Returning speaker brings fresh perspective on leadership skills and acquiring success

Kayla Bell

Dr. Antoine Moss, also known as the “Man of Inspiration,” will speak at NMU in the Marquette Room of the University Center for a second time on Monday March 20, 2017. His speech is titled, “Young. Brilliant. Different. How to Succeed in College and Life in a Different World!”

Dr. Moss has spoken on realizing goals at universities nationwide, written two books on success plans, and helped develop a leadership program for NASA. He has also received numerous accolades for his work, including spots on the “25 Under 35 Movers & Shakers in Cleveland” and “AT&T’s 28 National Movers & Shakers for Black History Month.”

The topics covered during his motivational speeches range from strategies for securing competitive internship positions to identifying one’s dreams and overcoming the obstacles, that stand in one’s way of achieving them.

Moss has spoken in a wide variety of settings—to large groups of college students, television audiences, and also worked directly with clients in developing leadership and success skills.

Moss is known for participating in several internships during his time as a college student at Cleveland State University. Some were with highly prestigious institutions like NASA, the FBI and the U.S. Senate.

Coming from the troubled inner city of Cleveland and a single-parent household, Moss said his determination and strong sense of self allowed him to persevere.

“I had to look around me for ways to get out of the impoverished situation I was in. I was able to do that because when I looked around I found sources of inspiration. I had mentors and coaches that helped lift me from where I was at,”
Moss said.

The theme of this year’s appearance will focus on why respecting our differences and building relationships is central to one’s own success.

“A choir has sopranos, altos and tenors—they all have their note to carry and we all have our note to carry in life. If we carry our note with the right tune and at the right time, it makes a beautiful sound,”
Moss said.

Moss will  return to NMU as part of the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program, which aims to expose college students to professors from diverse backgrounds. It is part of a larger King-Chavez-Parks Initiative of the state of Michigan.

This event is coordinated by Shirley Brozzo, Associate Director at the Multicultural Education and Resource
Center.

“As a success coach, he’ll share ideas on how to make yourself stand out in an interview or on the job. His presentation will be filled with information, wisdom and humor. Come prepared to laugh along with him and learn from his successes and his failures,” Brozzo said.

This event is free to students as well as the public.

Antoine Moss can be reached on Instagram at @ManofInspiration or on Twitter at @2PositiveTweets.