My Mission ...
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"What is life without a sense of mission and purpose? It took me more than three decades to truly hone into mine, though the undercurrents were always there. I am a communicator by disposition, training, and profession, and I enjoy it. People often talk about knowing your “brand,” and if we define “brand” as the characteristics that distinguish you, then mine rest on three pillars - Speaking, Teaching, and Writing. With a healthy dose of communications and brand marketing consulting tossed in for good measure.
"In terms of my work as a public speaker and communications/brand consultant, more information is available below and on the succeeding pages. However, the key point to remember is that regardless of the area of work or service, everything is done with a commitment to inspire, uplift and empower. It’s not just a business model, it’s a lifetime dedication."
Christopher D. Cathcart, Founder
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Back to my Roots
I feel very fortunate, after many covid-marred months, to be able to visit my dad (Bill "Bro. Wali Cathcart) and family on our South Carolina farm this summer. From my days as a kid visiting from my native New Jersey until now, l learn something new every trip.
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The deadline for contributing an essay to Vol. 2 of HBCU Experience – The Book may have come and gone but my arm can be twisted if you have a great must-read story to tell (wink-wink). A good story won't be turned away but getting it in time is key and there are no guarantees (essays can roll over into Vol. 3).
Speaking, Teaching, Writing ... Communicating
Few things in life give me a sense of purpose and honored privilege more than speaking before a receptive, eager audience –regardless of size, topic or background.
I’ve had the good fortune to have spoken before countless groups hailing from college and high school students to civic and social organizations to businesses of all types. The keys are knowing your audience, knowing yourself and knowing your topic. I pride myself in always taking these concepts seriously. I look forward to helping you meet your speaking needs.
Since 2005, I've had the honor of teaching some extremely talented young students at such prestigious institutions as Syracuse University and California State University, Northridge.
I was fortunate to get my teaching start at Columbia College Hollywood, a film and TV school based in the Los Angeles area. I consider teaching the most important and rewarding work I do.
Teaching college students is often confounding, always challenging, but never boring.
I have published two books, the most recent being HBCU Experience – The Book: A Collection of Essays Celebrating the Black College Experience which I co-edited with Tia Tyree, Ph.D.
HBCU Experience – The Book is a collection of first-hand stories by graduates of our Historically Black Colleges and Universities covering various areas of Black College life.
My first offering was The Lost Art of Giving Back – A Helpful Guide to Making a Difference, my effort to help others discover the joys of service.
As we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first HIV/AIDS diagnosis in the United States, I wanted to take a minute and reflect on my 10 years as a board member for the Black AIDS Institute (www.BlackAIDS.org). A clear highlight was helping drive the creation of LEDGE, an HIV/AIDS awareness magazine by and for HBCU students. We did two hardcopy issues (2004 and 2006), with Black college students serving as writers, editors, and more. They were distributed on HBCU campuses as well as to community centers, churches, and youth programs.
It was great to combine two core passions, but the need to combat AIDS in our communities and support our HBCUs remains. Support the Black AIDS Institute; Support our Black Colleges. Get involved.
Photo: My presenting at an HIV/AIDS awareness event held at the Unversity of the District of Columbia (UDC); circa 2008.