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WALTER H. JACKSON, Msc.D., author of “ Sporting the Right Attitude: Lessons Learned in a Troubled Family” (for young adults), is a versatile speaker who has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows around the country. "Sporting" is a USA Book News finalist.
Walter grew up in a low-income family witnessing domestic violence between his parents. Jackson was then attracting media attention as a rare Four-Sport athlete who played football, basketball, baseball, track and field. But a fateful car accident stole his promising athletic career, taking away scholarship offers from top colleges around the country. Even worse, doctors predicted he wouldn’t survive his coma and multiple internal injuries. Walter proved them wrong.
But as he struggled to learn to walk again, he grieved his athletic career was over. Just as Walter was making a full physical recovery, he was devastated again. His father was murdered by a stranger.
These incidents left Walter living an angry life, but he knew this attitude was holding him back so he started applying what he learned in sports to his life. “When you get knocked down in life,” says Walter, “Pick yourself up, get back into the game of life...and Sport the Right Attitude!”
As a keynote speaker and trainer, Walter teaches this principles. He is known for his exciting delivery and practical step-by-step action plan. The author masterfully uses humor, personal experiences and story telling to help individuals achieve personal and professional development. In his team-building workshops, Walter energizes participants from passive listeners to engaged learners and propels the most seasoned veterans to discover new ways to capitalize on their strengths, and how to value differences in others.
Walter is co-owner of Self Awareness Trainings, a behavioral consultant company. He often teams with his wife, Janet Alston Jackson (author of “A Cry for Light: A Journey into Love”) facilitating their personal development workshops to thousands since 1993, including law enforcement, managers, parents, teachers, mental and health care professionals, college students, and entertainment industry professionals..
Walter began his career as a Probation Officer for The Los Angeles County Probation Dept. A former commercial Realtor, in 1993 Walter co-founded and was CEO of Believe In Yourself Inc, a non-profit esteem and tutoring program for youths and their parents. He holds a degree in social work from the California State University, at Sacramento, and a doctorate in metaphysics. In 2001, Walter was inducted into the Stockton Black Sports Hall of Fame in California, and has served on the advisory board of the California State Prison.
Walter lives in Los Angeles with his wife. They are the proud parents of three children.