Author and business advisor Stedman Graham speaks to students at Atlantic Cape’s Cape May County campus.

CAPE MAY COURTHOUSE — Atlantic Cape Community College, along with its sponsors the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation and Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, Sept. 26 hosted best-selling author and business advisor Stedman Graham, CEO of S. Graham Associates, to its first Speaker Series event of the 2023-24 school year at the Cape May County campus.

The invitation-only event presented Graham, who conducts global lectures and training for corporations and educational organizations on identity leadership, which is based on a philosophy that one cannot lead anyone else until you first lead yourself. His proven Nine Step Success Process® drives his powerful message.

Graham is a native of Whitesboro in Cape May County, and is dedicated to youth and community. He is the founder of the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, the Concerned Citizens of Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina, and co-founder of the Community Alliance for Youth Success. Graham is an Army veteran and former professional basketball player. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Hardin-Simmons University and a master’s degree in education from Ball State University. He has also been awarded three honorary doctorate degrees.

Those in attendance began their morning with a continental breakfast sponsored by the chamber. Graham began his interactive discussion by talking about new technologies, such as artificial intelligence that will change the way people work and create new opportunities that will require adjustments in thinking.

Graham discussed his patented and proven Nine Step Success Process®, which includes knowing who you are, creating your vision, developing your travel plan, mastering the rules of the road, overcoming your fears, being flexible, creating a support team, making good choices and committing to your vision.

“Self is everything and you must know who you are to succeed. Organization is the highest level of development and if you are not organized you will not succeed,” Graham said. “Develop your own program and develop your own opportunities.”

He encouraged those in attendance to have their own identity and a clear vision of the future.

Stedman Graham signs his book, ‘Identity Leadership.’

Afterward his talk, Graham personally met attendees and signed copies of his book, “Identity Leadership.”

Atlantic Cape will host its second Speaker Series event with best-selling, award winning author Weina Dai Randel Tue7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the Walter E. Edge Theater on the Mays Landing campus.

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Provided/From left, Atlantic Cape Community College Advancement Officer Chris Mularz, Atlantic Cape Trustee Leslie Coursey-White, Atlantic Cape Foundation Executive Director Jean McAlister, Stedman Graham, Atlantic Cape President Dr. Barbara Gaba and Atlantic Cape Cape May campus Director Krista Fitzsimons.

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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.