Motivational Speaking

Monte Stiles is a highly sought-after motivational speaker who has inspired countless audiences in the United States and abroad through his multi-media presentations. By combining almost three decades of experience as a federal drug prosecutor with a passion for wildlife and outdoor photography, Monte can provide your organization with valuable insights about everything that is wonderful about life – a world full of amazing people, beautiful landscapes, fascinating creatures, and boundless opportunities. The end result is a powerful and unique message of hope and inspiration.

“I spent most of my professional life fighting against drug abuse and those who profit from it. As the lead prosecutor for the federal Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force, I was an eyewitness to some of the darkest aspects of  humanity – criminal organizations that traffic in human misery through the sale of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and other harmful drugs. Through interviews of  thousands of drug users, I know that boredom is often cited as an excuse for early experimentation with drugs or other destructive behavior. In my view, the cure for boredom is to tap into the sense of wonder we all experienced as little children. In the end, this is infinitely more satisfying than anything the drug culture can offer.”

Through real life experiences and award-winning photography, Monte’s presentations will provide a vivid contrast between the dark world of addiction and a life filled with a sense of wonder and awe for the world around us. His services include keynote addresses, corporate and law enforcement training, drug prevention programs, and nature photography workshops.

What others are saying:

“Attendees told me that they thought this was the most inspirational meeting they have ever attended . . . I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from teachers, leaders, and children of the community about your presentation. I am absolutely positive that you have made a difference in our communities.” Association of Idaho Cities.

“Monte exceeded everyone’s expectations as a speaker; he was extremely prepared and kept the audience riveted with his clear and succinct message.”  Clearwater Power Company.

“Monte had them laughing one moment and serious the next.” International Association of Law Enforcement Planners.

“His presentation to our workforce was well received as he is truly a gifted speaker and obviously very passionate about the message he delivers.” Potlatch Corporation.

“Your message was captivating.” Mayor of Preston, Idaho.

“Not only was he able to hold the several hundred attendees’ attention for over two hours, no less than 50 individuals approached him after the meeting with more questions and comments.” City of Shelly, Idaho.

“When a speaker can hold 1,100 high school students’ attention for 90 minutes, he has speaking skills.”  “He did a wonderful job, and I have heard nothing but rave reviews from staff and students about the impact he made on all listeners.”  “Our students appeared spellbound while listening to his presentation.”  “I watched as students approached him after the presentation and opened up their lives and hearts to him in a way they had not done before.” Various school officials.

“The evaluations that came back on your presentations were great! Everyone said you were the best and would like to hear more.” School Superintendent Annual Meeting.

“Monte was very informative and made a significant impact on our club members and guests . . . his attitude is contagious.” Gem State Kiwanis.

“One of the most interesting programs we have had, if not the most interesting.” Boise Vista Lions Club.

“You are a gifted speaker with the unique ability to fill your listeners with your own passion for the cause. You have the unique ability to relate to student of all ages, as well as adults from all walks of life. You deliver your message with such passion and intensity, that it is impossible not to get caught up in your enthusiasm.” Cascade Police Department.

Booking: Monte’s availability for talks is limited and booking is best done well in advance. Rates are based on event type, audience size, travel distance, and other relevant factors. Discount rates are available for schools and charitable organizations.

Monte’s presentations will be tailored to fit your needs, whether it is for an hour or an entire day of training.

For more information, email your requests to or or call (208) 841-6682.

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Monte Stiles Biography

Monte Stiles served his entire professional career of 28 years as a state and federal prosecutor. For the past 24 years, as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Idaho, he supervised the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force – a group of agents and prosecutors who investigate and prosecute high-level drug trafficking organizations, including Los Angeles street gangs, Mexican cartels, and international drug smuggling and money laundering operations. Working closely with foreign, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, Monte has traveled extensively, including multiple trips to Hong Kong and Thailand, and travel to Fiji, Canada, and other countries. In 1995, Monte completed a six-month detail for the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. where he served as Special Counsel to the Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. His primary assignments involved domestic terrorism, violent crime, juvenile justice, and narcotics. As a result of his expertise, Monte has taught advanced narcotics and money laundering for the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. He has also been an instructor at numerous international crime seminars, teaching prosecutors, judges, and police officers from Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, Montenegro, and Croatia.

