Speaking Engagements

Bringing the “Life Teammates – Love Ya Man” Message To You!

The Will To Live Foundation’s President and Co-Founder, John Trautwein, has given over 500 speeches to teams, families, students of middle schools and high schools, Church groups, youth groups, coaches, parents and counselors alike, since the Foundation began in late 2010.   His message of love, hope and the importance of recognizing the Life Teammates that exist in your life today, has been extremely well received.

Click Here To See The Amazing Feedback From John’s Speaking Engagements 

“I have had the pleasure of seeing John speak on three occasions. WOW what a message! As a coach and financial services professional for over 30 plus years I have seen hundreds of prominent CEO’s, Keynote Speakers and College and Professional Coaches speak. John is hands down one of my top three speakers I have had the pleasure to witness. His thoughtful and moving presentation is incredible and he hits all the positive notes you want to aspire to as a coach and mentor of young people. Go and see him as soon as you can!”

– Lou Corsetti,  Coaching Coordinator, Atlanta Youth Lacrosse, US Lacrosse Convention Committee Chair 2011, 12, Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame Member

Watch John Trautwein’s acclaimed keynote speech for the Nantucket Project – Nantucket MA, September 2019

Contact the Will To Live Foundation today to arrange for John to speak to your organization.


  • Feb 27: Atlanta Athletic Club- Jr Golf Life Teammates Speech
  • March 29: Hayden Hurst Family Foundation Golf Tournament Sponsor/Speech
  • April 25th: Phi Mu Sorority Life Teammates Speech KSU
  • May 8th: Where There’s A Will There’s A Way 5K – running For Ryan Speech
  • May 14-20: Life Teammates Speech Northview baseball
  • May 14-20 Life Teammates Speech Northview Lacrosse
  • May 14-20 Life Teammate Speech Northview Fine Arts
  • May 20: Life Teammates Speech Jamie McHenry foundation – Centennial Lacrosse
  • May 16: Life Teammates Speech Chattahoochee Lacrosse
  • May 20: Titos Life Teammates in the Corporate World Speech
  • May 21: LoveSpeaks Interview with Sally Lou Loveman, Chicago, IL
  • May 24: S. Forsythe High Baseball Life Teammates
  • May 26: Johnson & Johnson Corporate Life Teammates Speech
  • May 28: Life Teammates Speech Northwestern University Baseball
  • June 1: Ron and Linda Wellman Life Teammates Award, Wake Forest University
  • June 22: FCA Alpharetta Life Teammates Speech
  • Aug 7: Laurel Springs Charity Golf Outing
  • Aug 24th: FCIAC Leadership Conference, Fairfield, CT – Life Teammate Award
  • Aug 30: JCUMC Christopher Carlton Memorial Golf Tournament
  • Sep 23: Sunglass Hut Employee Life Teammates Presentation (Virtual)
  • Sep 3o: Life Teammates Speech Catlow Theater, Barrington IL
  • Oct 1: WTL Barrington High Reunion Golf Outing
  • Oct 14: Life Teammates Day
  • Oct 16: Eden Prarie High School – WTL event for DECA (powderpuff Football fundraiser)
  • Nov 4: Fairfield CT Grenfield Hill Congregational Church Life Teammates Presentation
  • Nov 4: Fairfield Ward High School Presentation, Fairfield CT
  • Nov 5: CIAC Athletic Directors Life Teammates Presentation, Fairfield, CT
  • Nov 5: Ward PTA presentation
  • Nov 9: 6:30PM Alpharetta High School Parent Presentation


Even during the pandemic, through the use of technology and virtual presentations, John Trautwein was able to give over 20 speeches to and estimated audience of 6700 people

  • Jan 6: Blueridge Global Sales Team – Life Teammates presentation
  • Feb 1: 1oth Annual Where There’s A Will There’s A Way 5K 
  • Feb 8: Summit Counseling Center Gala -Key Note speaker
  • March 12: South Forsythe Baseball program Life Teammates Speech
  • March: MVHS Swim and Dive Life Teammates Scholarship presentation
  • March:NVHS men and women basketball Life Teammates Scholarship
  • April: NVHS Cheerleading Life Teammate Scholarship presentation
  • May: NVHS Girls Lacrosse Life Teammate Scholarship presentation
  • May: NVHS Boys Lacrosse Life Teammate Scholarship presentation
  • May: NVHS Baseball Life Teammate Scholarship presentation
  • May: Centennial Lax Jamie McHenry Life Teammate Scholarship presentation
  • May: NVHS Fine Arts (Band, Drama, Orchestra, Choir) Life Teammate Scholarship presentation
  • May: NVHS mens and womens soccer Life Teammate Scholarship presentation
  • August 14: “Kick’n COVID” corporate presentation to Pure Storage employees
  • September 10th: Suicide Awareness panel zoom webinar
  • September 17: “Kick’n COVID” corproate presenation to Source Support Services Employees
  • September 23: “Mental Wellness Panel” and “Celia and the Little Boy” reading
  • September 29th: Northview Freshman Football Life Teammate Speech
  • October 2: Northview High Football Life Teammate Speech 
  • November 11: University of Alabama Club Will To Live/Alpha Chi Omega Sorority
  • December 4: NHVS Football Life Teammate Scholarship presentation

Click Here To See The Hundreds and Hundreds of Speeches and Presentation Over The Last Few Years!

A Positive Message About The Power We Have To Deliver Hope To Each Other!

Positive Message

“At my son’s funeral, when I saw the love and support from my own “high school” friends, I realized right then what this foundation would be about. We would work hard to get the teens and young adults of our communities to realize that the greatest friends that we meet in our lives, are those that we “learn about life with.” Those that we experience our ‘firsts’ with. Those friends that we meet as teenagers – let’s understand that – let’s recognize that – let’s rejoice in that – and let’s use that fact to always reach out to each other and not be afraid to say “I love ya man” to each other. Teammates who understand each other have the ability to create a culture where “It’s OK to not be OK”

Equally and perhaps even more importantly, to not be afraid to say “Hey Man, I’m hurting. That’s what my speeches are all about. They are always honest, positive, motivating and full of hope – with a goal to teach kids (and adults) to recognize we have the power to Deliver Hope to each other!”

– John Trautwein, President and Co-Founder of The Will To Live Foundation

View The Life Teammates Speech to Wake Forest University Student Athletes

See John’s Speech at The Acclaimed Nantucket Project Event -September 2019


Spreading a message of Love, Hope & The Will To Live to kids, teams, schools, churches, Bands, Scouting, Youth Groups, Universities, and Major Corporations either live or virtual, John’s message of Love and Hope have inspired people of all ages to be better teammates!