Michael A. Folkes has become a public speaker whose heartfelt messages never fail to inspire. A childhood of poverty, starvation and abuse did not keep him from aspiring to a far better life. And he succeeded! Today, as a corporate CEO, his mission is to encourage children, teenagers and even adults, to fulfill their own dreams. Michael created the Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Hamilton, Ohio to enable him to achieve this mission.

The Melbourne & Michael Folkes Foundation’s vision is to help people create
their own pathway to success by recognizing and embracing the opportunities
that exist around them both here in the U.S. and abroad.

In his effort to pay it forward to his childhood alma mater, Mount Waddy Primary School in Friendship, Jamaica, Michael has implemented four initiatives at the school and in the community:

1. Sustenance Farming to foster economic development.
2. Auditorium Project to create a competitive platform to the students.
3. Educational Assistance Programs to improve educational opportunities.
4. Medical Care to provide health and wellness.

Michael and his organization are giving back to our local, national and international communities in more ways than one. With a no borders, no boundaries mentality Michael, through his MIC WAY (Mighty in Character) platform is collaborating with local institutions and organizations such as:

1. Big Brothers and Big Sisters
2. Boys and Girls Club
3. Educational institutions

He makes a difference in the lives of the younger generation by identifying and nurturing MIC leaders and entrepreneurs, our future leaders! Michael is using his MIC speaking platform in corporate America, educational
institutions and other arenas to inspire hope, ambition and aspiration to change lives.

Charitable donations are accepted towards Michael’s speaking engagements and will be much appreciated.

Checks should be made payable to and mailed to:
Melbourne & Michael Folkes Foundation
P.O. Box 425
Hamilton, Ohio 45012
Attn: Cindy Hillard

"The road to success is paved with challenges and adversities. There can be no great success without them."- Michael A. Folkes