CNN OpEd contributor and Atlanta radio host, Aaron Paxton Arnold was recognized by Black Enterprise in their Modern Man Series as a “Distinguished Man of Color.” Aaron’s passion for social responsibility, music and entrepreneurship make him an enthusiastic speaker educating and inspiring young and seasoned professionals alike.
Aaron is a media influencer, hosting and speaking for national brands, including General Motors brands (Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick), Heineken, McDonald’s, Macy’s and Carnival Cruise Lines. He is a national contributor to ESPN/The Undefeated, MSNBC, Vh1/MTV, CNN, Forbes and Essence.
The Chicago native started his career in corporate America, working for four of the top five global PR/marketing firms, then followed his passions to work as an unpaid intern for Sean “Diddy” Combs for 18 months. The internship propelled Aaron to launch his company, Music Is My Business, which in October 2008 was named one of “America’s Smartest New Companies” in Inc. magazine’s “30 Under 30”feature.
In 2015, Aaron was the youngest speaker in the history of the Martin Luther King Gala (Erie, PA), following Civil Rights legends: Rep. John Lewis, Dr. Joseph E. Lowery and President Obama’s Advisor John Hope Bryant.
Aaron’s inspirational speeches relate to a range of audiences. He is a Lifestyle Entrepreneur and has spoken on the topics of Leadership, Brand Positioning, Personal Development and Entrepreneurship at various locations and conferences, including: Harvard Business School, Inc.’s GrowCo Conference, Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Northwestern University, National Leadership Council, University of Southern California, Georgia Institute of Technology, Young Professional Urban League Conferences, and on Capitol Hill.
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