Eric Thomas, Ph.D. is a critically acclaimed author, world-renowned speaker, educator, pastor, audible.com Audie Awards Finalist and the electrifying Voice-Over talent credited with propelling the Miami Heat to total victory in the NBA Finals in 2012. His fiery & galvanizing charge of “ALL IN” took the Cleveland Cavaliers, the city, and the fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers to a unifying plateau they had never before experienced before game three of the 2015 NBA Finals! ET, as he is better known, has taken the world by storm, with his creative style and high-energy messages. His words continue to impact tens of millions of people across the planet through a significant social media presence. With his recent domestic and international tours, “ET, The Hip Hop Preacher” has become a global phenomenon!
Drawing from his personal experiences, ET allows his life to be an “open book” from which radiates compelling and inspiring messages. While the typical undergraduate student takes between four to six years to complete their studies, ET took 12. For most, that would have signaled the end of any future academic aspirations. For ET, it was a springboard from which his academic success would launch! In 2005, ET completed and received a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University. On February 5, 2015, Eric successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation and received his Ph.D. in Education Administration on May 8, 2015, from Michigan State University.
Eric’s commitment to community activism is long standing. It began with his award-nominated GED Program that led to his non-profit, Break The Cycle; I Dare you, and a plethora of other ministerial and educational endeavors. The culmination of those efforts resulted in the development of “The Advantage program” at Michigan State University in 2003. This program targets high-risk college students by improving their study habits and increasing their retention rates. Michigan Sate University is where he continued to pursue his passion for remedying the effects of adverse societal influences plaguing both the young and old. And, it is from this platform that he created International Urban Education Consultants; a non-profit organization committed to finding solutions to close the achievement gap in urban schools through goal-framing and reformation of perceptions in student learning.
ET is the epitome of hustle, drive, determination, and success. Millions of followers have been able to apply the principles revealed in his award nominated autobiography, The Secret to Success, which has scaled the social media charts at over 50 million hits. His sophomore release, Greatness Is Upon You, featuring 24 life changing fundamental precepts, has been met with equal success. His most recent tome entitled, Average Skill Phenomenal Will continues in the transformative, and enriching steps of its predecessors. All three titles are available through Eric Thomas and Associates Publications and can be purchased online at etinspires.com.
As CEO of his consulting firm, ETA LLC, Eric has led his team through the doors of dozens of reputable organizations and Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Quicken Loans, AT&T, Nike, Under Armour, New Balance, and UPS. He has also consulted for major universities and major sports franchises in the MLB, NBA, NFL and MLS. At a recent business meeting, Eric had the opportunity to learn more ‘Secrets of Success’ from Berkshire Hathaway Chairman, Mr. Warren Buffett. This invitation-only event broadened his mind and further strengthened his resolve to empower others in their pursuit of greatness.
Eric’s spiritual walk, tenacity and integrity are the perfect examples of his quote,“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” Indeed, nothing demonstrates the truest spirit of service within Eric more than his dedication to the personal success of others. This single principle remains at the very heart of everything Eric does. Of particular importance are families, students & schools. While not public knowledge, for every corporate engagement, Eric dedicates separate time to visit the local youth; both in the juvenile detention centers and those in traditional schools in the immediate and surrounding areas. Eric sees the great need that exists within underserved communities. And while he isn't able to respond to the thousands of daily requests for interventions, motivation, and direction, he is able to tackle those issues of accountability, mentorship & hope - one student, one parent, and one school - at a time.