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Jonathan Edison has taught over 1 million people how to take their future into their own hands. No stranger to hardship, he overcame homelessness and a broken family to become the youngest assistant principal in the Detroit public school system. Today he is CEO of Edison Speaks International and a psychology student at Harvard University.

Shortly after the Department of Social Services removed his mother from his home for drug and alcohol abuse, Jonathan was abandoned by his father. His grandmother took him in, but died of cancer when he was only 14. Failing out of community college, the only things he had left were his minimum wage busboy job at Chili’s Restaurant and the corner of his aunt’s periodically flooded basement that he rented for $50 per month.

Determined to get himself out of the basement, Jonathan got himself back into school, became a teacher, and eventually an assistant principal. Then, along with hundreds of other dedicated educators, he was fired. With no savings, clients or plan he launched his motivational speaking career through his company Edison Speaks International. A decade later he has inspired audiences all around the world to aim high in their personal and professional lives by persuading people that if he can do it, so can they.

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    Jonathan Edison, M.Ed. is the quintessential example, teacher and motivator of success-centered technologies. Jonathan provides individuals with strategies that empower them to overcome obstacles and achieve “UNSTOPPABLE” success. Jonathan was born into poverty in Detroit, MI, fraught with urban-societal issues.

    He graduated from high school with a GPA of 1.63 and completed his first year of college with a GPS of only 0.86 before dropping out. Many individuals with Jonathan’s poor past academic record who grew up in similar environments, find themselves permanently relegated to states of disenfranchisement, poverty and failure, but not Jonathan Edison.

    After years of failure, Jonathan connected with his inner greatness and began to focus on creating success in his life. He went on to complete 4 college degrees in Education and Leadership Supervision. At age 27, Jonathan distinguished himself as the youngest Assistant Principal in the history of Detroit Public Schools. In 2002 Jonathan was recognized as Wayne County Spokesman for Success.

    Motivated by the shock of a sudden lay-off of hundreds of dedicated educators, which was tantamount to corporate down sizing, Jonathan decided to take his future into his own hands. Today Jonathan is the CEO and President of Edison Speaks International, a motivational and training Development Company dedicated to empowering others. Edison Speaks International specializes in Customer Service, Leadership Training, Change Management, Team Building, and Performance Management.

    Jonathan is recognized throughout Corporate America and the Educational Community for his charismatic, dynamic and uniquely engaging presentations. Jonathan′s genius lies in his ability to reveal and teach the secrets of becoming the “CEO” of you. Some of Jonathan′s Fortune 500 clients include: Blue Cross Blue Shield, CVS Pharmacy, FBI, Federal Reserve Bank, Verizon Wireless, DaimlerChrysler and Hewlett-Packard. Jonathan′s educational clients include: Texas Southern University, Prince George County Schools, Milwaukee Public Schools and Oakland University. Jonathan has made several television appearances and has appeared live in front of millions on C-Span.

    Jonathan has also presented on the same platform with world renowned speakers such as Les Brown, Tavis Smiley, Iyana Vanzant, Dr. Cornell West and Dr. Bill Cosby. Jonathan was awarded the 2004 Outstanding Communicators Award and The 35 Under 35 Award by Power Brokers International for creating paths of excellence through leadership and empowerment. Jonathan is also an adjunct professor for Wayne County Community College in the Education Department and a columnist for the Michigan Chronicle and Michigan FrontPage newspapers. Over the past 5 years Jonathan has spoken live to over 300,000 people and he plans to empower millions more.


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Jonathan Edison narrates his unique tale of how he went from failing out of community college to sleeping in his aunt’s flooded basement to being a motivational speaker. With only a space of six by eight feet to call his own, he came to a place where he asked himself one question: “Is this where you want to stay?”

Jonathan decided that if he were going to get out of the basement he had to get back into school. After taking remedial courses to get into community college, he completed a Bachelor’s in education and became a Detroit public school teacher, but his ambition didn’t stop there. He wanted to be an administrator. “I went on 26 interviews; they all said ‘no,’” he lightheartedly shares the importance of perseverance, revealing that after his twenty-seventh interview he “became the youngest assistant principal in the history of Detroit public schools.”

