The Man

Overcoming adversity and turning obstacles into stepping stones is the expertise of author, speaker, and philanthropist, Yannik McKie.

At age 11 Yannik suffered the heartbreak of his parents’ divorce and learned that both Mom and Dad were HIV positive. By the age of 15 Yannik lost both of his parents to the deadly AIDS disease. Overcoming such adversity has helped Yannik earn his reputation as an expert on how to overcome life’s toughest challenges. Yannik’s amazing life story has been featured on numerous media outlets including ESPN, The Huffington Post, The New York Daily News, Good Day Atlanta, and many more.

“We brought Yannik in to speak to the football team and his talk was about having character, integrity & mental toughness. He is building a new legacy for families daily!”
Thomas C. Settles III
Chaplain UGA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
“We invited Yannik to be the keynote speaker at our Maximize Potential Conference and we were extremely pleased with the outcome! We would highly recommend Yannik for any event.”
Nic Panghorn
Assistant Director Residential Programs, Clemson Youth Learning Institute
“Author Yannik McKie was an excellent and informative keynote.”
Nashia C. Whittenburg
Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs, St. John's University
“Regardless of age group or atmosphere, Yannik is able to adapt and make his life lessons suitable for any audience. We were so impressed with him…”
Tianna Williams
Paine College, Presidential Scholar

The Message

Making the future brighter for today’s young adults, by teaching them how to become NEXT LEVEL LEADERS by TURNING THEIR PROBLEMS INTO PURPOSE.

Most Requested Talk

How to become a successful leader by changing your perspective (Look), growing from the problems you face (Learn) and turning your adversity into an advantage (Launch).
(Look, Learn & Launch)

✓ How successful leaders handle challenges
✓ The dangers of a negative attitude
✓ The importance of perseverance & never giving up

Most Requested Workshop
“Adversity Creates Purpose”

This workshop teaches the leadership principles Yannik used to overcome the challenges he faced after losing both of his parents to AIDS at such an early age. These principles are used by some of the world’s most successful leaders. This workshop stresses the importance of positive decision making during difficult times, the power of a positive attitude, and how to use adversity to your advantage!

The Movement

The McKie Foundation is a nonprofit corporation committed to helping people overcome their challenges and maximize their potential!

The McKie Foundation is a non-profit corporation, led by Yannik McKie, who is committed to helping families in our communities turn their tragedies into triumphs.

A portion of all proceeds generated by the Yannik McKie Corporation go to supporting at-risk youth through the McKie Foundation. The McKie Foundation is a nonprofit c501 (c)(3) corporation committed to helping at-risk youth overcome their problems and achieve their purpose!

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