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Everybody has something to say—but not everyone makes an impact with their words. DeAndre Riley, also known as D.R. Speaks, is a multi-faceted force impacting lives in the workplace, schools, churches and organizations. After suffering the loss of both biological parents at a young age, D.R. Speaks could have become a victim of his circumstances. Instead of allowing those things to defeat him, he used them as stepping stones to his unmerited success. As a speaker, author, coach and pastor, he seeks to deposit a simple, yet profound principle in the lives of those he comes in contact with: inspire, inform, instruct, and impact.


As the founder of Strive Empowerment Services, he provides motivational speaking and consulting services to ministries, organizations, business professionals and corporations. In addition, DeAndre is the founder of the Man Up Summit, Inc. This faith based event has been responsible for the transformation of hundreds of men, through its yearly events (2015-2017).. 


DeAndre's belief is that words are the greatest tool given to mankind to aid them in living the life they are destined. This belief has opened numerous doors of opportunity. D.R. Speaks is the author of the acclaimed books Greatness Unleashed: Inspire. Inform. Instruct. Impact, Good Success: God's Blueprint for Successful Living, and most recently, 10 Things Every (Young) Married Man Should Know


DeAndre currently serves as the founding pastor of Strive Church ( in Detroit, MI. This cutting edge ministry seeks to empower people to fulfil their God-given purpose, as well equip people for the work of the ministry.   


D.R. Speaks will tell you that his greatest joy is being the husband of the beautiful Porsha Riley, and the father of three wonderful children, Serenity Michelle, DeAndre Jr., Darren Marvin, and Dave Matthew. 


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