Derek is passionate about demonstrating, through a range of mediums, how young people can reinvent themselves and their communities on their own terms.

Determined to use his experiences as a platform to lift up others, Derek has made access, equality, and opportunity pillars of both his professional and personal life.

Recent Engagements:

(Derek Rhodes shares a moment backstage with Newberry Medal Award Winner and New York Times Bestseller, Kwame Alexander after co-delivering the opening keynote at the National Network of Schools in Partnership Annual Conference.)

could derek be your next event speaker?

Learn innovative tactics that take you beyond being the traditional “public servant”. Derek is always excited to be able to touch different organizations and businesses. His message will bring hope along with actionable steps for leaders at all levels of your organization. This will inspire your employees to make change in their team or department.

a book reading day with derek at your school

This is an opportunity that will engage, educate, and inspire young audiences. Derek's personal stories, including his children's book, Jimmy for the City, present politics in a unique way that all ages will understand. It also encourages kids to be the best that they can be. Kids will be able to hear the story from the author himself.

Bring your vision to life with one-on-one coaching 

Get the personalized attention you need to strategically move from ideation to execution. Whether you have an idea for a new social impact project or want to find a cause that is authentic to you, Derek is uniquely positioned to help you find and realize your untapped potential. Learn how to create a more purposeful life on your own terms.


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