Mark Blackburn

Meet Mark

Mark  Blackburn is an energetic presenter, a powerful communicator, and a  dynamic teacher. There are many words that describe him. The most  illustrative is, “Mark, The Influential Man of Action”. Mark is a  diversity trainer, an educator, a mentor, a motivational speaker, a Life  coach, and a personal trainer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He provides  an in-depth consultation and instructional based education, including  leadership development, empowerment training, cross-cultural competence,  sensitivity training, anti-racism training and team building.

The Training

As  the Chief Facilitator for MBJ Innovations, he has taken his training to  the ultimate level and provides training for groups and individuals  from a wide range of organizations, ages, and cultures. His hard work  and dedication to improving the human condition is one of the major  contributors that keeps him striving to connect with others. He is truly  passionate in helping others become champions in every aspect of their  lives.

The Early Years

Born  and raised in Los Angeles, CA he attended The University of South  Dakota and graduated with a B.S. in Secondary Education with a Minor in  Health. Mark also played football for the University and had  numerous opportunities to advance his playing career in the NFL. Unfortunately, that opportunity was short lived but he continued to  pursue his passion for football with coaching and substitute teaching.  However, Blackburn has a winner’s demeanor as he was fortunate to play  professional football and win several championships with the Sioux Falls  Storm of the Indoor Football League.  Mark holds the Storm record in  tackles and is blessed to have his legendary number 14 retired and is in  the IFL Hall of Fame.  Mark is a 5-Time IFL All-League selection, a  4-time champion and United Bowl MVP.  He is involved in youth sports, training, coaching and producing leaders for the past several years and  looks forward to impacting much more youth  


After a three year hiatus  from school, he continued his education at Augustana University and  received a Master’s degree in Education. Mark is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Higher Education  Leadership and is finishing up his dissertation.

As the  Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Diversity and Inclusion at  Augustana, he looks forward to educating people in the future.  With  counsel and education, Mark decided to fulfill a calling in helping  individuals see difference as a benefit, instead of an annoyance. The  joy he has when relationships are formed is very significant, when it is genuine. He fosters all his efforts to help people and share all of his  experiences in everything he has accomplished. Therefore, Mark would  like to encourage people to connect with him to develop their personas  as we all move forward in advancing the human condition.   

His community work will continue to grow and his passion for educating, training, and nurturing will never change.   


He is blessed to have a beautiful wife Nicole and their two beautiful children, Jadaya and Isaiah.      

In all of these disciplines he possesses, Mark would love to share his of  knowledge and help you become a champion in different areas of your life. 

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