This is not your typical college program or talk. Zach truly believes that to begin focusing on what or how, we have to first deeply awaken and believe in our "Why?"

"College with Authentic Purpose" takes students on an inspiring and exciting journey toward reflecting on, awakening, and proving their own personal purpose through their college experience. 

Zach offers this and similar sessions for new students, current students, and student leaders.

Using his own inspiring personal story of finding purpose after college, mind-shifting research on the benefits of purpose, and compelling stories of the power of living college life with purpose, Zach shows students how they can can radically transform their academics, organizations, campus engagement, community service, and campus communities by living with authentic purpose.

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Hannah West  Founder of H.J. Marketing; college senior, keynote participant

Hannah West
Founder of H.J. Marketing; college senior, keynote participant

I never knew it was possible to have my lifelong thoughts, ideas, and fundamental understanding of the purpose of my existence shattered and reconstructed over the course of an hour-long speech.



Formats: 30, 60, 75 minute keynotes; 3-hour training, 8-hour retreat

College with Authentic Purpose focuses on three principles to equip college students to awaken their Authentic Purpose:

1. The Belief that you matter.

Your purpose could be sitting next to you right now. In an environment where college students are increasingly focused on future goals, jobs after college, and other "whats," students can overlook their tremendous value in the present moment. By learning to believe that right now is "real life," we can begin to awaken purpose and build more intentional and supportive campus communities.  

2. The belief In a big "why?"

Each person has a unique reason for being in the 6.7% of the world who has the opportunity to earn a college degree (New York Times, 2012). By reflecting on and confidently stating their purpose statements, college students can begin to structure actions and decisions to deliver and align with their reason


3. the belieF in Proving Your "why?" every day

No one cares what we believe or why we exist unless we prove it every day. Students will learn how to ask better questions, and to re-frame every day moments as opportunities to deliver their purpose to the world. 

Zach is most requested for new student orientation, student leader training, leadership retreats, conferences, and college orientations. 

His talks on living and leading with authentic purpose in college have transformed... 

  • Student leaders
  • Fraternities and sororities
  • Student organizations
  • New college students
  • Community service groups

Elizabeth Morgan ,  College student, program participant

Elizabeth Morgan, College student, program participant

Zach’s passion is infectious. He motivates and inspires everyone in the room!

WATCH: Highlights From a Recent Talk

WHy Purpose in College?

Short Speaking Demo


  • Alpha Sigma Kappa
  • Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention Programs in Higher Education
  • Bryant University
  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Colorado State University
  • Fort Hays State University
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • GenFKD
  • George Mason University
  • HOBY Advanced Leadership Academy
  • James Madison University
  • Lynn University
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Poudre School District
  • Putska Foundation
  • Southwestern Oregon Community College
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Wyoming
  • Virginia Tech University
  • Western New England University