Claypool is an accomplished and compelling speaker who has presented to organizations such as the Rotary Club of Nashville, the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Ala., the Education Industry Association, the Education Research and Development Institute, the Arizona State University Education Innovation Summit, Lipscomb University “Conversations with the Dean,” the Missouri State Legislature, and others.

He has been profiled in local, regional and national media, and ChanceLight Behavioral Health and Education (formerly ESA) has been recognized as one of the Inc. 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies four years in a row.

Mark speaks regularly at conferences and conventions about alternative education, leadership, social entrepreneurship and autism.

If you would like Mark to speak to your group, please contact Cate Lewandowski.

 Mark Claypool speaking

Mark K. Claypool


  • Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, Advisory Board
  • Book’em, independent nonprofit children’s literacy organization, Board Member
  • Council for Exceptional Children, Member
  • Education Industry Association, Board Member
  • Education Research and Development Institute, Member
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools Academies Task Force, CEO Champion
  • Penn Graduate School of Education, Advisor
  • Rotary Club of Nashville, Member
  • Special Olympics, Member and Sponsor


  • Entrepreneurship and K-12 Education, Education Industry Association, February 2012
  • Solutions for Alternative and Special Education, Education Research and Development Institute, February and July 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Conversations with the Dean, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire, Lipscomb University, February 2012
  • ESA the Leading Provider of K-12 Special and Alternative Educational Services, Signal Hill, November 2011
  • Educational Services of America – A Company Overview, Arizona State University Education Innovation Summit, April 2011
  • Privatization of At-Risk Education, Bank of Montreal, September 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Destination Diploma: Why We Have to Remove Roadblocks to High School Graduation, Rotary Club of Nashville, Tenn., September 2008
  • Removing Roadblocks to Graduation: Strategies for Improving the Educational Prospects of Our Children and Improving the Economic Vitality of Our Communities, Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Ala., March 2009
  • The Dropout Crisis, Missouri State Legislature, 2009