Identity Leadership

See why Stedman Graham is the world’s most compelling keynote speaker and thought-leader on leadership and the importance of self-identity.

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CEO, Best-Selling Author, Educator, and Businessman

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. Throughout his numerous professional endeavors and achievements, Stedman has kept a consistent focus on his commitment to education and lifelong learning centered around the importance and value of understanding and embracing Identity. Through his impactful delivery and proven process, Stedman has delivered strong, consistent results to thousands of people worldwide desiring to develop the capacity to become more self-reliant, execute thoughtful actions and develop innovative ideas that revolutionize effectiveness.


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.

DIVERSITY: Leaders Not Labels

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 can’t even lead your own life effectively.

BUSINESS: 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).

EDUCATION Programs: 

You Can Make It Happen  

Today’s college students have more options and more challenges than ever before. Technology and subject matter change rapidly. The marketplace they are preparing for is global. Demands, requirements and rules in nearly every profession are everchanging. Access to resources is changing. Competition is fiercer at the individual and organizational level. We live in a performance-based culture and it matters less and less where you are from, your race or gender, or even what college or university you attended; what matters is how students and graduates are able to interact and produce results. Stedman Graham’s You Can Make It Happen In College program enhances academic and personal performance by teaching a process for success. It puts resources and strategies in students’ hands to set higher, smarter goals for themselves and be more accountable for their lives in college and beyond. Graham makes education more relevant to students’ lives so that they are better prepared to meet the changing environment of the information age. He helps the students to focus not on “being something,” but on increasing self-awareness and self-esteem to help them transcend the real and perceived barriers to success.

Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success

In Teens Can Make It Happen programs, Stedman Graham gives students the tools to overcome their fears and embrace their futures, limited only by the vision they have for themselves. He teaches teens that their potential is based on excellence, performance and results, rather than the outdated limitations of where they are from or what they look like. Graham provides young people with tools, skills and attitudes to achieve academic and workforce success. Programming targets high school students and can be offered as a one-time event or a series. SGA would develop programming format and delivery particulars for the Workshop in cooperation with a client or sponsor.

Move Without the Ball

Stedman Graham teaches student athletes that there is more to life than just being a professional athlete. Today, many teens buy into the illusion conveyed by TV and magazines – that it is easy to be a superstar. Wanting to play sports is a worthy goal. But, what happens if they don’t make it? What then? Many young people don’t achieve their full potential because they don’t understand the process of success.

Graham teaches the importance of education, health and fitness, as well as factors contributing to athletic performance. The idea is to be well rounded, which opens up many more opportunities for youth throughout a lifetime. He teaches the Success Process, so teens not only have a Plan B, but a Plan C! In doing so, he ensures they have time to build their dream and realize they can break free and realize their potential as an individual. In a down-to-earth, inspirational manner he encourages teens to stay in school, work harder in their studies and focus their energies into building their futures. He opens minds to set the stage to help teens reach their full potential, no matter the endeavor.

Booking Stedman is a simple 3 step process:

  • Schedule a Date:

    Work with one of our experienced program directors to check Stedman’s calendar availability for the date of your upcoming event. We book Stedman out years in advance so this important first step should be done as soon as possible!

  • Research and Customization:

    Stedman and our team will work directly with you to learn about your organization’s needs and goals. We use a series of calls and forms to help gather information for Stedman to use in customizing a talk that is specifically and uniquely tailored to your audience.

  • Stedman Rocks The Room:

    Stedman delivers a dynamic, inspiring, and hilarious keynote presentation to your audience that will be one of the highlights of your conference. But truly that is just the start of creating a “Take the Stairs” culture with your team that will drive profits for you for years to come!

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Robin Spizman, CNN

Your compelling and meaningful message fueled the entire audience. The audience was spellbound by your sincerity, wisdom and inspired by your intelligence and determination to touch a life and make a difference.

Mike Fox, CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center

Stedman is an artist with unique communication skills that so effectively helped reach these individua ls on levels that possibly they have never previously experienced, and I believe that 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 for their personal development.

Dr. Ronald Carter, Dean of Faculty, Coke College

Thank you for making the 92nd Commencement at Coker College a successful and inspiring occasion. Harris DeLoach, Chief Operating Officer of SONOCO, told me that all the commencement speeches he has heard, your speech is at the very top of the list!

Karen P. Tandy, U.S. Department of Justice

Your enthusiasm, candor and powerful message brought so much to our celebration. I applaud your strong commi tment to leadership development.

Lee Johnson, Healthcare Finance Management Association

Mr. Graham's personal story, his message and ability to connect with the audience on an individual level made this one of the best presentations our group has ever had!

David M. Reynolds, CMF, VP, Associate Director, Merrill Lynch

Stedman Graham is one of today’s leading autho rities on emotional intelligence. Seminars are highly effective BECAUSE they make you focus on the true leader within yourself.

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