January 22, 2018

Steven Campbell ~ Author

Steven Campbell - Author - Writer - Speaker - Mentor

After working in hospital administration for twenty years, Steven Campbell acquired his Masters at the University of San Francisco and went on to pursue his greatest love… teaching. As both a university professor and Educational Dean in Northern California for another 20 years, he now shares the latest research on how our brains conform to the messages we give it. Understanding this opens doors to create more success in our health, personal relationships and in our businesses.

As a member of the adjunct faculty, Steven teaches his psychology class, Your Amazing Mind: Rewiring Your Brain for Success, at Sonoma State University. Steven also writes a column for The Community Voice Magazine and is the author of Making Your Mind Magnificent – Flourishing at Any Age.

He is a mesmerizing speaker and everyone who has the great fortune of hearing him speak will walk away with a new understanding of how we think and what we can do about it. It’s not magic…it’s science!


  • Rewiring Your Brain for Success – This talk is an eye-opening look at the latest research on how our brains conform to the messages we give it. When we optimize those messages, our brains will literally rewire themselves again to create new, positive self-images of who we want to be. Understanding this opens doors to create more success in our health, personal relationships and in our businesses. It’s not magic…it’s science!
  • Changing How You See Yourself – An astounding look at the origins of your self-images; one for every skill, talent, aptitude, skill, passion and capacity you have. We learn that although you cannot remove them, YOU CAN CREATE NEW ONES, as discovered by Dr. Eric Kandel’s research, for which he received a Nobel Prize.
  • Creating Goals that Work – We learn the reason goals are so important, and how our self-images are based solely on what we say to ourselves – about ourselves, and what others say to us do not become a part of us until we agree with them.
  • Changing Your Have-To’s to Want-To’s – An amazing presentation at the correct motivation for change. There are in fact two: “Restrictive” and “Constructive.”  Restrictive actually holds you back, while Constructive (“I don’t HAVE to do this, I WANT to. I like what I’m becoming, I LOVE what I’m doing, and it’s MY idea”) actually drives you forward.
  • Learned Optimism – We consider the work of Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman out of the University of Pennsylvania, and how people CAN learn to be more optimistic by changing the way they think, especially during the hard times many of us are now facing (job loss, bankruptcies, sickness, etc.)
  • When We Get Discouraged – We explore the work of Drs. Albert Ellis and Robert Harper on Cognitive Psychology and how our feelings do NOT come from what happens to us, but from our beliefs about what happens to us.  We then discover how we can change those beliefs.


