Stedman Graham

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Topics: Identity Development, Identity Leadership, Branding, Diversity, Marketing, Personal/Group Development, Success, Self-Awareness, Sales, Career, Education, College Speaking, High School Speaking, Mindfulness, Prosperity

Areas: Illinois; National, International

Titles: CEO, Bestselling Author, Educator, Entrepreneur

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Bestselling author, entrepreneur and international speaker reveals link between personal identity and maximum success, and shows how to transform your thinking to achieve every personal and professional dream.

Are you aware of the powerful link between knowing your true identity and achieving maximum success? “Identity is your greatest asset,” says bestselling author, entrepreneur and educator Stedman Graham, “yet too often, we define ourselves by titles and categories—race, gender, job, religion, relationship, house, family or car. But these aren’t who you really are. They’re social constructs so that others can control how you think.”  

In his life-changing keynotes and seminars, Graham shares his unique Nine-Step Process™ that frees you from the socially constructed box that labels and limits your existence—and even your destiny. “Vision, identity and leadership go hand in hand,” says Graham. “If you can’t see beyond your box, you’ll be stuck in poverty for the rest of your life. To become a leader, you must transform your thinking from follower to leader, consumer to producer, slave to owner—especially in the 21st century.”

As chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a Chicago-based management and marketing consulting firm that specializes in corporate and educational markets, Graham delivers his identity message throughout the country and globally to corporations, professional associations, government and civic organizations, colleges and universities, and community groups. He’s coached everyone from world leaders to small business owners to gain a better understanding of who they are, build a well-developed personal identity, and become more focused as they work toward their goals. “A strong identity gives you the freedom to realize your full potential,” says Graham, “and allows you to gain the personal wisdom it takes to achieve success.”

A popular media guest, Graham speaks from experience, revealing personal stories and those of others who’ve used his unique Nine-Step Process™ to build a life that matters to themselves and those around them. In his powerful presentations, he shares the obstacles he faced growing up and the strategies he used to get past his own self-doubt to become a successful business and community leader. “Living the life you were meant to live can be achieved with the NIne-Step Process,” says Graham, adding, “It starts with step one—and that’s understanding who you are.”

Stedman Graham has made it his mission to bring Identity Development programs to people and organizations worldwide, helping them strengthen who they are based on their interests, natural abilities, talents and passions. Through seminars, lectures, and workshops, he provides tools for all people to determine their own identity and open the door to a life of success.

Takeaway
You’ll leave Stedman Graham’s dynamic presentations with a deeper understanding of who you really are, ready to transform your thinking, release your full potential, and step into a leadership role in your personal and professional life.

Fast Facts

  • Stedman 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.
  • He served in the U.S. Army and played basketball professionally in the European League.
  • He’s been an adjunct professor or guest lecturer at Northwestern, Harvard, Wharton, University of Chicago, the University of Illinois-Chicago,  National University, Highpoint, Howard, Temple, Morehouse, and Pepperdine University.
  • His clients have included Gulfstream Aerospace, Microsoft, Deloitte, Wells Fargo, Lenovo, General Dynamics, the US Departments of Labor, Education and Agriculture, CVS Pharmacy, Hyatt Hotels, Morgan Stanley, the Indiana Pacers, and many more.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

What people are saying…
“Thank you so much for sharing so generously of your time with the Department of Labor′s Youth Program Staff. Your message and your approach to helping young people bring focus to their lives is truly inspirational. My staff benefited greatly from your insights.”
– Alexis Herman, Former Secretary of Labor, Washington D.C.

Best-fit Audiences

  • Conferences, Conventions, Trade Shows
  • Expos, Fairs, Retreats
  • Corporations, Non-Profits
  • CEOs, Executive Managers, HR Professionals
  • Team Leaders, Sales Reps
  • Business & Civic Groups
  • Women’s Groups, Career Women
  • Seniors, Retirees
  • Community Organizations
  • Colleges, Universities, Schools, Youth Groups
  • Attorneys, Financial Planners, Investors
  • Military, Police, Firefighters, Paramedics
  • Parents, Educators
  • Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Small Offices
  • Churches, Synagogues, Religious Groups
  • Christian Groups
  • Libraries, Museums
  • Hospitality Organizations, Restaurant Associations
  • Health Care Groups, Hospitals, Medical Offices
  • Health Workers, Healers, Caretakers, Cancer Survivors
  • Nursing Programs, Medical Centers
  • Realtors, Real Estate Associations, Property Owners

Presentations

Offered as keynotes, workshops or seminars (½ day, full-day, 2-day) and webinars customized for your group. Stedman Graham is also available as a moderator or panel guest.

