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Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham

  • Businessman
  • Author: 
    You Can Make It Happen
    Build You Own Life Brand
  • Professional Speaker
  • You Can Make It Happen - A Nine-Step Plan For Success
  • Build Your Own Life Brand! - Become a Standout in Your Work, Your Relationships, and Your Community
Stedman Graham is chief executive officer of Stedman Graham & Partners, a New York-based integrated marketing firm that specializes in reaching the urban market. Graham is also chairman and chief executive officer of Stedman Graham Training & Development, an educational company that creates customized corporate training and leadership development programs.

Graham’s professional development has been guided by his nine-step empowerment philosophy, designed to manage both professional and personal situations. You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success details Graham’s system for personal growth. A youth version of the Nine-Step Plan will be published in 2000.

"None of us are defined by our circumstances, nor are we defined by how other people perceive us. It is up to each one of us to define ourselves, and that is a life's work.  Each of us has the ability to lead a dynamic life by pursuing our unique goals and dreams. There are no limits to what you can do."



Equally crucial to Graham’s philosophy is a commitment to youth and community. He is founder and executive director of Athletes Against Drugs (AAD), a nonprofit organization of athletes and other civic leaders committed to developing leadership in youth. AAD provides in-class curriculum to Chicago Public Schools and conducts corporate leadership visits, parent workshops, role model presentations, community and volunteer projects, as well as sports clinics with professional athletes.

Stedman Graham is an adjunct professor at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and serves on several charitable boards of directors including the national board of Junior Achievement (JA). Graham received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Hardin-Simmons University and a master’s degree in education from Ball State University.


You Can Make It Happen
A Nine-Step Plan For Success

  • A professional training, leadership development and program that is based on Stedman Graham's proprietary Nine-Step Plan for Success. Graham tailors the Nine-Step Plan for corporate clients and incorporates it into a program developed in cooperation with client human resource professionals and based on an understanding of the client's business goals, corporate culture, operating environment and human resources objectives.

Build Your Own Life Brand!
Become a Standout in Your Work,
Your Relationships, and Your Community

  • 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 today.

    Stedman Graham shows his audience how to use branding -- the technique employed by major advertisers to distinguish their products -- for their own benefit.
"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


"What a week! The entire Manpower organization, Glaxo Wellcome, and the Greater Research Triangle community thoroughly enjoyed your visit to North Carolina. I am still receiving phone calls and e-mail's complimenting your message with regards to enhancing the quality of life for other people."

Jeff Stocks
President & COO


"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
Secretary of Labor
Washington, DC



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