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Stedman Graham


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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.His 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.


Various 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 (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 Dr. Graham’s philosophy.He has served as an adjunct professor, as with National University, or guest lecturer at various colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.


As a veteran of the United States Army, he has proudly served our active military, veterans and their families through his Identity Leadership programs.


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, providing positive growth for our leaders of tomorrow, as well as their parents and teachers.


With dedication to community development, Graham is also the founder of the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, New Jersey (his original hometown), and Concerned Citizens of Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina and a co-founder of The Community Alliance for Youth Success in Oceanside, California.He is an ongoing contributor to the Gulfstream Aerospace Student Leadership Program, and the Cleveland Foundation Tru2U Project educating youth and their mentors, as well as the organization MaDi in Holland through which he has provides Identity Leadership education to thousands of refugees.


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.