LifeSkills Foundation Founder, 'Famous Dave' Anderson

Dave Anderson, is best known as “Famous Dave” ...the founder of Famous Dave’s of America, with over 180 restaurants and growing, Famous Dave’s restaurant has received unprecedented recognition as one of the “Hottest Concepts in America” by Nation’s Restaurant News reaching over $480 Million in sales. He has helped found several publicly traded companies on Wall Street creating over 20,000 new jobs and billions in sales.

Dave has appeared on all major networks NBC, CBS, ABC including: Regis and Kathy Lee, CNBC’s The Next Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, the Discovery Channel, the Food Network, FOX Morning Show, and The Travel Channel.  NASDAQ honored Famous Dave’s of America for the 15th year Anniversary by ringing the NASDAQ Bell and featured Famous Dave’s on The World’s Largest 10 Story TV on Times Square!  Dave’s life story was featured on a Special Oprah Winfrey Show honoring six individuals who made a special difference in the lives of others. Dave received Oprah’s Angel Award for his leadership work with at risk youth.

Dave’s life story has also been featured in several best-selling books on the New York Times Best Seller List…Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur’s Soul features The Famous Dave Story as their first story in the bestselling book. Nationally recognized Leadership Guru John C. Maxwell uses Anderson’s life to sum up his book Failing Forward. Motivational expert Zig Ziglar features Dave’s “Against All Odds” story in his bestselling book on Success. Dave’s own cookbook Famous Dave’s Backroads and Sidestreets Award Winning Recipes won “Best Barbecue and Grill Cookbook” by The National Barbecue Association and is in its third printing.  After much demand… Anderson authored Famous Dave’s LifeSkills for Success which has received high praise and endorsement by Anthony Robbins; Mark Victor Hansen of Chicken Soup for The Soul; and Gene Kranz of Failure Is Not An Option, The story of Apollo 13.

Not always 'Famous'
Life wasn't a smooth road to success for Anderson, this highly successful entrepreneur was in the bottom half of his high school class.  Throughout his adult life he had many business failures and struggled with alcoholism.  Deciding that he would turn his life around, Anderson earned his Master’s Degree from Harvard University without an undergraduate degree and has received an Honorary Doctorate Degree for his life’s work.

In 2002 Anderson founded the LifeSkills Center for Leadership with the intent on giving scholarships to other eager Native youth so that they would also have the opportunity to go to a world class leadership workshops. With a gift of $1.5 Million...Dave and his wife Kathy founded The LifeSkills Center for Leadership, and have had the chance to watch youth go from passive members of their schools and communities transform into bold leaders that have direction and focus. 

The LifeSkills Mission
LifeSkills foundation has a revamped mission, as the demands of schools and communities are always changing.  The foundation provides scholarships to students or schools to provide multicultural youth with leadership development opportunities. 

If you would like information on how to obtain a LifeSkills scholarship, please email us.

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