Celebrity Shoe Designer * Philanthropist & Speaker

Etu Evans is a world class speaker who inspires people to achieve their dreams through proven behavioral techniques to ensure peak performance. He provides keen insight through success and failure lessons which have catapulted him to achieve international acclaim as a celebrity shoe designer and President of a thriving nonprofit, Solesville, The Etu Evans Foundation. Les Brown states, “Etu’s vision and life example gives a new definition to making it against the odds. His story is powerful and his message is life-transforming. If you have a dream you want to make happen, this is the person you must listen to. He brings something to this industry it has never seen before.” Etu is the American dream personified, having surmounted the stigma of being called retarded and labeled as having a learning disability. Determined, the “Boot Strapper” graduated with a 4.0 from Columbia University with a Masters of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science, allowing him to set up behavioral clinics for affluent families in France, Italy, St. Tropez and the United States. He has also increased productivity, leadership, and staff morale in both the corporate and nonprofit sector.

Despite his bouts of suffering from low self-esteem, he credits his grandmother for encouraging him to practice his speeches using her hair brush as his first microphone. Mr. Evans is proof that all things are possible when you believe, having escaped a drug infested low income housing complex, and a household riddled with physical and emotional abuse. Etu has channeled his creativity through exhortation and design as therapy and a means of economic and emotional stability. Today, Etu travels the world igniting the power of belief, erasing fear with faith and obstacles with opportunities. The National Association of Social Workers exclaims, “Etu is a cross between Oprah and the Beatles. He is sensational! Everyone wants him back.”

As a taste maker consummate entrepreneur, he has appeared on the View, Good Morning America, Fox 5’s Good Day New York, and Access Hollywood and profiled by the History Makers. Etu’s designs have adorned Halle Berry, Beyonce, Trya Banks, Iman, Lil Kim, Queen Latifah, Chris Tucker and Danny Glover just to name a few.

His philanthropic efforts were honored by Burger King’s Everyday Hero’s National campaign. He has been recognized as a one of Ebony’s Magazine’s 30 Leaders of the Future, Tony Shopping Award recipient from Time Out New York, Crains New York Small Business of the Year, Project Enterprise Entrepreneur of the year and Black Enterprise Rising Star. Additionally, he has been salute by the National Urban League as a Man of Influence, the face of Martel Cognac Rise Above ad campaign honoring visionary men and Public Citizen of the year by the National Association of Social Workers.

Etu Evans is a master motivator and vision coach. He has inspired international audiences and individuals as a key note speaker, consultant and panelist at a myriad of corporate, civic, philanthropic, spiritual, collegiate and social organizations. Etu Evans states, “secrets are the most modern form of bondage.” He urges you to free yourself of self imposed limitations to live your best life now. “Fear is not a death sentence,” he says. Etu Evans Speaks provides motivational cds, dvds and training seminars on personal.


Most Requested Topics

Etu Evans can increase corporate sales and employee retention by motivating staff members though a proven behavioral analysis tracking model which measures performance. Such application boasts a goal-oriented focus giving employees an incentive to perform at an optimal level.

He provides thought provoking insights and sustaining solutions, which can be practically applied. His uncanny ability to pursue his passion against all odds have led to a celebrity clad footwear company and international non-profit foundation. He concedes, it is possible to achieve anything if you believe. Only then can you walk into purpose and actualize your dreams. Mr. Evans leads by example.

Most requested motivational topics:

  • Going Postal
  • Creating a successful business
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Youth leadership
  • Sales & management
  • Building staff morale and retention
  • Spiritual enrichment

The company provides motivational cds and training seminars on personal and economic empowerment.

Les Brown & Etu Evans


“Etu’s vision and life example gives new definition to making it against the odds. His story is powerful and his message is life-transforming. If you have a dream you want to make happen, this is the person you must listen to. He brings something to this industry it’s never seen before.” Les Brown