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Charles Holley

Charles Holley is an International Speaker and Award-winning Author who speaks to corporations and schools. He specializes in employee engagement and communication for companies. His major topics for schools are a presentation entitled Angels Among Us: The Torrell Holley Story, writing and crafting stories, and keys to public speaking.


He is a thirty-plus year business professional who earned a BS/BA in Business Administration specializing in Management Information Systems. He has served in several leadership positions over the course of his career and authored the leadership book, 7 Needs of High Performing Employees.


Charles was born the youngest of ten siblings to poor sharecroppers in North Alabama during the Civil Rights movement. As a child, he suffered from a severe speech impediment and low self-esteem and feared public speaking for most of his life. As an elementary student, his black neighborhood integrated a white school in the early 1970s.

He overcame many obstacles to become the first college graduate in his family. He excelled in basketball and earned scholarships to Snead State Jr College and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Administration.

He married his college sweetheart, and they were blessed with two beautiful children.

Years later, his teenage son suddenly went into cardiac arrest and collapsed while playing basketball at his middle school. He died moments later—the result of an unknown heart condition.

During those difficult moments, Charles used writing as a coping mechanism to overcome deep depression. He penned his first book about his son entitled, When Flowers Fade. He has since written several inspirational books including one for middle schoolers entitled, Angels Among Us: The Torrell Holley Story and one award-winning book entitled, Black and White: Healing Racial Divide. 

Charles overcame his fear of public speaking to capture a Toastmasters International speaking award in 2022 and 2023. He is a dynamic storyteller gifted with the ability to connect with the audience. He speaks to schools, colleges, universities, and corporations.

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