Daniel Armstrong

Daniel Armstrong


Daniel Armstrong’s presentation and out of the box thinking was just what our team needed.


— Celeste M. Alleyne

Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs West Region & US YouthSpark and Education Lead Microsoft Corporation

Daniel Armstrong’s Find A Tree workshop inspired me to stop making excuses and to pursue my dreams today, to be a better team player and to become the catalyst to my own success.


— Aaron Batts

Product Presentation Specialist Nike West Coast Headquarters

Daniel listened and absorbed what the person’s dream was and where they wanted to go. Every obstacle the person was throwing up he was able to bat down through a series of questions, ideas and concepts.


— Jim McGrann

President VSP Vision Care

Daniel Armstrong is one of those truly gifted motiva- tional speakers who is a role model for our students. He has walked his talk and is especially valuable in inspiring our students... to make a positive difference in the world.


— Elizabeth J. McGregor

Associate Head of School The Buckley School Sherman Oaks, California

Daniel Armstrong’s presentation is unbelievable and very inspirational...especially good for children.


— Byron Scott

Three-time NBA World Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and NBA Head Coach

Mr. Daniel Armstrong is a passionate and persuasive communi- cator, an instinctive and energetic leader, a charismatic and commanding intellectual and physical presence, and an inspiring role model to all who aspire to the extraordinary.


— Ronald L. Davis

Teacher of Secondary Mathematics Los Angeles Unified School District


Daniel coaches from a point of strength. He believes that everyone has a strength, something they are good at and after finding that strength he builds on it. His Find A Tree program is truly a step-by-step guide to recognizing a dream and making it a reality.


— Dr. Sharona Cohen

Psychologist Marriage and Family Therapist

Using the tools and lessons Daniel taught me, I have started companies, non-profits, and manage significant amounts of money at J.P. Morgan.


— Mathew Fournier

President The Fournier Group


Daniel Armstrong is the Human Potential Coach who helps individuals achieve their dreams, corporate teams bond and students succeed.

Daniel’s mission is to inspire and mentor both youth and adults to pursue and actualize their dreams. His personal journey toward success began as a child growing up in Compton, California, where his commitment to both athletics and academics led him to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Columbia University in New York City, followed by his Masters in Business Administration and Juris Doctorate in Law degrees from UCLA. All of Daniel’s collegiate accomplishments formed the foundation for his impressive professional career.

As a student at Columbia, he founded The Coalition for a Free South Africa, which led to Columbia becoming the first university with a significant endowment to resolve to divest from Apartheid South Africa, according to former Columbia president Michael I. Sovern.

In 2018, Daniel was named one of the top student leaders at Columbia over the past 50 years. Daniel has always been committed to pioneering change. His experience with international affairs grew while studying youth development as a Ford Foundation Fellow in Zimbabwe in Southern Africa. With that work, Daniel made a significant impact on the region’s social climate by spearheading the largest multi-racial gathering in the young country’s history, following 20 years of civil war: a national tour by the Harlem Magicians basketball team. Daniel would go on to serve as an international liaison to the president of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, by organizing the Los Angeles portion of his visit to America in 1995.  After that, Daniel continued his overseas work, facilitating business development projects in Ghana in conjunction with Korean multi-national corporations. It was during this time that Daniel’s true career calling became apparent.

While coaching youth basketball in Ghana, Daniel encountered two local boys who dreamed of one day opening their own school. He encouraged them to look beyond their challenges and to “find a tree and start their school there.” This simple motivation inspired them to act. Their actions captured the attention of a local businessman who afforded them a building to house their school—effectively bringing their dream to fruition. With that, the Find A Tree program was born.

Returning to the United States, Daniel recognized that American youth were also facing very unique challenges that prevented them from maximizing their potential. He saw the opportunity to make a difference by empowering youth to overcome obstacles and act with a sense of urgency and confidence in pursuit of their dreams.

Daniel’s Find A Tree program has been a huge success to date, tackling the US education crisis by providing empowerment programs to thousands of students and teachers across the country and championing rehabilitation within Los Angeles juvenile detention centers.

Between his book, How To Live Your Dreams: Find a Tree and Get Started, his entrepreneurial ventures, and his growing work with Find A Tree, Daniel continues to be a true example of the greatness an individual can accomplish when he or she dreams and then finds a tree and gets started.

Speech Topics

"How to Live Your Dreams." In my presentations I highlight a few of my Find  A Tree Principles and tell stories around a Principle. If you would like, I can send you a list of my 19 Find A Tree Principles and standard slide show. I tailor this topic based on my audience. 

"Why Wait? Get Started on Your Dream!" - In this video, following my speech I interact with a corporate manager showing her how to kick start her dream, instead of waiting until she retires

Speaker Fee Range



Why Wait? Get Started  on Your Dream

Helping People Live their Dream

Corporate Testimony

Youth: "Hope for American Education"

This documents my work with youth and its impact on students, schools, and educators