Black Male Summit Spring 2018 - Guest Speakers


Stedman Graham

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.  The 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.  His next book, Identity Leadership, will be released in early 2019.

Clients have included the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Vikings, Gulfstream Aerospace, Microsoft, Deloitte, Wells Fargo, Lenovo, General Dynamics, the US Departments of Labor, Education and Agriculture, CVS Pharmacy, 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 Graham’s philosophy.  He has served as an adjunct professor or guest lecturer at Northwestern, Harvard, Wharton, University of Chicago, the University of Illinois-Chicago,  National University, Highpoint, Howard, Temple, Morehouse, UCLA, and Pepperdine to name a few. 

As a veteran of the United States Army, he has proudly served our active military, veterans and their families through programs at Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Jackson, NATO, the Military Child Education Coalition, and internationally at Landstuhl, Germany and the US Military Community in Rotterdam, Holland.

A proud native of Whitesboro, New Jersey, 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 in the US and abroad, providing positive growth for our leaders of tomorrow, as well as their parents and teachers. With dedication to community development, Graham is the founder of the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro and Concerned Citizens of Lake Waccamaw, NC and a co-founder of The Community Alliance for Youth Success.  He is an ongoing contributor to the Cleveland Foundation Tru2U Project educating youth and their mentors, and to the organization MaDi through which he provides Identity Leadership education to thousands of refugees who are integrating into new communities and cultures.

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.



Romona Robinson

Romona Robinson is an eight time Emmy award winning anchor, speaker and author of A Dirt Road to Somewhere.

She is one of the most respected and admired journalists in northeast Ohio and was inducted into the Press Club of Cleveland's Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016. She is winner of the prestigious Edward R Murrow Award along with her station, WOIO-TV 19, where she serves as primary anchor. She received the 2017 Alpha Woman Award, given to women who exemplify power in their field and uses it to empower women.

Her tireless work in the community with children, women and diversity issues, has earned her many prestigious awards. The YWCA's Women of Achievement, The Diversity in Media Award and many more. For 20 years, she has served as Honorary Chair of the Komen Race for the Cure. She's most proud of creating Romona's Kids in 1990, a program to highlight and encourage children to realize their full potential. 

With over 30 years of broadcast and speaking experience, Romona has also traveled the country covering and interviewing presidents and world leaders. In 2011, she garnered an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. Romona has gained the trust of viewers for her integrity and unbiased reporting and is known and loved throughout northeast Ohio for her community service and powerful and very real message as a motivational speaker.

Romona earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.



Jason Mayden, MS

Designer + Entrepreneur-In-Residence | Accel Partners
CEO + Founder Super Heroic
Media Design Lecturer | Stanford d.School

In his previous role at Nike, Jason oversaw the design and execution of all conceptual products, data driven innovations and inline lifestyle and performance product for Jordan Brand, as the Senior Global Design Director. During his 13+ year career at Nike, Mayden led and contributed to the creation of innovative sport performances products for athletes and cultural icons such as Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Derek Jeter, and Michael Jordan.

In 2011, Mayden successfully received his Master’s in General Management and Social Innovation from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and shortly there after he returned to Nike as the Global Director of Innovation for Nike Digital Sport where he was responsible for the strategic investigation of new technologies and services, such as the Nike Fuel Band.

Most recently, Jason was the VP of Design at Mark One, an IoT startup focusing on the intersection of consumption and behavior change. Mayden is also a d.Fellow and Media Designer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, a frequent lecturer at Stanford University’s prestigious Graduate School of Business, a regular columnist/blogger for Hypebeast Magazine and and an advisory board member to his undergraduate alma mater, the College for Creative Studies.

He is now at Accel assisting with the continuous development of Accel’s brand position amongst the global community of entrepreneurs while working with portfolio companies on deepening and extending their knowledge and ability to create cultures of curiosity. Moreover, he is also an advisor of Slyce, a company created by fellow Nike alum Bryant Barr and NBA Superstar Stephen Curry, a platform focused on creating a new paradigm at the intersection of campaign workflow planning and brand-to-influencer content management. Lastly, is the CEO and Co-Founder of Super Heroic a business focused on provided quality play performance footwear, apparel and technology for elementary school aged children.



Brian Heat

High School Summit Keynote Speaker

Heat is a speaker, career educator, radio host and trainer. He combines technical competency, 10 years of hands-on academic administration, classroom leadership and motivational techniques to compel diverse male students to learn. His customized programming has critically impacted the self-esteem, education awareness and career outlook for underrepresented students.



Dr. David M. Anderson, Sr.

With 20 years of broadcast and business finance experience, Dr. David M. Anderson Sr. is the founder of the only 100% wholly owned Black Talk Radio Network in the United States.
The Empowerment Radio Network is home to such great voices as Bev Smith, Warren Balletine, Rashad Richey, and of course its flagship program BLACKANOMICS which is entering its eighth year of syndication and is distributed to terrestrial US Based Radio Stations, SIRIUSXM Satellite Radio, and digitally on TUNEIN Radio.

Dr. Anderson has also played a major role in the film documentary “Generation One” The Search for Black Wealth in which he lends his skill set and business philosophies to the silver screen. The film “Generation One” The Search for Black Wealth lead to another film documentary opportunity; “The Film Black Friday” in which Dr. Anderson is an executive producer in the star studded cast alongside Hill Harper, Judge Hatchett, Cynthia Bailey, David
Banner, and a long list of other great minds who helped to make the project become a great success.

Dr. Anderson received the 2015 Power Networking Entrepreneur of the Year Award from New York Times Best Seller Dr. George C. Fraser of Frasernet at the 2015 Power Networking Conference for his work in developing the Empowerment Radio Network.

Dr. Anderson was also bestowed with the privilege of an Honorary Doctorate by the Global Oved Dei University & Seminary. As a professor and subject matter expert Dr. Anderson teaches very specific areas of business finance & entrepreneurship.

Dr. Anderson is currently completing his new book “The Rules to Entrepreneurship”, which educates readers on how to enter into the field of entrepreneurship. The book was written in response to the personal challenges and experiences Dr. Anderson faced in doing business over the last 10 years. The book outlines business strategies and techniques to help individuals increase confidence and segue into entrepreneurship for the purpose of building wealth and leaving a legacy.

Dr. David M. Anderson Sr. is a highly sought after speaker in the world of Business Finance, Real Estate and Broadcast Entrepreneurship. Dr. Anderson’s speaking career is currently being handled by the Great Black Speaker Bureau.



Captain Barrington Irving

Captain Barrington Irving has traveled to 50 countries, conducted more than 30 STEM expeditions, and  successfully challenged middle school students to build a car faster than a Ferrari 430 and then high schoolers to build a plane he flew on its test flight. In 2007, he set two world records—at age 23—as the youngest person and first black pilot to fly solo around the world. He has a passion to explore, inspire, and educate others. Now 33, Barrington has developed a Flying Classroom curriculum ( that transforms the way students learn STEM: in following his global expeditions, they engage in problem-solving activities that enable them to overcome new challenges.

Before founding the Flying Classroom, Barrington created a nonprofit, Experience Aviation, which offers hands-on, STEM-based programs and career guidance to middle and high school students in Florida, Texas, and Georgia.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and brought up in inner-city Miami, Barrington was inspired to pursue aviation at age 15, when a Jamaican airline pilot offered to mentor him.  He rejected college football scholarships to pursue a career in STEM and never looked back.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Florida Memorial University, Barrington was the recipient of a Congressional Resolution acknowledging his pioneering work in aviation education.  He received the Guinness World Record as the youngest person to fly solo around the world and was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2012.