  • Rotary 2011 Interact Leadership Conference – Keynote
  • Rotary 2010 District Convention – Keynote
  • State Farm Insurance  – Keynote
  • Kiwanis Clubs of Oakmont, Napa & Healdsburg
  • Soroptimist Club of Santa Rosa
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Groups, Northern and Southern California – Keynote and All Day Seminar
  • North Bay Association of Realtors – All Day Seminar
  • El Camino Community College in Los Angeles – Keynote
  • Napa County Office of Education – Keynote
  • Drug Abuse Alternatives Center – Four Series of Ten Workshops, Keynote  at  Annual Fundraisers
  • Alzheimer’s Association – Northern California and Northern Nevada- Keynote
  • MedLite Weight Loss & Wellness in Santa Rosa
  • Head Start Program in Santa Clara County – Keynote
  • Ensearch Management Consultants
  • TOPS (Taking Pounds Off Sensibly) – Keynote
  • Oakmont Gardens – Four Series of Ten Workshops on Making Your Mind Magnificent
  • Aegis of San Rafael – Ten-Workshop Series
  • Merrill Gardens of Rohnert Park – Ten-Workshop Series
  • Chancellor Place of Windsor – Ten Workshop Series
  • Varenna in Santa Rosa – Four Series of Ten Workshops on Making Your Mind Magnificent
  • Oakview of Sonoma Hills – Ten-Workshop Series
  • Aegis of Napa Assisted Living – Ten-Workshop Series
  • Merrill Gardens of Sonoma – Ten-Workshop Series
  • The Carlisle of San Francisco – Ten-Workshop Series
  • Lodge at Paulin Creek – Ten-Workshop Series
  • Aegis of Corte Madera – Ten-Workshop Series
  • Heffernan Insurance
  • Somerford Place – Senior Community Living
  • Rotary Clubs (District 5150) Ignacio, Fisherman’s Wharf, Sausalito, Tiburon-Belvedere, Mill Valley, San Rafael Harbor, Novato, San Rafael, Burlingame, Foster City, Mission San Rafael
  • Rotary Clubs (District 5130) Petaluma Valley, Sebastopol Sunrise, Napa, Calistoga, Glen Ellen-Kenwood, Santa Rosa, Napa Sunrise, Santa Rosa West
  • Rotary Clubs (District 5170) Niles Fremont, Dublin, Los Altos, Campbell, San Leandro, Morgan Hill, Fremont, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Santa Clara
  • Rotary Clubs of (District 5160) Vacaville, Vallejo, Pleasanton North, Alamo, Pleasanton
  • Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce
  • SIR (Sons in Retirement) Branches: 92 Oakmont, 147 Petaluma, 76 Santa Rosa, 22 San Rafael, 100 Petaluma, 35 Los Altos, 122 San Rafael, 1 San Mateo, 68 San Rafael, 58 Petaluma, 132 Rohnert Park, 157 Healdsburg, 134 San Rafael, 47 Tamalpais,  142 San Mateo
  • Job Seekers: ProMatch, CSIX Connect, Career Action Ministries, Job Connections, Phase2Careers, Marin Professionals, Experience Unlimited Contra Costa County, SING (St. Isidore Networking Group), Connect*Work*Thrive Conference – Keynote
  • Successful Thinkers Network – Alameda/Oakmont, Fremont
  • San Mateo BEST Connect – Chamber of Commerce Educational Program
  • Tri-Valley Consultants Forum
  • BACN (Bay Area Consultants Network)
  • TRAIN Tracy Resource And Information Network
  • SHARE (Social and Health Agency Resource Exchange)
  • CALA (California Assisted Living Association)
  • O’Connor Woods Senior Living – Staff + Residents
  • Golden Gate Breakfast Club
  • Tri-Cities Marketing Council
  • VREN (Valley Real Estate Network)
  • Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project
  • Commonwealth Club
  • Dale Commons
  • Oakland Berkeley Association of Realtors
  • Contra Costa Library/Danville
  • Bay East Association of Realtors/Alameda Chapter
  • Washington Township Men’s Club
  • REAL (Real Estate Alliance of Livermore)
  • Realtor Marketing Association
  • Contra Costa Association of Realtors
  • Kindango Wellness Day
  • Paul Olbrantz Business Group
  • Career Action Ministries
  • Security Pacific Real Estate
  • Contra Costa Real Estate in Motion
  • Menlo Church
  • WORK Petaluma
  • Alain Pinel Realtors
  • Hogan Land Services


“Steven Campbell served double-duty as Kidango’s Keynote Speaker at our annual Wellness Day event and a breakout session leader for the event. Steven brought his experience to life during his keynote with engaging stories, fantastic exercises, and the perfect balance of humor and wisdom. His keynote was the highlight of many of our attendees’ days, and in a room of almost 450 people, you could hear a pin drop during his lecture. As a session leader, Steven covered a wide range of topics not covered during his Keynote so there was no risk of duplication. Many who loved his Keynote and attended his sessions were equally impressed with both, and we’ve already had requests to bring Steven back for future events. Throughout the day, Steven was remarkably professional and approachable, holding many conversations during transition times and making sure all attendees to his sessions were made aware of additional resources. His energy level never dropped, and his genuine enthusiasm was contagious. Most importantly, every attendee left his lectures and sessions with actionable items they could begin implementing into their lives immediately. Steven was a joy for our entire organization, the perfect kickoff to our Wellness Day event, and an absolute pleasure to work with. We cannot recommend Steven highly enough. ”
~ Izzy Goldman, Kidango

“Without reservation, this was the best presentation I’ve seen in many years. Some years ago, I heard a presentation by Lou Holtz, the famous football coach, and many of the things he said have stuck with me and been useful going through my life. I would rank a presentation by Steve Campbell to be of that same caliber. Steve is a wonderful mentor and guides the audience on a journey of self-awareness and personal growth. It would be impossible to not be happier after hearing him speak, and I will carry a few of his insights on personal happiness with me for the rest of my life. I liked him so much, I bought two of his books….one to keep and one to share with important people in my life.”
~ Richard Almini, President & CEO, Legacy Mechanical & Energy Services, Inc.

