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Hill Harper  

Actor, Author, & Philanthropist; Best Known for His Roles in "CSI; NY" and "Homeland"

Harper graduated from Bella Vista High School in 1984. He then graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1988. In 1992 Harper graduated with a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. In addition, he also received his Master of Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. During his years at Harvard, he was a full-time member of Boston's Black Folks Theater Company, one of the oldest and most acclaimed black theater troupes in the country. While a student at Harvard, Harper befriended Barack Obama. Harper and Obama met on the basketball court and became good friends during their first year as law students.

Although Harper earned three Ivy League degrees, he decided to pursue acting and moved to Los Angeles. He has received several honorary degrees, including honorary doctorates from both Westfield State College and Howard University.

Harper's first roles in television began in 1993, in a recurring role on the Fox series Married... with Children while also making his film debut in the short film Confessions of a Dog. He had his first acting role in a feature film with Spike Lee's Get on the Bus, which cast him as a UCLA film student riding a bus to the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. Harper played coroner-turned-crime scene investigator Sheldon Hawkes on the CBS crime drama CSI: NY for nine seasons. In February 2013 it was announced that CSI: NY would be ending and Harper would be joining the cast of Covert Affairs as a series regular.

Harper is the author of several books: Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny, was published in 2006, Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny, was published in 2008; The Conversation: How (Black) Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships, was published in 2010. His books, The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place and The Wiley Boys were both published in 2011. And his book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones was published in 2013.

On February 22, 2016 the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law announced that Hill Harper would be their National Spokesman.

Speech Topics


Building a Foundation for Your Life

Motivating Youth to Be Architects of Their Lives

The Importance of Education

The CSI Effect

Building Loving, Trusting Relationships

An Evening with Hill Harper

MANIFESTING YOUR DESTINY & CONQUERING F.E.A.R.

(False Evidence Appearing Real) Fear is the number one thing that holds the vast majority of us back from living our best lives and truly manifesting our destiny. Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s philosophy “...that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it,” Harper will explore fear and the limitations that fear puts on the individual’s potential. Harper helps develop the tool kit we need to identify our most debilitating fears and sharpens our self-awareness to enable us to conquer them. By reinforcing his personal philosophy that we all have our own unique and purposeful driven destiny, Harper’s speech teaches us about the critical value of perspective in order to live fulfilled lives at home, school, or in the workplace.

THE WEALTH CURE

Harper presents themes from his New York Times Bestselling book The Wealth Cure, which melds together personal philosophy, life strategies, and guidance on fortifying a financial future. Harper highlights the importance of identifying our individual wealth factors, in order to create true wealth. Harper’s strategy, infused with personal reflection, helps the individual understand how to diagnose & cure financial impediments to enable him or her to live an abundantly wealthy life. Harper’s advice offers practical application to build financial security. His presentation will demonstrate the importance of investing, budgeting, and saving effectively, but Harper also redefines wealth through a prism of good health and personal relationships.

THE BLUEPRINT

Being an Active Architect of Your Own Life

We all have the potential to create the life we desire. Harper compares the individual’s ability to build his or her own life, to an architect’s design skills. An architect starts with a blueprint. The building shown on the blueprint is gradually erected and the structure is built. Harper explains how we can develop blueprints with the plans for our own lives. His speech coaches us to be active architects of our own lives, with a few simple tools. Harper leaves his audience inspired to both seek and create opportunities that empower them to use their unique creative skills and abilities.

ENERGY & INNOVATION IN THE WORKPLACE

Reinvigorate Your Mind & Ideas

Harper uses principles from physics and a powerful analogy about energy to explore why many of us experience energy and creativity blocks in the workplace. He explores the power of energy and how critical it is not to let what is going on around you, change what is going on inside of you. Harper will offer a number of methods to stay on course and maximize our highest potential.

SAILING THE SEVEN C’S OF SUCCESS

Harper details the principles of one of the most popular themes in his books- The Seven C’s of Success:

  • Creativity
  • Courage
  • Character
  • Confidence
  • Commitment
  • Completion
  • Calm

THE CONVERSATION

Male/Female Relationships in 2015 and Beyond

Harper presents his findings from his #1 bestselling relationship book The Conversation with an interactive discussion between men and women regarding love and relationships. He offers guidance for how men and women can fortify their relationships with clearer and more consistent communication. Harper not only analyzes the misunderstandings that plague men and women in their interactions, but in his presentation he encourages a real time conversation among the audience. The goal of this conversation is to stimulate both active listening, and self-discovery. The audience will leave with key tips for leveraging honest and direct communication to build new loving and lasting relationships, and to protect and strengthen existing relationships.

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