Meet Brad Butler II, also known as “B-Rad Inspires”, the former Special Ed student that was told he could never go to college. He beat the odds and now, he is an award-winning motivational speaker, author, student advocate, and success coach. As CEO and founder of his own company, Brad’s mission is to help educators increase the graduation rate for students and athletes one keynote speech at a time.
Before Brad became all that he is today, he spent many of his years fighting to overcome difficulty. He struggled with his parents’ drug abuse, academics, and countless amounts of naysayers. Despite everything, Brad managed to find solace in sports like football. His moments on the field is what got him the nickname B-Rad. At the tender age of eight, he experienced an unexpected transition that changed the course of his life forever.
As a result of his parents separation, he was forced to relocate from the inner city Jersey City to the suburban area of East Windsor. Due to to this this sudden change Brad found himself placed in special Ed classes. During this challenging period, it was through playing the game of football that he built muscle, gained stamina, and developed character. From elementary school all the way to college, Brad continued in his athletic journey which he believes contributed significantly to his academic success. Now, Brad is a proud graduate from Mercer County Community College with his associates in Fine Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Kean University.
Shortly after his academic pursuits, Brad discovered his passion for speaking – which birthed his personal brand “B-Rad Inspires”. Over the last five years, Brad has spent most of his time traveling to speak at various schools with the ultimate goal to increase graduation rates for both students and athletes. His primary focus is to help individuals recognize their gifts, put forth their best effort, and take advantage of their opportunities despite what life throws at them.
Each day he lives motivated by his very own motto: “Make your next day, your best day.”