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Tim Mousseau

Tim Mousseau wears his heart on his sleeve. Literally. Using powerful stories grounded in personal experiences, Tim combines his passion and vulnerability to guide conversations that will leave your students inspired to examine their own actions and redefine the way they are telling their stories.

Tattooing Your Leadership Legacy

What are the similarities between tattoos and leadership? As a permanent expression of the self, a good tattoo has significance and is accomplished as a work of art. As guides to the future, students are taught leadership practices that help them create organizational legacies centered on improvement.

While every legacy should be just as meaningful as any tattoo, too often students are leaving their organizations with short-term accomplishments that disappear as quickly as a temporary tattoo. Even worse, students are leaving behind ugly scars that their organizations may later regret.

In this creative keynote, Tim uses humorous, insightful stories about his body art to dare students to stop looking at leadership as a practice and instead, address it as an art form. He will push students to consider the legacy they want to leave their organization and how to create a beautiful future while avoiding the development of ugly, potentially permanent marks. By discussing the idea of acting with a bold vision to move beyond the status quo, Tim will prepare students to ditch leadership labels and become their most authentic self. By learning to embrace their strengths, passions, and flaws, students will realize the power behind being a unique leader.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • the four elements that build a positive organizational legacy,
  • how to modify the four elements of organizational legacy and how to apply them to their personal leadership,
  • how to identify three individual passions that influence their organizational membership and interpret how these passions are shaping their actions,
  • how concepts of creativity, curiosity, and risk are essential to their organizational and personal success, and
  • how to challenge themselves to formulate a personal legacy which leaves a tangible impact upon their organization.

Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation

It only took one letter to redefine Tim’s life forever. With a photograph and a few accompanying words, Tim was faced with the evidence of an experience he had no memory of – he discovered he was a victim of sexual assault. Not only did he have to come to grips with this new reality, but he also had to face the nightmare of being stalked and blackmailed. The next two years of his life were a struggle of mixed emotions and coping mechanisms, but over time he came to realize something—this was his story to tell, and by telling it, he could take ownership of it.

After years of silence, Tim wrote about his experience, and thousands read about his secret. He wasn’t prepared for the response – he heard back from hundreds. By opening up the conversation on this sensitive topic, he discovered he had the power to redefine his outlook and made it his mission to empower others to do the same.

In this keynote, Tim leads a deep and vulnerable conversation on the delicate topic of sexual assault drawing from his experiences and countless interactions with others in support groups. Why is an underlying culture of shame implicit, and how can it be stopped? Tim will help your communities understand the background information needed to facilitate healthy conversations on sexual assault, resources to assist in the survivor recovery process, and how the power of our personal and community stories can be utilized in prevention. Students will leave feeling prepared to create a culture of compassion while realistically facing an issue prevalent on campuses across the country.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • how to recognize the emotional, physical, and psychological impacts of sexual assault,
  • how to associate the facts behind sexual assault on college campuses with stories that give a face to these figures,
  • how to understand the difference between cultures of shame and cultures of acceptance when creating safe environments for conversations about sexual assault,
  • how to empower a supportive campus culture focused on reducing sexual assault, promoting healthy prevention, and efficient use of resources, and
  • the definition and different terms and actions involved with sexual assault, how these can impact an individual, and how to be prepared to address these issues within their community.

Fewer Leaders, More Innovators

For decades, student organizations, fraternity and sorority chapters, and athletics teams have been facing the same exact problems with little movement. The same conversations keep happening year after year while the same issues are simply infecting new groups of people. We all know the problems exist. We don’t need to be told what is wrong—what we need is innovative thinking.

Let’s move beyond the buzzwords of leadership and instead, look at how we can cultivate innovators, risk takers, and inventors. It is time for a cultural change in how our members are approaching issues. It’s time for a revolution.

Tim’s dynamic keynote, Fewer Leaders, More Innovators: Cultivating a Culture of Innovation, realistically addresses the issues facing our college communities. Working to meet students where they are, he breaks through the conventional norms of leadership to help students understand what it means to be innovative and how to succeed in taking organizational risks. Tim empowers students by providing them the knowledge of how to take risks, what innovation looks like in practice, and how to change the issues that have lingered for years. This keynote is specifically designed to not only engage the top performing members of each organization, chapter or team but to help every participant discover their inner artist, rebel, adventurer, and explorer.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • how to define the two different components that foster innovation,
  • how to articulate the four elements (risk, rules, partners, passions) critical to a culture of innovation and apply these four elements to their organizational membership,
  • how to diagnose the top limitations preventing them from being innovative and how these limitations can be addressed using the four elements crucial to a culture of innovation,
  • how concepts of creativity and risk are essential to their organizational and personal success, and
  • how to feel empowered to challenge the status quo while maintaining a healthy perspective on incremental organizational change.

Rewiring Your Organization’s Networks

How are social media networks similar to addictions? Why are people at the same table more interested in their apps than the person sitting across from them? What are the more profound social implications of the evolving state of social media? As members of the millennial generation, it is time to address these questions while determining significant methods to reconnect our members to their organizations in a constantly evolving world.

The virtual landscape is regularly redefining what it means to be a member of an organization. Students are continuously being warned by other generations to be cautious of their social media use. However, the real issue is the damage these tools can cause beyond merely affecting our reputations and instead how technology is reshaping what it means for us to experience our lives. Social media and technology are here to stay, but how we use them, as organizations will determine the greater impact they have on our communities.