One of his proudest personal and career achievements was the organization and implementation of the statewide “Enough is Enough” anti-drug campaign which produced community coalitions in every area of Idaho. In addition to the prosecution of drug traffickers, Monte has been a passionate drug educator and motivational speaker for schools, businesses, churches, law enforcement agencies, and other youth and parent organizations.

Over the past 28 years, Monte has been recognized by various groups for his role in drug prosecutions, drug education, and other community service, including: (1989) an award from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in “recognition of dedication and commitment to the effective enforcement of criminal statutes relating to financial crimes”; (1990) the Idaho Department of Law Enforcement Director’s Award for “exceptional contributions to Idaho’s drug enforcement efforts”; (1995) the United States Department of Justice award for volunteer service in the community; (1996) the Attorney General’s Award for Participation in Litigation; (1997) the Boise River Festival “Pride of Boise” award; (1998) the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force award for “outstanding efforts that have materially contributed to the attainment of the highest standards of cooperative law enforcement and justice in the United States of America”; (1999) the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force award for “outstanding support, leadership and dedication to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program”; (2001) the Association of Idaho Cities Boyd A. Martin award “in recognition of exceptional contributions benefitting city governments in Idaho”; the “Seven’s Heroes” award presented by KTVB (NBC’s affiliate television station in Idaho); (2007) recognition from Drug Free Idaho for work in drug prevention and education; (2009) a national Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force award for Operation Northern Passage; and (2011) the Idaho State Bar Professionalism Award for “outstanding cooperation, respect, diligence, candor and competence” in the practice of law. Monte received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.

He served a two-year LDS mission in Korea before completing his law degree at J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1982. In his personal life, Monte has served as a commissioner on the Boise Parks and Recreation Board, as a Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Advisor, and Explorer Post advisor for a local Boy Scout organization, and as an adjunct professor for 10 years in the Criminal Justice Department of Boise State University.

Because of Monte’s passion for nature and wildlife photography, his images have been featured on the cover of magazines and in articles about the great outdoors, which has led to other opportunities as a highly sought-after speaker on the subject of photography, with recent presentations in Phoenix, Arizona, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Portland, Oregon, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Hudson, Massachusetts.

In April 2011, Monte left government service to devote all of his time to drug education, other motivational speaking, and nature photography. Monte and his wife Sandi live in Boise, Idaho. They are the proud parents of five children and nine grandchildren.

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Monte Stiles Photography

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After spending almost 30 years in law enforcement, and seeing the darkest aspects of the human condition as a federal drug prosecutor, a passion for nature photography gave me an opportunity to re-discover everything that is wonderful in life – a world full of amazing people, beautiful landscapes, fascinating creatures, and boundless opportunities.  Whenever possible, I spend my free time seeking beautiful landscapes, climbing mountains, tracking wildlife, and capturing it all with my camera.  My passion for photography has grown into its own business, allowing me to share special moments in time through my images and speaking opportunities.  Please feel free to visit my website at

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Motivational Speaking and Drug Education Presentations

Monte’s presentations can be geared for any audience, and can be tailored to fit your needs, whether it is for an hour or an entire day of training. Topics include motivational speaking, drug coalition training, school assemblies, education for the general public, photography, and corporate training relating to substance abuses issues, leadership, and risk assessment. For more information, please see the following video:

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Motivational Speaking – World Class Speakers Bureau

Monte Bogus FinalI am very pleased to announce that I have joined the World Class Speakers Bureau with gifted international speakers Doug Dvorak, Sol Hicks, Neal Peterson, Corry Collins, Robert Zuckerman, and Matt Potratz.

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Through the Eyes of Children – The Starfish Story Retold

I have always loved the classic story of a little boy who was throwing starfish into the ocean when he was approached by an old man. After observing the boy’s actions, and a beach covered with helpless starfish, the man told the boy that he couldn’t possibly save all of the starfish and that it didn’t “make a difference.” The little boy then picked up another starfish and explained: “it makes a difference to this one.”

For a long time, I have wanted to depict this inspiring starfish story through photographs. Recently, Sandi and I took two of our grandkids to the beach in Southern California, told them about the boy and the starfish, and then watched them act it out in their own magical way.

The following video is the result. If you are inspired by this story, please pass it along and make a difference in someone’s life today. Monte

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