Keynote address from Eric Thomas at Affiliate Summit West 2012, which took place January 8-10, 2012 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV.

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YouTube sensation Eric Thomas has taken the attention of students, athletes, educators and corporate execs of all ages, interests, and backgrounds hostage with his energetic and heartfelt messages of hope, persistence, and moving beyond your circumstances.

The Detroit native’s understanding of the importance of education and the obstacles that hinder its pursuit remains unparalleled by colleagues in his field and enables him to connect with his audience on a more intimate level.

Eric grew up in an environment that worked to challenge his educational and social beliefs and was forced to learn to cope and manage the stressors of life without the guidance or counsel of his biological father.

Having followed the generational path of high school drop outs in his own family, Eric transitioned from being hopeless and homeless to being an iconic figure of the process of success and the determination it takes to obtain it.

He has committed his life to speaking across the country to enlighten others of the importance of education, the access it provides, and the way to the American dream.