Biography

Business strategist, 2020 IPPY Gold Book Award Winner, and Forbes-featured bestselling author Jean Paul Paulynice, MBA is one of the country’s foremost African-American motivational writers and speakers with a genuine passion for helping people create their dream life through personal growth and professional development. Jean Paul is also a stalwart advocate for reimagining education through social-emotional learning (SEL). He recently launched Empowering Confident Youth, an 11-week SEL program for parents, teachers, counselors, and community leaders to nurture the growth of emotional intelligence, passion, purpose, and an “entrepreneurial spirit”—a can-do attitude—in children and young adults.


Jean Paul is on a quest to spur young people to embrace innovative entrepreneurship in the United States, which he considers to be a vital movement worth championing in today’s uncertain employment world. Helping middle and high school kids gain the courage to take a leap of faith and start thinking outside the box with his knowledge and expertise is what he strives to do every day. All of his efforts, from classes to books to one-on-one guidance, lead to one simple yet significant goal: providing others with a sense of hope.

Jean Paul is currently available for in-person and virtual speaking events.

Speaking Topics

Reimagining Education

Students of all ages deserve an education that works for them. Despite the amazing efforts of parents, teachers, and mentors, our current educational system needs a serious boost. That is where Jean Paul comes in: his talks cover what adults need to do to take their students’ education to the next level. Discussing the power of SEL, cultivating a personal identity, overcoming fears and doubts, building healthy relationships, and developing what we call an entrepreneurial spirit. Listen to Jean Paul as he delivers the secrets to success.

Getting Down to Business

You have what it takes to turn an idea into reality. Going into business isn’t a walk in the park, but it doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking either. Perhaps the biggest obstacle you will ever face as an entrepreneur and business owner is yourself. Jean Paul takes the doubts and fears that plague innovators and turns them into stepping stones while equipping his audiences with tools that will rocket their businesses to success and beyond.

Community and Parent

Grow together and watch the rewards bloom. Between school for the kids, late work nights, and hectic schedules, taking the time to purposefully grow together can seem almost impossible. Jean Paul shares his firsthand experience and how to navigate the difficulties of parenting while laying the groundwork so you can go from “barely making it” to harmony and happiness in no time.

Racial Justice

Make the “R word” a thing of the past. Racism: While this is an uncomfortable topic for some, it is a stark reality for many others. Rather than avoid the subject altogether, Jean Paul bravely shares the obstacles he’s overcome in an effort to shine a light on the injustices (big and small) that minority groups face every day. His profound lessons on the importance of diversity and inclusion can apply to the classroom, home, and workplace.

Writing to Success

So, you want to be an author? Writing a book is simple (really, it is). Put pen to paper, and boom, you have a first draft. Writing a bestselling book that you can be proud of, on the other hand, is not so easy. As a 2020 IPPY Gold Book Award Winner and a Forbes-featured bestselling author, Jean Paul is ready to outline his path to literary success and how to stay true to purpose and passion in the meantime.

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