The Brandon Fleming Story: A Motivational Speech
Brandon P. Fleming’s captivating story is one that every leader and every human needs to hear. This riveting, high-energy presentation has inspired millions across vast industries ranging from corporate and educational gatherings to international platforms and even federal prisons, as it teaches critical life lessons from Fleming's remarkable transformation from at-risk youth and drug-dealing dropout to nationally acclaimed author & Harvard educator. Fleming uses his story to help us understand what it means to defy all odds. But most importantly, he teaches about the most important part of our journey on the climb to success, which is our responsibility to reach back and pull others up, too. This presentation will leave your audience challenged and charged, as it provides an honest and living example of struggle, success, and service.
Equity in Enterprise: How Equity Drives People & Performance
Companies perform at the level of the talent they find and cultivate. Fleming has earned national acclaim for making a career out of turning underdogs into global champions. As a result, millions around the world have tapped Fleming to understand his formula for cultivating talent. His answer for how he does it: EQUITY. DEI is critical for social and corporate advancement. But even some of the most good-intentioned do not entirely understand why it's necessary, what it looks like, and how it's implemented. This is best demonstrated through real-life experiences and applications. In this riveting presentation, Fleming demonstrates the power of equity - not in theory, but in practice. Fleming shares how equitable leadership changed the entire trajectory of his life. He draws from his journey from being an underperforming dropout to becoming an award-winning cultivator of talent. He uses inspirational anecdotes to break down the DEI strategies that transformed his life and how he uses those same strategies to find and foster talent - just as every business leader is challenged to do. Your employees will walk away from this talk with a better understanding of how each one of them can change the world one client, colleague, or person at a time.
Undoing Miseducation: The Transformative Power of Educational Equity
This inspirational presentation demonstrates the power and practice of educational equity and its ability to transform students. Brandon P. Fleming went from being a delinquent, drug-dealing dropout to becoming a nationally acclaimed author & Harvard educator. He uses this transformational story as a practical guide to equip educators with the equitable practices and tools that he once used to completely reinvent himself, and that he now uses to take underprivileged youth and transform them into global academic champions and Ivy League scholars. This presentation addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion in pedagogy, climate & culture, social & emotional learning, and much more.
Mentorship & Corporate Longevity: Going the Distance thru Recruitment, Cultivation & Retention of Young Talent
The most successful companies have young, talented employees that can be groomed for executive leadership. This requires mentorship, which is critical for the long-term success of any corporation. Leadership teams understand the importance of sustainability, scalability, succession planning, but they are often unaware of how such priorities are inextricably linked to the ways talent is funneled, developed, retained, and promoted within the company. This is the process and power of mentorship.
An author and Harvard educator, Brandon P. Fleming has built an award-winning career by creating a talent pipeline for one of the most prestigious universities in the world. In this presentation, Fleming demonstrates the power of mentorship and provides tools to help companies create and/or improve pipelines for the recruitment, cultivation, and retention of diverse, young talent.
Educator Training: Using Equity as a Teaching Tool
Brandon P. Fleming has trained over 100,000 educators on how to use equity as a tool to accelerate academic performance by meeting students where they are in the classroom. In this hands-on, interactive workshop, Fleming equips teachers with over 20 standards-based tools and strategies that can be applied across all content areas to increase student engagement through social-emotional learning and culturally relevant teaching.
Brandon P. Fleming is a renowned speaker, nationally acclaimed educator, and author of MISEDUCATED: A Memoir. His triumphant story of struggle, success, and service has captured the heart of national media and inspired millions of people around the world. An at-risk youth and college dropout turned award-winning educator, Fleming is a former debate coach at Harvard University and Founder & CEO of the Veritas School of Social Sciences in Atlanta, GA.
In 2017, Fleming was recruited to become Harvard University’s assistant debate coach at the age of 26. Fleming soon made history at Harvard as the founder of the first Black pipeline program called the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project, which was designed to increase Black enrollment at Harvard’s residential debate program where hundreds of gifted young scholars from over 25 different countries study and compete in an international academic debate competition.
Over six years, Fleming has raised millions of dollars to enroll more than 200 students of color into Harvard’s summer debate residency on full scholarship. But there was one challenge that Fleming faced: How would he take Black youth from mostly under-resourced schools in Atlanta, who had never been exposed to the rigors of academic debate, and prepare them in just one year to compete against some of the most elite debaters from across the globe? Fleming created a transformative curriculum that is designed to build intellectual capacity, accelerate learning, and ultimately level the playing field for Black students. And it did. For six consecutive years, since the program’s inception in 2017, every cohort trained by Fleming has won the international competition as six-time consecutive champions. News of the achievement has gone viral and broke national headlines, being featured on CNN, Good Morning America, the Steve Harvey Show and many more. The organization has gained the financial backing of Fortune 100 companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, UPS, Chick-fil-A, and many more.
Fleming’s story represents the transformative power of equity. The equity model Fleming has built to close performance gaps is one that academic and corporate institutions have highly sought to replicate. As a renowned speaker, Fleming has keynoted for international governmental organizations such as the United Nations. Fleming has spoken at the nation’s most prestigious colleges, universities, and K-12 conferences. Fleming has also keynoted conventions for corporate executives at the nation’s largest brands such as Walmart, Bank of America, FedEx, the Federal Reserve Bank, and many more. At the age of 29, Forbes Magazine named Fleming to the Forbes 30 under 30 list. In 2020, The Root Magazine named Fleming one of the top 100 most influential African Americans in the United States. And in May 2021, North Carolina Wesleyan College bestowed upon Fleming the honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.