Goal: Marcus’ main purpose is to help others to realize their purpose and then to REALIZE their purpose.

Marcus Johnson has spoken on many different topics in his extensive career as an entrepreneur and musician. In recent years he touched on topics such as business, music, spirituality, and community. 

The DEPELL Model, Marcus’ signature topic, walks you through his six-steps; Dream, Environment, Plan, Execute, Listen and Learn model, and attendees will receive a structured approach to exploring their purpose and the plan to achieve it.

Inspiration Achievement: Marcus main emphasis is that, “Anything I can do, you can do better!” Through a relaxed and informal discussion of his academic, business, and community achievements, Marcus guides individuals with the DEPELL Model; helping them to see their “future-selves.” The destination vision is key to the development of a strong self-concept and confidence. Individuals learn through the process that both are needed to fuel achievement.

Hope: After many of Marcus’ speeches, people say that he gave them the permission to control their lives to live for their own purpose. In a time where society faces the threat of deconstruction and constant claims of hopelessness, he gives individuals the key to unlock their faith in themselves, and the understanding that they are the solution to problems they will face. This type of self-empowerment leads to positive transformation for the student, school/business, community, and society. It is foundational to our individual responsibility to participate in the “[formation of] a more perfect union.”

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Speaking Topics


Entrepreneurship isn't what it used to be. One can use new business concepts from Crowd-funding to crowd-sourcing to fund our ventures. Traditional promotional campaigns supplemented by social media tools, gives the small business owner a reach that it never had before. Marcus speaks on issues surrounding the ideation, formation, funding, strategy development, execution, and management of entrepreneurial endeavors.

Finding & Living Your Passion

Humanity is at a point where we are all trying to find our purpose.  Careers in firms that last decades and end with a pension are almost non-existent. Students are going to school and graduating burden with student loan debt. What's the answer? Find YOUR PASSION and do it. Marcus walks you through his six-step model (DEPELL), which allows focused goal setting, limitless thinking, and "Blue Ocean" based strategies. After a session, the group will have its collective license and a plan to follow their passion; successfully and better yet, happy.

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Economic Empowerment

As a law student at Georgetown University Law Center, Marcus was intrigued by the preamble of the United States Constitution. However, there seems to be a present disconnect between society and the understanding that "We the People of the United States in order to create a more perfect union," requires collaboration, faith, patience, compassion, and "WE." Entrepreneurship and a community's commitment to it, is directly related to how economically empower it will be. This applies to all thinking from the entrepreneurial venture to the church organization, to the local HOA. Long term planning with short-term focus, goals, and evaluation will result in an economically empowered community. 

How to Have a Successful Career in the Arts

The most offensive thing you can ask a musician, artist, dancer, or entrepreneur is, "When are you going to get a REAL job?" The truth of the matter is most musicians and artists have REAL jobs while others are plagued by the current economic ecosystem and job landscape around the world. The issue is that most artists, or what we'll call the "Passionate Ones," are so driven by their love for what they do; they forget to pay attention to some core business principles. When they take the time to count, they find out that a $750K weekly agency job equates to a yearly income of $40K, and that is respectable when compared to most standards. Marcus presents the concept that it only takes simple 'addition and subtraction' to dispel the myths of the “Passionate Ones" NOT having jobs. And the quality of life quotient and the case is made to have faith and follow your passion into the arts and beyond.


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