Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham

  • Author, two New York Times best-selling books
  • Businessman, educator and corporate consultant on Identity Leadership
  • Founder of a nonprofit organization with over 500 professional athletes and other civic leaders committed to developing leadership in under-served youth

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Stedman Graham is chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates (SGA), a management and marketing consulting company that specializes in the corporate and educational markets. Clients include Merrill Lynch, The Apollo Group, DutchVersity,, Manpower, Harvard and Wharton Business Schools, the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, and many more.

As a businessman, educator and speaker, he presents, consults and conducts training with corporations, organizations and nonprofits on the topics of identity development, maximizing leadership, achieving success, and personal and professional branding. His corporate seminars are driven by the Nine-Step Success Process®, a life and learning management system designed to organize your life around your identity.

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, reached number six on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list for Hardcover Business books.

Actively involved in education, he is a former adjunct professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago where he taught a leadership course based on his Nine-Step Process. At the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, he taught a management strategy course entitled “The Dynamics of Leadership.” He also founded and directed George Washington University’s Forum for Sport and Event Management and Marketing – the first of its kind in the country. Graham is a current adjunct professor for several universities around the country.

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.


Identity Development

Part of what makes us human is our ability to be aware of our own existence, to both live and to reflect on our own lives. A strong identity gives you the freedom to realize your full potential and allows you to gain the personal wisdom to achieve success in life. It is this capacity for self-awareness that allows us to see our authentic selves and build our own identity, rather than letting others dictate who we are and what we do with our lives. Inevitably, however, the stresses and routine of daily life can get in the way of this self-reflection. Stedman Graham has taught Identity Development around the world and coached everyone from world leaders to small business owners to gain a better understanding of who they are, build a well-developed personal identity and become more focused as they work toward their goals.

Identity Leadership

For more than 15 years, Stedman Graham and Associates has provided the ultimate in success training through the Nine Step Success Process developed by Graham. Now he introduces a process built on his Nine Steps to help leaders to realize their full leadership potential. Leadership is everything, and to lead others, you must first be able to lead yourself: to reach your own goals and realize your own full potential.


Diversity: Leaders Not Labels

You Can Make It Happen: The Nine Step Success Process

Build Your Own Life Brand



“Stedman is an artist with unique communication skills that so effectively helped reach these individuals on levels that possibly they have never previously experienced, and I believe that the candor, openness of communication, ‘tough love’ talk, and practical discussion on their skill development will lead to remarkable maturation and an appreciation of greater personal accountability and for their personal development.”  Mike Fox, CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center

“Stedman Graham’s life planning program is a perfect fit for our youth when presented to them at the right time in their school career in a systematic and creative manner. Students delivered incredible testimonials on the new vision that they acquired about who they are and where they intend to go with their lives as a direct result of the reflections that Mr. Graham’s lessons sparked within them. Today’s youth are Tomorrow’s Leaders, Citizens and Parents. They deserve this opportunity to know the steps it takes to succeed in life!” Cheryl Ernst, Former Superintendent, Carlsbad Unified School District, San Diego, CA

“It was a pleasure to attend this presentation as it was lively, well received and set a positive and enthusiastic tone for this new component of the You Can Make It Happen in Job Corps program. Your significant personal commitment ultimately led to a mix of training, activities and media that clearly resonated with the students. The additional tools and support to our students are invaluable as they progress towards achieving their personal and professional goals.” Lauren Morales, Center Director, Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center 

“Stedman’s workshop was both rejuvenating and enlightening. His ideas will certainly be used in many aspects of my life. I will do my part in recommending him and his book, and spreading his inspirational and motivational message to other colleagues.” Katina Reece, Lucent Technologies

 “Your presentation was motivational and right on target. Thank you for a dynamic presentation!” Cheryl Sowash, Vice President, State Farm Insurance Agencies