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

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself - three strategies to survive the sh*tstorms 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. Lean in and embrace the uncomfortable mess. 

  2. Unpack what you don’t need.  

  3. Stop before you begin your new journey.   

Life isn’t always easy and when we find the right people, at the most important time, maybe a therapist or two, we can not only survive but thrive (even post-2020).

How Your story can change the world

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.

In this powerful, interactive talk, Anthony Alvarado will show you how to make a long-lasting impact on the world around you.  

Using the latest neuroscience research, he’ll show how to capture people’s hearts and connect them with their brains: by using your story. Participants will be motivated to start creating their story-lines and learn how to leverage the power of language to influence thought and create action.

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 story and inspire others to create social change. 

How connection can Change Everything

Envisioning a prosperous future is exciting, but when the going gets tough, many communities struggle to deliver the resources necessary to engage and provide support when needed most; leaving kids behind to fall through the cracks. While today’s youth are struggling with increased stress, pressure, and the ripple impact of trauma in their lives, it is crucial to building connections to engage young people and their families today.


In this powerful and dynamic talk, Anthony Alvarado will show you, your team, and your community how to make a long-lasting impact by empowering youth and creating opportunities for everyone to express themselves, voice their ideas, and provide input into projects or programs. Through this peer-delivered approach, it is encouraging young people to make positive choices in their lives by finding their voice and ways to express it.


Learning Objectives:
How to create safe and supportive environments that encourage people to build relationships, ask for help for the first time, receive guidance, engage with resources, and motivate others to take action.

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