academy Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
International Leadership Association Annual Conference
Jobs for Graduates, Inc. Regional Leadership Conference
Jobs for Ohio Graduates Professional Development Retreats
LeaderShape® Institute
Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. National Conference
Louisiana Department of Education Summer Institute
Lutheran Schools Association Annual Conference
The Midwest Clinic: An International Band & Orchestra Conference
Miami Valley Recreation Activities Council Summer Conference
Music for All Chapters Summit
National Association for Campus Activities East Coast Regional
National Association for Campus Activities Great Lakes Regional
National Association for Campus Activities Illiana Regional
National Association for Community Leadership
National Association of School Music Dealers Convention
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Association of Student Councils National Conference
National Catholic Educational Association Convention
National Council for Self-Esteem Annual Convention
National Orientation Directors Association National Conference
National Speakers Association Youth Program
Nebraska Conference of Youth
New Horizons APRC, Clinton, Oklahoma
New York Association of Training & Employment Spring Conference
New York State Conference for Administrators of Nonpublic Schools
New York State Department of Labor Spring Conference
New York State Education Department and the New York Association
of Training & Employment School-to-Work Conference
Nordson Corporation Partnership in Education Program, Amherst, Ohio
Ohio Association of Student Councils Annual State Conference
Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges State Conference
Ohio College Music Education Leadership Conference
Ohio DECA Fall Leadership Conference
Ohio Department of Education
Ohio Educational Service Center Association Conference
Ohio Farm Bureau State Conference
Ohio High Schools That Work Conference
Ohio Music Educators Association Conference
Ohio Parks and Recreation Association
Ohio School-to-Work Leadership Institute
Ohio Speakers Forum Leadership Retreat
Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Convention
Oklahoma Youth Participation Conference
Region V Educational Service Center, Beaumont, Texas
Retail Print Music Dealers Association Convention
South Carolina Bandmasters Association Convention
South Carolina Music Educators Association Convention
Southeast Texas League of Middle Schools 5th Annual Teachers Conference
Texas Bandmasters Association Convention
Texas Music Education Association Conference
Western New York Conference on Catholic Education
Work, Achievement, Values & Education Professionals Institute