Chief Encouragement Officer for Cartmill Communications, Jim Cartmill is a professional speaker – with an educator's heart! He addresses thousands of students, parents and educators nationally and internationally every year.

Overcoming tremendous obstacles, Jim Cartmill knows the struggles people face and he knows how to transform adversity into winning behaviors and attitudes. A successful communicator, coach, educator and business consultant, Jim has dedicated his life to helping others achieve their full potential.

His professional speaking career includes workshops and keynote presentations to over 1 million people at local, state, national and international conferences and events including the National School Boards Association, California School Boards Association, American Association of School Administrators, California School Leadership Association and numerous board, administration, student, certificated and classified presentations.

Jim has had the privilege of sharing the speaking platform with Former National League Baseball pitcher Dave Dravecky, 3-time Olympic gold medal winner Gail Devers and internationally recognized speaker and author, Dr. Denis Waitley. His radio and television appearances include an education interview with Roger Hedgecock, frequent "substitute teacher" for the nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh show.

Jim communicates his experiences with a passion for life that will make a difference. His presentations are humorous, entertaining and rich with real-life illustrations. But they're much more than that. He has a unique ability to provide an emotional and inspirational message that touches the hearts of people. Acclaimed for both his content and delivery, Jim can capture a crowd, make them laugh, and send them home motivated to create positive change and get the results they want. He'll lift your group to a higher level.

Jim has served six terms on the Sweetwater Union High School District Board of Trustees. The Sweetwater District is the largest secondary school district in the nation serving 80,000 students and 4,500 employees in our middle schools, high schools and adult schools with an annual budget of $350 million dollars.

During his service as a school board member, Jim Cartmill has worked to increase academic standards, developed a community service program, balanced over $1 billion dollars in budgets and established educational partnerships in China, Europe and Mexico. In addition, he currently serves as a statewide delegate for the California School Board Association. Other initiatives include:

  • Compact for Success – The first program in the nation to guarantee admission and tuition to the local state college for students who meet the requirements.
  • Education Summit – Annual community event that attracts over 1,000 people to collaboratively discuss and develop goals and priorities for the school district.
  • School Leadership Teams – Implemented School Leadership teams in each school site to maximize student achievement.
  • Teaching Standards – First district in the state of California to have performance indicators and benchmarks written into a union-ratified teacher contract.

Prior to his election, Jim Cartmill coached the Bonita Vista girls’ tennis team—a group that included all-American and nationally ranked players—to an undefeated 87-0 league record. He also was the "mental/motivation coach" for Rhoni Barton, 1997 National Overall Water Ski Champion.

He and his wife Cindy are both Sweetwater District graduates, and he is a graduate of San Diego State University. He has a daughter, Blythe Marie, who is a Junior at a Sweetwater Union High School District school and a stepson Jason, who served three tours of duty in Iraq, Kuwait, and Kosovo as a field medic in the Army during the war.