Matt Birk

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Matt  Birk

Matt Birk has the name recognition to fill the seats in your ballroom, the intelligence to provide excellent content, and the personality that will connect with your attendees.

He speaks to organizations across the country about the value of true inspiration, lasting leadership principles, the dynamics of teamwork, and fulfilling potential.

Matt is more than a talker - he is a doer. He draws on his unique experiences and impressive accomplishments when speaking about important and meaningful topics that will resonate with every attendee in your audience.

Matt’s presentations are humorous and entertaining because he often uses football and the NFL as a metaphor and a means of illustrating his point. This is an effective tool when conveying his message and makes his content memorable.

Matt will talk with you about your goals for his session and any specific issues you would like to have addressed. He takes the time to customize his content to fit the needs of each individual organization. He cares about the success and impact of your event.


Matt Birk grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended Catholic elementary and high school. He was a Cub Scout, a member of the National Honor Society, and played “pretty much every sport there was to play.” After high school, Matt attended Harvard University and earned a degree in Economics. While playing for the Harvard Crimson, he received several football honors, including All-Ivy League and Division I-AA All-American.

Matt was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 draft. Appearing in 228 career games, including 18 playoff contests, Matt spent 11 seasons with Minnesota and 4 more with the Baltimore Ravens. He was named the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his off-the-field service, as well as his playing excellence.

Matt has a passion for children and education, and has focused a great deal of his energy on promoting literacy among the youth in his communities. In 2002, he created the H.I.K.E. Foundation (Hope, Inspiration, Knowledge, Education) in Minnesota. It has grown greatly since then and its initiatives reached over 100,000 children in the Baltimore area in 2012.

After a 15 year career in the NFL and a Super Bowl XLVII win with the Baltimore Ravens, the six-time Pro Bowl Center announced his retirement in February, 2013. In August, 2014 Matt accepted a position with the National Football League and is now the NFL Director of Football Development.

Today, Matt Birk is inspiring, teaching and motivating audiences across America as a national speaker who has long lines waiting to shake his hand the moment comes off the stage. He speaks on the topics of LeadershipTeamwork, and Success. His personality connects with every attendee, his humor brings laughter to the ballroom, and his information is memorable and applicable. Matt takes the time to customize his content to fit the needs of each individual organization. He cares about the success and impact of your event.

Call us today to learn more about Matt and his programs. Your attendees will love him.

Areas of Expertise:



Keynote (up to 90 minutes): $20,000



Matt's Most Requested Programs:

The 7 Choices That Lead to Greatness

Your intentions don't determine your destinaton. . . your path does!  Based on Matt's best-selling book, The 7 Choices are a framework that show you HOW to construct a path that will put you on a trajectory for greatness.

Leading To Win

Star players can win games, but it's the bottom of the roster that ultimately wins championships.  Good leadership reaches everyone and gets them fully engaged in the mission.

What Makes Teams Great

The NFL offers an interesting study into the world of competition.  The League attempts to level the playing field by legislating parity and fixing almost all the variables.  Get an insider's look as to why and how some teams have a competitive advantage, year after year  These principles are easily applied to any business or organization.

Using Your Compass

Navigate through the journey of life using key fundamentals which will allow you to live with more confidence, passion, consistency, and focus.  When you have these things you are equipped to deal with the inevitable challenges, personal and professional, that we all will encounter in life.


"We have been fortunate at Patterson to have had some great speakers over the years at our Leadership Summit, I would without reservation put Matt Birk at the top of this list. Matt's talk was relevant, entertaining, and motivational. People continue to reference Matt's analogies in context of what we are trying to accomplish for our employees, customers and shareholders. Matt not only made us laugh he helped us on our journey to become a better company."  - Scott P. Anderson - Chairman, President and CEO - Patterson Companies, Inc.

“Matt, thank you for speaking at the recent 3M roofing industry event. You were a hit. The group made reference to your warrior comments throughout the rest of the trip. I believe your message resonates because you have built credibility resulting from your down to earth upbringing, as well as your proven dedication and multi-faceted success at the high school, college and professional levels. It's no surprise that the NFL enlists your help on issues facing the league, the players and the retirees. I have no doubt that you will continue to find success with the professional speaking tour. You were very gracious in helping make my event a very memorable one indeed.”  - T. W., National Accounts and Marketing Manager, 3M

"Wow! Matt did an outstanding job at hosting our Encourage Breakfast this spring. This is our most important fundraiser of the year and this years was our most successful ever. Matt has a very engaging presence. He was able to use humor while maintaining a very sincere and deep emphasis on our mission and services. The planning committee enjoyed working with Matt. He is a very down to earth and insightful person." 
Peter Polga, Director, Courage Center

"Having worked in the professional sports industry for 23 years, the best speaker I have been around is Matt Birk. I have had Matt speak to the media, business groups, banquets, civic organizations and community groups among others, and he is always right on message with each one of them. Matt brings a sense of humor along with a message that resonates with each of the crowds that he speaks to."  - B. H., PR Director, Minnesota Vikings

“Matt Birk’s blend of Harvard smarts and NFL experience will score points with any audience. A dynamic speaker and expert storyteller, Matt has a winning style that informs and inspires. Put Matt at the ‘center’ of your next conference or presentation.”  - Harvey Mackay, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive

"Matt is both a star and a beloved personality in our community, so having him as our MC really added to our event. More important than his fame though is how genuine he is, and how he connects with our clients and staff. It was fun to see, and added a very warm touch. One of our organization's values is "the Generous Spirit", and that certainly applies to Matt."  - Jan Malcolm, President, Courage Kenny Foundation, Vice President of Public Affairs Allina Health

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