Michael Lee also known as Motivational Mike was born in the small town of Tribbett, MS. At an early age he migrated to Flint, MI and attended Ainsworth High School. After receiving an MVP football award he moved to Miami, FL to live with his parents.
On March 31, 1984 his life began to change for the worse. I went from MVP to DOC with a life sentence for First-Degree Murder! I thought I would never see the outside world again, but God had a plan.
Recalling May 12, 1995, while watching the 5 o’clock news, Mike learned that his mother had been murdered. That’s the day he became a MAN. My mother, Pastor Mary Ann Hughes, was a God-fearing woman, so he decided to follow her footsteps by starting a non-profit organization called OPERATION HEAL with the focus on at-risk youth , the homeless, and re-entry after incarceration. Mike wanted his mother to be proud of him, and after serving 27 1/2 years he was destined to be a motivational speaker, and Motivational Mike was born.
Mike is a member of the Miami-Dade Re-entry Task Force has worked with Ft. Lauderdale Police Department with their youth program. He has had the opportunity to speak at Bethume-Cookman University, and Wyden Rogers Hallandale (FL) High, in which he also had the pleasure of working with the world’s richest graffiti artist David Choe. He was honored with the Father of the Year award at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on the beach, and also honored by the OIC at the Royal Fiesta.