stories Dean shared about the importance of community
building are so intriguing because they come directly
from his real-world experiences. His message is
thought-provoking and the lessons he teaches translate
easily into our everyday lives. It's just not
something you easily forget about the next day.
This presentation will keep us thinking about
how we can do better...BE better. Every single
comment we received from our employees about Dean's
presentation was positive! We thank Dean for his
part in making our meeting a real success!"
~ Alison Larson, Vice President, Marketing Director,
Equitable Bank, Grand Island, NE
Jacobs was the highlight of the Nebraska Jaycee
Year End Convention. He exceeded our expectations!
Dean did his research on the Jaycee’s purpose
and tailored his presentation to inspire the members
to pursue their own personal life journey. He
created a relationship with the attendees by sharing
his real life lessons through his photos and his
presentation about his seven wonders of humanity.
Those who attended his presentation talked about
it the rest of the weekend! He took time after
the presentation to answer questions and sign
his Wondrous Journey book. I highly recommend
bringing Dean to your event for a keynote to remember!”
~ Emily Wageman, Convention Chair
Fremont Jaycees, 2010 NE Jaycee Year End Convention
Jacobs' "Wondrous Journey" presentation
was absolutely awesome! The photos are beautiful,
and he uses them to tell stories covering the
gamut of the human condition. His passion for
celebrating the diversity of our planet is contagious!
He delivers from the heart, and his messages about
humanity are important ones that are too-often
overlooked or forgotten during jam-packed school
and work days. Dean Jacobs is a professional in
every way. He was responsive to our requests and
did everything he said he would do. Dean is, without
a doubt, an inspirational speaker, and I highly
recommend him for your next event.”
~ Jill Goldesberry, Program Officer
was a genuine pleasure and honor for our educational
family of Ross Elementary School to have Dean
Jacobs as our guest author! He truly brings books
to life! In his initial introductory assembly
he had all 42 teachers and 560 kindergarten through
6 graders actively engaged, entertained, and genuinely
interested in his travels and life experiences;
the parents were just as excited at his evening
presentation!. Throughout the two days, he used
multiple strategies and challenged the kids in
small groups with writing workshops using well-designed,
differentiated, age appropriate materials. Dean
Jacobs is more than just a speaker; he is an educational
professional who is able to connect with students
of all ages and abilities. I would highly recommend
his workshops for every student in any school.
Without exception, every student, teacher, and
parent that I have talked to thoroughly enjoyed
his time with us!”
~ David C. Lieberman, Principal
Ross Elementary School
Learn how to stay true to your
2001, Dean Jacobs has spent five years traversing
across the globe exploring over 52 countries on a
low budget adventure, propelled by a desire to understand
the world. He graduated from Wayne State College,
earning a degree in biology, with minors in earth
science and art.
this path led him to Pfizer Pharmaceuticals where
he was employed in sales/marketing for 10 years. After
a great deal of soul searching, Jacobs left the security
of corporate America, and decided to pursue other
dreams. This was the beginning of a process that would
lead to a travelling adventure that would span 22
months and cover 28 countries.
photos became a natural expression of the journey
for Jacobs as he documented the common ground of our
humanity. Since this beginning, Jacobs' travels have
led to working for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Other adventures have taken him on journeys to explore
the Nile in Africa, the Amazon of South America and
the Trans-Siberian railway of Asia.
These days, when Jacobs is not travelling, he keeps
busy as a contributing newspaper columnist, photojournalist,
children’s book author and keynote presenter across
After 13 years of success in the business world, Dean
Jacobs asked himself a couple of questions: How much
does one need to be happy? What is my dream? The answer
to the latter was easy: to take a journey around the
An award winning book, Wondrous Creatures is an engaging
and exciting book for young people to learn about animals
and the habitats from around the world.
Seven Wonders, Seven Lessons.
Dean's presentations are anything but dull. Through
his emotional stories, stunning images, and powerful
experiences, Dean brings audiences out of their seats
and into the world with him. There, they laugh, cry,
struggle, and learn the keys to success on all of life's
journeys. See images not often seen and learn about
the world in a way that inspires and gives one hope.
See the world in a different light then what is portrayed
in the news and media. Living on $10-$15 a day, Jacobs
wandered from Australia and Southeast Asia to the Middle
East and Africa as he explored 28 countries.
But more importantly
in a world that we are told to be afraid of, Jacobs
found something different. The kindness of the ordinary
people in the world was the rule, not the exception.
This is a story of a man who would stop at nothing to
follow his dream and the magic that happens when one
follows his heart.Few things are more powerful as fulfilling
a dream or traveling the world.
how to stay true to your dreams. Come take this Wondrous
Journey with Dean.
Dean Jacobs spoke at a recent event on the Ohio State
University campus for veterinary students from across
the USA. His presentation was inspiring, uplifting and
motivating. His views on life, mankind, and the world
we share were outlined in simple terms we could all
relate to. Through his extensive travel experiences
around the world, he was able to boil life’s essentials
down to key points that apply to all areas of life for
all people. His talk left the audience hopeful and positive
about living life to its full extent and enjoying and
respecting all those we occupy this planet with. Dean’s
stories amazed us and his ability to relate to and interact
with the audience was superior! We found his presentation
to be a perfect fit for our event, and he would certainly
be welcome at any of our future programs.”
~ Eric D. Gordon, Associate Professor,
Clinical OSU College of Veterinary Medicine
2010 MIDAMERICA SPEAKERS BUREAU