“Steven’s talk about re-wiring your brain for success was terrific! It was informative, thought provoking and his presentation was perfect for our group. It was obvious that loves what he does, enjoys sharing and isn’t there to just sell books. Though there was a line up of people purchasing after the meeting! Incredibly genuine, warm and engaging. One of our best speakers this year! Thank you Steven.” 
~ Barbara Benotto, Board of Directors: Public Relations, REAL (Real Estate Alliance of Livermore)

Thank you so much for your amazing presentation last night at the Danville Library! I’ve been booking and promoting library programs for a few years now. I think yours was the greatest I’ve ever seen — not just for your message, but for your abilities as a speaker as well. That’s no exaggeration. You can quote me on that if you want. I wish you the best of luck in your life and work. And I’d love to have you back here at the Danville Library any time we can make it happen.”
~ Jay Oliver, Librarian, Contra Costa County Library-Danville

“It is not very often that we have a speaker talk to our Realtors about how our brains function. Well we did and Steven was fantastic! he had everyone deeply engaged, he was funny and best of all I believe that he may have changed some lives by opening up their minds to change the way they think. I highly recommend him to speak to any audience.”
~ Jack Burns, Speaker Chair, Security Pacific Real Estate

“I have been the leader or co-leader for SING for nearly 15 years. I have heard over 500 speakers during this period. Steven’s talk will stand as one of our standouts…not just for our members but for me as well. I came to the meeting with a number of unresolved issues on my mind. Steve’s “Okay…I don’t care” line hit me like a ton of bricks and helped me get resolution the next day. I have since used this and his metaphors with several people I mentor.”
~ Thomas M. Loarie, Speaker Chair, SING-Transition Ministry of St. Isidore Catholic Church

“Steven was outstanding. It took only about 5 minutes into his presentation when I knew that were in for a wonderful ride….as I scanned the audience, I saw many smiling and nodding their heads in affirmation. His topic quickly tapped into some underlying challenges that we all struggle with. He frequently referenced his sources, authors and experts in the field to further punctuate his points and theories. The use of his personal stories and experiences made his presentation human and relatable. It was very apparent that his presentation was very carefully crafted over a long period of time to come to this superb finished product. I can only speak from a subjective point of view, but his presentation was by far the best we’ve had so far.
~ Scott Chambers, DC, Program Chair, Rotary Club of Niles Fremont

“Steven was a great guest speaker at our branch. We surely give him a grade of A++ ”
~ Frank Schwarz, Big Sir, Sons in Retirement Branch #1 San Mateo

“I’ve been meaning to contact you about Steven Campbell’s presentation to our club, but I wanted to wait until I could really sit down and tell you how AMAZING we thought he was! Steven’s presentation on “How We Learn” was inspiring, thought provoking, and perfectly executed.  He has an incredible way of turning science and complex theories into accessible and easy to understand information.  He is a phenomenal teacher who truly knows how to engage his audience.  I feel I can speak for the group when I say that we all left his presentation with a better understanding of ourselves and the power of our thoughts. Thank you very much for arranging for him to speak to our club!”
~ Megan Mordecai, Administration Chair, New Generations Rotary Club of Santa Rosa

“While in graduate school I was an assistant speech and debate coach. I tend to be a bit judgmental at conferences and judge speakers like I’m at a collegiate tournament (not a trait I’m particularly proud of but nonetheless). You, kind sir, are one of the best speakers I’ve heard in a good long while. You held that room’s attention even though you had a tough time slot, directly after lunch. Did you notice when you were closing you could hear a pin drop? Many thanks for a terrific, possibly life altering, afternoon!  I needed to hear your words. I think that picking your session was quite likely a “God thing.””
~ Carol Pickard, Attendee, CALA Conference 2016

“Steven’s presentation was dynamic, engaging and entertaining. We all walked away with some great information that we could all use personally and professionally. I think everyone, young and old, should listen to one of his talks to help them live the life they dream of…it’s possible using some of the techniques he shared!”
~ Kelly Miller, Programs, TRAIN Tracy Resource And Information Network

