Derek Felton is a professional speaker and author of several books including Brilliance is Your Birthright: 12 Steps to Discovering Your Purpose and Building Self-Confidence; Mentoring Student Leaders to Greatness: 25 Ways Student Leaders Can make Healthy Choices and Create Success in School and Life; and the empowerment opus for people of African ancestry, S.O.U.L. Substance Originating from Universal Love. He is also the co-author of the NAACP award-winning The Black Male Handbook (Atria, 2009).

Derek is a graduate with a BA in History and Psychology from Chicago State University. He was training as a life coach at The Life Purpose Institute.

In 2015, Derek co-founded Goal-Getters. This consultancy delivers programs that address the social-emotional needs of students and provide professional development solutions to people of diverse backgrounds.

He is also the co-creator of Play2Win, a leadership and character development training program for student-athletes. Learn more and see the Play2Win story here.

Derek has delivered keynote addresses for organizations and schools all over the United States including: NBC Universal, Major League Baseball, Penn State University, University of Cincinnati, and University of Memphis and was featured in a national ad campaign.

Derek, and his wife, Vikki, live in Mason, OH. They are the proud parents of a little boy.

To find out more about Derek and his programs please download the Media Kit.