Sports/Entertainment Legal Expert, Business Advisor & Crisis Management Consultant
Quentin Williams is an attorney, author, prolific international speaker, former FBI agent and former federal prosecutor who has held positions as an executive with the National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball Association (NBA). Williams currently serves as an industry adviser/strategist and legal expert with a wealth of knowledge and experience in wide-ranging areas of business, including the sports and entertainment industries. With more than 30 years of established business expertise and over 25 years of legal experience, he is a trusted confidant and well-respected educator with a lengthy record of successful deal-making and community advocacy. An in-demand keynote speaker, he has addressed business, political and community leaders at conferences, symposia and other events worldwide. Read More >
Dedication to Community
TEDTalk: How Statistics Are Wrong
The Importance of Positive Personal Relationships
Quentin should have been a statistic but instead rose from the depths of poverty to a place of personal and professional success. Raised by a single mother on welfare in a bad neighborhood, he navigated a dangerous environment during the post-Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, the crack epidemic of the late 1970s and 1980s and the gang wars of the 1990s to become a unique and thought-provoking leader. He connects his success to the choices he made. Read More >
In a global society where our talent-rich communities are being confronted with unprecedented challenges, the opportunities for success have also never been greater.
The key ingredients for overcoming life's challenges, attaining success and maximizing one's potential - both personally and professionally - are highlighted by Quentin in this talk; thus providing tremendous inspiration for the implementation of impactful life strategies. Read Less ^
Quentin is one of our nation's preeminent experts in the area of police/community relations. Before the spike in public awareness, he published "A Survival Guide: How NOT To Get KILLED By The POLICE, Part I", which is a critically-acclaimed book positioned to save lives with instructions for drivers when they are being pulled over by the police. Quentin draws from his own experience as a young man, and his latter years in law enforcement, to outline how everyone can come together. Read More >
The depth of this talk offers real solutions and action steps for change - highlighting the importance of building productive and vibrant communities given the landscape of an ever-changing and diverse base of societal leadership, including those in the law enforcement, corporate, political and education industries.
Quentin advocates that education is the key for shifting societal culture - for both law enforcement and community members - and he has dedicated his life to bringing people together. Read Less ^
Quentin is the co-founder of the CTQ Group, a ground-breaking school turnaround company that consults with education and community leaders across the nation. He understands the deep generational disconnect that exists within many school systems at every level. His talk provokes thought about greater community engagement and cultural awareness in our school systems. We are at a pivotal time in our nation's history and the manner in which we educate our future generations will determine our standing in this ever-expanding global economy.
Quentin attributes his success to the extraordinary relationships in his life—and provides a powerful message for people who can shape their lives by the company they choose to keep. He takes the audience through the relationships that propelled him forward in life. Read More >
After overcoming a childhood in poverty, Quentin attended Boston College on a full football scholarship where he also excelled as a track & field athlete. He would eventually become an attorney, FBI agent, federal prosecutor and sports executive with the NFL and NBA. Along the way, there were people who inspired, directed and sustained him.
As Quentin often notes, "relationships will determine your destiny", and this talk provides key takeaways for creating cherished, productive and sustainable relationships. Read Less ^
Quentin works with institutions of higher education, corporations, not-for-profit organizations and government entities to shed light on the importance of cultural awareness at every level of society. The battle for equality must be led by change agents who put forth a philosophy of acceptance in every sector. Mere tolerance is no longer an option. Understanding how diversity makes us better as a society and benefits all - economically and socially - is the foundation of this talk.
Quentin and his family founded Dedication To Community, a nonprofit organization with a mission to generate awareness around each individual’s role in building economic empowerment, public safety and social justice. He believes that we can heal the world and find a fulfilling life and career in service to others. He connects the dots of his own search to his eventual calling. Quentin advocates for paying it forward and threading your life’s purpose through your personal and professional journey. He often says that "we are built to do GOOD and WELL at the same time" and, during this talk, Quentin provides key steps for achieving that end.
“Quentin, you are a gentleman and a scholar! Plaudits to Brenda for inspiring this work and to you for caring enough to create a powerful “how-to” for anyone who might be dealing with a police interaction. Your guide is a quick and easy-to-read virtual seminar with concrete ways to stay safe and protected. It should be distributed to every student, every parent, organizations in all sectors and to City Hall and the White House. I will kick that off by sharing with my clients, colleagues, friends and family. Quentin: there is no doubt that one day your children will be extraordinarily proud of their dad’s earnest achievement. This is compassionate leadership at its best-and once it is widely disseminated-I believe you will save lives. For that alone, you deserve a standing ovation! It is with great humility that I probably call you my friend. Thank you.”
“What an instructive, humane, intelligent, compassionate, sensitive and sensible, concisely written roadmap for navigating interactions with law enforcement!... You have managed to demonstrate, by your own unique experiences, both sides of an intensely complex dynamic-what goes on in the minds of police officers and the fear and rage that too many people encounter on a daily basis, in a hugely humane manner! This book needed to be written. You deal fairly with both sides of the issue.”
“Quentin Williams is the most powerful and compelling speaker I have ever seen and is speaking daily to the youth of our country. He presented here in East Hartford and the entire 11th grade was spellbound for an hour. It was probably the first time they had ever seen someone who looked like them [my High School is 87% minority] with credibility and a message about youth/police relationships. Q professes communication, making good decisions and forging new relationships. Although he spoke to High School students here, his message to law enforcement and to the communities we police is just as strong. Simon Sinek was a great leadership icon for us. Quentin Williams should be the icon who leads us to a new connection with our neighborhoods.”
“I’d like to thank Quentin Williams and his team for coming to Michigan and to Berrian County especially to Benton Harbor HS this morning and to Berrian Springs HS this afternoon. The information was necessary and the content was timely. I think the youth enjoyed it and the adults also appreciated it; information that we did not know or understand before this particular event.”
“Both Q’s personal story and lessons he shared are so on point for today’s challenging social and business environment. Overcoming obstacles, the value of relationships, and getting diverse groups to come together… It all resonated with our audience. His engagement with our people before and after the session added a level of appreciated personal touch. Q’s presence and message would add value to any organization.”
“I cannot thank Quentin enough for taking the time to share his powerful message with our team. His presentation was both practical and inspirational. Our players left with a better sense not only of how to live in the world as it is today, but also of how to create the world we want to see tomorrow. I will use many of the concepts that Quentin introduced with our team on a daily basis.”
“Quentin Williams is a dynamic speaker that engages the audience and makes them question the status quo. His ideas and beliefs are a result of his experiences which brings legitimacy to his words. We were very fortunate to have him speak at the 2015 North Carolina School Directors Conference.”
“To bring this to our community gives our kids a good opportunity to hear from people from all walks of life, including police officers, of what is expected on traffic stops and how they can interact with the police so that we are able to keep them safe, keep our police officers safe and keep our communities safe. We really appreciate his input and I think he connected really well with the kids.”
“This is my second opportunity, my privilege, being able to sit down and listen in the audience to Q Williams’ message. These are survival skills. I myself have had interactions with law enforcement and I wish I had this counsel as a young man growing up in New York City in the Bronx. “