Motivational speaker; Serial entrepreneur; Marketing, Sales, and Entrepreneurship Professor; Activist; Author; Legendary music mogul behind the careers of Destiny's Child, Beyoncé, Solange, and many others
Hailing from the small town of Gadsden, Alabama, Mathew Knowles became the top salesperson at Xerox Medical Systems and then switched careers to become one of the top entertainment managers and executives in the music industry.
Motivational speaker, entrepreneur, cancer survivor, author, professor, lecturer, music executive, artist manager, and fighter would be the words used to sum up the life and career of Mathew Knowles.
Knowles’ passion, simply said, is to educate and motivate in the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership, sales, and marketing, the music and entertainment business, team management and business development, health and wellness, surviving and thriving after cancer and much more. Why is he so passionate about educating the masses? He feels it’s his duty to give back to the next generation of achievers.
After all, only a few can boast a story that begins in the heart of segregation as a black man, walking down a dirt road in a small town in Alabama on his way to an all white elementary school (where he was often the target of extreme racism) to walking down the red carpet at the Grammy’s. Mathew Knowles had to overcome countless trials and tribulations, and understands first hand what it takes to create massive, noteworthy success in this world despite the odds being against you.
As a pioneer for black success in the corporate world, Knowles’ career includes sales and marketing at Xerox Medical Systems (being named its worldwide #1 salesperson multiple years in a row), Phillips Medical System and Johnson & Johnson. In music, having sold over 450 million records worldwide, he has architected the careers of Destiny’s Child, Grammy winner Le’Andrea Johnson, Beyoncé and Solange, just to name a few. Additionally, he has worked with legends such as Chaka Khan, The O’Jays, Earth, Wind & Fire, and many others. He also served as the Chief Marketing Officer for House of Deréon, Deréon and Miss Tina apparel which ultimately sold for $75 million.
He helps individuals and organizations understand the motivation, mindsets, strategies, and work ethic required to spearhead and ignite the spark needed to help entrepreneurs, executives, sales, marketing and leadership teams, as well as dreamers of all types create once in a lifetime results. He not only helps with this, he shows his audiences exactly what needs to be done. He has held positions at various institutions including Pepperdine University, London College of Creative Media, Point Blank Music School, and is currently the Dean of the Black Music Industry Certification Program, at the distinguished National Museum of African American Music.
He also serves on various boards in dozens of industries as an advisor.
Mathew Knowles at Florida Memorial Commencement Ceremony
Mathew Knowles on Passion and Work Ethic
Dr. Mathew Knowles Testimonial
Mathew Knowles on Seizing Opportunities
Mathew Knowles’s Speech Topics
The DNA of Achievers: 10 Traits of Highly Successful Professionals
A personal and professional-oriented, motivational, and inspirational talk all rolled into one. As the title suggests, it focuses on characteristics that are common among successful people from all walks of life.
Understanding the theory, creative process, characteristics, sales, marketing and practice of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. An in-depth look at why some entrepreneurs fail, whereas others succeed.
The Music Industry in the Digital Age
Here are tips to breathe life into your music and entertainment career and to make sure you are building a foundation for long term success. Taking inventory of your musical and entertainment skills, experiences and learning the business of music. Don’t sit around waiting for your musical career to happen. Step up and make it happen!
The Power of Leadership: 10 Principles for Becoming an Impactful Leader
These leadership traits are essential qualities that make effective leaders, whether you are managing a team, an organization, a department, or an entire company, these traits are all used to guide people and projects to success.
Harmonizing Your Workforce: 5 Ways to Make Diversity and Inclusion Your Competitive Advantages
Diversity and inclusion can have many positive factors, such as being more adaptable, developing a more innovative and engaging team, acceptance, and a greater problem-solving capacity. You will also discover whether you're a harmonized or a unified organization.
How to Develop Your Branding & Endorsement Identity
Using Beyoncé as a case study, we look at simple steps for successful branding. From how to create a brand identity as well as endorsement strategies and other fundamental processes.
The Critical Fundamentals of Marketing & Sales Success
This presentation is about using a measurable, repeatable sales process from knowing your product, reviewing your pipeline, follow ups, building an effective marketing strategy from brand awareness, determining the target audience, how to champion social media, conducting research, closing sales and more.
Racism in Today’s America
A personal reflection and view on racism in America and worldwide. An examination of the backdrop of discrimination from post-slavery, up through the civil rights protest, on into the present racial climate that exist today in every facet of our lives. Also available, The Emancipation of Slaves Through Music.
The Sustainable Road to Health & Wellness
With a major emphasis on early detection and genetics, Knowles gives his personal perspective of understanding the link between a healthy lifestyle and a healthy mind and body. Knowles shares his personal battle with cancer, family history and BRCA mutation. Knowles stresses, especially to the urban community, “If we do not make time for our wellness, we will be forced to make time for our sickness.”
The Tactics And Principles of Ethical Leadership
This workshop is directed for respect of ethical beliefs and values and for the dignity and rights of others. Through case studies you will gain the knowledge and tactics that lead to successful ethical outcomes in your present workplace.