Richard Taylor

Richard TaylorCharismatic Chicago native Richard Taylor began public speaking professionally in 2011 and has since cultivated a successful career as a motivational speaker, author, and consultant.  Richard focuses on empowering audiences of all ages through helping them to overcome issues such as depression, suicide and low self-esteem. 

In 2013, Richard made a shift from microphone to manuscript, authoring his debut book Unashamed: The Process of Reconstruction, which sold over 7,000 copies in the first year of its release and made Amazon’s best-seller list. Shortly thereafter, he flooded social media outlets, chronicling his motivational messages and inspiring encounters from speaking and mentorship; perhaps most notably, his YouTube series “Getting Over The Hump.” That same year he launched his trademark brand, Unashamed Nation, which is the parent company that encompasses all of his initiatives and business ventures. The following year, he authored his second book, Between the Dream, which also made Amazon’s best-seller list upon its release in November 2014. In his free time, Richard runs an independent mentorship program for young men called I.C.E. (I Choose Empowerment), and since initiating the program at his Alma Mater, Martin Luther King College Prep, he has mentored over 500 young men in Chicago. He is also an OpEd writer for TechBook Online and the Good Men Project, and serves as a professional consultant to several colleges and organizations. 

On stage or on the page, Richard’s remarkable display of transparency enables him to connect with audiences beyond the surface of the subject matter and continues to be the hallmark of his career. His inspiring message of hope and perseverance delivered with undeniable authenticity has helped to establish him as one of the most influential voices of this generation. A dynamic speaker, thought-provoking author, and passionate mentor, whichever platform he uses, Richard continuously proves himself to be an agent for change and an advocate for life.

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