“The greatest gifts, you will find inside.” – Xerxes Whitney
Look within and choose to accept, embrace and celebrate your very essence, so you can live a life full of joy and freedom.
Xerxes’ live speaking engagements will help you own your circumstances and bust through challenges, empowering you to transform your shame, insecurities and weaknesses into strengths.


Born with cerebral palsy and given a name he can’t pronounce, Xerxes has been successfully navigating unique challenges his entire life. He learned that seeking validation from others is a never-ending, futile pursuit and made a choice to see the good in life regardless of his circumstances. Instead of running away, he chose to run to the truth of who he is at his core and through introspection, found true happiness.


Xerxes is an award-winning teacher, championship coach, five-time marathon runner, two-time published poet and a coveted motivational speaker. He has been inspiring thousands of people for over 20 years by sharing his personal story of triumph. It is his mission to help people live their best lives, as their authentic selves. To book an engagement, call (415) 238-7820 or email

Xerxes will touch your heart, your mind, your spirit

"He will draw your best self out of you and inspire you to live from that place." - Julie Hanna, Chair of the Board, Kiva