Richard Anthony Celestin is a highly sought after and well recognized motivational speaker and youth advocate. From highly energized and relevant workshops to inspiring keynote addresses- the goal of each speaking engagement is to ensure that the audience is provided with thoughtful and empowering information and tools to encourage personal, academic and professional success.

Each topic is presented from a place of personal experience and from lessons learned through Richard’s wide array of experiences serving as a community and youth advocate, an educator and an attorney. Relevant information, personal stories and thorough and practicle advice is incoproated into each speaking engagement to ensure audiences are able to walk away with the information and tools necessary to achieve success on their terms!


Below is a list of various speaking engagements that Richard has conducted for both youth and adults.

Workshop Facilitator, Soft Skills and College Success
Academy of Finance and Enterprise High School, Grades 9-12

Presenter, Demystifying the College Application Process
Queens Library – Teen Directors Professional Development

Workshop Facilitator, Building Self-Worth and Self-Love
Forest Hills High School, Grades 9-12

Presenter, Resume, Cover Letter and Job Search Workshop
Queens College – Academic Advisement

Presenter, Author Talk – “The Hard Facts About Soft Skills”
Langston Hughes Library (Queens)

Professional Development, “Tough Conversations in Tough Times”
Partnerships for After School Education (PASE)

Workshop Facilitator, Success Coaching and Planning
Transit Tech Career and Technical Education High School

Workshop Facilitator, Success Planning and Coaching for Young Men – 6-Part Series
Brooklyn Institute for Liberal Arts

Workshop Facilitator, Debate and Advocacy / Conflict Resolution
Osborne Association, Youth Action Council

Facilitator, Social Justice Workshop Series
LaGuardia Community College – College Now Program

Panelist, Police, Youth and Community Relations
Pathways College Preparatory School

Coordinator, Law Day “Color Of Justice”
Queens Criminal Court / Queens County Bar Association

Moderator, School-To-Prison Pipeline Panel Discussion
Middle School 358 / Queens South Borough Field Support Center

Workshop Facilitator, Success Coaching, Networking and Conflict Resolution
Fortune Society, Alternative-to-Incarceration Program

Workshop Facilitator, Conflict Resolution
Osborne Association, Youth Excellence Program

Workshop Facilitator, Job Interview Skills
CUNY Fatherhood Academy

Moderator, Attorney Career Panel
CUNY John Jay – Pre-Law Boot Camp

Keynote Speaker, Las Siete A’s / The 7 A’s Mentoring Program Kickoff
Queens South Borough Field Support Center / M.S. 210

Workshop Facilitator, Justice Community Program
Educational Opportunity Center, York College

Panelist, “The Perfect Selfie”- The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Social Media
Turtle Hook Middle School – Delta Sigma Theta Event

Keynote Speaker, Young Adult Internship Program Commencement
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (Brooklyn)

Keynote Speaker, Young Adult Internship Program Commencement
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow / Y Roads (Queens)

Panelist, Racial Disparities in the Administration of the United States Legal System
CUNY Black Male Initiative Conference – York College

Panelist, Is a JD Still a Worthwhile Investment for People of Color?
Center for Diversity in the Legal Profession – CUNY School of Law

Panelist, Incarcerated Until Proven Guilty – Conversation on Bail
Criminal Defense Clinic/The Law Review – CUNY School of Law

Panelist, What You Can Do With a Law Degree- Alternative Careers for Attorneys
Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program – Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Panelist, Prepping for the Penitentiary: An Exploration of the School to Prison Pipeline
Emerging Black Leaders Symposium – TUFTS University

For information on how to book Richard for a public speaking engagement, workshop, or a large or small presentation.
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