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Luke S. Kennedy was formerly an obese alcoholic and drug addict. He was leader of a street fighting and graffiti crew. Luke came close to death numerous times and also nearly killed others in street battles. He was stabbed on two separate occasions; once in the lung and the other time in the head.

Luke captivates his audience after his first sentence and then takes them on a ‘journey’ of how his life turned from an innocent, happy childhood to violence and drugs. He then shows how he got out of that life and now runs a successful business helping others both physically and emotionally. After his total turn around Luke won a State Title in boxing.


Luke was absolutely incredible to work with from beginning to end and willing to accommodate and tailor his presentation to suit the audience and environment of a maximum security prison.
Not only was his message heartfelt and inspiring, it completely hit home with our young prisoners as to how the decisions they make when they’re young can affect the rest of their lives. Luke’s ability to present his real life experiences while weaving messages of hope and inspiration is truly incredible. Luke went above and beyond on the day, and instead of just presenting his speech and leaving, Luke took the additional time and had one-on-one chats with these young prisoners and took on informal mentoring conversations with them. It was an absolute pleasure having Luke speak to our young prisoners and look forward to a future opportunity of engaging him again in the future.

—C. Donovan, Department of Justice & Regulation

Luke was a keynote speaker at Bxponential, a business event with over 500 attendees. From the five keynotes on the day, Luke received sensational feedback. The audience raved about the content, delivery, and message from Luke. An absolute inspiration and such an incredible way to open the event. As founder and CEO of Bx, we hold numerous events for business owners and work with numerous speakers at our events. Luke is 100% the real deal. His journey, story, and approach is authentic, and this is why he connects instantly with every audience member. We will be working with Luke again, and again, and again!

—M. Alderton - Founder & CEO, & Alderton Enterprises | Professional Speaker | Author

Luke made a huge impact on our team here at the NRL and captivated the audience with his story and messaging.  Luke is a bright, energetic and positive individual and the way he has turned his life around is inspirational.

—Todd Greenberg, CEO, NRL

Luke delivered his ‘What Gang Life Taught Me About Business’ presentation at our annual Changemakers Gathering held at Sydney University. His presentation was entertaining, shocking, funny, but most importantly it left our room of entrepreneurs inspired to take on Luke’s key message of ‘Be open to taking feedback’.

—M. Alfred, Principal Director, Institute for Leadership

Luke is a fantastic speaker that captivates his audience young and old. He is a very passionate and dedicated man whom shared his incredible story about turning his life around from a being street fighter, drug user and gang member to a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author.
Luke’s presentation to our community was tailored to fit the subject “See the person not the Drug”. His story gave hope and generated great discussions. Luke spoke about the importance of family connection and support being key factors in Luke’s inspirational recovery story. We would highly recommend Luke as a motivational guest speaker.

—C. Watson, Narrabri Community Drug Action Team Chair

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