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Jason Barger

Jason Barger

Jason Barger is a globally celebrated Author/Speaker/Consultant and creator of the "Step Back from the Baggage Claim" Movement - featured in the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Kiplinger, Book TV, and many other spots worldwide. 

Prior to sleeping in airports and observing human behavior, Barger led over 1700 people to construct 125 houses internationally for families living in poverty as well as implemented the Streets Mission Project to serve the homeless on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. As the former Director of First Community Church’s Camp Akita, he designed programming focused on living with joy, love, compassion, faith, and service for over 1900 campers a summer. 

Jason is a graduate of Denison University, where he served as Captain of the men’s basketball team, and also received certification from Georgetown University in Nonprofit Executive Management. In 2004, he was one of five people in Columbus, Ohio to receive a Jefferson Award, a national award given to “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things”. 

Today, Jason and his wife, Amy, and their three children, Will, Benton and Brooke, live in Columbus, Ohio. Jason is a sought-after Keynote Speaker, visionary, and consultant. As founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting LLC, he works with organizations that are passionate about Culture Change, Leadership Development, Innovation, Service, Social Responsibility, and bringing their Mission to life everyday. 

ABOUT HIS BOOKS: The "Business Leader Edition" in collaboration with Howard Behar, the former President of Starbucks, was released in September 2010. The "Healthcare Leader Edition", in collaboration with Dr. Chip Souba, Dean of the Dartmouth Medical School, was released in 2011. In collaboration with Christian Long, Educational Consultant, the "Education Edition" was released in 2012.