Sam Davidson is a professional speaker, author, and entrepreneur who tells stories that need telling in order to motivate others to change the things that need changing.
Fresh out of college and needing a job, Sam quickly climbed the ranks at a multi-national hotel company, being promoted to management in less than 90 days, overseeing staff and and a sizable departmental budget at just 23-years-old. Wanting his day job to mean more, be began searching for work in the nonprofit sector.
After a stint in the nonprofit world, where he specialized in starting and implementing new programs, his budding entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found Cool People Care in 2006. He currently serves as the company’s president, managing its rapid growth (Cool People Care has raised more than $125,000 for charities with its merchandise line).
Sam has helped numerous nonprofit organizations design and launch new programs, including The Climate Project and Oasis Center, Having helped other organizations and companies develop messaging strategies aimed at the next generation, in 2010, he co-founded Proof, a company that specializes in branding and marketing services for nonprofits and entrepreneurs.
In 2007, Sam wrote his first book, New Day Revolution: How to Save the World in 24 Hours. In 2010, 50 Things Your Life Doesn’t Need hit store shelves, which helps people find their passion and begin to live a life full of it. He followed that up a year later with Simplify Your Life: How to de-clutter and de-stress your way to happiness.
Sam is a sought-after keynote speaker and conference leader. Recent speaking engagements have included The YMCA of the USA’s General Assembly, The International Institute for Education’s Foreign Fulbright Program, The Center for Nonprofit Management, and The Young Nonprofit Professional Network. For more information about booking Sam to speak to your group, click here.
He also appears frequently on TV, in print, and on radio as a resource and expert when it comes to Generation Y, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and community leadership. Recent interviews and appearances have included The USA Today, Minnesota Public Radio, Ode Magazine, and Vocalo. In 2011, The Chronicle of Philanthropy named Davidson one of the Top 10 New Nonprofit Voices.
Sam has been married for eight years. He lives in the heart of Nashville, where he grew up (but never thought he’d end up post-college). He makes time to have brunch with his wife, new daughter, parents, and sisters each Sunday morning.
And, if you’d like to know more, want to grab a coffee when he’s in your town, or you’d just like to shoot him an email, you can do that. He’ll write back. He promises.