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Thrive15 Mentor | Clifton Taulbert

Meet Clifton

Bestselling author and man who helped launch the Stairmaster®
(He is Clay's Yoda.)


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Clifton Taulbert

Pulitzer Prize-Nominated and Bestselling Author / Entrepreneur /
Award-Winning Speaker

Career Highlights
  • Clifton is a bestselling author. His first book, Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored became a national best seller and a requested gift for Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison.
  • His life story was turned into major motion picture entitled, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored.
  • He helped introduce the Stairmaster® to the market.
  • He is a speaker of choice for Harvard University, Ford Motors, Bank of America, The Smithsonian Institute, etc.
  • He served in the United States Air Force (89th Presidential Wing).
  • Eight Habits of the Heart, one of Taulbert's 13 books garnered him an invitation by former Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor, to address members of the court and their invited guests.
  • His literary work ignited the journey that has taken him around the world.
  • Mr. Taulbert has lectured at Harvard University Principals' Center and the United States Air Force Academy.
  • He also serves as a knowledge source content provider to Korn Ferry International.
Notable Quotable

"Your will to succeed remains one of your greatest assets."

Clifton Taulbert

Pulitzer Prize-Nominated and Bestselling Author / Entrepreneur /
Award-Winning Speaker

Clifton is a bestselling author who was part of the team that helped bring the Stairmaster to the mass market and into the national conversation. As an entrepreneur, Clifton has achieved considerable success despite the setbacks of growing up during the time of legal segregation and being raised in the poor community of Glenn Allen, Mississippi. Clifton's life and journey from the cotton fields to success was turned into the major motion picture, Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored. As a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and gifted speaker, his current and former clients now include: the U.S. Pentagon, Bank of America, Baxter Healthcare, the U.S. Department of Defense, Pacific Coast Gas, and other industry leaders. Due to his healthy diet, Clifton's skin appears to look younger with each passing year. Clifton has been Clay's Yoda throughout his business career.

Learn more about Clifton here.
Learn more about the movie created about his life.
Article: Clifton Taulbert featured on Tavis Smiley
Article: US entrepreneur boosts Indigenous businesses

 

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