MLK Candlelight Vigil

December 11, 2016
flyer-for-mlk-candle-light-vigil-2017-1On Monday January 16th, 2017 on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Presents … MLK Candlelight Vigil at 6:00 PM CST in the Student Union Ball Room that will feature a Keynote Presentation from Encouragement Speaker Derrick Headlines Hayes that will discuss these important points.
• Dr. Martin Luther King’s Message of Leadership Through Service
• The Values of Courage, Truth, Justice, compassion, unconditional love, forgiveness, nonviolence and service that so radiantly defined Dr. Kings Character and empowered his leadership.
• Unity (As in promoting unity amongst all ethnicities)
If you are an alumnus of or a current student at Tennessee State University please come out to support one of your own and if you have a program, meeting or event during or right after the MLK Weekend and you need motivation, encouragement or inspiration for your audience the only way to go is to give them a WOE (Word Of Encouragement).
For more information about Derrick Hayes or to book him please visit or email or call (706) 615-1662

Encourage Students and Staff to BUILD Relationships

April 20, 2015
Presentation at Tennessee State University

Presentation at Tennessee State University

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes became an entrepreneur during his First Year of college at Tennessee State University by starting a business with three packs of hotdogs in a dorm room with a friend.

As a business owner Hayes was able to network and build relationships with students and staff on campus that he is still in touch with today.

Hayes saw the need to teach the lessons he learned so that students and staff would understand the value in relationship building. Through the word BUILD Hayes shares 5 simple strategies that every student or staff can do to improve on a regular basis.

B – Become You

U – Understand Your Uniqueness to Reach Your Peak

I – Invest In Your Future Through Networking

L – Learn From Past Relationships

D – Develop Others

Hayes presents his timely workshops at meetings and events and has been featured as the keynote speaker at several conferences sponsored by such entities as the U.S. Department of Commerce, Subway, Clarion University, Columbus State University, Brown Sanders College, Georgia State University, Tennessee Childcare Facilities Corporation, Mississippi 4-H, American Camping Association, Bowie State University, Tennessee State University, Georgia Power, Jackson State University, and many others.

Derrick Hayes is never selfish with his success and uses his network to BUILD relationships with others by providing them with guest blogging opportunities, publicity with DERRICK Interviews, recognition on his blog Today’s Honoree and motivation with The DAILY Message and the Android and iPhones app Motivation To Your Mobile.

For more information contact:

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

WOE (Word Of Encouragement) Enterprises

P.O. Box 8702

Columbus, GA 31908

(706) 615-1662

Derrick Hayes Dream to Speak at Tennessee State University Comes True

September 6, 2013

EncouragementSpeakerAt Tennessee State University, Derrick Hayes started a business with a friend during his First Year Experience with three packs of hot dogs. Selling them to hungry students, Hot Dog Heaven was founded. Helping Paying his way through college with Hot Dogs gave Derrick the inspiration he needed to begin teaching other people how to run a business.

Before graduation Derrick realized that some students were not able to finish school because of financial hardships. This revelation inspired Derrick to help start The Wall of Excellence Scholarship and Development Fund that has helped raise over $500,000.00 so that College of Business students can complete their education.

Derrick Hayes has been a featured speaker at colleges and universities such as Brown Sanders College, Georgia State University, Bowie State University, and Jackson State University but he always dreamed one day that he would be hired to speak at his alma mater Tennessee State University.

On Tuesday September 24th, 2013 at 6 PM the dream of Derrick Hayes will be achieved. At TSU the Women’s and Men’s Centers are combining to bring Hayes in to speak to the student body about the process of “Building Relationships in College and Out.” The event will take place in the 2nd Floor Auditorium in the Harold M. Love, Sr. Student Success Center on the main campus of Tennessee State University.

In college Derrick Hayes learned how to build relationships through selling food and giving back with scholarship opportunities and once he graduated he realized how to help experts, entrepreneurs and celebrities by providing them with publicity opportunities through his blog Today’s Honoree and his world famous DERRICK Interviews.

When Derrick is not speaking or blogging he is writing original quotes for his Android and iPhone application Motivation To Your Mobile that gives subscribers all over the world a new positive word of encouragement right to their phone at the start of each day.

For more information:

Randy Arnold, Director of the Man Center
Tennessee State University

Chandra Norman Lipscomb, M.A., Director of the Women’s Center
Tennessee State University

Derrick Hayes, an alumnus of Tennessee State University is available for small and large meetings, church events, academic speaking engagements and workshops. Please visit Derrick’s website at and to book him for a speaking engagement or media event, send an email to  or call (706) 615-1662.

Keep Your A Out The J

March 1, 2012

I want to encourage all youth that are not in trouble and the ones that might be on their way to Keep Your A Out The J.

If you are already locked up and you read this hopefully it will inspire you when you get out to never comeback and forever Keep Your A Out The J.

What is A? A is Abilities, Academics, Attitude, Assets, and Athletics.

What is J? J is Jail

Bring Derrick Hayes in to speak to your youth group or organization so we can tell more to “Keep Your A Out The J”