Billy Mills

Billy Mills

Keynote Speaker: Second Native American to Win an Olympic Gold Medal & Co-Founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth

Billy Mills Biography

Billy Mills is the only American to have ever won the Olympic gold medal in the 10,000-meter run. A Lakota Sioux raised in one of the poorest communities in America, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Mills was orphaned as a young boy, facing prejudice and cultural discrimination most of his childhood life. It was through a running scholarship to the University of Kansas that he was able to leave the reservation.

While in college, Mills accepted a commission as an officer in the US Marine Corps, which allowed him to cultivate his winning spirit and rich heritage. He began by running 30 miles a week and eventually worked up to 100 miles every week. Basic training and an excellent track and field program helped Mills qualify for the 1964 Olympics in the 10,000-meter run and the marathon. His victory in the 10,000-meter run is often called one of greatest upsets in Olympic history.

In 1983, Mills' quest for excellence was released on the big screen. Running Brave, starring Robby Benson as Mills, follows his life from childhood through his Olympic victory.

Mills is a national spokesperson for Christian Relief Services and has helped raise over $300 million. He is also the founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth, an organization that helps Native American youth programs.

Since the 1964 Olympic Games, Mills has become one of the most empowering Olympic speakers on the platform. He has helped thousands of corporations and associations throughout America reach within the depths of their capabilities and perform to the greatest of their potential. Mills has appeared in a number of television commercials and has made numerous appearances on shows such as the Discovery Channel's Ultimate Athlete, HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and countless other athletic specials. He has also published articles in Visions Magazine, American Athletics Magazine, The College Digest Magazine, and Sports Travel Magazine.

In 1990, Mills published Wokini, Lakota for "new life, a life of peace, and happiness." In it, Mills discusses achieving happiness and urges readers to embark on a personal journey to find satisfaction in life. Wokini blends traditional Native American beliefs with modern therapeutic principles.

His latest work is Lessons of a Lakota, published in 2005.

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Billy Mills Videos

Footprints | Billy Mills | TEDxYale
Footprints | Billy Mills | TEDxYale
Billy Mills: ​The Wings of an Eagle
Billy Mills: ​The Wings of an Eagle
Billy Mills 10000 Meter Gold Medal
Billy Mills 10000 Meter Gold Medal

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Billy Mills is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Billy Mills for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Billy Mills generally travels from Sacramento, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Viola Davis, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Rashida Jones and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Billy Mills for an upcoming event.

Billy Mills Videos

Footprints | Billy Mills | TEDxYale
Footprints | Billy Mills | TEDxYale
Billy Mills: ​The Wings of an Eagle
Billy Mills: ​The Wings of an Eagle
Billy Mills 10000 Meter Gold Medal
Billy Mills 10000 Meter Gold Medal

Billy Mills Reviews

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    American Chemical Society - Dec 01 2020

  • We had a wonderful exchange of information via email, talked several times, and things went extremely smoothly! Great experience!!
    National Center for Families Learning - Oct 16 2017

Billy Mills Speaking Topics

  • Footprints

  • The Pursuit of Excellence

    Sharing his personal schema for success, Billy Mills explains how he has been able to unleash the passion and energy within himself to achieve phenomenal success in sport and life. Recalling his legendary 10,000 meter run—the greatest upset in Olympic history—he outlines his value-based concept on how dreams come true, a system which continues to inspire thousands of individuals across America today.

  • Global Unity

    Our world is changing: entire governments have been dismantled, new governments created, existing governments redesigned, universities re-engineered, and businesses reconstructed. Billy Mills shares what remains constant in our ever-changing world and explains how this consistency is our key to global unity.

    He takes his audience on a compassionate and powerful journey through time, weaving stories of his young life as an orphaned Native American child living in poverty and coming face to face with racism, and explains that it was the daily choices he made in life, not just the talent he possessed, that led to his quest for Olympic glory.

    In this powerful presentation, Mills explains that it is the journey, not the destination, that shapes us as individuals and unites us as a people.


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