New York Times best-selling author, Stedman Graham, will speak at the second annual Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Saginaw Valley State University Wednesday, January 12 at 7pm in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts.

Chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting company that specializes in corporate and educational markets, Graham has served clients from major companies and leading governmental and educational institutions. 

He has written 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. Most recently he published Diversity: Leaders Not Labels – A New Plan for the 21st Century in which he promotes developing personal qualities and skills that will grow effective leaders in business and elsewhere.

Graham has shown a lifelong commitment to youth and community. In 1985, he founded AAD Education, Health and Sports, a nonprofit organization of athletes and other civic leaders committed to developing leadership in underserved youth. To date, it has served over 15,000 students through education and scholarships. Graham also serves on the national board of Junior Achievement and the 7-Eleven Education Is Freedom Foundation.

Actively involved in education, Graham taught for five years at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is a former adjunct professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago where he taught leadership. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a master’s degree from Ball State University.  

In addition to Graham’s talk, the program will include a peace march and the presentation of regional scholarship awards by the Bay Area, Midland Area and Saginaw community foundations to high school seniors who have embodied Martin Luther King’s ideals. In past years as many as 15 seniors have earned this honor. These seniors were nominated and selected in November of 2010.

This event is open to the public. Although admission is free of charge, tickets are required.  Contact the SVSU Box Office at (989) 964-4261 or the following chambers of commerce and community foundations: 

Bay Area Chamber of Commerce • (989) 893-4567
Saginaw Community Foundation • (989) 755-0545