Charles L Holley is a dynamic Toastmasters International Speaker and prolific author who delivers unforgettable speaking experiences. He is thirty-plus-year technology professional who has served in various leadership positions. As a UAH student/athlete graduate, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration--specializing in Management Information Systems and later on, completed a Master of Biblical Counseling from Whitesburg Heritage Bible College. He is a Minister and President/CEO of C.L. Holley Ministries Inc, a global impact comfort and encouragement ministry founded after the sudden and tragic death of his teenage son.
As an engaging speaker with his background and experience, he specializes in Improving Leadership Capability, delivering Inspirational messages, and promoting Diversity. As a student of higher learning, he is well qualified to speak on education subject matters and often inspires audiences with his personal story of overcoming obstacles to become the first of seventeen siblings to graduate from college.
Born the youngest of seventeen to poverty-stricken farmers in the 1960s, he was raised in north Alabama during the turmoil of the civil rights movement. As a child he suffered from a speech impediment known as stuttering and was terrified to speak in public. His life is a novel of overcoming, from his contested birth to becoming first in his family to graduate from college, founder of a dynamic ministry, and prolific author of several inspirational books.
He graduated from East Limestone high school in 1983 and was part of the African American group who integrated the school in the early 1970's. He excelled in athletics and secured a basketball scholarship for college. He served as a student/athlete at Snead State Jr college in Boaz, Al. and at University of Alabama at Huntsville--completing his bachelors in 1992.
He married his college sweetheart Cassandra, and was blessed with two wonderful children— Torrell and Kiana. As a good life progressed, tragedy struck the family. In 2001, Torrell suddenly collapsed as he played basketball at middle school and passed away moments later. He was only thirteen. An autopsy revealed a rare heart condition. A Baptist Minister at the time, Charles struggled with his faith as his wife and daughter battled deep depression.
During the darkest moments of his life, he discovered his love and talent for writing—using it as an outlet for emotional expression. He penned his first book entitled, "When Flowers Fade," which was chosen as a highly recommended read by the publisher Brentwood Christian Press of Georgia. Four years after the passing of his son, he founded CL Holley Ministries Inc.—a dynamic comfort and encouragement ministry that reaches people world-wide.
With an awesome combination of prolific books and engaging speaking style, he instills hope into those in hopeless situations and inspires many from all walks of life. A few of his book titles are "7 Needs of High Performing Employees," "Soar Above the Pain: Inspiration for Difficult Times," "Black & White: Healing Racial Divide," "The God of My Midnights: Finding Him in our Darkest Moments," "The Next Level Forgiver," "Lord, Fix My Leaks," and "Inspirations from the Scriptures"—a devotional.
Unforgettable, Inspiring, and Encouraging are all words people use to describe his speaking engagements. As a powerful communicator and storyteller, he often delivers more than a speech—he delivers an inspirational experience that uplifts a wide range of audiences. Whether sharing leadership wisdom, inspiring stories of his life, or ways to instill diversity, CL Holley always seeks to inspire the audience to rise to higher heights.
As an inspirational speaker, his motto is, “Book More than a Speech. Book Inspiration!
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