Identity Development
Part of what makes us human is our ability to be aware of our own existence, to both live and reflect on our own lives. It’s this capacity for self-awareness that allows us to see our authentic selves and build our own identity, rather than letting others dictate who we are and what we do with our lives.

Inevitably, however, the stresses and routine of daily life can get in the way of this self-reflection. We become too caught up in the task of getting through the day—in surviving—to take time to cultivate that awareness. But with the development of a strong sense of who we are and what we want to do in life, we naturally begin to take charge of our lives and become successful, no matter what challenges life presents.

Stedman Graham has made it his mission to bring Identity Development programs to people and organizations worldwide, helping them strengthen who they are based on their interests, natural abilities, talents and passions. Through seminars, lectures, and workshops, Graham provides the tools for all people to determine their own identity and to open the door to a life of success.

Identity Development focuses on the need for self-awareness and the skills of self-management with Stedman Graham’s 9-Step Success Process as a basis.

Seminar topics include:

  • Choosing a vision
  • Goal setting
  • Step-by-step planning
  • Mastering adversity
  • Exploring risk
  • Managing challenges
  • Forming personal networks
  • Commitment to a personal mission

Mr. Graham has taught Identity Development around the world and coached everyone from world leaders to small business owners. This presentation gives his audience a better understanding of who they are and shows how to build a well-developed personal identity and become more focused as they work toward their goals. Participants discover their true, strong identity in this workshop, giving them the freedom to realize their full potential and gain the personal wisdom to achieve success in life.

Identity Leadership
For more than 15 years, S. Graham and Associates has provided the ultimate in success training through the 9-Step Success Process developed by Stedman Graham. Now Graham introduces a process built on the 9 Steps to realize your leadership potential through Identity Development. The Identity Leadership Seminar challenges fundamental assumptions about leadership in the 21st century. Leadership is everything, and to lead others, you must first be able to lead yourself to reach your goals and realize your potential.

The Identity Leadership seminar uniquely focuses on helping participants develop their identity as a foundation for building an overall game plan. Over the course of the seminar, interactive exercises form the steps toward developing yourself as a leader. Designed to provide participants with an enhanced personal awareness and skills for leadership, the seminar will leave you with a strategy for success to develop as you navigate the future.

How Will Your Team Members Benefit?
Now more than any other time, leaders must be:

  • Self-aware
  • Self-starters
  • Independent learners
  • Ready for change
  • Internally motivated
  • Driven to perform

Gain these skills and more. The Identity Leadership seminar teaches methods to:

  • Accurately assess one’s feelings, interests, values and strengths
  • Maintain a well-grounded sense of self-confidence
  • Regulate one’s emotions to handle stress, control impulses and persevere in overcoming obstacles
  • Set and monitor progress toward personal and professional goals

You’ll come away with the tools to build a plan for achieving your leadership goals and your personal goals for success.

You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success
Explore the principles Stedman Graham outlines in his New York Times bestseller, You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success. Mr. Graham guides his audience through the nine steps to discovering and understanding their identities and shares personal stories and those of others who have used this process to build a life that matters to themselves and those around them.

Build Your Own Life Brand
From traditional corporations to the internet, from top executives to people trying to make a difference in their communities, branding has become one of the most important concepts in professional and personal marketing. In this groundbreaking presentation, Stedman Graham shows his audience how to use branding—the technique employed by major advertisers to distinguish their products—to establish their personal and professional identities.

Minds Matter: Mindfulness is the Key to Success

Mindfulness, once considered the realm of mystic Eastern traditions, is gaining serious traction in the West as a useful tool for personal and organizational effectiveness. In this keynote presentation, Stedman Graham addresses the basic precepts of mindfulness including teachings from the world’s top researchers on mindfulness and meditation, the benefits mindfulness can bring to leadership and achieving human potential, and the best ways to utilize mindfulness in business and everyday life.

Teens Can Make It Happen

From students who strive for greater academic achievement to those in need of reasons to stay in school, this keynote presentation gives young people—in language they can understand—a road map, teaching them how to choose goals and showing them how to develop the strategies to reach them.

Stedman Graham’s Teens Can Make It Happen seminar, based on his New York Times bestseller, adapts the process he developed to achieve success in his own life to help young people succeed as students and in life. Graham encourages young people to be intentional about their own self-awareness and shows them how to discover the personal strength required to be successful in any area of life, in spite of the challenges they face.

