SOYL welcomes best selling author and speaker Arel Moodie for its new video series

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SOYL (Supporting Young Leaders) Talks is premiering a new video series SOYL in 60 on May 5 at noon, featuring bestselling author, entrepreneur, coach and professional speaker Arel Moodie. With a mission is to help people from all walks of life better connect to themselves, to others and realize there’s more to life than just meets the eye, Moodie’s work is rooted in studying how humans create positive change.

Moodie has been a featured speaker at the White House. Inc. Magazine called him a “High-Energy, Motivator” and named him to their “30 Under 30 list” of top entrepreneurs joining people like Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. Essence Magazine said “He should be the poster boy for rags-to-riches stories. He is America’s Top Young Speaker.” He has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Yahoo! PBS, BusinessWeek, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Tribune, HuffingtonPost and many other national media outlets.

After growing up in the projects of Brooklyn, NY on welfare, he attended Binghamton University as an EOP student. In college, he was encouraged to take advantage of all of the opportunities there. He became the president of four student organizations, and was named one of the top five exemplary students while at college. In college, he started his first business and went on to build a million dollar event production and entrepreneurship education company.

His company the College Success Program has helped hundreds of thousands of students succeed in school and life through his speaking engagements, curriculums, best selling books and trainings. As a professional speaker, he has spoken to over 650,000 people in 48 states and five countries.

His podcast The Art of Likability was rated the number one career podcast in iTunes and is listened to in 178 countries worldwide helping people build better relationships with people. He has been a TEDx speaker three times, TV contributor on shows like The Doctors, and contributor to national magazines such as Forbes on the subject of likability.

As the founder of “True Speaking Success,“ he teaches people how to become professional speakers about their subject matter expertise. Arel created two viral videos that have millions of views, and one of them was even featured on The Ellen Show!


SOYL is a free monthly lecture series that connects students with young professionals and entrepreneurs.  Every month, presenters speak, with audience Q&A, sharing their life stories and words of inspiration.  SOYL Talks are sponsored by Children of the Summer in collaboration with the Gifford Foundation.  SOYL started in the summer of 2016 in the Blackstone LaunchPad by alumnus Kevin Claiborne working with Seth Dollar, artist and founder, Children Of the Summer, who is carrying them forward. The LaunchPad looks forward to partnering with SOYL again this coming fall.

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