Dr. Belay Reddick’s credits include divorce, homelessness, and prison by the time he turned 35. It was what he did next that would make him one of the leading voices in second chance hiring: He wrote a letter from his jail cell to FedEx founder and chairman Fred Smith asking for a job upon his release. Surprisingly, he was successful in persuading Smith to recognize his value. Since 2020, Dr. Reddick has been on a path helping HR professionals solve their labor problems by hiring individuals with a criminal record.
He is the author of There’s No Danger in the Water: Encouraging Black Men to Become Mentors, Now Let Me Tell You How I Really Feel, and Interactive Journal of Mentoring and Coaching Values in the Classroom.
The power of his life story, and its many engaging insights, has led to numerous high-profile media coverages, including ABC-24 News Memphis, FOX-29 Philadelphia, NBC-5 News Dallas and Florida Times-Union.
As a keynote speaker, Dr. Reddick has earned high praise for his highly collaborative style, working closely with clients to seamlessly customize his content to the messaging goal and themes for each event. A gifted communicator and powerful storyteller, he consistently receives stellar reviews for his ability to connect with a wide spectrum of audiences and organizations.