Derek Young | Motivational Speaker and Trainer
Derek Young is a voice of clarity in this new, multi-cultural/multi-generational business arena! He inspires audiences to transform their results by transforming how they view culture, diversity, and leadership. As a motivational speaker, leadership trainer and corporate leader for some of the world’s greatest organizations, his unique people skills strategies have positively impacted millions of consumers and thousands of employees. His ten year run as a stand-up comedian makes him the ideal choice for conferences, retreats, awards banquets and special events where the event planner wants the audience to be energized and entertained!

His expertise has been shaped through 25+ years as a change agent and thought leader for the nation’s #1 Family Dining Chain—Cracker Barrel, the nation’s #1 Discount Retail Chain—Dollar General, the nation’s #1 Corporate Diversity Pipeline INROADS, the nation’s #3 Telecommunications Company—Sprint, and the nation’s Central Bank—the Federal Reserve. His uncanny insight into human and organizational development enables him to immediately connect with C-Suite, middle management, and front-line leaders to produce greater innovation.

As President of Young Motivation Group, Derek has been privileged to serve great organizations like AT&T, Best Buy, CAT Financial, Johnson and Johnson, Loews Hotel, NASBA, Prudential, Skanska, the State of Tennessee, and Tractor Supply. His Traffic Light Action Plan® is a unique and powerful tool that captures commitment and produces lasting success. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, and a lifelong Cardinals baseball fan, the great loves of his life are his wife Allyson and their four children. Derek travels from Music City USA—Nashville, TN. His personal motto for success is God first, others second and dreams third.

Derek Young | All Time Favorites

Favorite Teams: St. Louis Baseball Cardinals (every year); 1970’s Dallas Cowboys; 1980’s LA Lakers; Current Real Madrid Soccer Club

Favorite Movies: The Godfather; The Great Escape; Jerry Maguire; 12 Angry Men; The Shawshank Redemption; The Entire Bourne Series; A Few Good Men; Lion King; Sound of Music

Favorite Artists: Phil Collins; Celine Dion; EWF; Ella Fitzgerald; Kirk Franklin; Israel Houghton; Journey; Luther Vandross; CeCe Winans; Stevie Wonder

Favorite Songs: The Christmas Song-Nat King Cole; Rhapsody in Blue-George Gershwin; Star Spangled Banner-Whitney Houston (’92 Super Bowl); This is How We Do It-Montell Jordan

Best Career Advice Received: Focus on maximizing your strengths and your weaknesses will be forced to catch up

People to Meet from Any Era: Paul the Apostle; Winston Churchill; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Madame CJ Walker

Most Embarrassing Moment: Collapsing during a Baccalaureate Day Speech for 800 people (I did get up to finish it!)

Best Job: Summer Camp Counselor at Camp Wyman, serving children from difficult backgrounds

Best Mentors: Bob Carpenter (President, Dollar General); Norm Hill, (SVP of HR, Cracker Barrel); and Kelly Parker (Father-in-Law)

Best Career Advice for Others: Be true to your values, master the power of influence, and strive to dignify everyone you work with

Derek Young | Contact

Derek Young | Motivational Speaker
315 Tenth Ave. North, Suite 102-F
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 593-6041
(615) 578-1957