CLEVELAND, OHIO (July 7, 2009) – University of Phoenix Cleveland Campus announced today that Stedman Graham, businessman, educator, speaker and creator of the proprietary Nine-Step Success Process™ will visit Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena, Thursday, July 23, at 1:00 p.m., for a FREE speaking event on the process of success.

The event, titled, "A Nine-Step Plan For Success: Building A New Identity In The 21st Century," is one-hour of inspiration promising to be filled with insightful advice that will assist with organizing and advancing life goals and aspirations, based on individuality. The Nine Step Success Process foundation is rooted in focusing on strengths, talents, skills and abilities. The hope is that individuals will learn to motivate themselves and realize that they own the power to their success or failure.

"During these very difficult times in our world economy, you have the potential to create your life and be whoever you decide to be," said Graham. "You must realize that your potential as a human being is not based on how the world defines you, but how you define yourself. Through education, hard work and purpose, you can start to develop, evolve and create the opportunities that define and determine your identity and your future."

Graham's involvement with University of Phoenix includes being featured as the keynote speaker at the 2008 online commencement ceremonies in Phoenix, AZ.

"University of Phoenix Cleveland Campus is honored to have Stedman be our guest and offer our community, and our students, the lesson of becoming leaders of their own lives," said Gina Cuffari, University of Phoenix vice president, Ohio campuses. "Stedman's vision of success mirrors what we teach our students at University of Phoenix. We believe that through dedication and perseverance, our students can achieve any personal and/or professional goal."

The event is FREE and requires pre-registration as space is limited. For more information about the Stedman Graham event, and/or to pre-register, please contact Ed Ranta at 216.617.2365 or

About Stedman Graham:

Stedman Graham is chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates (SGA), a management and marketing consulting company that specializes in the corporate and educational markets. As a businessman and educator, Graham lectures and conducts seminars for businesses and organizations around the country. Content is driven by his proprietary Nine-Step Success Process™. Clients have included Wells Fargo, Merrill Lynch, CVS Pharmacy,, Gulfstream Aerospace, AARP and various universities across the nation.


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. During the quarter ending May 31, 2009, 420,700 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. University of Phoenix-Cleveland Campus serves students online and at locations in Independence, Beachwood and Westlake/Crocker Park.  To learn more, contact University of Phoenix at 216-447-8807, or 800-MY SUCCESS, or


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