Kyle Horn is founder and director of America’s Job Honor Awards, and an advocate for our nation’s untapped workforce.

While working in the staffing & recruiting industry, Kyle was deeply affected by his meetings with job seekers who struggled with employment barriers including disabilities, immigration challenges and criminal convictions. Convinced that our nation’s labor shortage can be mitigated by tapping into this neglected talent pool, he stepped away from his corporate career to launch America’s Job Honor Awards: A nonprofit celebrating people who overcome employment barriers and the employers who hire them. The organization has grown into a multi-state movement with national recognition.

Kyle’s mission is to rekindle hope and energize the work ethic across the nation, by celebrating a new kind of hero.

“In the midst of America’s talent shortage, it’s time for employers to get serious about our untapped workforce. People who overcome criminal convictions or challenges such as disability are not only highly qualified employees, but frequently they demonstrate remarkable work ethic and loyalty.”
– Kyle Horn, Founder & Director, America’s Job Honor Awards


Kyle was the ending keynote speaker at our Disability and Employment conference … He was FANTASTIC! The crowd was on their feet giving him a standing ovation for his presentation! Kyle is a dynamic speaker who is able to capture an audience from beginning to end!  – Michelle Krefft, Director of Business Engagement, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation

“Kyle is a proven dynamic speaker with a passion and a professional intensity that commands serious attention … It is this passionate presentation style that makes Kyle stand out as a master presenter.” – Theresa Gordon, Life Coach


“Stunning job with the awards. Very moving and inspirational. Well done.” – Meg Schneider, Senior Vice President, Regional Business Development at Greater Des Moines Partnership



Our nation’s dwindling workforce is cited as the chief threat to our future prosperity, but there’s good news: the solution may lie in our own backyard. America’s Job Honor Awards founder Kyle Horn provides unique insights into our workforce crisis, proposes innovative solutions, and shares the moving stories of honorees who have overcome significant barriers to employment.

Audience: Employers, policymakers, job developers, human resources professionals


It’s been said “The past is a foreign country: They do things differently there.” Kyle Horn shares the fundamental characteristics of people who escape their pasts and win jobs. Along the way, he shares the moving stories of people who overcame barriers to employment and found success in the workforce.

Audience: People with employment barriers (e.g., criminal convictions, disabilities, immigration challenges, etc.) and the providers who coach them.


Do we say “Money can’t buy happiness” while secretly hoping it will? Our pursuit of self-esteem and materialism has created self-obsessed – and miserable – Americans.  Kyle Horn makes a powerful case that rich and meaningful lives are achieved by following a different path.

Audience: Everyone! Especially relevant for graduating students.