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Equipped with over 10 years of experience as a professional keynote speaker, Jonathan has spoken to more than 1,000 audiences. He customizes every presentation incorporating his clients’ “company specific language” and event theme in order to deliver a relevant and valuable message tailor made for the audience.

Focused on empowering people even in the toughest situations, Jonathan helps people realize that the challenges and trials in their personal lives can either hold them down or bring them up to a new level of appreciation.

Make Your Own Magic: Designed to motivate individuals, employees, leaders and managers
Who wouldn’t like more magic in their life? But magicians don’t sit around waiting for it to happen. They make their own magic, and you can too. In his new book, upcoming PBS special and trademark keynote, Jonathan Edison shows how to make your own magic using tricks you already have up your sleeve: the power of your thoughts and the seven elements of internal energy—Belief, Imagination, Enthusiasm, Passion, Resourcefulness, Intuition and Service. The results—improved achievement and performance throughout your company or organization—will be magical and measurable

Make Your Own Sales Magic: Designed to take your salespeople from marginal to magical
If only achieving your sales goals was as easy as pulling a rabbit out of a hat. In this presentation, Jonathan will demonstrate how to make your own sales magic by using the same methods applied by successful magicians: skill, practice and focus. Magic makes what appears impossible a reality. This session will inspire attendees to reach sales targets they never thought possible, making improved profits for your company a reality.

It Takes Teamwork to Make the Dreamwork: Designed to reinforce and enhance the power of teamwork
A lone magician can be very entertaining. Introduce an assistant and what happens? The magician can perform more efficiently, the illusions can be more complex and dazzling, and together, the team can deliver a richer and more fulfilling experience to the audience. In this interactive presentation, Jonathan will demonstrate that the benefits of teamwork are no illusion in the workplace. Using his tips and strategies, together everyone achieves magic: the productivity ratio of multiple people working on the same task, is always greater than one person and the ROI is always higher.

How To Stay Motivated in Challenging Times: Designed to help individuals, businesses and organizations cope with and conquer change and challenge
If you feel like you’ve run out of ways to stay positive in these tough economic times, this presentation is for you. Jonathan will inspire you to make your own motivational magic and reinvent yourself to overcome any challenge. On a personal level, Jonathan will demonstrate how to leverage your personal strengths, creativity and resilience to successfully cope with change. On a professional level, he will show how techniques used in the workplace to manage the consequences of organizational decisions can be improved to help individuals remain motivated and connected.



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    “Jonathan, you are one of the most electrifying speakers that I’ve seen in over 25 years. We are so looking forward to launching a National Public Broadcasting Special with you in 2007 that will be viewed by over 10 Million people”.
    Diane Bliss Vice President of Fundraising, PBS

    “Jonathan, you we’re absolutely amazing!! Not only were we motivated, but your message on Diversity was intense and passionate. We are definitely going to have you speak to all of our resource groups across the country”.
    Tom Hempfield, VP, Federal Sales, Hewlett Packard

    “Jonathan, the one word that continues to show up on your review is WOW!!. Our group is always so motivated and charged up after you leave we find it hard to let you go. Were looking forward to having you back again and again…..because we are as you say “UNSTOPPABLE”.
    Michelle McCrary, Community Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield

    “On behalf of ORGPRO we would like to thank you again for speaking, we received an overwhelming positive response to your presentation. You provided a valuable contribution to our success. Our attendees agreed that you were highly energetic, humorous and informative. We look forward to definitely having you back!”
    Geralyn L. Root, Dir. of Prof. Development, Michigan Society of Association Executives

    “Jonathan you were absolutely incredible. The way that you were able to connect with my managers using your own personal story was spell-binding. We’re looking forward to having you back again next year.
    Steven Wing, President of Governmental Affairs, CVS Corporation




