Just as he spent years firing up college football fans as the University of Oregon’s beloved mascot, The Duck, Tyson Wooters uses his energy to engage student audiences looking for a fun, meaningful message about student empowerment and leadership.
As the University of Oregon Duck and the 2004 National Mascot Champion, Tyson danced, performed stunts, and rallied the stands. Drawing on his fun and unusual experiences as a college mascot, Tyson helps students nationwide understand how every person in a college community has a contribution to make though high energy, funny, and engaging programs that leave students fired up to make an impact.
“Tyson was fabulous. My students came away with some great information to improve their approach to leadership positions. They have already begun demonstrating improved behaviors and a commitment to improving our ensemble.”
– Kevin Griggs, University of Montana Grizzly Marching Band
“He is friendly, youthful, energetic and contemporary. His keynote was right on par with our theme.”
– Erica Wilson, Indiana Greek Leadership Conference Coordinator, Purdue University
“Tyson, just wanted to say thank you again for the talk you gave at our Leaders Live event here at The University of Iowa…It was very encouraging and I have a whole new view of many aspects of my life. I hope I have the honor of attending another event you are speaking at in the future. I would love to hear more about some of your experiences, in and out of the Duck suit.”
– Nate Castillo, University of Iowa
“His message hit home with many of our struggling student organizations. It was as if everything we tell the students and the students ask for was validated in an instant. The most effective aspect was his realness. Tyson was perfect!”
– Augie Garibay, California State University, Northridge
Always Wear Your Head
We each live our lives as part of groups: sports teams, living communities, families, congregations, and more. Commitment to these communities begins when a new member becomes aware of his or her power to influence and shape that community. Membership comes with a responsibility to contribute to the greater good, and these new members must understand the impact of their words, thoughts, actions, and choices. In Tyson’s keynote Always Wear Your Head, he helps students understand the life-altering power of being part of something much larger than themselves. He teaches students about the role of “community” in their lives, and empowers each person to get busy and play a part in making his or her community great. Speaking to the awesome power of servant leadership, Tyson shares how incredibly rewarding service to the greater good can be. Even if members of the audience aren’t sports fans, Tyson’s keynote will have audiences laughing and learning as they hear about community dynamics through Tyson’s unique perspective and experiences. If you’re looking for a fun, upbeat, positive keynote for orientation, convocations, convention, new member programs or your emerging leaders event, Tyson delivers. He’ll energize your group with his humor and insight. While he’s at it, he’ll share tips on crowd surfing in a sweaty duck suit, too.
As a result of attending this program, students will learn:
- How to take personal ownership of the goals of their organization and community, with a commitment to exceeding them.
- To look for and make deeper and more meaningful connections to the community around them.
- Perspective on what it means to be devoted to a cause, whether a political movement, one’s own education, their college, or the betterment of their campus organization.
- The importance of servant leadership and how personally rewarding serving others for the greater good can be.
Life is a Highway
We are each dealt a hand at birth—genetics, family resources, gender, culture, race, and circumstance. Then external influences like our environment and childhood experiences start shaping us. Schools, community centers, churches, sports teams, and neighborhoods each have their own unique impact on our development. We make choices, others make choices for us, and the world moves us along at the ever-constant pace of 60 minutes per hour. But then, at some point, you start calling more of the shots. You get to make your own mistakes and accumulate wisdom that shapes the most critical turns in your life. The question is: have you taken over the driver’s seat yet? Or are you still simply letting life happen to you? Life is a Highway is about empowerment of the individual; how you can begin deliberately shaping your path, choosing your influences, and increasing the likelihood of a rich and rewarding life. With Tyson’s help, you will learn to deliberately choose which road you’ll go down and to take some control over the future as it unfolds before you. The start of college is a great time to answer these critical questions. Whether you’ve found yourself at this moment because of great planning, or simply as a result of chance, now is a time to dedicate yourself to a life lived intentionally. Every moment presents an opportunity to make choices that lead to success. Learning Outcomes As a result of attending this program, students will learn:
- Ways to begin taking control of their destiny as they become more autonomous in their decision making abilities.
- How the influences that have shaped their lives until this point do not limit them from becoming who and what they wish to be.
- Tools to identify the right path to take and influences to find to achieve their goals and ambitions.
Love Labs: What’s Your Relationship Equation?
Men should be willing to open doors, pay for dinner, and make the first move. Women should always look their best and wait to be pursued. How old fashioned! (And not to mention, gender stereotyping!) Tyson Wooters knows better. In his revolutionary program Love Labs, he’ll take a fresh, contemporary look at what goes into creating a healthy relationship, whether you’re into men, women, both, or any other identification. Maybe you want a partner, and maybe you just want to have fun. Ultimately, you can have exactly what you want, and Tyson will help you get there. Examining the “why” you’re dating, learning your own patterns, and focusing on treating someone (and yourself) with respect are zeroed in on during this fun, interactive presentation. Whatever healthy, rewarding relationship you’re looking for, let Tyson help you find your way there!
As a result of attending this program, students will learn:
- Why they’re dating, and the importance of healthy relationships in their lives.
- The importance of treating themselves and others with respect, especially while in a relationship.
- Their own patterns for dating that can help lead to better healthy, happy relationships.
Tyson provides educational experiences for groups large and small. All content is selected after a phone interview to address your specific needs, so every retreat is uniquely customized to your team. These experiential methods and cultural approach not only deliver content in an easy, fun, and memorable way, they also build peer accountability into the formula, leaving you with an engaged and helpful team of student leaders long after the retreat is over. Topics include:
- Leadership techniques
- Effective communication
- Consensus building
- Strategic planning
- Mission clarity
Tyson Wooters believes in the strength of humble leaders, the awesome power of servanthood, and your organization’s ability to harness those forces. He also believes in what he calls his life’s mission: to educate people through humor and shared experience about the phenomenal power of taking real accountability and ownership in every aspect of life. Tyson learned to lead while wearing white pants and standing on a ladder, but he admits that those elements aren’t necessarily required in the cultivation of every good leader. His formative leadership experience was as drum major of his high school marching band, a position that launched him not only into the glamorous, high-stakes world of college marching band, but taught him the value of putting service to an organization above personal glory. Along with earning his teaching degree in music education from the University of Oregon (as well as unofficial minors in “trampoline performance” and “mascot studies”), Tyson has spent the last decade working in Oregon classrooms. He considers himself a teacher first and foremost, though his definition of what it really means to “teach” often doesn’t require a classroom or a textbook. Tyson lives in Portland, Oregon, where he curates an impressive Hawaiian shirt collection and spends every second he can with his amazing wife, Amy. He enjoys travel, scuba diving, and hugging strangers, which he has done in 43 US States and 14 countries.