Speaker Series

Alex Sheen founded 'because I said I would' and created the "promise card” in 2012 in his father’s memory as a way to honor his father’s commitment to keeping promises. ᅠ Eventually Alex would decide to resign from his corporate position in order to advance the mission of ‘because I said I would.'


Alex now gives speeches around the country on behalf of 'because I said I would' in order to fund the work of his nonprofit organization. ᅠ He and his philanthropic work have been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, the TODAY Show, Steve Harvey, CNN, The LA Times, Fox News, and HLN. ᅠ He has spoken to audiences ranging from the world’s largest consulting firm to school assemblies.



Alex Sheen

Founder, because I said I would

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Tim Madigan

Journalist & Author

Imagine a world where people wake up every day with the knowledge that they matter.  With the time Garth has left – he has committed himself to help create this world.


Shortly after his daughter, Emma, turned twelve, Garth learned he had kidney cancer.  Determined to make the time he had left meaningful, he made a promise to compile years’ worth of notes to give his daughter through her high school graduation.  What he did not know is that promise would become a book – Napkin Notes.


Most people refer to him as the “Napkin Notes Dad.” It is a title he takes pride in as it represents a lifetime of relationship building – not just with his daughter but with everyone he meets.


For more information, visit www.napkinnotes.com

Garth Callaghan

Father, Author, Speaker

Remembering how they lived

Calyx and Beau Schenecker Memorial Fund. 2017