Casey J. Cornelius

Be The Man: A Movement for Healthy Masculinity

Men and Masculinity


Personal/Team Development

America is worried about college 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 has emerged as a leading national voice on the topic of healthy masculinity.  His signature program, Be The Man, works to engage men 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)

Relationships (Who Matters)

The "Be The Man" Challenge (Where Can We 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:  At the conclusion of this program, 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; Fraternity groups; Athletics; First Year Experience


Formats: Keynote, Workshop (3 hour) and/or Retreat

Leader By Choice: Goal-Setting, Habit-Formation, and Reaching Your Potential Every Day

What is the difference between those who achieve their goals and those who fall short?


Why does making massive changes in our lives feel so daunting?   


So daunting, in fact, we often never even start? 


Leader by Choice explores the intricate relationship between our goals, habits, and the way in which we maximize our full potential.  Casey suggests the best ways to build momentum toward reaching your desired destination is to make small steps, choices, every day.  He calls this a process of incremental success and shows how it is essential to achieving great success.   


Through insightful, passionate, and often-humorous story-telling, Casey weaves a message which inspires audiences to act.  Some of the topics discussed include: perspective, love, resilience, and selfishness, among others.  


“How much closer to your goals would you be if you made one better choice each day?”


***Pair this program with Casey's workshop on visionary leadership, From Here to There


Learning Outcomes:  Audience members will explore the relationships between choices and habits for success; Identify how daily choices impact likelihood of obtaining goals; Identify ways to maximize personal potential through purposeful choice-making; Be inspired to maximize their success through deliberative action.


Ideal Audiences:  Leadership training/organizations, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Residence Associations, Student Government, Staff Development, First Year Experience programs, Commencement  


Formats: Keynote, Workshop, Half-Day Retreat

The Freshman 15 (That Really Matter)

How does a student once told "college isn't for everyone" will themselves to undergraduate and graduate success?


In this humorous and insightful program, Casey shares how he went from a high school student rejected by every college he applied to academic mastery through a series of meaningful, replicable steps. He shares how he was able to develop short- and long-term goals, effective habits, and daily strategies which enabled him to earn multiple graduate degrees and attain a 4.0 doctoral GPA.


This program will deliver 15 tangible strategies, both memorable and actionable, for students in their first year and beyond.


Learning Outcomes:  Audience members will explore the relationship between goal-setting and first year success; Consider how curricular and co-/extra-curriculuar experiences are essential to persistence; Cevelop strategies for college success which can be implemented immediately and replicated again-and-again. 


Ideal Audiences:  Orientation, First Year Programming


Formats: Keynote, Keynote (60 minutes) or Workshop

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