Praise for the Author

“I can tell that Tom is passionate about his subject matter: helping students improve and grow. ASGA brought him in to speak at our signature program, the National Student Government, and he got strong reviews. We expect to have him return to other ASGA events in the future!”
-Butch Oxendine Executive Director, American Student Government Association

"Carlow University decided to use Get Involved! as the First Year student reader during the New Student Orientation Program. Through the use of practical real life experiences the students on our campus were able to easily implement many of Tom's suggestions throughout their first year to begin to prepare for their life during and also after college. After this experience we saw a general increase in student participation on campus and engagement in the community that has never been seen before. It is safe to say that students got involved because of this book."
-Chris Meaner, Director Student Activities, Carlow University

"Tom was the keynote speaker for the 1st Annual Student Organizations Forum in 2009, and he was undoubtedly the highlight of the event. Tom's piece was very interactive, engaging, fun, and empowering. Selecting Tom for this event was a great decision.  I gained a role model, a friend, and hopefully a speaker for the Student Organizations Forum for years to come!"
-Alyssa Stiles Student Government Association President, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

"Tom has accomplished more before turning 30 than most people do in a lifetime. In a nutshell his book is a how-to guide for young people to make the most of their lives by giving something back to the community."
-In Monroeville Magazine, Fall 2008

"Tom Baker's story is encouraging others to get involved. Since moving back to Pittsburgh in 2003, Tom has worked tirelessly to provide people with the tools that they need to be more engaged in their communities."

 -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 21, 2010

"Tom Baker travels the country giving speeches on how good it makes the giver feel and telling people that you'll be even happier to give to other people."

-John Stossel on The Stossel Show on Fox Business, original airdate December 30, 2010


"Tom has a book "Get Involved! Making the Most of Your 20s and 30s, is on the air on PCTV21 with Get Involved! Pittsburgh, and is behind lecterns at colleges across the state. He'll take any opportunity to talk about connecting with people and finding a passion for life."

-McKnight Journal, September 9, 2010


"Today the self proclaimed "boomerang-er" is Vice President of Programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh and has been selected as a 2010 recipient of the local Jefferson Award for Public Service. He and his wife, Erin, had no plans to stay after graduate school, but after 15 months of running bases for a Pittsburgh Sports League softball team and participating in professional development programs they simply couldn't leave."

h Magazine: The Magazine of The Heinz Endowments, June 2010


"Get motivated and get involved. That's the response Tom Baker is inspiring among the college-age and post-college aged with his book, "Get Involved! Making the Most of Your 20s and 30s". Get Involved! deals with how rewarding community involvement can be for a group of people who believe they might not have the time."

The Times Express, May 1, 2008


“Tom Baker is a tireless multi-tasker whose energy and enthusiasm as a leader are both contagious and motivating.”
-Dr. Ronald Lunardini, Chair of Student Affairs in Higher Education Department, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

“I’ve always admired Tom’s ability to draw people together to work for a common purpose. His energy and enthusiasm for the work he does is transferred to others who have the pleasure of knowing and working with him. He is undoubtedly someone I feel has great integrity and puts the interest of others before himself. Tom serves as a genuine and positive example for young people.”
-Lynn Burke, Gettysburg College

“Tom Baker is one of the most encouraging and motivating leaders. It's hard to put into words how much he has impacted me in taking on leadership roles. I think of what he has done and it inspires me to get more involved in my own community.”
-Erin Thiel, University of Maryland

“Tom Baker is motivated, innovative and his passion is infectious. He has tremendous energy that inspires us to live up to a higher standard in the world of leadership.”
-Stacey Sottung, Saint Joseph's University

“If anyone understands what it means to get involved, it's Tom Baker. Baker truly exemplifies how an individual who takes steps toward making a difference can emphatically reshape a community. A passionate and selfless leader, his ability to create positive change has led Baker to leave a profound legacy across his career and in the lives of those who know him.”
-Michelle Luff, New York University

“Tom Baker has successfully found a way to inspire young people by empowering them and equipping them with the necessary tools to fully explore their own leadership potential.  Tom’s natural ability to motivate the 20 and 30 something’s of today has had a profound impact on all of those who have read Tom’s work or had the privilege of hearing him speak.”
-Heather Reed President, Young Professionals of Indiana County

“As a young professional, Tom has the ability to relate and motivate other young professionals in a way that I have not experienced before.  I have never met someone as inspired and devoted to communicating their dream and then encouraging others to take action!  His extensive volunteer and leadership experience has demonstrated the power and potential of the millennial generation and has shown us that by getting involved, we can truly make a difference in the world.”
-Shannon Pelissero Manager- Corporate Recruiting, PPG Industries, Inc.

“One of the great challenges facing service organizations is how to recruit, retain, and engage young professionals. Tom Baker, and his book, Get Involved!, offer not only motivation for those individuals, but insights for organizations to help integrate the next generation into leadership positions.”
-Tom Tevis President, Plum Rotary Club

"I was fortunate enough to meet Tom Baker my freshmen year at college and instantly knew that I wanted to mirror the same qualities that he exemplified as a student leader. His care for others, passion for involvement, and optimistic attitude are all qualities that I admire about him. Because of Tom Baker, I know I am a better professional."
-Kristin A. Waters Area Coordinator, York College of Pennsylvania