High-profile speaker on motivating young people to talk at WSU

1:23:02 PM CDT - Thursday, October 06, 2005

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

While he's known by some as Oprah Winfrey's significant other, Stedman Graham is a motivational speaker who tries to inspire young people to make and achieve plans for success.

He'll bring his nine-step program for young people to WSU and the local community when he participates in "An Evening with Stedman Graham" at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex.

Stedman Graham
Stedman Graham
Graham will be in Wichita to also participate in the Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP conference, which is being hosted by WSU.

GEAR UP is a federally funded program, run in Kansas by WSU, to help low-income and foster care students in the state prepare for and get a post-secondary education.

Graham is chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting company that creates customized training and leadership development programs.

He's written a number of books about how to achieve personal success, including New York Times best sellers "You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success," and "Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success." His talk will focus on those books, said Corinne Nilsen, director of Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP.

Graham has taught a class on his nine-step program at the University of Illinois in Chicago and founded George Washington University's Forum for Sport Event Management and Marketing.

Graham is working on a book to be released later this year titled "Diversity: Leaders Not Labels."

Admission is free and open to the public for "An Evening with Stedman Graham," but, tickets are recommended. Call 978-7810 or e-mail gearuptickets@yahoo.com.

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