With over ten years of experience, The Honorable Matthew A. Pigatt is a sought-after speaker whose authentic approach to professional development, community leadership, and historical wisdom inspires awareness and action. Whether delivering a keynote or presenting a workshop, Matthew consults with colleges, school districts, and non-profits to motivate young adults and education professionals to become the leaders our communities need. Growing up as a juvenile delinquent with a 2.1 GPA in high school, Matthew can relate to our youth’s challenges. Through the power of mentorship, he gained real-world experience in earning over $100,000 in competitive scholarships, exploring diverse cultures through international research programs, and becoming a Mayor.
Matthew’s message inspires audiences to realize their purpose and work to become better people in this world. He specializes in speaking and training in urban and culturally diverse communities.
Many of us grow up feeling as if there is something we are supposed to do, but due to our current challenges, we may feel purposeless. This can lead to a lack of motivation, anxiety, and depression. Through personal stories, Matthew shares a powerful message of overcoming the odds, realizing your purpose, and leveraging your gifts to contribute to this world.
This interactive keynote will leave audience members motivated to:
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Topics covered: success, resiliency, mentoring, mental health, discovering purpose, becoming mission-driven, personal development, academic achievement, career development, professional development, community service, relationship building
Matthew Pigatt is such an amazingly positive role model. His positivity and fresh approach are heartfelt. We need to provide more opportunities for students to SEE themselves in the curriculum so that they can better connect to and relate to the curriculum.
The Academic Hustle™ is based upon the personal transformation and national award-winning research conducted by Matthew A. Pigatt. Matthew entered college on academic probation and all loans, yet graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College with over $100,000 in scholarships, competitive fellowships, and an international research training program.
Through guidance and support of researchers from UC-Berkeley, Emory University, Morehouse College, United Negro College Fund, and the National Institute of Mental Health, Matthew explored the characteristics and factors of Black male professionals at the top of their field and students that achieve an over 3.3 GPA who went on to become Fulbright Scholars, Olympians, and Wall Street professionals. Through The Academic Hustle™, students are given a clear game plan to ensure their educational experience sets them up for a prosperous career.
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Topics covered: academic achievement, scholarships, internships, study abroad, career development, professional development, community service, relationship building
“The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. has mentored thousands of youth to career achievement. Matthew is one of our best. Through The Academic Hustle, he distills the wisdom gained from his national award-winning research on our members and his personal transformation into a manual for excellence in education and beyond.”
“How to pay for college is the number one obstacle that prohibits too many students with great potential from earning a degree. This guide offers insightful and innovative ideas about how to achieve that goal without amassing massive debt, which will enable young people to focus on what’s most important--building bright futures.”
“I certainly think anybody looking to go into the career field, anybody who is looking to changing their lives, getting out of unemployment, and just getting out of the cycle that they’re in, and getting into the career choice that they want to get into, and certainly to seek the type of life they want…it goes with this…The Career Hustle
Black history is human history, world history, and within it lies the keys to understanding how this world works. Since ancient times, leaders of civilizations across the world have used history to motivate people to do great work. All the sciences and professions are just a history of people in a particular field. This series of presentations pulls upon thousands of years of history across the globe to put into perspective how we have the power to change and make an impact in today’s world.
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Topics covered: Black History, World History, African History, Asian History, History of the Americas, Black history across the globe before slavery, history of our “modern” world, little-known Black history facts, Juneteenth, and history of African Americans.
"I loved learning about everything! The speaker is dynamic, authentic, and extremely knowledgeable. This training is a must for everyone working in the school system. I know this will impact my instruction by teaching it to my students and colleagues. I already started with teaching my own family at the dinner table last night. This MUST be shared with all schools and students. I would welcome you as a guest speaker in my class anytime."
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