"The only obstacles in life you have to overcome are the ones that place limits on your purpose"

-Phillip Ford


Phillip specializes in schools, neighborhoods & organizations serving at-risk urban and culturally diverse communities. He desires to help youth Close Opportunity Gaps, Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline, and transform knowledge into transformational leadership.


Through his transparent empowerment speaking, Phillip shares his downfalls in life and rise to success. This serves as proof to your students and staff that NOTHING is out of their REACH if you’re willing to put in the work.

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Keynote Presentations
Student Assemblies
Student Orientation
Virtual Presentations
Professional development

speaking topics

Student motivation topics: Reaching forward past adversity

  • Know your worth
  • Be a leader
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Importance of education
  • Being a lifelong learner
  • Closing the achievement gaps
  • Dismantling the school to prison pipeline
  • Finding identity
  • Not being a product of your environment
  • Mental, physical and spiritual health and wellness

Signature Talks

Reach High Reach for the sky

  • Students will learn of the realities of the achievement gap and opportunity gap learning.
  • Audience will hear how Phil failed at every school and grad level he was in, and is now pursuing a PhD.

REACH for More!

  • Audience will learn the importance of self confidence and discipline, and how our failures do not define who we are.
  • The students will be pushed to see themselves not as society does, but as who they desire to be.

Think Twice (Male Empowerment)

  • Students will be challenged to think critically about decisions they make. They will learn that every decision has an outcome.
  • In a world where males are only hearing they are toxic, students will be challenged to think through true healthy manhood (protect & provide).
  • Students will learn the importance of accountability and leadership

Professional Development topics:

  • Connecting with students past the classroom
  • Know your WHY?
  • Student mental health matters


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