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    “Jonathan, you are one of the most electrifying speakers that I’ve seen in over 25 years. We are so looking forward to launching a National Public Broadcasting Special with you in 2007 that will be viewed by over 10 Million people”.
    Diane Bliss Vice President of Fundraising, PBS

    “Jonathan, you we’re absolutely amazing!! Not only were we motivated, but your message on Diversity was intense and passionate. We are definitely going to have you speak to all of our resource groups across the country”.
    Tom Hempfield, VP, Federal Sales, Hewlett Packard

    “Jonathan, the one word that continues to show up on your review is WOW!!. Our group is always so motivated and charged up after you leave we find it hard to let you go. Were looking forward to having you back again and again…..because we are as you say “UNSTOPPABLE”.
    Michelle McCrary, Community Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield

    “On behalf of ORGPRO we would like to thank you again for speaking, we received an overwhelming positive response to your presentation. You provided a valuable contribution to our success. Our attendees agreed that you were highly energetic, humorous and informative. We look forward to definitely having you back!”
    Geralyn L. Root, Dir. of Prof. Development, Michigan Society of Association Executives

    “Jonathan you were absolutely incredible. The way that you were able to connect with my managers using your own personal story was spell-binding. We’re looking forward to having you back again next year.
    Steven Wing, President of Governmental Affairs, CVS Corporation


Make Your Own Magic: Designed to motivate individuals, employees, leaders and managers
Who wouldn’t like more magic in their life? But magicians don’t sit around waiting for it to happen. They make their own magic, and you can too. In his new book, upcoming PBS special and trademark keynote, Jonathan Edison shows how to make your own magic using tricks you already have up your sleeve: the power of your thoughts and the seven elements of internal energy—Belief, Imagination, Enthusiasm, Passion, Resourcefulness, Intuition and Service. The results—improved achievement and performance throughout your company or organization—will be magical and measurable

Make Your Own Sales Magic: Designed to take your salespeople from marginal to magical
If only achieving your sales goals was as easy as pulling a rabbit out of a hat. In this presentation, Jonathan will demonstrate how to make your own sales magic by using the same methods applied by successful magicians: skill, practice and focus. Magic makes what appears impossible a reality. This session will inspire attendees to reach sales targets they never thought possible, making improved profits for your company a reality.

It Takes Teamwork to Make the Dreamwork: Designed to reinforce and enhance the power of teamwork
A lone magician can be very entertaining. Introduce an assistant and what happens? The magician can perform more efficiently, the illusions can be more complex and dazzling, and together, the team can deliver a richer and more fulfilling experience to the audience. In this interactive presentation, Jonathan will demonstrate that the benefits of teamwork are no illusion in the workplace. Using his tips and strategies, together everyone achieves magic: the productivity ratio of multiple people working on the same task, is always greater than one person and the ROI is always higher.

How To Stay Motivated in Challenging Times: Designed to help individuals, businesses and organizations cope with and conquer change and challenge
If you feel like you’ve run out of ways to stay positive in these tough economic times, this presentation is for you. Jonathan will inspire you to make your own motivational magic and reinvent yourself to overcome any challenge. On a personal level, Jonathan will demonstrate how to leverage your personal strengths, creativity and resilience to successfully cope with change. On a professional level, he will show how techniques used in the workplace to manage the consequences of organizational decisions can be improved to help individuals remain motivated and connected.


Keynote Speech


Jonathan Edison narrates his unique tale of how he went from failing out of community college to sleeping in his aunt’s flooded basement to being a motivational speaker. With only a space of six by eight feet to call his own, he came to a place where he asked himself one question: “Is this where you want to stay?”

Jonathan decided that if he were going to get out of the basement he had to get back into school. After taking remedial courses to get into community college, he completed a Bachelor’s in education and became a Detroit public school teacher, but his ambition didn’t stop there. He wanted to be an administrator. “I went on 26 interviews; they all said ‘no,’” he lightheartedly shares the importance of perseverance, revealing that after his twenty-seventh interview he “became the youngest assistant principal in the history of Detroit public schools.”

Keynote Speech