In this session, Tim will work to help students understand the addictive nature of social media, the implications it has for relationships, and then empower them to use these tools properly. The positive power of technology is addressed through the possibilities of networking for growth. Connecting social media to greater themes of service, Tim will guide students in how to properly use their technological presence to be part of a global community. In this session built for the 21st century, Tim won’t shy away from social media and instead, will teach students how to embrace it in a healthy manner, how to control it and ultimately, how to use it to create a thriving campus system of interconnected organizations.

Students will be motivated to address their online habits, to reexamine their self-image, and to face community issues of media that are sweeping the nation. This session is ideal for any undergraduate community experiencing growth, struggling with establishing a media presence or seeking to better connect to the greater community.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • how a perception of circumstances often dictates reality,
  • how to take ownership of issues present on social media within their organizations and their community,
  • how to determine if they are using technology positively within their organizations and the need for constant adaptation across their groups,
  • the importance of building networks that extend to multiple connections, and
  • how to challenge themselves to identify how they are actively participating in their greater community.

Bros, Beards, and Baking? Renegotiating Modern Day Masculinity

What makes a man? And what makes a man masculine? These are both questions that pop culture, society, academics, communities, and individuals across the world have been attempting to answer for years. When it comes to masculinity, our conversation is anything but binary. Even with the ever-fluctuating meaning of the term masculinity, Tim Mousseau is convinced of one thing: students want to have conversations on what defines manhood. Even more, they want to understand what it means to express this idea in a positive way.

As a male survivor of sexual assault and widely published author on topics of masculinity, Tim has seen firsthand how frequently both men and women want to have conversations concerning this compelling issue. The key lies in helping guide these discussions in a way that is just as fluid as the differing definitions of masculinity. During his time working with thousands of students discussing sex positivity and sexual assault prevention efforts, Tim has also helped create spaces where students can have critical discussions concerning the application of masculinity. By laying a foundation grounded in the roots of this term, exploring its connection to feminism, and drawing from studies regarding cultural systems, Tim helps his audience members understand that like many things in life, there is no black and white when it comes to masculinity, but the answers often lie in the gray.

In this keynote, Tim leads a vulnerable conversation about exploring his masculinity as a male survivor and how traditional values and tropes or masculinity often influence our perceptions. By digging deep into the topics surrounding identity and self-creation, students can clearly see the difference between healthy vs. toxic masculinity.

By connecting personal stories to the audience and giving them a voice, Tim will leave a lasting impact on your students. This program is meant to challenge perceptions while building a welcoming dialogue where everyone can participate.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • how to define toxic masculinity and identify how these behaviors influence culture,
  • how systems and cultural institutions shape masculinity and how it has shaped their perceptions,
  • the tools and activities they can use to generate further conversations about masculinity in their particular organizations, and,
  • a clear understanding and the history of the study of masculinity.

“Tim is an outstanding speaker. He connected with the audience more effectively than most speakers we have had during this program series. Tim was honest and authentic with a strong stage presence that captivated the students even when they had a desire to talk with their neighbors. His interactive questions at the beginning was the perfect strategy for this population.”

– Tara Fuller, Coordinator of Greek Life, Rider University

“From the moment Tim arrived, he had an unparalleled enthusiasm to work with our community. His exuberant personality generated an environment that encouraged lively participation and Tim’s capability to relay his experience created lasting change.”

– Brandon Younkin, East Stroudsburg University

“Tim immediately connected to our fraternity men through his interactive approach. He provided a realistic lens of the present community, engaging the audience to be the change. Tim was relatable to audience members and our students appreciated his passion.”

– Kendall Niccum, Assistant Director Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, Rutgers University

“Hearing Tim speak is absolutely inspiring! I’ve never heard a speaker whose message is so relatable to such a wide range of students. He speaks with a profound level of authenticity and passion, and is sincerely interested in the success of the individuals he works with. Even after months have passed, his message is one that student’s will remember and utilize.”

– Bailey Hamm, Senior Student Assistant, Florida Atlantic University

“I think Tim’s program on sexual assault was one of the best I have ever seen for the college market. We have received positive feedback and we want to look at bringing him back in the fall to present to our new fraternity and sorority members.”

– Gary Wiser, Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, Clemson University

“Tim’s message really resonated with my students during the program, some reached out to him after the program and in an evaluation one student wrote: I want to work for Tim Mousseau.”

– Kristen Kardas, Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, Ohio University

“For the 4th year in a row, Tim has inspired our first-year students with his impactful story. This year, his event was ranked the highest out of any orientation weekend activity.”

– Shane Pruitt, Director of Student Engagement & Leadership, Oglethorpe University

“Tim was an absolute gem! He has a perfect mixture of research, personal insight, and humor. Students, staff, and faculty all praised his ability to get to the heart of sexual assault issues on campuses. He is relevant and relatable, approachable and likable. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to find a man to speak on these issues, but Tim was able to take a difficult subject and make it something we can all talk about.”

– Stephanie Kinkaid, Title IX Coordinator, Monmouth College

Tim’s Bio

Tim Mousseau received a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga in 2013, but is a Lobo at heart, having graduated from University of New Mexico in 2011. For the past few years, he has spent some time researching how innovation relates to leadership and the need for service in creativity. In the past he has worked for his fraternity, Sigma Chi, as well as spending time working with close to 175 campuses through the NIC. Having grown up an Air Force kid, he has never lived anywhere longer than four years. Throughout his travels, Tim began to study the arts and in his spare time is a painter, having designed his 20+ tattoos.

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