The Power of Perseverance and Resilience with Marques Ogden (NFL player and author of Success Cycle)

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 5:00 – 6:00 PM UTC

This fireside chat features former NFL offensive lineman Marques Ogden as he shares his ups and downs of the Success Cycle, going from the founder of an award-winning construction company to bankruptcy, losing $2 million in 90 days and then bouncing back from his darkest hours to eventually become the best selling author of the Success Cycle and a motivational speaker.

About this event

A little background about Marques: in 2003, he was drafted into the NFL as an offensive lineman. After 5 years of playing in the league, he decided to retire and pursue a career in construction and contracting. At the age of 27, Marques founded a construction company, Kayden Premier Enterprises. The company had fast growth and in 2010 Marques won The African American Subcontractor of the Year Award in the state of Maryland. Yet, in the end, his business went bankrupt, losing almost 2 million dollars on one project in a matter of 90 days.

During his darkest hours, Marques pulled himself together, got a part-time job as a custodian and with hard work and determination became an inspirational keynote speaker, executive coach, best-selling author, and marketing leader, helping to build the success of others.

The event includes a virtual fireside chat with Marques Ogden, and an audience Q&A session. A copy of Marques's book is included with every paid ticket.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM UTC


5:00 PMIntroduction and thank you to sponsors
5:05 PMFireside Chat and audience Q&A with Marques Ogden
5:50 PMNetworking and community shoutouts