SPEAKING FROM THE SOUL, CONNECTING WITH OTHERS
His unique story blew me away, and he articulated a powerful message about intentionality and unfairness in the criminal justice system. In fact, I did not at all view this as a waste of a Saturday morning - I learned from attending the speech, and greatened my perspective at the same time.
Ricky has been a guest of ReelTime Creative Learning Experiences in front of over 1000 lawyers. (That's over 1000 sets of intensely critical eyes and ears.) And they gave him top reviews out of ALL the others who spoke; I Kidd you not.
Ricky is a true inspiration, awesome human being, and terrific communicator. He has not just survived, but thrived through life's toughest crucibles and come out the other side kind, generous, and wise. I recommend Ricky as a speaker for any event that needs uplifting honesty, hopefulness earned the hard way, and a positive spirit that will inspire action and perseverance.
APB National Speaker | Trainer | Author | Criminal Justice Consultant | Innocence Network Executive Board Member
FEATURED LECTURE TOPICS
In a world where everyone finds increased difficulty and challenges daily, it’s no surprise to hear the word “Resilience.” But here’s the thing: Do you really know what resilience is? Do you naturally know how to activate your own, when needed the most? In this powerful presentation of “Resilience Ready,” Ricky walks you through the intimate details of his 23-year wrongful conviction, and how he discovered the five keys to activating his resilience, while also helping you understand how to activate your own. You’ll learn how to be prepared for the storm that will inevitably come your way and always be Resilience Ready.
Power of One; Leading With Courage & Passion
In a world where everyone finds increased difficulty and challenges daily, it’s no surprise to hear the word “Resilience.” But here’s the thing: Do you really know what resilience is? Do you naturally know how to activate your own when needed the most? In this powerful presentation of “Resilience Ready,” Ricky walks you through the intimate details of his 23-year wrongful conviction and how he discovered the five keys to activating his resilience while also helping you understand how to activate your own. You’ll learn how to be prepared for the storm that will inevitably come your way and always be Resilience Ready.
DEI: The Commonality In Our Differences
At a glance, we readily see our differences: White or Black, young or old, dreadlocks or blonde hair, Hispanic or gay. But upon closer observation, we will (most often) have more in common than we think. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) isn't just about showing us how to accept one another or be fair or inclusive. Authentic DEI shows us how we are already alike in more ways than meets the eye. When we realize our commonalities, it helps us set aside our differences, fostering a mindset and environment that treats others equally and fairly. Ricky Kidd’s account of being wrongfully convicted by an all-white cast but led to freedom by a diverse group displays a powerful lesson. When we see each other as equals, we will rise to our best selves, accomplish more and achieve equitable outcomes. Ricky helps the audience challenge their perspectives while also moving towards more fair and broader perspectives.
He also offers solutions on how we can come together and covers:
What makes us bias
How to counter bias
Are you a bias victim?
Why diversity matter
The better outcome of inclusion
The Miracle of Reconciliation & Forgiveness
It’s hard to imagine a heinous action taken against you and then finding it within yourself to forgive the person who harmed you. Yet Ricky Kidd has done just that. In this incredibly inspiring talk, Ricky tells the story of being wrongfully incarcerated for 23 years for a crime he didn’t commit and how he was able to reconcile and forgive the prosecutor who fought against his deserved freedom. Learn how Ricky was able to forgive, become friends and work with the prosecutor to combat other wrongful convictions. Ricky will show you why forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting; and how forgiveness can only happen when lessons are learned. For anyone who has been harmed or wronged, this talk will motivate you to move forward, heal and live the life you deserve.
Standing In Your Greatness
The idea that greatness is first recognized by the world or told by someone other than the person is a fallacy. It wasn’t that way for Michael Jordan, when we saw him score 65 points in one single game or help lead the Chicago Bulls to six championships in his career. The same holds true for the Williams sisters, who slayed on the tennis court year after year. Or for Kansas City Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who dominates in football. Before we ever caught a glimpse of any of these individuals, they had all decided to stand in their greatness. To recognize it first, before anyone else did, to own it as their possession before the media helped share their gifts with the rest of the world. In this motivational talk, Ricky Kidd shares his personal story about standing in his greatness, which ultimately led him to become a national speaker, trainer, playwright, and thought leader—all while allowing his audiences to connect with their own stories of greatness. He drives home the point that “potential” must be realized first by themselves before ever being recognized by the world.
Leaders Who Lead v. Leaders Who Follow
Leadership expert John C. Maxwell once said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” And no more does that hold true than for Ricky Kidd. Wrongfully incarcerated for 23 years for a crime he didn’t commit, Kidd’s fate was in the hands of leaders of all kinds—including himself. Bad leadership caused his wrongful conviction, brilliant leadership ushered him back to freedom and his own strong and determined leadership has brought him center stage as a speaker, author and playwright. In this inspiring keynote, Ricky shares his story of overcoming adversity, not defining himself by his past and how great leadership motivates and inspires others to do more than they ever thought possible.
The type of leadership we often see versus the type we need to be
Why quality leadership is critically important—particularly for African Americans and minorities in today’s time.
How to practice anti-racism leadership in the world around us
Why activating genuine and deep leadership makes a meaningful difference
Origin of Innocence
According to a report by The Sentencing Project, Black Americans are imprisoned at a rate roughly five times the rate of White Americans. Latinx individuals are incarcerated in state prisons at a rate that is 1.3 times the incarceration rate of Whites. And in another report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Indigenous people made up 2.1% of all federally incarcerated people in 2019, larger than their share of the total U.S. population, which was less than 1%. For Ricky Kidd, who was wrongfully incarcerated for 23 years for a crime he didn’t commit, these stats prove that although slavery ended more than 150 years ago, it’s still going strong—just in the forms of prison and laws and policies that favor non-people of color. In this talk, Ricky takes his audience back in time, tracing the journey from the so-called abolishment of slavery to the new slavery, where people of color were routinely accused of a crime with zero opportunity for such a charge ever to be contested fairly, to the civil rights movement and today’s work by diligent lawyers, non-profit organizations and others who are raising claims of innocence for those otherwise believed guilty. Raised claims, raised eyebrows and now Ricky’s lecture offers further insight into just how far back innocent men and women were convicted and the public policies that worked against them.
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