Casey J. Cornelius


  • Men and Masculinity

  • First Year Success

  • Extraordinary Leadership

about Casey
Casey J. Cornelius is a leading national voice on the topics of personal development and healthy masculinity. A proud fraternity man and member of his chapter’s Hall of Fame, Casey travels the country helping organizations and individuals be extraordinary. He serves as a "SpokesMo" (their word, not his) for the November Foundation and has received awards and recognition for his signature program Be The Man.
Born in Cincinnati, he holds a Bachelors, two Masters degrees and a 4.0 in his doctoral studies despite once being advised “college isn’t for everyone.” He resides in Michigan with his wife and daughter and, in his spare time, is a Coach and practitioner in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and aspiring ultramarathoner. 

Be The Man: A Movement for Healthy Masculinity


America is worried about young men. They point to issues of poor conduct, declining academic success, and a lack of positive male role models and use words like problematic, dangerous, and toxic to describe behavior.


The problem has been identified; now is time for a movement toward a solution!


Casey J. Cornelius is recognized as the leading voice on the topic of healthy masculinity for college men.  His signature program, Be The Man, works to engage audiences in a meaningful dialogue about these issues and proposes a path toward a healthier form of manhood.  After seeing campuses and organizations grapple with persistent concerns and daily headlines, Casey decided to act.


The program (keynote, workshop or retreat) addresses four main topics:


  • Current issues (where we are)

  • Socialization of masculinity (how we got here)

  • Performance of masculinity (how we act/interact)

  • The "Be The Man" Challenge (where we can go)


Campuses and organizations across the nation have worked with Casey to create environments and experiences to better engage men. Be The Man is the beginning of a discussion and Casey is ready to lead it.

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Investigate current issues facing college men
  • Identify how their relationships with others and themselves are impacted by the stigma of the “bad man”
  • Consider how their daily choices influence other’s perceptions
  • Develop strategies to positively challenge other men to be better
Ideal Audiences
  • Men’s Development Groups
  • Fraternities
  • Athletes
  • First Year Experience

  • Keynote
  • Workshop
  • Retreat
  • Virtual

From Here to There: Extraordinary Despite Any Circumstance

2020 has been a historically difficult year; a global pandemic, tensions around racial and social justice, competing political ideologies, and the disruption of previously taken-for-granted events have left us all in a state of unease. 


With all of these challenges, one thing is certain: it has never been more important to make extraordinary choices. 


In this thought-provoking new program, Casey Cornelius shares how we as individuals and organizations can focus our efforts toward goal-setting and achievement in any shifting reality. Success might look different than we had previously envisioned, but by evaluating our habits and daily choices, Casey is confident you can still move forward during even the most trying circumstances. 


This program will provide practical strategies for but, just as importantly, introduce a mindset to be replicated now and into the future. From Here to There can be tailored for audiences ranging from leadership training, new student success, or team/organizational development


Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Explore the intersection between effective strategies and mindsets related to success
  • Identify how daily choices impact the likelihood of short- and long-term achievement
  • Consider how positive and negative habits influence the potential for goal attainment
Ideal Audiences
  • Leadership Training/Organizations 

  • New Student Success

  • Team/Organizational Development

  • Keynote
  • Workshop
  • Virtual

Every Day Greek


We have all seen the headlines which paint fraternity and sorority life in the worst possible way.  We cringe when we read articles and hope our organizations aren't named. We know big changes need to be made but sometimes feel unsure how to start.

Casey Cornelius is a fraternity man and advocate for the transformative and lifelong impact of our organizations.  He has also seen the tone and tide of national coverage cause members to "go silent" and dissociate themselves from their groups.

In this program Casey shares how he defends and champions membership in Greek-letter organizations and how audience members can as well.  Our membership cannot only be meaningful to us on Thursday nights or during chapter meetings; instead Casey argues that we should develop ways to positively convey the experiences we have to those on campus and in our communities.

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Consider some of the most commonly held views of fraternity/sorority
  • Determine how to challenge these assumptions with alternative, positive messages
  • Develop strategies to foster positive fraternal experiences to promote recruitment, retention and lifelong membership
Ideal Audiences
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life

  • New Member Programming

  • Greek Week

  • Recruitment Training

  • Keynote
  • Workshop
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