speaking engagements with derek

Speaker, Panelist, Facilitator, and Author

Let accomplished consultant and lecturer Derek Rhodes help you plan a program to enhance your next event. Derek will prepare a custom presentation designed specifically to motivate and captivate your audience! We provide collaborative solutions for:

  • Corporate Events

  • School Assemblies

  • Classroom Visits

  • Author Readings

  • National Conferences

  • Breakout Sessions

Reach out today using the scheduling link below and once we receive your event details, we’ll get in touch with you soon to schedule a call. Let us bring Derek to you and help you inspire and connect!

Engaging, Innovative Presentations

Jimmy for the City Comes to Life 

Through excerpts from his acclaimed book, Jimmy for the City, Derek encourages little readers to do their best and try their hardest in every facet of life. This school program and community presentation breaks down the topic of politics to a child-friendly level, making it an exciting experience for both kids and parents alike. As part of this talk, Derek answers kids’ questions and shares his inspiration for creating the story of Jimmy. (With any luck, you may get a sneak peek of Derek’s next book…he loves early feedback!)


How Experience Will Change Your World

Listen to first-hand recollections of how Derek’s experiences working for President Barack Obama at The White House (2015) and his time at the U.S. Department of Justice (2014) transformed his very understanding of what it means to be a public servant. This compelling speaking engagement plan utilizes exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, historical settings, and more, all while helping you and your audience learn how to set personal terms of engagement.


The Inspiring (Not Requiring) Subject of Service

Derek’s interactive speaking presentation provides an in-depth and impactful examination of how individuals both teach and learn about the concept of service. Whether held for an audience of educators or business leaders, each group will take away an understanding of new and innovative tactics to apply in their everyday lives. Derek’s passionate program goes beyond the concept of traditional Community Service days to inspire others to become more engaged in their communities, working toward improvements and making contributions.

Client Testimonials

"We find space for Derek in our programming every year for our K-12 school. He's engaging, approachable, and has an inspiring story that provides hope and an actionable path for those who may feel their dreams are not attainable. Derek has consistently been a hit with students and faculty alike."

- Kemi Nonez

Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Durham Academy

How To Get Speaking Engagements


Schedule time here (you'll be asked to answer a few questions about your event) or email speakers@hopup.org for additional information.



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