Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham

Business Advisor, Chairman & CEO

S. Graham & Associates

San Diego, CA USA

It’s not how the world defines you. The most important thing is how you define yourself.


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Stedman Graham


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in Whitesboro, New Jersey.
I played basketball growing up and went on to play in college—I initially thought that I would play basketball for a living.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in social work from Hardin-Simmons University, followed by a master’s degree in education from Ball State University.
After college, I moved to North Carolina and started my career in public relations at B&C Associates, a minority-owned public relations and consulting firm.
In 1988, I founded my own marketing and consulting company, S. Graham & Associates, based in Chicago, Illinois, and specializing in identity leadership training for corporate and education markets.
I’ve since dedicated my career to helping others understand identity and self-actualize their potential.
I’ve developed a nine-step identity leadership program and written 12 books on identity and identity leadership.
I also work in schools training parents, students, and teachers, as well as with clients and major corporations to customize programs around leadership development.
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High School
Social Work
Hardin-Simmons University
Ball State University


Business Advisor, Chairman & CEO

I help people self-actualize their potential.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Work on yourself every day. The value that you give yourself is the value that the world gives you. Once you've figured out your identity and are self-actualizing your potential, it's important to be of service to others. However, you can't give anybody anything until you first love and care for yourself. If you work on yourself every day, you'll develop a process of continuous improvement and eventually you'll be able to give back to your family, community, and culture.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Social Work


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm defined by my race. That's how the world sees me."

Challenges I Overcame

Family Stress