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.
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.
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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