Devon Harris is an international motivation speaker inspiring his audiences to achieve their dreams no matter what obstacles they may face. He is also an author and philanthropist, and will be speaking about the Value of a Woman – A Man’s Perspective.
Devon was born and raised in one of the most violent ghettos in Kingston, Jamaica. This experience, translated to be one of the greatest gifts and lessons he has received which developed his philosophy in life – Keep on Pushing and ultimately his foundation!
Devon tried out for and was selected to the first Jamaican bobsled team which competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Their exploits inspired the Disney blockbuster movie Cool Runnings. Devon also competed in and was captain of the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France and the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.
A graduate of the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England, Devon received a Queen’s Commission in December 1985 and served in the officer corps of the Jamaica Defence Force until December 1992 when he retired as a Captain.
The Keep on Pushing Foundation, which he founded in 2006 aims to support and enhance the education of kids in disadvantaged communities around the globe by providing practical solutions to the challenges that are preventing them from getting educated. Devon also works with Right to Play as an athlete ambassador, supporting Right to Play’s efforts in using sports and play in refugee camps around the world to enhance child development and build community capacity.
During the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Devon was honored by the World Olympian Association and inducted as an Olympian For Life in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to society.