Stevie Speaks



Stevie Hopkins, co-founder of 3E Love, shares his story of how he fell in love with life. Through the highs and lows of adventuring through his life with a disability, running a business, and forging his own path in the face of adversity and tragedy, he tells a tale of inspiration and strength unlike any other.

Suited for

  •  K-12 School Assemblies
  • College Campus Speaking Events
  • Disability Awareness Rallies
  • Fundraising Event Keynote Addresses
  • Corporate Diversity Trainings
  • Conference Workshops and Keynote Addresses


Speaking Objectives

  • To deliver engaging keynote speeches and workshops that will affect people on multiple levels, rather than simply inform the listeners.
  • To educate students and professionals in educational and medical fields on the social model of disability.
  • To entertain with a story of hardship, love, adventure, and life, intended to motivate listeners to analyze and overcome their own challenges and barriers.
  • To present a new perspective on disability with the goal of inspiring change in thought and behavior.

Featured Testimonials

Western Illinois University, Best Buddies Club Event
"Stevie Hopkins took Western Illinois University by storm! Stevie's guest speaker presentation at Western Illinois University about his life, his challenges, and his accomplishments was literally a life changing event for many of the students and faculty who attend. Students expressed admiration for the accomplishments Stevie described related to personal and business triumphs. His presentation was simultaneously both gritty and charming. His self-deprecating humor and stories of life experiences with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 kept the audience laughing, crying and completely attentive. That is a great feat with 300 some college students"
-Dr. Mary Jensen, Professor, Special Education Department

Care in the Community Conference, Keynote Address
"The keynote speaker was wonderful and informative. Looked at life from a different view - I have already shared his story with several others."
-Conference Attendee

Eisenhower Jr. High, Anti-Bullying Rally
"Stevie came to my junior high and made a huge statement. The gymnasium filled with 500 7th and 8th graders was silent for thirty minutes. He gave my students hope, inspiration, and the realization that they can achieve their dreams. He truly touched their lives forever."
-Mindi Turf, Autism Spectrum Disorders Classroom Teacher

RAMP Annual Fundraiser Luncheon, Changing Attitudes, Breaking Barriers Keynote Address
"Like a true leader, Stevie is so enthusiastic about his work and our success; he was a part of the planning months in advance to ensure he delivered exactly what he promised. His passion and dedication were admirable. The feedback we received from our guests tells us that 'Stevie nailed it!' He was honest, funny, emotional, entertaining, but most importantly, he was real. A good leader is committed to excellence. Stevie is committed to his maintaining high standards, yet proactive in finding ways to raise the bar each and every time he delivers."
-Amy Morris, Development Director

Westmont Jr High School, Different Abilities Week
"Stevie came to our junior high school to speak with our students during our “Different Abilities Week.” His use of humor and storytelling ability kept everyone’s attention the whole time he spoke.   Stevie was able to inspire our kids to reach their goals and we have heard so many positive comments from our students and staff. We definitely recommend having Stevie come out to your schools!"
-Amanda James, Social Worker

North Boone High School, RAMP Disability Awareness Keynote Address
"Stevie raised the bar and left the students with a new perspective on people with disabilities. Students with and without disabilities found a new mentor that day. Someone they could relate to and someone who is a true leader in every meaning of the word."
-Deb Rodgers, Development Associate, RAMP


Abilities Expo - Workshop: Life after School, Living with a Disability, Chicago, IL
Abilities Expo - Workshop: Life after School, Living with a Disability, Edison, NJ
Abilities Expo - Workshop: Young, Hip, and Disabled, Atlanta, GA
Adams Junior High Assembly Speaker, Schaumburg, IL
Alonzo Amos Stagg High School Disable the Label Event, Palos Hills, IL
Baraboo Elementary Disability Awareness Assembly, Baraboo, WI
Byron High School Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign, Byron, IL
Care in the Community Conference Keynote Address, Milwaukee, WI
CEC Illinois State Conference Workshop, Lisle, IL
Eisenhower Jr. High Anti-Bullying Rally, Hoffman Estates, IL
Illinois Council for Exceptional Children - Workshop, Lisle, IL
Illinois Iowa AHEAD Annual Conference Keynote Speaker, Champaign, IL
Loyola University Best Buddies Event, Chicago, IL
MarianJoy Support Group Speaker, Wheaton, IL
MDA Central Illinois Summer Camp, Hudson, IL
MDA Northern Illinois Summer Camp, Ingleside, IL   
North Boone High School, RAMP Disability Awareness Event, Poplar Grove, IL
Phi Delta Epsilon Gelfand Lecture, Champaign, IL
Phi Delta Epsilon Gelfand Lecture, Champaign, IL
RAMP Annual Fundraiser Luncheon Keynote Address, Sycamore, IL
St. Francis University, CEC Event, Joliet, IL
Texas CIL Conference Keynote Address, Austin, TX 
University of Illinois, Disability Awareness for Para-Professionals, Urbana, IL
Western Illinois University Best Buddies Event, Macomb, IL
Westmont Junior High Different Abilities Kickoff Event, Westmont, IL