What Spins The Wheel

What Spins the Wheel book cover

Entrepreneur. Endurance Athlete. Author. Speaker, Philanthropist. Len Forkas.

In his book, What Spins the Wheel, Len Forkas shares team-building lessons such as the power of forgiveness and gratitude, knowing your limits, and honoring roles. So acclaimed is the book, that Len has been asked to share these lessons in speeches across the United States.

Len has appeared on CNN Anderson Cooper 360, Fox 5- WTTG, Fox & Friends, and WJLA ABC7.

It all started years ago, when Len Forkas learned that his son Matt had leukemia. Forkas immediately began searching for a way to help Matt, now an adult, cope with the debilitating loneliness and isolation that occurs to all children during treatment. At a time when webcam technology was still in its infancy, he pioneered a way for his son to connect digitally to his classmates. In 2003, he founded Hopecam, a non-profit dedicated to providing the same for cancer-stricken children around the world.

Len Forkas speakingLen’s unrelenting dedication to Hopecam compelled him to accept a daunting fundraising challenge. In 2012, he competed in one of the world’s toughest endurance events: Race Across America, a 3,000-mile, coast-to-coast solo bicycle race that participants must finish in 12 days. Len finished in 11. In What Spins the Wheel, Len describes the management challenges and what he learned as he fought through the scorch of deserts and the joint-wrenching cold of 11,000-foot mountain elevations, propelled by an effective all-volunteer team that supported him around the clock.

In the News

Fox and Friends Interview

Anderson Cooper 360 Interview

What People Are Saying

Robert Meyer

Just a quick Thank You for hosting and inviting me to your breakfast this week. It was an outstanding presentation by Len Forkas. I am telling people it was one of the best I have ever heard, and I have heard many over my long years, The message itself, his delivery, and his modest demeanor rated the talk an A+. As opportunities present themselves, I will recommend him as an inspirational and motivational speaker..”
— Robert Meyer

Joe Kernan

“Len has taken the opportunity to document a self-imposed yet purposeful experience that few have either the motivation or the courage to embark upon. Precipitated by a difficult medical event in his family  and manifested in a relentless commitment to his program to keep medically isolated students in a classroom environment,  a cycling challenge moved Len to places of discovery and reinforcement. Len’s experiences in teamwork, courage, perseverance, resilience and self-challenge remind me of attributes most valued and salient in the Naval Special Warfare community.  A story underscored by an unwavering commitment to his family and Matt, prepare to be inspired.
Vice Admiral Joe Kernan, US Navy SEAL, (Ret)

Thomas Murphy

“Always, whether in business, politics or life, when a person tries to do something new, there are those giving a hundred reasons why it won’t work or you shouldn’t even try…  Len Forkas’ book captures  the essential ingredients necessary to succeed in the face of  timidity. Regardless of what you do now, it is a read that will change your perceptive about what you CAN do!”
Thomas Murphy Jr., Senior Fellow, The Urban Land Institute and Past Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA

Janet Fitch

Mr. Forkas was not only inspirational, but instantly connected with our 100+ attendees. His energetic and thoughtful engagement was noticed and continued to drive a dynamic and positive experience for our team throughout our two day event. He was able to successfully relate his personal experience to our team with ease, humor and humility.
— Janet L. Fitch, Chief of Staff, Booz Allen Hamilton

Jack Dale

“While What Spins the Wheel was gleaned from an amazing, exhaustive bike ride across America, the leadership story is timeless and universal in its application.  As a leader of a large United States school system, Len’s message applies to the important work of the leadership team, the school board and all the businesses serving the community.  Len’s message to us all is an inspiration. Thanks Len for sharing your insights on leading.”
Jack Dale, former Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County, Virginia