BM – Co-Founder of Rise Together.

Speaker. Trainer. Certified Coach. 

Anthony Alvarado is on a mission to rid the world of hopelessness by empowering others to strive toward their full potential. 

In his inspiring and interactive style, he challenges audiences to identify their strengths and let go of the storylines that are holding them back from living a life filled with purpose.  

He is the President of RISE TOGETHER, a non-profit that is on a mission to prevent addiction by educating, engaging, and empowering youth to use their voice for change; breaking the silence around addiction and mental health.

Often seen as a disruptor, Anthony is one of the most sought-after speakers today. Since fall of 2013, he has traveled over 300,000 miles, taken the stage more than 350 times, and spoken to 160,000+ people in a variety of settings. He started with one goal: to help save lives.  By 33, Anthony has already been identified by FORBES as a movement builder and featured with his team, RISE TOGETHER, and their work to inspire hope. Work also starred in Huff Post, USA Today, NPR, PBS, NBC, ABC, CW14, FOX, and more. 

As a speaker, Anthony speaks to audiences from all parts of the community and has worked with state and local organizations including public schools, businesses, prevention coalitions, police departments, hospital associations, foundations, including such groups as SAMHSA, NSC, NAADAC, ATTC, HHS, DCF, DOE, and DPH. 

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Anthony has been recognized for his service in recovery by James Carroll, Director of the White House Office of the National Drug Control Policy. Also for his commitment to humanity and expertise by Senator Tammy Baldwin, for leading change and decreasing stigma statewide in Wisconsin from Rep. John Nygren, for preventing addiction in youth by Rep. Amanda Stuck, and given the honorable “Exemplary Service” award from The Outagamie County Pre-Action Network.


With his team, he has received an Official Proclamation from Appleton's Mayor Tim Hanna to recognize September 12 as “Rise Together Day” in honor of Rise Together’s dedication to the community.

It's amazing what can happen when someone finds their life's purpose! 

Anthony is empathetic and I believe a safe person to talk to about anything, sees the good in people, and believes there is goodness in all others. 

I see Anthony as a leader in every room he enters and is at his best when he is modeling true vulnerability.  He knows how to love others unconditionally, is changing the world, and an expert in pain and fear.

Greatness, true greatness! I see humility. I see someone who says "I can & we can". Anthony is confidently vulnerable, someone that makes me feel safe and secure in my own skin. A man of openness and acceptance

Unpacking Emotional Baggage - letting go during the shitstorms of life

Participants of this short talk will hear real-life examples of adventure, failure, and triumph and walk away with a new perspective of how to:

  1. Stop, lean in, and embrace the mess. 

  2. Find your internal map through self-awareness.  

  3. Survival toolkit: mantras, mindset, self-care, and more.  

Life isn’t always easy, but when we take the right steps to overcome emotional baggage we learn to identify our feelings, process our emotions, and let go.

Stressed Out? How to find help when feeling overwhelmed.

Nearly 90% of adults, 70% college students, say they are experiencing emotional distress or anxiety according to a study in 2022. It is no secret that people’s mental health has been greatly impacted over the past two years due to things like the COVID pandemic, inflation, their finances, various forms of grief, or missing what was, parents, being maxed out, students being at a loss, and now War - leaving many of us feeling overwhelmed. 


Participants will learn practical steps to help prevent feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and stressed while hitting on key takeaways such as:

  1. Signs of burnout. 

  2. How to take a mental break. 

  3. Easing stress by taking action. 


We can learn how to handle stress, even in the most stressful situations, in healthy ways that go beyond eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly.

Creating Healthy Habits in a World of Distractions

People today seem to have more distractions than ever before with social media, multitasking, activity addiction, and the laundry list of daily tasks that seem to pile up. Participants will learn how to change the habits that will change their life while benefiting from key takeaways like: 


  1. Don’t expect perfection. 

  2. Commitment ebbs and flows. 

  3. One habit to the next. 


There are plenty of habits for success. From morning routines to your favorite exercise regime, healthy habits are more than self-care.  Learn how to form lasting healthy habits & drop unhealthy habits that are holding you back. 

Your Story Can Make a difference: advocate for mental Health and addiction recovery

Sharing stories can make you feel alive, confident, aware, courageous, compassionate, and more connected to others. Whether you are sharing your personal account or your business story, what you are telling others matters. Good storytelling doesn’t only help people remember you, but it also can motivate and encourage people to encourage others. Advocacy itself is a powerful and important catalyst for change. In this powerful, interactive talk, Anthony Alvarado will show you how to make a long-lasting impact on the world around by providing key takeaways from the past 10 years of working in the community such as: 

1. The science behind storytelling. 

2. The power of language and influencing others. 
3. Personal advocacy vs. community action. 
5. Choosing the platform that works for you. 
6. Get others to join your movement. 

When we start speaking out, we often find out that we are much more alike than we are different. Since getting launched, Anthony has helped thousands of young people share their stories and inspire others to create social change and now he is teaching others to do the same. 

Some recent speaking engagements

Key presenter at the 51st Annual ASAM Conference - Innovations in Addiction Medicine and Science w/Penn State College
Key presenter at 34th Annual National Prevention Conference 
Keynote @ The Now is the Time Conference 2018 @ UW Whitewater

Keynote @ Mind, Heart, and Teaching Symposium @ UW Oshkosh

University of Houston: ARHE's 9th Annual Collegiate Recovery Conference 
Marian University 
SAMHSA's New England ATTCs Adolescent Conference: Effective Approaches to Engaging & Treating Teens
SAMHSA’s “Road to Recovery” expert panel in Washington DC
The National NAADAC Conference

NEIAS of Addiction Studies State Conference “2016 New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Treatment”
Young People in Recovery National Leadership Conference
Wisconsin's and the Las Vegas Statewide Recovery Rally
UW Marshfield Mental Health State Conference
Northwoods Coalition Statewide Mental Health Conference
WI State Mental Health Conference
WI Statewide School Resource Officers Conference
Statewide Childrens Juvenile Justice Conference
Wisconsin Family Based Services Association Conference
Nurses Association WI State Conference
United Way Teen Symposium
Pre-Action Network Prevention Conference
Human Service Association Statewide Conference