My Current Work

Conferences and Workshops

Your events have individual needs that deserve to be addressed in a powerful and memorable way. Anthony Graves has dedicated his life to educating and empowering his audience thru his amazing story about faith, forgiveness, but equally important accountability. He has been featured on television, radio and on events all around the world creating awareness about the judicial system and inspiring others to make a difference with their lives.

“Simply put, Anthony Graves is one of the most extraordinary human beings I’ve ever had the honor to know. He also is a naturally gifted public speaker. Anthony captures the audience’s attention with his very first words and holds them spellbound as he relates the story of the injustice that he and his family endured during the 18 years of his wrongful incarceration. Anthony has turned what I consider the ultimate nightmare – being wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit – into a powerful narrative of grace, hope, and survival. I am continually inspired by his humility, humor, and gift with words in describing the unimaginable. When you hear Anthony speak, you know you are in the presence of someone truly special, someone who is living a purposeful.”

Kristin Houle, Executive Director, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

“Anthony Graves is exactly the opposite of what you expect – a wrongfully convicted man who lost decades on death row and yet is somehow without bitterness or anger. Anthony has a smile that lights up a room and a store that astonishes. I have lost count of the number of times people told me they were moved to tears listening to Anthony tell his history – they will never feel the same way around our criminal justice system.”

– Robin Maher, Director, ABA Death Penalty Representation Project

Communications Consultant

Anthony Graves is also a professional communication specialist to lawyers and their clients. He visits inmates on behalf of their attorneys/law firm for interviews with their clients. His communication skill set came from spending more than 6,640 days of his life behind those same bars he goes back to visit. “I go back to visit guys in prison because I know that seeing me gives them tangible hope, and that can go a long way toward maintaining their sanity and not giving up”.

“Anthony Graves came to Washington, D.C. to testify during a U.S. Senate Hearing on Solitary Confinement in June of 2012. After he finished speaking, a Senator at the hearing was visibly moved and people in the audience were unsuccessfully trying to hold back tears. Anthony’s story of wrongful conviction, perseverance and redemption is so powerful, you are forced to reevaluate your own life and how you react to daily trials and tribulations. He is a true American hero and I will never forget the time I spent with him.”

Jesselyn McCurdy, Senior Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union

Expert Witness

Anthony Graves has also become an expert on the effect prison conditions can have on an inmate mental stability. He has lived the experience and is now being hired by defense attorneys to share his inhumane experience with the courts.

Response to Anthony after he testified at the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s hearing: Reassessing Solitary Confinement. “There is a real value in your life that you are here today telling this story on behalf of a lot of people who cannot speak for themselves. If you were not here, if your voice was not heard, they would have no one. So your courage in telling this story, as tough as it may have been, ought to tell you about the value you still have in life and what you can still bring, so thank you.”

– U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-III, Senate Majority Whip

Motivational Speaker

Some people can inspire change in others simply by the power of their words. Anthony Graves is one of those few people. After everything he went through – wrongful conviction and 18 years in prison – he is committed to make a change and to inspire you to be the change you need in your life. His words are exceptionally moving. Don’t be surprised if you get a standing ovation at your event after your audience listens to what he has to say. It’s an eye opening and shocking history that inspires you in many different ways.

“Anthony Graves is a phenomenal motivational speaker, because his real-life story – told with grace, charisma and passion – can’t help but inspire audiences to work harder, be more determined, overcome obstacles, and stay focused. Bottom line, Anthony leaves everyone in an audience thinking to themselves ‘if he could do what he did, then surely I can meet my challenges.’ Any organization will benefit from meeting Anthony Graves and hearing him speak. I found him far more valuable than the typical speaker.”

– Neal Manne, Managing Partner & Trial Attorney, Susman Godfrey LLP

“Anthony Graves has survived the unimaginable. He wads sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. He was given a scheduled execution date. He was incarcerated for eighteen years, nearly half of which he spent in solitary confinement. And yet to hear him tell his history is enormously uplifting. Anthony is an eloquent and engaging speaker who is able to vividly describe the isolation and hopelessness of death row. Remarkably, he does not harbor any bitterness, despite everything he has been through. By telling his story, he challenges the rest of us to live our lives with a greater sense of appreciation.”

– Pamela Colloff, Senior Editor, Texas Monthly Magazine 

Pricing Information

Providing a price range for a speaking engagement isn’t something we do. Generally speaking we don’t charge by the hour. Once a date is reserved and confirmed for a particular client, Anthony needs to prepare his travel arrangements to the event site, so the difference between speaking for 5 minutes or 2 hours isn’t that important.

What is your budget? And what is your desired outcome?

We don’t ask you that information as a negotiation tactic. Knowing your budget helps us help you. We generally like to send you a proposal with 2 to 5 choices on it… all within your budget. In general words, we like to figure out desired outcomes first, and then quote a fee that helps reach that outcome.

To be honest, Anthony Graves’s range is from $2,500 to $12,500. And most of our clients fall right in the middle of this range.

So fees are based on your needs. We will customize our speech for your particular organization. Give us a call and we will provide you a quote that fits your needs.

Booking Information

Contact:    Michelle Depenbrock

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