Dr. Derrick A. Pledger is a service-disabled veteran, author, lecturer, renowned motivational speaker, and founder/CEO of Advanced Concepts in Personal Development, Ltd. Drawing upon his personal experiences in turning “adversity into action” and inspired by his desire to restore hope and confidence in people, Dr. Pledger founded Advanced Concepts in October of 1996.
After earning his G.E.D, he spent 33 straight years obtaining an Associates Degree in Contract Management, a Bachelor’s and Masters of Business Administration and a Doctorate Degree in Special Education and Organizational Leadership. He is an industrious achiever who humbly began his employment path by earning a certificate in the building trades, which provided him with the opportunity to work in maintenance in public housing for nearly two years. In search of a better life, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he became an Information Management Specialist and Procurement Specialist/Supervisor.
Dr. Pledger is currently an adjunct faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College, where he teaches micro and macro- economics and organizational behavior. He is also adjunct faculty member/dissertation chair at Nova Southeastern University. He was named “Outstanding Faculty member of the Year” at the Community College of Southern Nevada in 1995. He is also former Assistant Principal and continues his duties as a Special Education Consultant.
Dr. Pledger has also authored several interpersonal and professional development books/manuals.
Advanced Concepts Ltd.
2401 Dysart Road
Cleveland, OH 44118
Phone: (216) 533-7750
Fax: (216) 371-5635
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