Born a twin in low-income Liberty City, a section of Miami, Florida, Les Brown and his twin brother, Wes, were adopted at six weeks of age by Ms. Mamie Brown, a single woman who had very little education and financial means, but a very big heart. As a child, his inattention to schoolwork, his restless energy, and the failure of his teachers to recognize his real potential, resulted in his being mislabeled as a slow learner. This stigma stayed with him, damaging his self-esteem to such an extent that it took him years to overcome this obstacle. Les has had no formal education after high school, but with persistence and determination, he has initiated and continued a process of unending self-education that has distinguished him as an authority on human potential. In 1986, Les entered the public speaking arena on a full-time basis and formed his own company, Les Brown Unlimited, Inc. The company provides motivational tapes and materials, workshops, and personal/professional development programs aimed at individuals, companies, and organizations. Utilizing powerful delivery skills and crystal-clear insights to teach and inspire people to new levels of achievement, Les has truly come a long way in becoming one of the world's leading authorities in understanding and stimulating human potential. Les Brown’s passion to learn, and his hunger to realize greatness in himself and others, helped him to achieve greatness. He rose from a hip-talking morning DJ to broadcast manager, from community activist to community leader, from political commentator to 3-term legislator, and from a banquet and nightclub emcee to premier keynote speaker. As a renowned public speaker, author, and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. Les Brown was the recipient of the National Speakers Association's highest honor: The Council of Peers Award of Excellence. In addition, he was selected one of America's Top Five Speakers by Toastmasters International. He recorded his first in a series of speech presentations entitled “You Deserve,” which was awarded a Chicago-area Emmy and became the leading fund-raising program of its kind for pledges to PBS stations nationwide.