Speak To Empower
"Regardless of the audience, setting, or even topic, when you stand before a group gathered to hear you speak, your charge is to say something they can use, say it in a way that uplifts and inspires, and leave the group a little better, if only a tiny bit, then they were before you began speaking. I take that as a solemn responsibility."
Speak To Inspire
"I enjoy speaking in the corporate setting. The audiences are always receptive and engaged. And while the bar for success is high, it is always still a very enriching experience. I’ve had to honor of speaking at events for such companies as Verizon, Coca-Cola, and Roblox, among many others. In fact, there are more that I can easily remember. But one that stands out was my keynote for The Blaac@Ross, an organization of African-American employees at Ross Dress for Less Stores, Inc. The occasion was the group’s 2022 observance of the annual Martin Luther King Holiday. Needless to say, it was an inspiring event, not because I was there, but because of everyone in attendance and the spirit of the observance. Long live Dr. King."
"Without a doubt, speaking to young people, in particular, university and college students is a true honor and blessing. Some of my most pointed topics are geared to that audience. And since I also teach at the college level, I feel more in tune with them. Pictured here are Syracuse University’s Newhouse school (where I have spoken before and teach now), and my beloved Howard University’s Founder’s library. Please click here for a partial list of colleges/universities I’ve had the pleasure to address in the past; I’d love to visit your campus soon.?
Schools, Colleges &
Then Black AIDS Institue
Speaking about my Personal Black History - 4/28/19
Honored to give the opening remarks at the Day of Appreciation/Birthday celebration for my father, Wali Cathcart, at South Carolina's Historic Brattonsville Museum, a restored plantation where some of my direct ancestors were held as slaves. To speak on these hallowed grounds, for my dad and my family long gone was a humbling experience.
"By the way, I took this picture of a sunflower field in Rock Hill. Did you know that young sunflowers follow the sun as the day moves on? I saw it first hand."
"Chris Cathcart is a trusted authority on Black culture and a wellspring of information about the historical contributions of African-Americans to the world. I was thrilled to invite him to be a guest speaker at Roblox’s first annual Black History Month panel series, presented by the company’s BIPOC ERG. Chris captivated the audience with his vast knowledge of historically Black colleges and universities and their vital role in nurturing young leaders. He also shared how the tech sector can build meaningful relationships with HBCU grads. Chris is a distinguished speaker and dynamic storyteller with the unique ability to engage and inspire his audience on a variety of topics. I’m looking forward to inviting him back as a speaker for future panels."
Belinda Bass /Senior IT Recruiter / BIPOC Lead, Roblox
"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-around good person."
Richard Huff/ Author, Journalist, and Adjunct Professor of Journalism/The New School (New York)
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
Remarking on my 2010 Leadership/Communications presentations 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/Principal/Faithwalk, LLC
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