Well known for being Oprah Winfrey’s partner, Stedman Graham is an executive, educator and speaker who works with corporations, organizations and nonprofits in the areas of identity development, leadership, diversity training, personal wellness, and personal / professional branding.
Stedman has authored 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: Nine Steps to Success. His forthcoming book, Identity: Your Passport to Freedom, published by Pearson Education is now available to purchase.
Stedman Graham is a former adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he taught a leadership course based on his Nine-Step Process. Graham also taught management strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Chicago, Illinois. He is a distinguished visiting professor at several colleges and universities throughout the country.
In 1985, Graham founded AAD Education, Health and Sports (formerly, Athletes Against Drugs), a nonprofit organization with over 500 professional athletes and other civic leaders committed to developing leadership in underserved youth. Graham serves on several boards, including Corporate Voices, the National Board of Junior Achievement (JA), the 7-Eleven Education Is Freedom Foundation and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.
He is also actively involved in leadership efforts and programs in South Africa and is the Founder of Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro and Concerned Citizens of Lake Waccamaw, NC.Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Hardin-Simmons University. He received 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.