If you had to sum up the life of Dr. Gabriel Warren in one phrase, it would be that he has displayed resounding resiliency. As a person who came from humble beginnings, being the fifth child of seven children, Dr. Warren learned at an early age to not back down from anyone and to believe in himself. These characteristics have proved to be instrumental, as he has navigated through various seasons of life dating back to his high school years. Dr. Warren was a three-sport athlete in high school, playing basketball, football, and track and field. During the process he became a two-time state champion in the high jump and earned an athletic scholarship to compete at The University of Alabama for track and field. It was in his first year in college when Dr. Warren encountered his first real test of overcoming adversity. Although Dr. Warren graduated high school with a 3.85 GPA and was in the top 15% of his class; he found himself with a GPA of 2.23, risking academic probation, and on the verge of losing his athletic scholarship in his freshman year.
At that moment, Dr. Warren was challenged by his parents, coaches, and advisors to not blow the opportunity of a lifetime. That was the push he needed, and Dr. warren was able to turn things around academically and earned All-SEC Academic Honor Roll by the end of his senior year. Also, Dr. Warren achieved his personal best in the high jump, with a leap of 7’1 ½” which placed him at number six on the University of Alabama’s all-time best high jumps for the men’s indoor track and field at the time in 2005.
After graduating Dr. Warren had to overcome obstacle after obstacle. He attempted to go back to school to continue his education, and it wasn’t until his third attempt that he was successful at earning his MBA degree online. A year later he enrolled in an online doctoral program, maintained a full-time job, taught adjunct classes at night, all while balancing being a husband and father. There were several times when Dr. Warren wanted to give up on his goals of becoming a professor, but he credits his faith, family, and supporting cast for keeping him motivated to finish strong.
Dr. Warren is an Assistant Professor of Marketing, MBA Program Director, and Author of two books, No Regrets! Living Your Life to The Fullest (2008) and Push for The Journey – 40 Days to Build Your Momentum (2017), both of which he self-published. Additionally, he is a sought-after motivational speaker, spreading a message of hope and encouragement, along with being the host of The Living Beyond Podcast. Dr. Warren Currently resides in Minnesota with his wife Ebony and their two boys Gabriel II and Christian.