Charles L Holley is an Inspirational Toastmasters International Speaker (2020 Division A speaking champion) and prolific author of several books. He is 30-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 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 in 2001.

He  specializes in Diversity and Engagement and was  born the youngest of seventeen siblings 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.

He graduated from East Limestone high school in in Athens AL. 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 Business Administration.


He married his college sweetheart and was blessed with two wonderful children. As a good life progressed, tragedy struck the family. In 2001, his teenage son 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 and as a result of the tragedy. Charles and his family struggled with 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," about the death of his son. He joined Toastmasters International speaking and leadership organization to improve his communication and leadership skills.  

 His speaking motto is, “Book More than a Speech. Book Inspiration!

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