The audience learns how to implement Graham’s step-by-step plan designed to motivate students to stay in school. and they explore the tools they need for better academic performance. Lessons accompanied by interactive exercises help students slowly build a plan, beginning with goal-setting and continuing with a happy, productive life far into the future.

The Dynamics of Leadership

Diversity: Leaders, Not Labels

All participants in SGA programs receive a pocket-size synopsis of the 9-Step Success Process in a concise and easy-to-read format. This booklet works as a quick-reference guide for participants to have a portable reminder of their goals and to be able to show peers what they’re working on.

Meet Stedman Graham…

Stedman Graham is an international speaker, author, educator and entrepreneur known for his powerful Identity Leadership programs based on the philosophy that our ability to succeed is linked to a deep understanding of our unique identity—who we truly are. As chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates and an expert in marketing, leadership and personal development, he speaks to corporations, government organizations, colleges, universities, community groups and professional organizations worldwide, and his unique Nine-Step Success Process™ has helped tens of thousands totally transform their lives.

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.

Clients have included Gulfstream Aerospace, Microsoft, Deloitte, Wells Fargo, Lenovo, General Dynamics, the US Departments of Labor, Education and Agriculture, CVS Pharmacy, the Indiana Pacers and the Sonima Foundation (presented in 150 high schools over two 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, and Pepperdine universities, to name a few.

As a veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Graham 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.

Stedman 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.

What people are saying…

“I wish someone like him had been around to enlighten me at an age when finding myself and a career change or decision was within easy reach. All I needed, as he formulated, was a ‘process.’
— Janice Jones, Junior Achievement of Chicago

“The entire Manpower organization, GlaxoSmithKline, and the Greater Research Triangle community thoroughly enjoyed your visit to North Carolina. I am still receiving phone calls and e-mails complimenting your message with regards to enhancing the quality of life for other people.”
— Jeff Stocks, President & COO, Manpower

“Stedman Graham′s life planning program is a perfect fit for our youth… Students delivered incredible testimonials on the new vision that they acquired about who they are and where they intend to go with their lives as a direct result of the reflections that Mr. Graham′s lessons sparked within them.”
— Cheryl Ernst, Superintendent, Carlsbad Unified School District, San Diego, CA

“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 the 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 pilot complements the goals and objectives of the Career Development Services System well, providing additional tools and support to our students as they progress toward achieving their personal and professional goals.”
— Lauren Morales, Center Director, Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center

“Thank you so much for sharing so generously of your time with the Department of Labor′s Youth Program Staff. Your message and your approach to helping young people bring focus to their lives is truly inspirational. My staff benefited greatly from your insights.”
— Alexis Herman, Former Secretary of Labor, Washington D.C.

“I am writing to thank you for making the 92nd Commencement at Coker College a successful and inspiring occasion. Very positive comments are still coming in from students, parents and faculty about your address. Harris DeLoach, Chief Operating Officer of SONOCO, told me that of all the commencement speeches he has heard, your speech is at the very top of the list!”
 — Dr. Ronald Carter, Dean of Faculty, Coker College, Hartsville, SC

Identity: Your Passport to Success

Identity: Your Passport to Success

Have you ever thought about the connection between knowing who you are and success? Identity can serve as your greatest asset. Enduringly successful people know who they are, are clear about what matters to them, have established powerful identities, and create value in the world.

In this book, the process for discovering and understanding your identity is brought to life through Stedman Graham’s personal experiences and the stories of individuals who’ve resolved their questions of identity, building a life that matters to themselves and those around them.

Take control of who you are. Take control of your life. Achieve lasting success.

You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success

You Can Make It Happen: A Nine Step Plan for SuccessIn this book, the process for discovering and understanding your identity is brought to life through Stedman Graham’s personal experiences and the stories of individuals who’ve resolved their questions of identity, building a life that matters to themselves and those around them.

A noted business and community leader reveals a pointed path to success, breaking down the steps he used to get past x his own self-doubt, obstacles as an African-American athlete, and his struggles as an entrepreneur to become a successful businessman and community leader.

Teens Can Make it Happen: Nine Steps to Success

Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps for SuccessPrepare yourself for a lifetime of emotional and intellectual success and physical well-being with this essential and practical guide—perfect for teens, parents, grandparents, and educators alike.

The teenage years are filled with growth, promise, trials, and tribulations. During this time, one may be faced with life-changing decisions and challenges. And often these dilemmas are not easily answered. In Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success, prominent businessman and author Stedman Graham guides readers to a better understanding of themselves, their strengths, and their desires, while helping them to devise and achieve plans for realizing their visions… Read more

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