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Stedman Graham is chairman and CEO of S. Graham and Associates (SGA), a management and marketing consulting firm based in Chicago.  He lectures and conducts seminars for businesses and organizations around the country.  Clients have included Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Manpower, CVS Pharmacy, Georgia Pacific, Pro-Line International, CNN, GlaxoSmithKline, Plains Capital Corporation, American College 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.


He is the author of 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 – 9-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.


Graham has a lifelong commitment to youth, community and education.  He is a former adjunct professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University where he taught  “The Dynamics of Leadership”.  He is also a former adjunct at the University of Illinois Chicago.   In 1985, he founded AAD Education, Health and Sports, a nonprofit organization of 500 athletes and other civic leaders committed to developing leadership in underserved youths.  AAD has served over 15,000 students through education and scholarships.  Graham is also actively involved in leadership efforts and programs in South Africa and is Founder of Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, NJ, and Concerned Citizens of Lake Waccamaw, NC.


Graham serves on several boards including the national board of Junior Achievement (JA) and the 7-Eleven Education Is Freedom Foundation.  He is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.  He 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, where he is also a distinguished visiting professor.


He can be reached at (312) 755-0234.

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