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ODG President Chris Cathcart is a highly sought after public speaker who has addressed banquet, panel and conference audiences as well as lectured at some of the nation's leading colleges and universities.

Highlights include speaking at such institutions as USC, UCLA and New York City's New School, as well as a recurring lecturer role at his alma mater, Howard University. He has also motivated high school students across the nation and has spoken at forums hosted by such groups as Viacom, Verizon, the Association of Black Journalists and the Washington Post, among many others.

Chris Cathcart

Cathcart was the keynote speaker for the 2005 United Black Student Union of California's State Conference, where he addressed 500 of the state's brightest young people. He has also had the honor of presenting workshops and forums at a number prestigious professional gatherings, including the 2007 CITE Leadership Development Conference, an annual meeting of Verizon African American executives and employees.

In addition, he organizes and moderates a yearly panel for the African Refugee Network, a Washington, DC-based group dedicated to addressing issues facing African refugees both here and abroad. The workshop takes place during the group's annual conference and has featured prominent national leaders, congressional representatives, United Nations officials and members of the national media.

In his presentations, Cathcart addresses such topics as "Self Empowerment Through Volunteerism;" "Communicating Your Message Effectively;" "PR Techniques for Business and Beyond;" and "Branding Yourself for Success;" among others.

Please send an email to Speaks@OneDG.com, or call 213/840-8740 if you are interested in having him address your group.

This page also contains articles authored by Cathcart, some that were published in newspapers around the country. From time to time, new articles will be posted.

Thank you.

September 2011
Cathcart speaks on a panel for the "Mr. SOUL!" film screening at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. Also pictured is Melissa Haizlip, producer/director, Mr. SOUL! - visit www.mrsoulmovie.com for more info.



On Being a Big and my Father's Son

Honoring the King Holiday with a Commitment to Ourselves

Quiet As It's Kept, Barack Can't do it Alone

Chene-Chene-Chene-A-Fool - Dick Cheney's Private Orbit

Memo to Republicans – It’s Time to Go

As Our Neighborhoods Turn, Can We Turn With Them?


January 17, 2008
Keynote Speaker at the John H. Johnson Legacy Day Event at Howard University-


Discover Current Events Internet Radio with The Strategy Sessions on BlogTalkRadio

Listen to Kesi Stribling conversation with AIDS activist, Chris Cathcart, about World AIDS Day, the impact of the virus in communities of color, and if an end to HIV/AIDS is on the horizon. 12.4.2013


On March 16th, Christopher Cathcart spoke on a panel at The City College of New York's Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies in New York; the panel/conference explored
"Civic Engagement in the Era of New Media."

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ODG Prez Chris Cathcart is featured in this D.C., Howard University’s The Hilltop newspaper please enjoy, and share
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Alumni Where Are They Now?: Christopher Cathcart, Class of 1986


Giving Back Is Good Business by Ann Brown
ODG Prez Chris Cathcart is featured in this Network Journal article discussing corporate giving; please enjoy, and share.
Posted on tnj.com ( The Network Journal

Maximize Your Mentor Relationship by Shanene Pinder
Posted on Black-Collegian.com

Christopher Cathcart Public Relations Guru, Author, Public Speaker and Community Activist Interview by Sonya Shields
Posted on Passion Life.net

Christopher Cathcart-Preserving the Art of Giving Back by Charreah Jackson
Posted on Black College View.com


The Lost Art of Giving Back

on Caviar & Chitterling's blogtalkradio.com
Guest Chris Cathcart discuss why it is imperative to give back to one's community, volunteer and take lead in cultivating the next generation
Hosted by-Karen Taylor Bass of TaylorMade Media LLC

The Story

on NPR Radio featuring Christopher Cathcart

The program featured Chris speaking his own experiences with homophobia and why we have to overcome its crippling effect. This interview came on the heels of several editorials and essays Cathcart has written on the subject.
Hosted by-Dick Gordon


on Global Talk Radio with Christopher Cathcart

Hosted by - Celeste Terry


Chris Chathcart



"Chris Cathcart, founder of Ledge magazine, has developed a unique medium to bring to bear truth and dispel myths about HIV/AIDS through film and his dynamic interactive presentations. His work is educational, engaging, and absolutely electrifying. He has been a courageous and welcome presence on the University of the District of Columbia campus. His energetic and direct style has lasting effects as student continue to have meaningful and thought-provoking discussions long after he has gone! "

Sislena Grocer Ledbetter, Ph.D.
Director of Counseling and Student Development
University of the District of Columbia

"Mr. Cathcart's speech was truly riveting. His passion for the field of public relations was heartfelt at our D. Parke Gibson Chapter Luncheon and his many accomplishments have inspired me to put my best foot forward at all times, be concise with all the business you do in PR, and lastly strive for perfection with every task given. Cathcart was a prime example of versatility whether it be corporate PR all the way to entertainment PR. I greatly aspire to follow in his footsteps and accomplish at least half of what he has. Chris Cathcart is genuinely a modern day pioneer of PR."

Christopher A. Caraway
Howard University Student

Chris Cathcart


Remarking on Cathcart's Leadership/Communications presentation for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) Dr. Lonnie E. Mitchell HBCU Behavioral Health Policy Academy Conference in Orlando, FL.

"It was great to get to watch a master at work. Watching your presentation, I was highly impressed with your fluidity, confidence, and intellect. My class was talking about you well into the next day. Kudos!"

L. Michael Gipson
Faithwalk, LLC


For the past several years, Cathcart has organized a panel for the ECDC, a group working to help African Refugees. He has tried to use these workshops as a means to encourage broader support for this critical issue.

“Chris has become an integral part of our annual conferences.  Over the past several years he has coordinated conference sessions that critically examine the relationship between Africans and African-Americans; the impact of the media; and the role of African-American political and religious institutions in highlighting the plight of African refugees. These sessions have provided invaluable insights that directly impact the work we do.  Chris' involvement in our conference has become something of a tradition over the past five years, and I look forward to our continued partnership with him.”

Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D.
Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC)



Along with speaking at schools and universities across the nation, Cathcart takes great pride in regularly returning to his alma mater to speak to classes and student groups. He serves as a mentor for Howard University’s journalism and public relations departments.

“I've always admired Christopher Cathcart as a man of integrity who keeps his word and truly gives back to his community and alma mater. Whenever he's in Washington, he makes it a point to visit Howard University and to share his vast expertise with our students. He employs the perfect blend of humor and reality in his down-to-earth discussions. And these aren't drive-by visits. Chris maintains contact with students, serving as a mentor, offering invaluable advice at any time on any subject, and introducing them to other professionals who can guide their careers.”

Ms. Yanick Rice Lamb
Professor of Journalism, Howard University 

Cathcart frequently speaks to journalism students at New York's famed The New School, offering messages of inspiration and professional encouragement.  

"Chris Cathcart has the unique ability to connect with everyone in the room and make them think of themselves in a much different way. He speaks to the people, not over them. When he’s done telling stories and providing motivational messages, the audience immediately wants to implement some of his concepts of changing the world, their world, for the better. His approach completely engages the audience. And there will not be a person who leaves the room without being a better human simply for listening to him speak. Cathcart is a captivating orator and an all-round good person."

Mr. Richard Huff
Author, Journalist and Adjunct Professor of Journalism