Calvin N. Roberson grew up in a small town in Southern Virginia where the expectations for young black men were mediocre at best. He had a great relationship with his three brothers and one sister. They often told him, in a less than eloquent way, that his intense desire to be heard, would pay off one day. Though Calvin's family was rich in spirit, monetarily, they were very poor. His mom worked as a maid for less than minimum wage to raise him and his four siblings. And his lifestyle was such that; choices of living environment ranged from the "bad" projects to the "good" projects. So, it was no surprise that Calvin's high school teacher tried to deter him from pursuing college for the assumption that he was not smart enough. But even as young boy, Calvin was blessed to understand and grasp the power that lay within him. unlike many of his peers who believed and received their teacher's sentiments of mediocrity for their lives, Calvin thrived against the odds and went on to achieve many great accomplishments.
Calvin graduated from Oakwood University with a B.A. He went on to Andrews University where he attained a Masters degree, and at the age of 24, began his professional journey of speaking power and success into the lives of others. Calvin completed all but his dissertation for a doctoral program at Ashland University. In his quest to find his niche, Calvin has held various prominent positions in different industries. He served as a Licensed Investment Executive at J.C. Bradford & Co., National City Investments and Salomon Smith Barney. He later became Vice President at 1st Tennessee Bank in Nashville. He was later recruited for the position of Regional Vice President at US Allianz, and international Investment firm. After his stead in the investment industry, he accepted the position of Dean of Arts at the prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C.
Calvin has always been actively involved in family life and personal empowerment. His passion is to teach people how to get and give the best of themselves. Calvin possesses the unique ability to disarm tension and makes a profound impact wherever he goes. In Charlottesville, VA., he instituted a successful student mentoring program in the public schools. While in Washington DC, he developed an award winning M.O.N.E.Y. program and worked with the YMCA to help others understand the concept of investments. In Akron, OH, he initiated a faith-based program called Friday Nite F.I.Y.A.H (faithfully inspired youth achieving holiness) where young people were encouraged to express their Christian freedom. Throughout his career, Calvin has counseled countless couples and individuals, and, as a result inspired great changes in their lives.
Calvin not only inspires others but he is also inspired by life's events. After donating a kidney to his beloved sister, Mary, complications caused the kidney to fail. She subsequently succumbed to her illness. Her passing motivated him to establish the African American Kidney Association. It's aim is to help in the understanding and prevention of kidney disease. He is also founder of Family Covenant Ministries where he and his wife are actively involved in the empowerment of families around the country through their "Marriage Vows" marriage conference ministry. After much prompting by professional peers, in 2011 Calvin will be launching his latest brainchild, Podium Perfect, a speakers training and bureau, that includes some of the best and the brightest public speakers that he has encountered in his very successful and colorful career.
Calvin is married to his soulmate, Wendy, and they have three beautiful children, Calvin II., Andrew, and Khloe. Calvin thrives on the successes of great relationships and devotes his live to motivating, activating and empowering others to do the same.
Wendy D'Abreau: Personal Assistant
Bernard and Mary (My Sister and Her Husband); President Obama; Mrs. Spence (My Tenth Grade English Teacher); Les Brown; Alma Blackmon; Salvadore Dali; Wendy (My Wife); My Grad. Sch. Professor - Who Told Me I Would Never Get In To a Doctoral Program.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 30 - 120 minutes
Calvin's Messages of Hope and Success Take His Audiences on an Emotional Roller Coaster Ride, Guiding Them to a Destination Where They Not Only Believe They Can Accomplish The Impossible, They Know How to Extract the Power Within Themselves To Do So.
High Stool or Chair
Podium (Depending on Event Type)
Screen (Depending on Presentation Type)
Past Booked Dates:
03-16-2012 — T&W Consultants Atlanta, GA
10-22-2011 — Empowerment Conference, Houston, TX
10-09-2011 — AWC Leadership Summit, Columbus, OH
10-08-2011 — AWC Leadership Summit, Columbus, OH
10-07-2011 — AWC Leadership Summit, Columbus, OH
10-06-2011 — AWC Leadership Summit, Columbus, OH
08-13-2011 — Marriage Seminar, Youngstown, OH
06-25-2011 — Columbus, OH
06-24-2011 — Columbus, OH
06-23-2011 — Columbus, OH
06-22-2011 — Columbus, OH
06-19-2011 — Columbus, OH
06-18-2011 — Columbus, OH
06-17-2011 — Columbus, OH
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