November 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm

Alumni News | Sociology Alum Joins Forbes Coaches Council in 2017

A smiling Dr. Jason Carthen

Dr. Jason Carthen

Ohio University alum Dr. Jason Carthen ’93 has been busy!

He is an international best-selling author of three books, including his most recent, 52 Ways to Tackle Leadership for Your Success! And he created the I Speak Life Academy, which provides high-level training via an online learning portal.

In April 2017, Carthen joined the Forbes Coaches Council, an invitation-only community for leading business and career coaches, giving him the opportunity not only to network with peers, but also to submit articles and tips for

“As I reflect on this tremendous honor,” Carthen said, “I recognize that my passion for speaking, executive coaching and leadership development is all about capturing the heart of people and helping them reach their personal best. The NFL taught me that we all need coaching at certain stages of our lives, but the true test is whether we will make the effort to obtain it and then act on the input we receive from that coach!”

Football with the New England Patriots

Carthen was recruited for Ohio University football in 1989. After earning B.A. in Sociology from the College of Arts & Sciences and a having very successful college football career as a Bobcat, he played for three years with the New England Patriots as an outside linebacker. He was injured in 1995 after signing as a free-agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

A smiling Dr. Jason Carthen tossing a football up in the air

Dr. Jason Carthen

He played for NFL Europe for one more season, then as he says, he answered his true calling, “helping people to achieve their dreams in life and business.”

Return to Academia

A smiling Dr. Jason Carthen in doctoral cap and gown holding his diploma

Dr Jason Carthen

He also returned to academia and earned an M.A. in Leadership and Christian Ministry from Malone University, soon followed by Certification in Business Management from Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University in 2009.

Speaker and Leadership Coach

Known as The Leadership Linebacker™ he is a highly sought-after speaker in the areas of leadership, sales and identifying your purpose in life.

Inc. Magazine featured him for his leadership and he appeared on the cover Notre Dame Magazine for his commitment to Servant Leadership and Emotional Intelligence.

The U.S. House of Representatives recognized him for his civic engagement and he is also recognized by Forbes as one of the top business and leadership coaches in the country.

A smiling Dr. Jason Carthen with Jason Carthen Radio Show logo in background

Dr. Jason Carthen



Discover the Leader in You!” is his highly popular radio show. In November he launched his exclusive online membership site, Speak Life University©,  primarily for entrepreneurs and business owners who want to start or grow their enterprises.

All this while he and his bride Mireidy Carthen grew their family of six daughters. They live outside Cleveland, Ohio.

His OHIO Experience

“At the end of the day I understand that each of us is charged with finding, making peace with and carrying out our purpose in this lifetime,” Carthen says.

“I enjoy the fact that I have the honor of helping people identify their purpose while making sure they perform personally and professionally at a very high level.

“Ohio University taught me as a very young man…17 years old, in fact, that nothing would be given to me in this lifetime, but it could only be earned via hard work, determination and a powerful will to succeed despite my circumstances.

“Whoever reads this…make sure you are chasing after your purpose and ultimately your destiny because others are watching you.”

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