As an Emmy award-winning and celebrated anchor, Quiñones is about as polished as a speaker could be. With a foundation in real poverty and a real understanding of the challenges of immigration and integration, John is received as an inspiration and an example of what we can all be – regardless of our roots or station. John offers answers, anecdotes, and personal examples of how to even approach the question of what to do, how to formulate a plan of action once you decide what to do, and how to see it through to fruition.

Having grown up in a poor family of migrant workers to eventually become ABC's first Latino correspondent and a seven-time Emmy Award winner, Quiñones shares his powerful story with audiences around the country, encouraging them to pursue their dreams regardless of socioeconomic barriers, emphasizing the role education played in his own success, captivating and inspiring audiences to strive for their goals, and challenging his audience with the all-important question of what would you do to achieve them?


  • What Would You Do? Words of Wisdom about Doing the Right Thing
  • From the Barrio to Network Television: The Power of Never Taking "No" for an Answer
  • What Would You Do? Changing Ethics in America
  • A 20/20 Vision of Hispanic America
  • The Power of Education

For more information on bookings and availability contact American Program Bureau (APB) at 617-614-1600.

2016 Commencement Utah Valley University

2016 Commencement Utah Valley University


John was a great fit and we had great guest feedback! He shared his story and understood our organization enough to put it all into alignment. The guests felt his warmth, serious message and soft humor. He was able to convey a great message about listening to the voice in your head and do something. John was very warm with all our guests. He was fabulous at connecting with our sponsors and donors at the reception the night before. He was so approachable and signed the books provided by a local book seller... Together, there was a lot of social media buzz especially on Facebook. I’m still hearing the buzz in the community about what a great event it was!

-Metropolitan Development Council

It was AWESOME. We had over 200 students, administrators and community members. In fact, a few people were visiting in South Bend, learned of the lecture and attended. They noted how much they enjoyed it... John was gracious and expressed deep appreciation for our students. Two of my student interns went with me to pick him up. We gave him a riding mini-tour of campus. He was engaged with them the entire time. He was the same during our sponsor and student dinner.  I would highly recommend him to other colleagues and will for a national board I am on.


The John Quiñones event was wonderful. We had nearly 700 attending. John was very gracious with his time. In addition to visiting two Business Law classes, he met with our TRIO students and others working for small startup companies. He happily posed for about 100 pictures with various guests.

-Xavier University, Heroes of Professional Ethics Lecture Series (College of Business)

Mr. Quinones was great! The audience really loved his honest and relatable stories. Thank you again for all of your assistance.

-Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs, Baylor University

John was amazing! The students and the Waco community greatly enjoyed him. He interacted with anyone he could from the time he stepped foot on campus to the time he left. The students have not stopped talking about how much they enjoyed having him on campus for this event. I could go on for days on positive feedback we have received about Mr. Quinones. I want to thank APB for working with us to make this event happen.

-Baylor University

I saw your address at the University of Washington Bothell. I also watched Steve Ballmer at University of Washington and President Obama at University of California, Irvine, and I enjoyed your talk the most.

-Audience Member

It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday! I want to thank you again for coming to Seattle to be our keynote speaker. I have had nothing but rave reviews over the speech you delivered to our students! Even a couple of our Regents said “that was the best commencement address I’ve ever heard.” You were terrific!

-Director of Ceremonies, University of Washington Bothell

John was a gracious guest: very accommodating to our many requests and very friendly! He was especially patient with ‘fans’ of all ages, posing for photographs and signing books with personal touches. He really took his time with students and engaged them with natural charisma... Regarding the breakfast lecture specifically, many (written) participant evaluations indicated that breakfast guests were truly “inspired” by John’s stories and message. 

-Cardinal Stritch University

Having Mr. John Quiñones on our campus during Hispanic Heritage Month was absolutely delightful. He is most definitely what we call a “people’s person;” humble, motivational, and real to his audience. He spoke from the heart about real issues that we Latinos face. He was able to inspire and connect with a diverse audience in a very special way. At the end of the lecture, he took the time to take photos and give autographs... This was a one-of-a-kind event. Mr. Quiñones received a well deserved standing ovation.

 - Academic Services & Diversity Coordinator, Kansas State University

Thank you for your presence and presentation yesterday, John. It was a pleasure being part of the audience for your wonderful remarks, and to witness the way you engaged and inspired our students. Best wishes from your many new friends at Colgate!

- Colgate University

The 11th Annual ALSAME Academic Preparation Conference was a huge success. I wanted to personally thank you for suggesting John Quinones. The students loved him!

- Central Michigan University

 Great storyteller. Inspiring. Good examples used. Extremely interesting speaker. He’s the reason I attended. Excellent.

-Diversity Counsel Program attendee, Wisconsin

On stage now is our 2014 commencement speaker, John Quinones! #UWBgrad14

Posted by University of Washington Bothell on Sunday, June 15, 2014

Event emcee John Quiñones from ABC's "What Would You Do?"

Posted by Boston Children's Hospital on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

John Quinones, anchor of "What Would You Do?" is delivering the keynote address.

Posted by San Antonio ISD on Wednesday, August 20, 2014