A Conversation with Matt Mayberry


1. What grades did you attend school in District 61?

I attended grades K-8.

2. What school years did you attend at Eisenhower Junior High?

1999 – 2002

3. What are some special memories of your time spent at Mark DeLay and Eisenhower?

The relationships and guidance that I received from my teachers and coaches were special to me. They helped me tremendously in my development as a young man and set me up for success down the road.

4. Who were some of the memorable teachers you had and why?

I can honestly say that all of them made a difference in my life in some way. I am so thankful for every single teacher that I had.  It is impossible to single out just one.

5. What clubs, sports or extracurricular activities were you involved in?

I played basketball at Eisenhower.

6. If you could say anything to the current students of Darien District 61, what would that be?

Dream big! Having big goals is what pushes us to get out of our comfort zones and achieve great things in life.  One of the biggest advantages I have had in my life was consistently having huge goals and dreams. I always envisioned myself making a tremendous difference in the world.

7. Where did you live when you attended school in District 61?

I lived on Ironwood Avenue in Darien.

8. Where do you live now?

I live in downtown Chicago.

9. What are some accomplishments and noteworthy activities since leaving District 61?

A scholarship to Indiana University for football, playing for the Chicago Bears, publishing a book, columnist for Entrepreneur and Fortune magazine, starting my own business, and speaking all over the world to some of the biggest organizations.

10. What are some of your current involvements, including jobs, activities, hobbies and interests?

CEO of Matt Mayberry Enterprises, a training and consulting company.

I am a keynote speaker and author. Hobbies include travel and reading.

11. What are your plans/goals for the future?

I want to help millions of people unleash their full potential and change the world because of the way I lived my life.