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Dan Faill

Dan Faill

Dan Faill takes necessary, and sometimes difficult conversations and uses his humor and personal stories to help create a deeper understanding for student audiences.

When you need a program that focuses on tough topics, such as challenges leaders face or difficult members of your organization. Dan’s humorous approach, backed by his life experiences, leaves a significant and long-term impact on students.

Dan Faill

When is Enough, Enough?

What are some of the common stereotypes you have heard from non-fraternity & sorority life students? What are some stereotypes about your organization? Do you hear anything positive or is it all bad? There are chapters and members out there that get in trouble, make poor decisions and, perhaps, joined for the wrong reasons. The question is: how do we move away from the negativity and have others see us (and have us see ourselves) as a values-based organization? Dan understands how it feels to have others paint fraternity & sorority life in a bad light. When Enough is Enough, Enough? is a keynote focused on discussing how to break free of stereotypes within your organization, motivate your members to move towards their full potential, and the importance of making better decisions.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how their perception or misperception shapes the reality of their organizations,
  • the potential impact of seemingly innocent behaviors, and
  • how to stay motivated in leaving a positive legacy within their organizations.

Faill Forward

Being a leader is hard and, at times, it can just suck. So, what do we do when we are managing the high expectations and challenges we face daily? Dan Faill believes the best way to fix problems in our roles is to shift how we think about leadership in general. In this keynote, Dan shares his 12 tips on how to “Faill Forward,” that students can apply to help them grow as a leader and advance their organization or campus community.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • 12 ways to survive and flourish as a leader,
  • how to avoid common leadership pitfalls and how to learn from their mistakes,
  • how to develop and hone in on their leadership skills to set them up for success, and
  • to articulate the Rule of 3% and see how critical it is for student leader success.

Redefining Superman

Being a guy isn’t easy, and it seems like it’s getting harder all the time. Drawing from personal experience as a geek and comic book collector, Dan realized the parallels for masculinity that have existed throughout the decades, continually being shifted and refined. Through the lens of pop culture and some very entertaining and vulnerable stories about his own life, Dan believes we need to move past “boys will be boys” and understand how we can be the real men the world needs.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how the role vulnerability plays in male development,
  • how to help support and encourage healthy relationships with others, and
  • how the history and context of comic book characters creates a parallel narrative to their own development.

“Dan’s program touches on many aspects of sexual assault – the role of relationships, substance abuse, and consent (or lack thereof), the realization and understanding of what happened, and the aftermath that can last many years and impact a lifetime. Dan successfully uses humor to talk about this very difficult topic, and he is relatable to students and vulnerable in his story all in the same space. Dan’s program is very powerful and it helped our students begin to think differently – and more personally – about sexual assault.”

– Dawn Floyd, Director of Compliance/Title IX, Lenior-Rhyne University

“Dan is one of the best speakers I have seen. He is very engaging and knows the audience he is presenting for. He is really good at mixing laughter with seriousness. Dan was really great at offering advice on how to change our image around campus as well.”

– Panhellenic President, Armstrong State University

“He gave a new perspective of what it means to be sexually assaulted on campus and gave both men and women talking points that we can move forward with.”

– Erin Sokol, St. Louis University

Dan’s Bio

Dan Faill was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he attended University of North Carolina Wilmington and graduated in 2002. His claim to fame while at UNCW was becoming a Founding Father of Theta Chi Fraternity and serving as an orientation leader when fellow CAMPUSPEAK speaker James Robilotta first stepped foot on UNCW’s campus.

After college, Dan traveled for Theta Chi as a consultant and ended up attending graduate school at the University of the Pacific in Northern California and later worked at LMU in Los Angeles. and then served as Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life at Elon University in North Carolina. Now, Dan is back in California and works for UCLA Alumni Association and also serves on the AFA Foundation Board of Directors.

For seven years, Dan worked as a CAMPUSPEAK facilitator before becoming a keynote speaker in 2017.

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