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.