Sergeant Major (Retired) Matt Drayton is a decorated Army veteran who has led and mentored hundreds of men and women. Matt is the owner of Drayton Communications, a corporate speaker, consultant, and leadership expert with over 33 years’ experience in government and commercial commerce. Matt has worked as a Senior Department of Defense Civilian, an Analyst for the Northrup Grumman Corporation, and as a Broadcaster and Radio Station manager. Matt is a member of the National Speakers Association

Succeeding While Black

Hard work and solid ethics may be old-fashioned…but they’re indispensable to success in life. Succeeding While Black draws attention to and provides solutions for many of the issues facing African-Americans. Many young African-American men will find themselves in prison, in gangs, and on the streets without opportunities to succeed. African-American children still trail behind other ethnicities in almost every academic statistical category in America. By sharing his own story and personal struggles, author Matt Drayton debunks the myth of a challenging early life inevitably resulting in failure, and candidly shares his journey of changed focus and better decisions. Drawing on a lifetime of mentoring and leadership, Matt provides the building blocks to success—from appearance to attitude—in an accessible voice that will appeal to all readers. If you are working with African-American youth, this book is a must-have.