Keynote Speaker Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham

CEO, Best Selling Author, Educator and Businessman

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $20,001 - $30,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Illinois, USA

Suggested Keynote Speeches & Programs

  • Minds Matter: Mindfulness Is The Key To Success
  • Identity Leadership
  • The Dynamics of Leadership
  • Diversity: Leaders Not Labels

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Stedman Graham’s Key Accomplishments Include . . . 

Stedman Graham is chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates.  As a businessman, educator and speaker, he presents, consults and conducts training with corporations, educational entities, the military and veterans, nonprofits and the government.  His Identity message is grounded in the fact that the key to success is self-leadership capability.  The Identity Leadership programs, driven by his proprietary Nine-Step Success Process™, are based on the philosophy that individuals hold the power to their educational, career and personal success or failure.

Graham has authored eleven 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.  His latest release, Identity: Your Passport to Success, was a Wall Street Journal Bestseller.  His next book, Identity Leadership, will be released in early 2019.

Clients have included the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Vikings, Gulfstream Aerospace, Microsoft, Deloitte, Wells Fargo, Lenovo, General Dynamics, the US Departments of Labor, Education and Agriculture, CVS Pharmacy, and the Sonima Foundation (through which he taught in 150 high schools in 2 years).  He has also lectured or conducted workshops in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, China, Canada, the UK, the British Virgin Islands, Aruba, Bermuda, South Africa, and Africa.

Commitment to education and lifelong learning is central to Graham’s philosophy.  He has served as an adjunct professor or guest lecturer at Northwestern, Harvard, Wharton, University of Chicago, the University of Illinois-Chicago,  National University, Highpoint, Howard, Temple, Morehouse, UCLA, and Pepperdine to name a few.

As a veteran of the United States Army, he has proudly served our active military, veterans and their families through programs at Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Jackson, NATO, the Military Child Education Coalition, and internationally at Landstuhl, Germany and the US Military Community in Rotterdam, Holland.

A proud native of Whitesboro, New Jersey, Graham has demonstrated an enduring pledge to youth and community.  His Teens Can Make It Happen Program has been utilized in numerous middle and high school in the US and abroad, providing positive growth for our leaders of tomorrow, as well as their parents and teachers. With dedication to community development, Graham is the founder of the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro and Concerned Citizens of Lake Waccamaw, NC and a co-founder of The Community Alliance for Youth Success.  He is an ongoing contributor to the Cleveland Foundation Tru2U Project educating youth and their mentors, and to the organization MaDi through which he provides Identity Leadership education to thousands of refugees who are integrating into new communities and cultures.

Graham holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Hardin-Simmons University, a Master’s degree in Education from Ball State University and an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Coker College.



Testimonials 5

  • “It was a pleasure to participate in the session, as it was lively, well received and set a positive and enthusiastic tone for this new component of the You Can Make It Happen in Job Corps program. Your significant personal commitment, ultimately led to a mix of training, activities and media that clearly resonated with many of the students. The additional tools and support to our student as they progress towards achieving their personal and professional goals.”

    Lauren Morales

    Center Director, Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center

  • “Stedman’s workshop was both rejuvenating and enlightening. His book will certainly be used in many aspects of my life. I will do my part in recommending his book and spreading his inspirational and motivational message to other colleagues.”

    Katina Reece

    Lucent Technologies

  • “I want to take this opportunity to thank you for presenting the ‘You Can Make It Happen’ session at our Peoria Marketing Conference. The information you presented was well received by all in attendance. You supplied your audience with comments they can take back to their office and implement into their day-to-day lives. Your presentation was very motivational and right on target. Thank you for a dynamic presentation!”

    Cheryl Sowash

    Vice President, State Farm Insurance Agencies

  • “Stedman Graham teaches the essence of leadership in his workshops. Leadership is not about product, but people and relationships. The program put the individual in control of his or her career and life.”

    Jim Cimino

    Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo

  • “Stedman is an artist with unique communication skills that so effectively helped reached individuals on levels that possibly they never have experienced. I believe the candor, openness of communication, ‘tough love’ talk, and practical discussion on their skill development will lead to remarkable maturation and an appreciation of greater personal accountability and personal development.”

    Mike Fox

    CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center

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Identity Leadership

The Nine Step Success Process focuses on developing greater self-awareness and stronger self-leadership skills, allowing learners to realize how they can be more engaged in their path to personal and professional success by practicing how to effectively manage their lives.

The Identity Seminar offers the opportunity to empower yourself and develop you potential no matter your nationality, race, religion, gender or other labels encountered.  With a strong sense of Identity you will:

  • Have clarity to recognize what is important in your life.
  • Define, plan, and prepare with a purpose and direction.
  • Build self-leadership skills.
  • Become aware of the barriers to your potential.
  • Improve performance and productivity.
  • Become a self-directed learner.

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