Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham

Community Leader, Best-Selling Author and Authority on Professional Development & Ethnic Markets

Speaker Categories: Diversity & Inclusion | Motivation for Business | Diversity & Inclusion | Headliners - Motivation

Travels From: IL, United States.

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Bestselling Author, Educator, and Entrepreneur

Stedman Graham is a sought-out speaker and lecturer, he presents to corporations, organizations and nonprofits. Clients include Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, Georgia Pacific,

Pro-Line International, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Manpower, CNN, GlaxoSmithKline, Plains Capital Corporation, AmericanCollege of Sports Medicine, YMCA, U.S.Olympic Committee, U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps, Credit-Suisse First Boston, Harvard and Wharton business schools and the U.S. Department of Education.

As a businessman, educator and speaker, he presents, consults and conducts training with corporations, organizations and nonprofits on the topics of maximizing leadership, achieving success, growing a business, embracing diversity, achieving optimal health, and personal and professional branding.  His corporate seminars are driven by his proprietary Nine-Step Success Process™.  In addition, Graham educates individuals and industries on using Success Circles™ a work-life balance tool he developed to make information and experience relevant to personal, professional and business growth.

Graham has authored ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers, You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success and Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success Build Your Own Life Brand explores the concept of personal and professional branding. Move Without the Ball is a collection of principles that teaches students that sports are a part of life, not life itself. Who Are You? Building Your Life’s Foundation focuses on success through self-discovery.  His latest release Diversity: Leaders not Labels includes his unique approach to eliminate barriers to success.

Actively involved in education, Graham is a former adjunct professor at University of Illinois at Chicago where he has taught a leadership course based on his Nine-Step Process. At the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, he taught a management strategy course entitled "The Dynamics of Leadership." He founded and directed George Washington University's Forum for Sport and Event Management and Marketing - the first of its kind in the country.

Graham has shown a lifelong commitment to youth and community. In 1985, Graham founded AAD Education, Health and Sports, a nonprofit organization of athletes and other civic leaders committed to developing leadership in underserved youths. An organization with over 500 professional athletes, AAD has served over 15,000 students and has awarded $1.5 million in scholarships. Graham serves on several boards to include the national board of Junior Achievement (JA) and the 7-Eleven Education Is Freedom Foundation and he is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

Graham holds a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Hardin-Simmons University. He received a master's degree in Education from Ball State University and an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Coker College, where he is also a distinguished visiting professor.

Diversity Leadership – The Impact on Performance

When we focus on performance and strive toward excellence in our professional lives, we shed the relevance of external labels based on race, gender, age, ethnicity, lifestyle, or physical ability. We are personally responsible for how we view and respond to diversity. In Leaders Not Labels, Stedman Graham helps people to recognize that it is about recognizing your own strengths, being proud of your own culture, and never having to apologize for who you are. Acceptance, tolerance and excellence start from within, based on self-knowledge and self-reliance. With those abilities, you can lead by example and perform at the highest level. Without them, you canʼt even lead your own life effectively.

You Can Make It Happen: A Health and Lifestyle Program

You Can Make It Happen: A Health and Lifestyle Program focuses on self-awareness and personal performance as the best way to achieve optimal results. Once a person changes his thinking, he is better able to change his patterns and “re-program” to create new habits. With the approaches and tools gained, participants are equipped to recognize core issues, remove obstacles to success, and create opportunities. They are given a process to move beyond their problems and work toward who they want to become. The information Graham conveys to audiences will begin to equip them with grassroots principles of health and well-being that can be applied for a lifetime.

The Dynamics of Leadership

Great leaders share an ability to inspire, guide and motivate their followers. In “Dynamics of Leadership,” Stedman Graham, bestselling author and businessman, shares his insight into how participants can master the “hard skills” necessary to succeed in the business world, cultivate their potential, expand their opportunities, and empower themselves to participate at all levels of leadership and organizational development. He stresses the importance of advocacy and mentoring to help others aspiring for greater achievement.

The Competitive Advantage in Business Leadership

Stedman Graham works with business leadership and executives to help them align business strategies. Moreover, he offers them a process for developing and performing in business that is congruent to their own Life Brand. Once leaders have a personal vision and know who they are, they can act on where they want to be personally and professionally. With this knowledge, they are better equipped to work authentically and ethically toward business objectives. Leaders who participate in the Competitive Advantage in Business Leadership program will be able to consciously articulate not only what needs to be done, but why it needs to be done. This collective knowledge is then the catalyst for serving up and rallying around the action plan regarding “how” to create, share and achieve business objectives. This source of personal and business transformation is intended to create an environment that works better for the leader, the company and those impacted in the surroundings.

Teens Can Make It Happen: Move Without The Ball

Move Without The Ball is a comprehensive program that teaches students, athletes and non-athletes how to successfully develop other areas of their lives in addition to becoming a professional athlete or entertainer. Based on his best-selling book, Move Without The Ball: Put Your Skills and Your Magic to Work For You, Stedman Graham sets the stage to help young people reach their full potential, no matter the endeavor and look beyond his or her current situation, routine, even beyond their current goals, to see new possibilities. The program encourages young men and women to recognize and fulfill their potential, whatever path they decide to pursue. It will help them build self-confidence, self-discipline, and determination, along with an understanding of their own abilities, talents, and values. Program participants will receive encouragement to find and follow their own road to success with conviction, perseverance and pride.

Build Your Own Life Brand

You can start to maximize your potential once you know exactly who you are, and what is important to you. Once you know who you are and what drives you, only then can you begin the process of branding yourself into the market. Stedman Graham champions messages on how to polish your brand — “your promise.” His messages are tailored to the individual and/or the overall organization (including how to garner recognition, appreciation and response for your corporate brand and value). Among many clients, he has spoken

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