I help people
overcome their problems
and unlock their

SPEAKER × AUTHOR × Entreprenuer 


Hello. I'm Harley Blakeman.


My young life was plagued with issues including my parents getting divorced, my father passing away, homelessness, depression, addiction, and crime. Finally, when I was 19 years old I was convicted of Grand Theft and Drug Trafficking before spending 14-months behind bars. While serving my time I realized that this wasn't working for me and that I had to try something new. 


I am an alumnus of The Ohio State University, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Entrepreneur. Although I'm proud of my accomplishments, inspiring others to try something new is my true passion. 


So your looking for a great motivational speaker to help make your event perfect.

You've come to the right place. My story is nothing short of inspirational with personal and professional experiences covering a wide variety of topics including: Going to Prison, Struggling with Addiction, Education, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Everybody faces setbacks and adversity; at the core of my messages lies the secret to making a comeback!

I will work directly with your event organizers to craft an engagement just for your specific audience. Whether you need a 30-minute panelist or a keynote speaker for a multi-day conference, I can help you make it happen. 





The only difference between a winner and a loser is that the winner tried again. In a life full of challenges we need to adopt a "Win or Learn" mentality. Resilience is a key aspects of self-leadership and a highly value personal trait in the job market.



Often times, with our pain comes our purpose. When we learn to leverage our adversity we can lead with conviction and make a positive impact in the world. Idendtify your authentic story and embrace it. 



With roughly 1 in 3 adults in America having some kind of criminal record the issue of recidivism negatively affects taxes, public safety, and privet enterprises. As professionals and community members we have to face the unknown and include formerly incarcerated individuals. Our future depends on it. 


GRIT: How to Get a Job

My book, GRIT: How to Get a Job and Build a Career with a Criminal Record, has sold thousands of copies helping current and formerly incarcerated individuals reach their education and career goals. A truly inspiring story of overcoming adversity pared with easy to uses tools and advice. 

An excellent resource for:

  • Parents & Supporters of Returning Citizens
  • Professions working with formerly incarcerated individuals 
  • Current or formerly incarcerated individuals

What People Are Saying About Grit:

My son is struggling with job search after getting in trouble and I got this book for him. I read it to help him and to know what to recommend to do for future job search and how to handle the topics of jail and arrests on his back ground checks. It’s short and any easy read. Great resource and encouraging and would say worth reading for anyone with a past and struggling.
— Amazon Review
A simple but effective method you can do to get your life back on track. Take it one step at a time.
— Amazon Review
Working in the Reentry field, this book offers lots of great suggestions and advice. Definitely relatable and helps you to understand the process and focus on skill building and preparedness.
— Amazon Review
Although I am not a convicted felon, several people close to me are. They are struggling, after turning their lives around, to make a decent living or get into programs to educate themselves further. This book can help anyone, not just those with a record, to better interview and meet education and employment goals.
— Amazon Review

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