Devin C. Hughes, the Chief Inspiration Officer is a highly sought after speaker, author, happiness muse, corporate mindfulness trainer & executive coach who speaks to a variety of leaders, groups, organizations, and teams who have a desire to break down enterprise-wide cultural barriers, improve personal/organizational performance and enhance communication through greater self-awareness and understanding of one another. His approach draws from the science of positive psychology, positive organizational research, appreciative inquiry, neur
Devin C. Hughes, the Chief Inspiration Officer is a highly sought after speaker, author, happiness muse, corporate mindfulness trainer & executive coach who speaks to a variety of leaders, groups, organizations, and teams who have a desire to break down enterprise-wide cultural barriers, improve personal/organizational performance and enhance communication through greater self-awareness and understanding of one another. His approach draws from the science of positive psychology, positive organizational research, appreciative inquiry, neuroscience, mindset, and mindfulness. Thus, clients receive the forefront in research on well-being and flourishing.
Devin's own moment of change came the day he graduated from Colgate University. On that summer afternoon in 1991, he sat frozen with regret: he knew without a doubt that he had squandered his greatest opportunity—an education.
The son of a black father and white mother, Devin grew up in a mixed—and mixed up—world. His home life was chaotic, riddled with his parents’ drug use and unconventional ways of educating; dyslexia made academic learning a seemingly insurmountable challenge; and his identity was beyond confusing—was he black because he felt black or white because he looked white? Devin knew one thing: he needed to escape his environment and get into college, beyond which he believed the world would open up to him.
Basketball was Devin’s ticket to a brighter future, and he attended Colgate on a full athletic scholarship. Despite his determination to get to college, however, he scraped through the next four years by doing the bare minimum. Realizing how many doors he had closed for himself was crushing. The day he graduated, he knew he had to change.
Devin spent the next ten years building a successful career before transitioning to a more fulfilling vocation: motivating people to reach their full potential. An avid storyteller with a unique talent for connecting with audiences, Devin is at the forefront of leading culture change, contributing new approaches in strategy planning, developing simplified tools for change, and aligning personal, professional, and organizational strategies for maximum results. After years of feeling isolated because of his mixed race and dyslexia, Devin now helps others thrive in a fragmented world.
Devin lives in San Diego, CA with his wife and four daughters. His memoir, Contrast, is his gift back to those who are looking for some inspiration and passion to move forward, not look back.
About Devin’s’ book - Contrast: A Biracial Man’s Journey to Desegregate His Past
In 1967, the Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in America. Devin Hughes was born two years later to a black father and white mother who fled to Washington D.C. to escape the racism of the Deep South. Of course, bigotry still ran rampant, and light-skinned, green-eyed Devin felt its pull from both ends: strangers who didn’t know he was half-black and friends who didn’t care he was half-white. With questions of race and identity always cluttering his mind, Devin still found himself more consumed with his dysfunctional family life: a father who offered an alternative education in the form of “street life” and religious exploration, and a mother whose drug use zombified her for most of his childhood. Despite his parents’ flaws, they were Devin’s greatest believers. From his dad founding a neighborhood baseball team to his mom advocating for him in school, they taught Devin that anything imaginable was within reach, that their mistakes needn’t be his choices, and that his destiny was for greatness. Ultimately, Contrast: A Biracial Man’s Journey to Desegregate His Past isn’t a book about race; it’s a book about acceptance, perseverance, and love.
Partial List of Speaking Clients:
• Lockeed Martin
• Texas Sampling
• Eli Lilly
• Ruland manufacturing
• Crescent Electric Supply
• U.S. Mint Denver
• U.S. Forest Service
• Social Security Administration
• Colorado Lottery
The fight against racism is a continuous battle against misperceptions and assumptions rooted in fear. Contrast: A Biracial Man’s Journey to Desegregate His Past vividly depicts the events that contributed to the cultural, ethnic, and racial make-up of a biracial man’s life. Devin Hughes tells his story with passion and fierce humanity.Kathia Flemens, PhD, Research scientist at George Washington University
Somehow I know myself a little better for having read the memoirs of another man. Devin’s story is moving, inspirational, and flat-out real. Knowing what it means to be black, white, or anything else is more confusing than it’s been at any time in America’s history. Through the lens of Devin’s life, we can all take steps toward harmony with ourselves and our neighbors.Donnie Bryant, Author and Copywriter
Some of Devin’s workshops and talks include
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