MVP Seminars Keynote Speakers & Business Trainers

Devin Hughes

Devin C. Hughes is an award winning speaker, author & former college basketball player who works with a variety of organizations, teams, colleges & universities and non-profits who have a desire to break down barriers and make communication easier through greater self awareness and understanding of each other. He firmly believes that a great life is about progress not perfection. He is known as the "The Chief Inspiration Officer" to audiences worldwide for providing a road-map to a great life.

Keynote Topics: Team Building and Coaching, Presentation Skills, Motivation,
Business Training Topics: Conflict Management, Diversity, Goal Achievement,

The Chief Inspiration Officer

Science of Happiness

Devin C. Hughes is an award winning speaker, author & former college basketball player who works with a variety of organizations, teams, colleges & universities and non-profits who have a desire to break down barriers and make communication easier through greater self awareness and understanding of each other. He firmly believes that a great life is about progress not perfection. He is known as the “The Chief Inspiration Officer” to audiences worldwide for providing a road-map to a great life.

Devin has been speaking, coaching and writing about the science of happiness and organizational change for the past decade. It begins with a choice… as leaders, employees and teammates we have one. When we choose to be positive, we have the power to change, be resilient and produce extraordinary results within ourselves and our organization. His own moment of change came the day he graduated from Colgate University. On that summer afternoon in 1991, he sat frozen with regret: he knew without a doubt that he had squandered his greatest opportunity—an education.

The son of a black father and white mother, Devin grew up in a mixed—and mixed up—world. His home life was chaotic, riddled with his parents’ drug use and unconventional ways of educating; dyslexia made academic learning a seemingly insurmountable challenge; and his identity was beyond confusing—was he black because he felt black or white because he looked white? Devin knew one thing: he needed to escape his environment and get into college, beyond which he believed the world would open up to him.

Devin lives in San Diego, CA with his wife and four daughters. His memoir, Contrast, is his gift back to those who are looking for some inspiration and passion to move forward, not look back. A great life is measured by ones progress not perfection!

Contrast: A Biracial Man’s Journey to Desegregate His Past

In 1967, the Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in America. Devin Hughes was born two years later to a black father and white mother who fled to Washington D.C. to escape the racism of the Deep South. Of course, bigotry still ran rampant, and light-skinned, green-eyed Devin felt its pull from both ends: strangers who didn’t know he was half-black and friends who didn’t care he was half-white. With questions of race and identity always cluttering his mind, Devin still found himself more consumed with his dysfunctional family life: a father who offered an alternative education in the form of “street life” and religious exploration, and a mother whose drug use zombified her for most of his childhood. Despite his parents’ flaws, they were Devin’s greatest believers. From his dad founding a neighborhood baseball team to his mom advocating for him in school, they taught Devin that anything imaginable was within reach, that their mistakes needn’t be his choices, and that his destiny was for greatness. Ultimately, Contrast: A Biracial Man’s Journey to Desegregate His Past isn’t a book about race; it’s a book about acceptance, perseverance, and love.

Executive Certificate in Leadership from Cornell University – S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management (2007).

Certificate in Global Strategy & Management from the University of San Diego (2007).

Master Certificate in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (2008).

Executive Certificate in Leadership & Team Building from the University of California, Berkeley – Walter A. Haas School of Business (2008).

Global Biotech Certificate UCSD – The Rady School of Management (2008).

Executive Certificate in Medical Marketing UCLA – Anderson School of Management (2009).

BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Colgate University (1991).

Currently a candidate to receive his MS Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University.

KEYNOTES & WORKSHOPS

Corporate programs:

The topics and programs below can be adapted for either keynote speeches or workshops. These topics are a sample representation—Devin is happy to create new material based on your organization’s needs.

Keynote: 60 minutes. Ideal for an audience of 50 to unlimited.

Workshops: Half a day to two days. Ideal for 20-50 participants.

Science of Happiness:This workshop provides participants with the tools to retrain their brains to capitalize on positivity and improve their productivity, adaptability and performance. The Power of Purpose: If you want to develop a leadership team that inspires their direct reports, you must be a catalyst for change. With practical instruction and engaging group work, Devin shows you how to inspire via the power of purpose. You can be the change you wish to see in the world.

Diversity Training: In today’s multicultural environment, it is still not uncommon for workplaces to be divided down racial or cultural lines. Devin addresses the topics of racism (direct or indirect) and intolerance head on, helping teams break down barriers to productivity and achieve greater success as a result of increased understanding.

Cultural Awareness Workshop The Cultural Awareness Workshop focuses on organizing collaborative efforts to improve communication and develop effective working relationships between cultures by examining changing demographics, diverse cultures, and differing manners of communication.

Intercultural Communication Workshop

This workshop addresses multicultural issues in the workplace with special emphasis on intercultural communication. The backgrounds, cultures, and unique experiences of participants are highlighted in the context of intercultural relations and understanding of diversity.

Diversity Outreach: This workshop participants will learn what types of community outreach projects/campaigns they can develop and what messaging is needed to reach the specific community. It can be developed for African American, Native American or Latino outreach. Workshop time is ½ day – 1 day. In addition to workshop one on one coaching is available. Educational programs (elementary, middle, high school and colleges & universities): Your DNA is Not Your Destiny: Devin offers real-world strategies for people struggling to fit in with others, accept themselves, and overcome stigmas that come with learning disabilities and other internal challenges. He shows how intervention and the power of belief can be used to push beyond what is to discover what can be. Celebrating Diversity: Children recognize early on how the world—and families—can be fragmented solely down racial lines. In this series of speeches and workshops geared to students and staff, Devin shows how to break down barriers to become more accepting of other races, religions, and cultures. Devin addresses how to talk to children about diversity, deal with racism at school, and learn to define and celebrate one’s core identity.

Devin is not only a great person, but he is a true coach, teacher and mentor. He has the innate ability to instill a sense of ownership and a belief in our ability to do anything. Every day is an opportunity for Devin and he passes this message to everyone he can touch.

-Sean Wheat, Vice President, Private Client Investment Advisor at Bernstein Global Wealth Management

Devin’s leadership and team building are exceptional! If you don’t believe you are a valuable individual, spend some time with Devin. I can’t say enough about him…OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL!!!

-John Stiles, President, Stiles Enterprises

Devin is a bright, motivated professional with a passion for building and developing people while leading change and personal growth. He is extremely personable and possesses a tireless work ethic that is infectious.

-John Costello, Senior Software Engineer, Old Mutual Asset Management

Devin knows how to move beyond the ‘fluff’ in order to deliver truly engaging and practical content. I’m always excited to hear what Devin has to say because I know it will be both insightful and useful. He never lets me down.

-Scott Nelson, Creator, Medsider.com


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