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Mike Rowe
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Mike Rowe
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  • Renowned host of Dirty Jobs and Somebody’s Gotta Do It, Mike Rowe will share compelling insights on America’s lost appreciation for hard, honest work.
  • Founder of mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a charity that rewards people with a passion to get trained for skilled jobs.
  • Named by Forbes as one of the country’s 10 Most Trustworthy Celebrities in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
  • Author of Profoundly Disconnected: A True Confession From Mike Rowe.

Mike Rowe is a TV host, writer, narrator, producer, actor, and spokesman. His got his start in television in 1990 when—to settle a bet—he auditioned for the QVC Shopping Channel and was promptly hired after talking about a pencil for nearly eight minutes. There, he worked the graveyard shift for three years, until he was ultimately fired for making fun of products and belittling viewers. He is best known for his work on the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs and as the main presenter of Somebody’s Gotta Do It on CNN.

Due to Dirty Jobs’ success, Rowe would become known as “the dirtiest man on TV.” He traveled to all 50 states and completed 300 different jobs, transforming cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, ice roads, coal mines, oil derricks, crab boats, hillbillies, and lumberjack camps.

He has narrated hundreds of documentaries about space, nature, war, serial killers, hurricanes, dinosaurs, and how stuff works. As a public speaker, he’s routinely hired by the Fortune 500. He has forged dozens of partnerships with many iconic brands, can be heard as narrator on a variety of series such as Deadliest Catch, and has appeared on commercials for Ford Motor Company.

Driven by a desire to give back. Rowe launched mikeroweWORKS, a PR campaign designed to reinvigorate the skilled trades. He’s written extensively about the country’s relationship with work, the widening skills gap, offshore manufacturing, infrastructure decline, and currency devaluation. In May 2011, he testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee about the importance of changing perceptions and stereotypes around blue-collar work and was asked back to testify to the House Committee on Natural Resources in 2014. In late 2013, Mike and Caterpillar worked together to launch Profoundly Disconnected, an initiative focused on technical recruitment. In 2014 he published Profoundly Disconnected: A True Confession from Mike Rowe. All of the book’s proceeds go to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, to be used for Work Ethic Scholarships and advocacy campaigns surrounding American manufacturing.

Today, Rowe continues to runs the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, which awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in the skilled trades. He is closely associated with the Future Farmers of America, Skills USA, and the Boy Scouts of America, who honored him as a Distinguished Eagle Scout. Forbes identified Rowe as one of the country’s 10 Most Trustworthy Celebrities in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

In addition to his foundation, his website, mikeroweWORKS.org, focuses on all the issues related to the widening skills gap, aging workforce, high unemployment and millions of unfilled jobs. It also provides comprehensive resources for anyone looking to explore those vocations.

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With over 300 different jobs on his resume, Mike Rowe has a wealth of stories and observations to share. As a speaker, he is charismatic, hilarious, and insightful. He is a supporter of hard, honest work—work that does not corroborate the belief that a four-year degree is the sole path to success. In his presentations, he shares his reflections on America’s “war on work” and talks about the true nature of skilled labor, and why it is undervalued—and even degraded—by our society, from media representations to the government.

While he certainly drives in the point that there is lost appreciation for all the seemingly unwanted jobs in America, his mission is beyond giving blue-collar workers the recognition they deserve. He is also an advocate, and speaks on topics regarding the United States’ war on work including America’s dysfunctional relationship to work, national identity, infrastructure, economy, education, and widening skills gap.

Why Dirty Jobs Matter

Why has America declared a war on work? In this talk, Mike Rowe gives an illuminating account of the true nature of skilled labor, and why it's being devalued by the media, advertising, and even the government. Why are people who do dirty jobs some of the happiest people you'll ever meet? How do they achieve a work-life symmetry others can't? What lessons can we learn about teamwork, determination, efficiency, and our definition of success? With conviction, humor and deep humanity, Mike Rowe brings us face-to-face with Americans who are simply doing their jobs, happily and well. In the process, he reminds us of the enormous but forgotten benefits of hard, honest work, and how it affects everything from our national identity to our infrastructure to the economy.

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