2022 future maker

Eric Thomas

Iconic and Influential

Eric Thomas, Ph.D., is a critically acclaimed, best-selling author, world-renowned motivational speaker, educator, pastor, and an Audie Awards Finalist. ET, as he is better known, has generated a devoted following with his creative, common-sense approach to living a successful, satisfying professional and personal life.

The Dreamer’s Journey

Drawing from his personal experiences – homelessness, an absent biological father, academic struggles, and other obstacles – ET co-hosts “The Secret to Success with CJ, Karl, Jemal & Eric Thomas” podcast, offering useful insights designed to help listeners exchange cycles of failure for patterns of success. Millions of followers have applied the principles revealed in his award-nominated autobiography, “The Secret to Success,” as well as the followup books.

Future Greatness

ET’s unique brand of pragmatism makes him a "go-to" problem-solver for the world's largest corporations. Now ET has turned his attention to lifting up the next gen with his education-focused book, “You Ain’t the Boss of Me,” which aims to help every student learn to their full potential.

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