Actor & Activist
Ernie Hudson is one of the most sought-after actors of our time with an impressive list of credits and awards. His body of work has diverse range, including Ghostbusters 1 and 2 with Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis, TV’s Law and Order and HBO’s award winning series Oz, the acclaimed movie The Crow, and starring next to Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality 1 and 2. He is a beloved star in film, television and stage, long considered one of Hollywood’s iconic working actors who continually delivers. Read More >
The Importance of Family
Wisdom From Grandma and Finding Your Way
The Impact of Fatherhood/Father Figures
Speaking Highlight Reel
Cherishing the Journey: Faith, Fatherhood, and Family
Do it Anyway
What does it mean to be a father and the responsibilities that come with? Having four sons from two very different generations and two marriages, Ernie Hudson knows the trials and tribulations of fatherhood. In this speech, he shares how to heal the wounds of your own father issues and raise a new generation of healthy, loving children.
This presentation by Ernie Hudson reviews the 5 important life lessons he learned from his grandmother. Lessons that can get anyone through life's most difficult and challenging times, Hudson's grandmother was always there for him, even after his mother died when he was three months old and he never knew his father. Both a wise and spiritual person, his grandmother imparted many lifelong lessons and practical advice he carries with him to this day and is now sharing with audiences.
How do you push through overwhelming odds and become that "somebody" you have always dreamed of being? Born in poverty and raised in the housing projects of Michigan, the odds were more in favor of Ernie Hudson spending a life in prison than having a glowing career in Hollywood. Whether it was gaining the reputation of being the toughest kid in school or attending Yale, raising his sons as a single father or overcoming racism in the entertainment industry, Hudson has practiced his grandmother's teaching: Never fight against the odds, but stand on faith in the eye of the storm. Hudson explains to audiences how knowing you are bigger than any circumstances can lead to success.
In this personal presentation, Ernie Hudson shares how he survived Hollywood and lived to laugh about it. Hudson has been working in the film industry for over four decades with big film roles in Ghostbusters, The Crow, Miss Congeniality and many more. Join Hudson as he tells how he got started, his journeys, struggles and the lessons he has learned along the way. Whether it is the field of acting or any other endeavor, he will share with you secrets of how to get out of your box of limitations and land the roles of people’s dreams.
He was absolutely wonderful! Not only was he kind and generous... so many people wanted photos and autographs which he was more than happy to take time to do but his speech was wonderful as well. Many staff and faculty have said it's the best speaker we've had by far! He's any coordinators dream to work with.
"Ernie was such a delight! He was down to earth, extremely approachable and had a fantastic sense of humor. Guests have been telling me that they enjoyed his talk and how he made the message about 'the people doing the work.'"
"The conference went really well this year. Ernie was fantastic. I heard from several people how much they appreciated his talk and he scored very high from our survey results. He was funny, heartwarming, and on message for our audience. I also really appreciated that he was willing to take pictures with attendees after lunch was over."