To be competitive in the 21st century economy, every student needs career preparation, general education, and applied technical skills.
Will they be ready?

“A game changing approach to college and career readiness.”  

~ State Department of Education Leader

“He literally changed the way I see my role in guiding students towards success.” 

~ College Counselor

“He is truly helping all students secure a competitive advantage in the new economy.” 

~ College President

“How refreshing! Great perspective that will inspire kids, not pressure them.”  

~ Parent of a middle schooler

“A thousand times this!”  

~ Community College CTE Faculty

“Absolutely fantastic. Best keynote I've experienced in 32 years as a Counselor”  

~ High School Counselor

“Terrific presentation and great paradigm shift.”  

~ Kevin's mom

“Not just inspiration, but tangible tactics I can use tomorrow.”  

~ High School Teacher

Kevin J Fleming

Best. Keynote. Ever.

Producer of the viral animation video “Success in the New Economy,” and author of the bestseller, “(Re)Defining the Goal,” Dr. Fleming is a passionate advocate for ensuring all students enter the labor market with a competitive advantage. He travels internationally speaking to both educators and industry helping to shatter antiquated thinking about education, skills training, and career readiness. His mission: Close the skills gap one audience at a time.

Dr. Fleming currently supports over 40 Career & Technical Education programs as a Dean of Instruction, CTE at Norco College (California) and serves as regional vice president for the California Community College Association for Occupational Education.  Previously, he analyzed industry trends and workforce needs while providing customized geospatial labor market research for the largest higher education system in America: the California Community Colleges.

Dr.  Fleming is a faculty member, national speaker, and recovering academic elitist. A true life-long learner, he has earned two Bachelor’s degrees, two Masters degrees, and a Ph.D.  But it was his CTE industry certification in geographical information systems (GIS) that lifted him out of working poverty.  He is a proud eagle scout, father, has completed 5 marathons, and won a spelling bee in the third grade.

The duration of a professional development keynote presentation is 60-150 minutes (flexible per your agenda) and includes an animated video.  Tailored for educational, industry, community, or mixed audiences, he is committed to advocating for the neglected majority of our businesses and students desperate for relevant education combined with applied skills training. Click here for a 60 second sample of Dr. Fleming's message.


professional development keynotes


Title: (Re)Defining the Goal: The True Path to Career Readiness in the 21st Century

Audience: Industry, educators, community, mixed

Description: Dr. Fleming’s inspiring presentation discusses new paradigms and tangible action steps for career and technical education to help all students gain a competitive advantage. Technical skills are the new currency in the 21st century, but how do we balance preparing students for both higher education and the workforce? Producer of the viral animated video Success in the New Economy, he will make a clear case for students to explore career choices early, make informed decisions when declaring their college education goal, and consider technical skill acquisition and real-world application in tandem with a general education. Finally, his new video will both invigorate and challenge the evolution of career readiness.  Are you ready to pivot?


Title: Becoming their First Choice

Audience: Educators

Description: For years you have forged partnerships, created pathways, and developed programs…yet we still have empty seats in our classes. Many career & technical educational programs remain the “alternative” or “safety” option. Why doesn’t everyone just “get it” already? While we balance preparing students for both higher education and the workforce, it is time to shift our messaging. We need to (re)define the goal and (re)examine why the tipping point still has not yet occurred towards pathways, industry credentials, career readiness, and the pursuit of gainful employment. It’s time to become their first choice.


Title: Asking the Right Questions to Facilitate Student Success

Audience: Counselors, Educators

Description: We all know a 4-year degree may lead to economic prosperity and opens many doors for our students.  However, we also know that the transfer pathway isn’t for everyone. Technical skills are the new currency in the 21st century and they make all students more competitive. But how do we balance preparing students for both college and the workforce? Dr. Kevin Fleming will present data and a new animated video in a way that both invigorates and challenges the evolution of career readiness, counseling, and educational planning. It is time to reexamine what questions we should be asking of our students, and of ourselves, to maximize student success.


Additionally, many have opted to provide attendees copies of my new book (Re)Defining the Goal  in tandem with a keynote presentation.  It retails on Amazon for $15, but I always pass along my author’s discount for bulk purchases to groups that bring me on-site. I am also happy to sign books after the presentation.

are you ready to change the world?

Motivate, challenge, and ignite the reinvention of education with a keynote speech for your next conference/training.

Combine relevant statistics, powerful narrative, and engaging animation to share your customized message.

Contact me to request a quote and secure your date.

all the cool kids are doing it.  you should too!

previous engagements include:


Academic Senate for California Community College
Association of California School Administrators
Association for Career & Technical Education
Bridgerland Applied Technology College (Utah)
Butte College
California Baptist University
California Career Cafe
California Career Pathway Trust
California Department of Education
CCC Association for Occupational Education
California Community College Chancellor's Office
California Regional Occupational Centers & Programs
California State University at Northridge
California State University, Chico
California State University, San Bernardino
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Capistrano Unified School District
Capital University
Cerritos College
Chaffey Joint Union High School District
Chaffey College
Citrus College
Coast Community College District
College of the Desert
College of the Sequoias
Community Works Design Group
Corona-Norco Unified School District
Cosumnes River College
Delaware Technical & Community College
Elk Grove Unified School District
Feather River Community College District
Florida Institute of Technology
Fontana Unified School District
Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
Fullerton College
Get Focused, Stay Focused
Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District
Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Consortium
Independent Electrical Contractors
Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee
Junior Achievement Radio
Lancaster County Career & Technology Center
Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium
Los Angeles Unified School District
Loyola Marymount University
Material Handling Industry of America
Merced County Office of Education
Merced Union High School District
Miami Valley Career Technology Center, OH
Mitchell Technical Institute, South Dakota
Moorpark College
Mott Community College
Mount San Antonio College
Mount San Jacinto College
Mountainland Region Consortium (Utah)
Murrieta Valley Unified School District
Napa County Office of Education
National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education
Nebraska Department of Education
North Carolina State University
North Orange County ROP
Orange County Superintendent of Schools
Orangewood High School
Pennsylvania Association of Career & Technical Administrators
Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges
Pomona Unified School District
Rancho Santiago Community College District
Rio Hondo College
Riverside Community College District
Riverside County Office of Education
Riverside Unified School District
Saddleback College
San Bernardino Community College District
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
Santa Barbara City College
Santa Clarita Community College District
Shasta College
Sierra College
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
Sinclair Community College, OH
Small Manufacturers’ Institute
Southeastern Louisiana University
Southwest Missouri State University
South Orange County Community College District
Spartanburg Community College, SC
Substance Agency
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
The Bridge of Southern New Mexico
The Ohio State University, OH
Tri-Cities ROP
Tulare County Office of Education
University of California at Irvine
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Houston
University of Illinois
University of New Mexico
University of Redlands
University of the Pacific
University of Toledo
US Department of Education, HSI STEM
Washington State University
Whittier College
William S. Hart Union High School District
York County School of Technology
Yosemite Community College District