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Derek Rhodes

Founder & Executive Director of the Durham Success Summit, Author, Community Activist

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Derek Rhodes Biography

Derek Rhodes is a business strategist, community leader, social entrepreneur, author, and public speaker. In each of these roles, he has focused on the positive impact he can make on others. By focusing on meaningful work, he measures his success according to the results that he drives for his teams. He has established himself as a consistent performer, devising new and unique ways to change systems from within and pioneer bold ideas that serve the public.

After graduating from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Political Studies in 2011, Rhodes went on to become an intern at the Department of Justice, where he developed skills that have enabled him to thrive in other high-pressure, fast-paced environments. He proceeded into a second coveted internship, this one at The White House. It was not long afterward that his life took a drastic turn: at a press briefing in the East Room, President Obama highlighted Rhodes's efforts at Duke and during his internships.

Rhodes took this momentum and moved into roles at multiple world-class organizations. He was an Associate Team Lead at Google for a little more than a year. He oversaw Strategic Initiatives and Operations at My Brother's Keeper Alliance through the Obama Foundation. And he served as the Director of Business Strategy for the Miami Heat. Each of these positions introduced Rhodes to fresh challenges. He was able to hone his skills as a planner, thinker, and leader, seeing up-close what made some of the most sophisticated and effective teams function as well as they did.

Throughout all of this time, Rhodes was carving out initiatives of his own. In 2016, he authored the children's book "Jimmy in the City" as a way to present local politics in a positive, educational light to young people. This was also his first foray into public communication of a message that has since become a common refrain: Rhodes motivates and inspires students to see beyond their current situations and follow through on the dreams they have envisioned for themselves.

Based on these ideals, Rhodes founded the Durham Success Summit, a one-day leadership conference through which he has created opportunities for high school and college students from underrepresented and underprivileged communities. Although unique as an organization, the Durham Success Summit is just one more reflection of Rhodes’s personality, vision, and the mission he has set for himself. His belief in the power of progress is immense – and it is a belief that bursts forth in all of his speeches, presentations, and projects.

Most recently, Rhodes has worked at Microsoft, as Chief of Staff. His media appearances include an entry in the 2015 Business Insider article, "Top 15 Most Impressive Students at Duke," and he also holds a Certificate in Disruptive Strategy from Harvard Business School Online. Rhodes's dual interests in business strategy and civic engagement combine to make him a uniquely empathetic, creative, and results-driven problem-solver and innovator.

Speaking Topics
  • • How to Change the World

    • Storytelling for Change

    • Inspired to Serve: How Business Leaders and Educators Can Authentically Promote a Culture of Activism

    • Effective Changemaking 101

    • Success Summit Blueprint: Define and Design Your Life

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Jimmy for the City

Jimmy for the City

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Founder & Executive Director of the Durham Success Summit, Author, Community Activist

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Derek Rhodes Biography

Derek Rhodes is a business strategist, community leader, social entrepreneur, author, and public speaker. In each of these roles, he has focused on the positive impact he can make on others. By focusing on meaningful work, he measures his success according to the results that he drives for his teams. He has established himself as a consistent performer, devising new and unique ways to change systems from within and pioneer bold ideas that serve the public.

After graduating from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Political Studies in 2011, Rhodes went on to become an intern at the Department of Justice, where he developed skills that have enabled him to thrive in other high-pressure, fast-paced environments. He proceeded into a second coveted internship, this one at The White House. It was not long afterward that his life took a drastic turn: at a press briefing in the East Room, President Obama highlighted Rhodes's efforts at Duke and during his internships.

Rhodes took this momentum and moved into roles at multiple world-class organizations. He was an Associate Team Lead at Google for a little more than a year. He oversaw Strategic Initiatives and Operations at My Brother's Keeper Alliance through the Obama Foundation. And he served as the Director of Business Strategy for the Miami Heat. Each of these positions introduced Rhodes to fresh challenges. He was able to hone his skills as a planner, thinker, and leader, seeing up-close what made some of the most sophisticated and effective teams function as well as they did.

Throughout all of this time, Rhodes was carving out initiatives of his own. In 2016, he authored the children's book "Jimmy in the City" as a way to present local politics in a positive, educational light to young people. This was also his first foray into public communication of a message that has since become a common refrain: Rhodes motivates and inspires students to see beyond their current situations and follow through on the dreams they have envisioned for themselves.

Based on these ideals, Rhodes founded the Durham Success Summit, a one-day leadership conference through which he has created opportunities for high school and college students from underrepresented and underprivileged communities. Although unique as an organization, the Durham Success Summit is just one more reflection of Rhodes’s personality, vision, and the mission he has set for himself. His belief in the power of progress is immense – and it is a belief that bursts forth in all of his speeches, presentations, and projects.

Most recently, Rhodes has worked at Microsoft, as Chief of Staff. His media appearances include an entry in the 2015 Business Insider article, "Top 15 Most Impressive Students at Duke," and he also holds a Certificate in Disruptive Strategy from Harvard Business School Online. Rhodes's dual interests in business strategy and civic engagement combine to make him a uniquely empathetic, creative, and results-driven problem-solver and innovator.

Derek Rhodes Speaking Topics

  • • How to Change the World

    • Storytelling for Change

    • Inspired to Serve: How Business Leaders and Educators Can Authentically Promote a Culture of Activism

    • Effective Changemaking 101

    • Success Summit Blueprint: Define and Design Your Life

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  • How to book Derek Rhodes?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Derek Rhodes for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Derek Rhodes, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Derek Rhodes or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Derek Rhodes?

    Booking fees for Derek Rhodes, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Derek Rhodes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Derek Rhodes?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Derek Rhodes for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Derek Rhodes for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Derek Rhodes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Derek Rhodes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Derek Rhodes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as. The estimated speaking fee range to book Derek Rhodes for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Derek Rhodes generally travels from Durham, NC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Erin Gruwell, Liz Dozier, Dan Heath, Jones Loflin and Van Jones. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Derek Rhodes for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Derek Rhodes Speaking Topics

  • • How to Change the World

    • Storytelling for Change

    • Inspired to Serve: How Business Leaders and Educators Can Authentically Promote a Culture of Activism

    • Effective Changemaking 101

    • Success Summit Blueprint: Define and Design Your Life

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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