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Justin Forsett            

CEO, Co-Founder of Hustle Clean, NFL Pro Bowl Running Back

Former National Football League (NFL) running back Justin Forsett was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2008 and played for seven teams in nine years, including the 2014 Pro Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. Known for his speed and agility on the field, he is now a respected leader and businessman off the field. An award-winning speaker, he shares his stories of sacrifice, setbacks, and success.

A Florida native, Forsett was determined to play in the NFL. Despite his 5'8" stature, he broke several high school records and earned a college scholarship to Cal where, as a senior, he was named to the First-team All-Pac-10 Conference.

Forsett retired from the NFL in 2017 and moved from the backfield to the boardroom. The company he co-founded with college teammates even appeared on ABC's "Shark Tank." Although they did not get a deal, they used the feedback to rename, rebrand, and relaunch their company. Now known as Hustle Clean, and with Forsett as CEO, this multi-million dollar wellness company sells all-natural body wipes and personal care products online and at major retailers.

Speech Topics

The Underdog Hustle to Entrepreneurial Success

How one NFL Pro-Bowl player went from inventing a product in a locker room to serving people in the community, and how a simple body wipe became a brand on a mission.

“Good things come to those who wait, but only the things left over by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

Justin Forsett’s journey to successful entrepreneur reads like a movie script, complete with the charismatic leader forging a career after nine years as a professional NFL player.

Justin always viewed himself as an underdog. As a seventh-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the 5-8, 195 pound-running back was working out multiple times a day just to be able to sustain his career.

With so many periods of the day allotted to training, he didn’t always have time to shower before team meetings. Just as Gatorade helps with hydration and Muscle Milk helps with recovery, he sought something that would quickly treat hygiene.

“I wanted to come up with a solution,” said Forsett, the CEO and founder of Hustle Clean. “There was nothing in the personal care industry that speaks to the athlete.”

While still playing with the Seattle Seahawks, he conceptualized a body wipe — a disposable, anti-bacterial wash cloth that removed sweat and body odor. And he then commercially marketed it in 2014.

What started as a quick alternative to showers, ShowerPill, which Forsett, a graduate of Harvard business school’s executive training program, founded with his Cal-Berkeley football teammates Wendell Hunter and Wale Forrester, has been rebranded as Hustle Clean to meet the larger demands of the personal care industry rather than just face and body wipes.

The company landed on Shark Tank in 2018, and although the team didn’t secure an investment, the exposure helped accelerate sales. Last year, Hustle Clean brought in more than $1 million in revenue. Justin inspires the resilient and relentless to keep grinding. The thick skin he developed playing football has helped prepare him to venture into a world where just 1% of venture-funded startup founders are Black.

When you push past your comfort zone, despite the unknown; when you go for greatness, giving it all you’ve got…that’s hustling.

SELECT TAKEAWAYS Set yourself up for success. Investing in your dream starts with investing in yourself. Bet on yourself. Develop a lifelong determination to achieve, lead and continue in trying times. Surround yourself with the right people and unleash the full potential of your greatest resource: relationships.

Invest in “social capital”. Be kind to people, find ways to serve others and make others better around you. When the going gets tough, the tough keep hustling. You simply can’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Focus on leaving a legacy, invest in things that matter, and set bigger goals ie: building generational wealth and closing racial wealth gaps.

Greatness Grows Best In The Shadows: A Story Of Perseverance And Hope

You’ve heard the expression, “It's not how many times you get knocked down that count; it's how many times you get back up.” Now imagine getting “knocked down,” or in this case, fired, eight times in nine years…AND STILL coming out on the VERY TOP of your game.

Justin Forsett is a product of persistence.

"Undersized and overmatched,” Justin went from poverty to peak performance through hard work, grit, perseverance, and hope.

In his riveting presentation, you’ll learn the tools you need to not only overcome just about any obstacle, but also thrive through it and come out a winner.

CUSTOMIZED TO THESE THEMES: Leadership, Inspiration, Motivation, Diversity, Entrepreneurship, Teamwork, Resiliency, Goal Setting, Sports, Success, Breakthrough Faith-Based presentations available upon request.

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