“Steven Campbell had the Chamber members spellbound with his engaging style and subject matter.  He has the right mix of science, story and humor that keeps everyone interested and looking for more information.  I had no idea that our minds were so powerful.”
Pam Stafford, Rohnert Park City Council Member

“Bottle him up and let every caregiver have a case!”
~ Northern California Alzheimer’s Association

“I have been traveling, but postponed leaving for Colorado so I could hear Steve talk, and I am glad I did. His explanation of how our brains process what we tell it was eye opening, and undeniable when you think about it. Thank you very much for arranging his speaking to us.”
~ Ed LaBarre, Program Chair, Rotary Club of Sausalito

“When I first heard Steve, it seemed that after he started speaking, suddenly it was over! He was fabulous and his ideas where amazing, I bought his book and literally started reading it while I walked away after his presentation.”
Michelle A. Douhitt, Sacramento, CA

“In all my years as a practicing psychologist I have attended many seminars on the brain and behavior….but none quite like yours. “Intelligent Heart” is such an apropos name! Your style of presentation is so intellectually and emotionally palpable it’s actually scintillating at times. The material seems fresh and exciting even if it already familiar. Everything comes alive.”
~ Kelley Shawn Dolan, Ph.D

“Stephen came to our Rotary Club, and gave a very captivating presentation. He had his audience at full attention within the first 2 minutes of his presentation. His topic was of a nature that was very new information for our club members. I highly recommend Stephen if your group needs a speaker.”
~Dee Patel, Program Chair, Rotary Club of Vacaville

“I think it would be safe to say that Steve changed several people’s lives after listening to his presentation. I would recommend Steve as a lecturer, speaker, or mentor to anyone interested in improving his or her life of business career. If you ever have the chance to go listen to one of Steve’s presentations, DO IT. You will not be sorry.”
~ Michael Sinatra, Service Category: Writer/Editor

“Steven was everything you said and more. He was entertaining, funny, thought provoking, informative and very personable. I can see why people flock to a full day seminar with him! Every comment so far has been positive!
~ Mike Hoffman, Program Chair, Rotary Club of Foster City

“Within 30 minutes, I learned a few actionable tips from Steven on how to get my brain working for me in a positive way to remove self-limiting beliefs and begin a new life today.”
~ Edward Niu, Rotary Club of San Leandro

“Steve has the ability to “strike home” with the manner in which he presents his topic “How We Learn” which leaves you thinking “‘Huh, how come I didn’t know that?” He has a gentle way of persuasion. Our group already wants him back to speak on the topic of “Feelings”.”
~ Hilary Toyryla, Speaker Chair, Job Connections

“Steven is engaging and an all pro speaker. He knows how to take over an audience and keep them interested. I would recommend him for any audience of any age.”
~Chuck Seebock, Little Sir, SIR-Sons in Retirement Branch 147 Petaluma

“Steven presents a clear roadmap for how we might better utilize our most important asset, our brain. His simple-to-understand lecture makes it easy for anyone to walk away with a game plan to improve their cognitive capabilities and learning skills.”
~ Boku Kodama, Director, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, San Rafael

“Steven combines scientific information with an entertaining delivery which makes for a captivating presentation. There were several people from our Rotary Club who asked for his contact information so that they could schedule him to speak at other organizations. I highly recommend him to any group that is looking for a speaker or motivational workshop leader.”
~ Tina Orsi-Hartigan, Rotary Club of Los Gatos

“Steven’s presentation hit all the right notes and was well received. He is able to take a large amount of information and synthesize it for the group. He works the room well and has plenty of humor mixed in. Very solid presenter with only 30 minutes. Impressive.”
~ Dick Bugarske, President, Kiwanis Club of Healdsburg

“He was perfect…..I looked at the faces in the crowd and they were all focused and engaged in the topic…..and he knows how to hold em. I think he sold a bunch of books too……once again you have provided me with a winner.”
~ Bob Nuell, Little Sir, SIR-Sons in Retirement Branch 22 Ignacio Pacheco/San Rafael

“Steven reinforced for me the study of the brain that I have spent my whole life working on. Just about the time I get it…something comes up that catches me up in my own negative behavior. I KNOW many people who spoke to me after the presentation felt the same way. He truly is a gift to all of us working hard to stay on the right path! I have his CD in my car and I look forward to playing it every time I shut the door.”
~ Rafaela Morillas, Oakmont Kiwanis