williams_brentHugs with a Higher Purpose

There are a lot of people who turn to motivational speaking post-SCI, but the kind of speaking Brent Poppen, a C5-7 quadriplegic from Paso Robles, California, does, stands out. With his bleached blond hair and his M.O. of “Hugs by Brent,” the happy energy he emanates is unforgettable.

“Much of my presentation centers around hope, acceptance, not giving up and making the right choice in difficult circumstances,” he says. Last year he reached over 30,000 students