Jonathan Edison 2016-11-01T13:57:08+00:00

Project Description

Jonathan EdisonJonathan Edison

Success Strategies That Get Results

“Success Strategist” Jonathan Edison is one of the most compelling thought leaders and Motivational Business Speakers today. As an expert in human development he delivers strategies, methods and tools filled with insight and humor that consistently move people and organizations to their highest potential. His personal Motto is ” Results don’t Lie, people do!” Growing up in an environment that was a prescription for failure, young John John—his grandmother’s affectionate nickname for him—faced many hardships. After exposing him to drugs and violence, his mother was removed from the household by the Department of Social Services when he was five years old. Two years later Jonathan’s father left to start a new family on another side of town. Then, his grandmother Cloraine that took on the challenge of raising him died of cancer when he was 14.

Now homeless, Jonathan was forced to take up residence in his aunt’s basement. To afford the $50.00 a month in rent and his portion of the electric bill, he worked a full-time job as a dishwasher/bus boy at Chili’s Grill and Bar in the evenings and on weekends. He graduated from high school with a 1.63 grade point average and completed his first year of college with a 0.62 GPA before dropping out completely.

Instead of becoming another statistic, Jonathan found the courage he needed within himself to rise above adversity. He enrolled in remedial classes at Wayne County Community College. In 1993, Jonathan graduated with an associate’s degree as a part of the Urban Teacher Program. In 1995 Jonathan continued his education at Wayne State University, earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in only. During college, Jonathan worked as a bus attendant, waiter, gas station attendant and often slept in his car so that he could hold down his jobs and attend classes.

After teaching for four years, at age 27 Jonathan became the youngest assistant principal in the history of Detroit Public Schools. In 2002, he was named Wayne County Spokesman for Success. Then, along with hundreds of other dedicated educators, Jonathan was fired. With no savings, clients or plan, in 2004 he launched Edison Speaks International, a motivational and training development company. Since then Jonathan has shared his “Strategies for Success” with over 500,000 people, authored four books and has spoken in over 40 States. Jonathan’s Fortune 500 clients include: CVS Pharmacy, Daimler Chrysler, FBI, Folgers Coffee, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, McDonald’s and State Farm Insurance.

Topic Titles

Make Your Own Magic!

Fueling Sales Success

Leveraging CHANGE in a Lightning-Paced World

How To Stay Motivated in Challenging Times

Legacy Empowered Leadership

Walking the Life and Business Tightrope


Make Your Own Magic!

So Your Graduating, Now What?

List of Past Clients

  • PBS
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • CVS
  • Meeting Professionals International
  • Penn State University
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • State Farm Insurance
  • RMA Land Construction
  • Omaha Public Power District
  • HP
  • Michigan Society of Association Executives
  • American Library Association
  • Illinois Governors Conference
  • Chase Bank
  • General Motors
  • Aflac
  • Henry Ford Health Systems