African-American Eric Thomas, better known as ET the Hip Hope Preacher, was once a homeless, high-school dropout. He has gone on to be a critically acclaimed author, motivational speaker, educator, and pastor.
His skillful use of social media has garnered him a following globally and he has used it to inspire hope and success in many. He has an award-nominated GED Program, runs a non-profit, Break The Cycle, I Dare you, was instrumental in developing the Advantage program at Michigan State University (the program targets high risk college students by improving their study habits and increasing their retention rates).
He created International Urban Education Consultants; a non-profit organization committed to finding solutions to close the achievement gap in urban schools through goal framing and helping students to reform their perception of learning. He is the CEO of Consulting Firm, ETA LLC, which consults for Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Quicken Loans, AT&T, Nike, Under Armour, New Balance and UPS as well as major Universities and the major sports teams within the MLB, NBA, NFL and MLS.