Brooks Harper is the premier college- and career-readiness and soft skills speaker in America. He provides keynotes, workshops, and training material for students and professionals and helps them discover, develop, market, and sell their talents, skills, and abilities that bring tangible value to the marketplace. He draws from 15 years of leadership experience in corporate America to invest in and inspire our current and future workforce.
"If you could write your own job description, what would it be?"
This was a life-changing question for Harper. Years before becoming an author and one of the most sought after speakers in the country, he worked in customer service, sales, and management with four publicly traded companies. He made a great living while gaining valuable experience, yet his career lacked fulfillment. Harper set out on a journey to turn his passion for helping others into a paycheck. He went on so many interviews it became, for him, an extreme sport. Then he was asked a simple but soul searching question: If you could write your own job description, what would it be? Today, his books, Why Should We Hire You? and 7 Skills to Make Mills, have been incorporated into economics, business, and career-success curricula as the go-to-books for teaching interview skills, self-marketing, personal branding, and soft skills development. Harper has spoken on hundreds of high school and college campuses across the country to more than 750,000 students and educators. Harper aspires to the belief that every day is an interview and an opportunity to turn learning into earning and your passion into your paycheck.
Harper is no stranger to adversity. When he was 9 years old, his dad did what he calls a "Houdini,” leaving him, his two brothers, and his mother without notice. Harper found solace and support in programs such as the Boys and Girls Club and TRiO, and he remains a strong advocate for them today, speaking on their campuses across the country.