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Mike Sliwa

Development Specialist
A TRU Agent of Positive Transformation and Hope

The TRU Facts about Mike:

Bet you didn’t know he was a Teacher for over a dozen years.

He has taken on the ultimate sacrifice of living a sustainable life.

His continuous efforts to seek truth, justice and sustainability are truly unparalleled.


45-70 min

Sustain This! Chasing A Different Carrot

*Sustainability and integral issues *Critical Thinking skills *Health and Environment

The word SUSTAINABILITY seems to be all over the place these days. Whether we're talking about products, services or growing food, sustainable living is a hot button topic. In Mike Sliwa’s unique approach, he explores the truth behind what it all really means. This presentation is a refreshing look at what's possible in a world that can be stressful, chaotic and expensive. This is not another talk about "going green." Rather, it's an invitation to explore possibilities and happiness.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will learn tools to streamlining, simplifying and sustainable living.
  • Explore sustainability issues and solutions using a holistic approach that focuses on connections between complex human and natural systems.
  • Evaluate individual, local and global dimensions of social, environmental and economic responsibility.

*This program is perfect for: High school and college aged students, as well as faculty, staff, and corporate audiences.

Trust Me I'm White...Privilege

*Privilege *Diversity *Bio-Diversity

This powerful program offers audiences a real space to address and look at how a world, country and community suffer from inherent privilege, and it explores our individual roles in creating a more just and inclusive society. Bring Mike into your school, business or organization and begin a conversation that unifies, strengthens and builds trust.

Learning Outcomes

  • Audience participants will explore their own inherent privilege and how it impacts their own bias and perspectives.
  • Dissect whiteness and its prevalence within our society, institutions and personal lives.
  • Develop strategies to become stronger more successful allies.

*This program is perfect for: High school and college aged students, as well as faculty, staff, and corporate audiences.

Who is this White Guy Speaking About Diversity?

*Diversity *Multiculturalism *Privilege *Bio-Diversity

Former high school teacher, Mike Sliwa, has found a unique way to not only embrace his privileges, but to use them as a tool in transforming the way others perceive themselves as well as each other. Using his experiences as both the teacher and student, Mike introduces real discussions into the campus that help plant a seed of self and social awareness and positive transformation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate an understanding of the ways in which race, ethnicity, and/or gender are socially constructed.
  • To motivate individuals to become participants in their own positive transformation.
  • Develop effective strategies to create a more just and inclusive campus, community and workplace.

*This program is perfect for: High school and college aged students, as well as faculty, staff, and corporate audiences.

sMike's Workshops & Team Buildings

Education Backwards


Education Backwards requires stepping outside of our comfort zone and one step beyond. With the youthful perspective of former student Julia Garcia along side the adult worldview of her former Teacher, Mike Sliwa, this collaborative presentation teaches a powerful model of learning and listening to those you may not consider your equal in the work environment. Education Backwards will not only give you the necessary tools needed for your classroom, but most importantly, it will remind you of why you started teaching in the first place.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to build meaningful and lasting methods of communication with your student.
  • Strengthen teaching and learning conversations and collaborations.
  • Articulate ideas and multiple viewpoints related to teamwork and collective efforts in creating a positive working environment.

*This program is perfect for: Faculty and staff members, as well as corporate audiences.

Growing Up Green

*Sustainability *Health and Environment *Smart Growth

Through Mike Sliwa’s humble and proactive approach, his powerful presentation Growing Up Green is the culmination of knowledge, experiences, triumphs and failures of a man in search of solutions. Mike's journey will empower you and your students to take small steps that can lead to enormous consequences on our ever-changing planet. It's time to grow, and Growing Up Green is a great place to start!

Learning Outcomes

  • Students and teachers will learn to collaborate in activities that can easily be integrated into their current curriculum.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make thoughtful choices about how to live, work and play within their environment.
  • Students and teachers will be given tools to use common sense practices to create exciting new possibilities.

*This program is perfect for: Students of all ages, as well as faculty, staff, and corporate audiences.

Listen To Me

*Critical Thinking Skills *Character Development *Communication *Authenticity

In school, drama rules. Most of the drama that slips into our lives comes from our inability to listen to one another. Mike Sliwa spent a dozen years being a highly successful high school teacher. His success was due to the fact that he reinforced listening skills in his classroom. Mike's presentations are dynamic and interactive. Students will be encouraged to participate and make decisions. Becoming the real you takes TRU effort, and listening leads to learning, which in turn allows you to grow as a individual.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will identify the differences between hearing and listening.
  • Participants will collaborate on what makes an effective listener.
  • Participants will be able to connect the benefits of listening to outcomes of their decision making.

*This program is perfect for: High school and college students and can also be offered as a keynote presentation.

From Boys to Men

*Men's Issues & Empowerment *Leadership *Personal Growth *Character Development

This enlightening program with Truality’s diverse group of guys is a powerful opportunity for boys to have a real space to decide what kind of men they want to be. Centered around male issues and empowerment, this program will motivate participants to reflect their own identity, growth, and character, while banding together in a an unbreakable bond of TRU brotherhood.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will learn to develop a value system
  • Critically reflect and analyze their own worldviews and responsibilities as men
  • Gain confidence to fulfill their TRU potential

*This program is perfect for: Students of all ages and guys all over the world!

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