Hill Harper

Award Winning TV & Film Actor, NY Times Bestselling Author, Youth and Education Advocate

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Hill Harper Speaker Biography

Award Winning TV & Film Actor, NY Times Bestselling Author, Education and Youth Advocate

Hill Harper is a humanitarian, an award-winning actor, best-selling author, entrepreneur, health and wellness ambassador/educator and philanthropist. Harper is perhaps most recognizable for his starring role in the CBS hit television drama CSI: NY where he played eccentric Dr. Sheldon Hawkes from 2004 to 2013 for which Harper won three NAACP Image Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Subsequently, Harper returned to CBS starring in Covert Affairs, the fast-paced drama Limitless, and Showtime’s award-winning drama Homeland. This year, Harper will rejoin the cast of ABC’s #1 television drama, The Good Doctor, for it’s 4th season, host How It Really Happened with Hill Harper on HLN and star in his new podcast COMMAS, premiering during Black History Month 2021. In theaters, Harper can be seen in Concussion, All Eyez on Me and Warner Bros. Pictures film A Sun Is Also A Star starring Yara Shahidi.


In addition to his performing career, Harper has authored four New York Times bestsellers: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, The Conversation, and The Wealth Cure which chronicled his diagnosis with thyroid cancer and his journey to health. Letters to a Young Brother won several awards and was named “Best Book for Young Adults” by the American Library Association in 2007. Harper has been recognized with seven NAACP Image Awards, four of them for his writing. His latest book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother, which speaks to the current mass incarceration crisis, was released to critical acclaim and was nominated for several awards.


Harper is the founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship and grant programs.


Harper graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was named Valedictorian of his department. He then graduated cum laude with a J.D. from Harvard Law School, as well as with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with honors, from the Kennedy School of Government. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from seven universities.


Amongst his other titles, Harper is a successful businessman and entrepreneur. He is co-owner of the award-winning New Orleans hotel, International House, a successful coffee franchise in downtown Detroit called The Roasting Plant and The Architect & Co. – a health and wellness company – that manufactures natural skin and hair products sold on Amazon. Harper also owns several commercial and residential rental properties in Los Angeles and Newark, NJ.

The Black Wall Street

On May 31, 2021 Hill Harper & his partners launched the first Black-Owned digital wallet and Cryptocurrency Exchange App called The Black Wall Street.

Keynote Speaker

Harper served on the President’s Cancer Panel having been appointed by President Obama in 2011 and has been named Honorary Co-Chair of Redevelopment of Black Wall Street by Greenwood Chamber of Commerce. Harper travels worldwide as a motivational speaker, addressing current affairs and life-awakening topics to a wide array of audiences of youth, adults, couples, and business leaders. In 2004 and 2014, People Magazine named him one of their Sexiest Men Alive…he anticipates being named again in 2024.

Hill Harper Speaking Topics

Manifesting Your Destiny & Conquering FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real)

Fear is the number one thing that holds the vast majority of us back from living our best lives and truly manifesting our destiny. Inspired by Nelson Mandela's philosophy "...that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it,” Harper will explore fear and the limitations that fear puts on the individual's potential. Harper helps develop the tool kit we need to identify our most debilitating fears and sharpens our self-awareness to enable us to conquer them. By reinforcing his personal philosophy that we all have our own unique and purposeful driven destiny, Harper's speech teaches us about the critical value of perspective in order to live fulfilled and lives at home, school, or in the workplace.

The Wealth Cure

Harper presents themes from his New York Times Bestselling book The Wealth Cure, which melds together personal philosophy, life strategies, and guidance on fortifying a financial future. Harper highlights the importance of identifying our individual wealth factors, in order to create true wealth. Harper's strategy, infused with personal reflection, helps the individual understand how to diagnose & cure financial impediments to enable him or her to live an abundantly wealthy life. Harper's advice offers practical application to build financial security. His presentation will demonstrate the importance of investing, budgeting, and saving effectively, but Harper also redefines wealth through a prism of good health and personal relationships.

The Blueprint: Being an Active Architect of Your Own Life

We all have the potential to create the life we desire. Harper compares the individual's ability to build his or her own life, to an architect's design skills. An architect starts with a blueprint. The building shown on the blueprint is gradually erected and the structure is built. Harper explains how we can develop blueprints with the plans for our own lives. His speech coaches us to be active architects of our own lives, with a few simple tools. Harper leaves his audience inspired to both seek and create opportunities that empower them to use their unique creative skills and abilities.

Energy & Innovation in the Workplace: Reinvigorate Your Mind & Ideas

Harper uses principles from physics and a powerful analogy about energy to explore why many of us experience energy and creativity blocks in the workplace. He explores the power of energy and how critical it is not to let what is going on around you, change what is going on inside of you. Harper will offer a number of methods to stay on course and maximize our highest potential.

The Conversation-- Male/Female Relationships Now and Beyond

Harper presents his findings from his #1 bestselling relationship book The Conversation with an interactive discussion between men and women regarding love and relationships. He offers guidance for how men and women can fortify their relationships with clearer and more consistent communication. Harper not only analyzes the misunderstandings that plague men and women in their interactions, but in his presentation he encourages a real time conversation among the audience. The goal of this conversation is to stimulate both active listening, and self-discovery. The audience will leave with key tips for leveraging honest and direct communication to build new loving and lasting relationships, and to protect and strengthen existing relationships.

Sailing the Seven C's of Success

Harper details the principles of one of the most popular themes in his books- The Seven C's of Success: Creativity, Courage, Character, Confidence, Commitment, Completion, Calm.

Hill Harper Books

Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones
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Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny
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Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny
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The Conversation: How Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships
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The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place
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Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones
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Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny
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