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Profile Charles Gates

Charles Gates

Travels from: Williamsburg, Virginia

Transformational Speaker: TOP HAT Philosopher


Leadership fundamentals and effective communication.

I help Young Leaders Connect using simple methods and articulation.

Charles Gates

Fun Facts About Charles

Things I can’t live without: Family, Books and the Stage

My favorite piece of advice: Never give up

Describe yourself in one word: Inspiring

One thing you would like to check off your bucket list? To travel the world with my family, without the fear of paying for it for the rest of our lives

Things I love: Spending time with family, learning, speaking, teaching, playing

A New Jersey native, he is an entrepreneur, coach, trainer, emcee and transformational speaker. He takes his audience and clients from mundane to magnificent, using his TOP HAT leadership philosophy.

His high energy presentations and workshops are fun, in-your-face and memorable.

He has been featured in the New Journal and Guide, Virginia’s oldest African American owned newspaper, The Suffolk News Herald, WAVY News 10 (Norfolk), WODU’s Let’s Face it Radio Show with Wil Strayhorn and WNSB’s Nonprofit Exchange Radio Show with C. Richard Gillcrese. He has also appeared on The Common Show with Juanita, WHRO’s Another View and the now defunct Cheryl Wilkerson Presents television shows.

Charles serves on the boards of a handful of community based non-profits and is the current Region 7 Advisor for Toastmasters International.

He lives George Washington Carver’s mantra, “no individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.”


TOP HAT: A leadership acronym. It’s a simple method that all leaders should be practicing. However, most do not, resulting in subpar results. These key elements are delivered in a fun, participatory style that is memorable and easily implemented.

Jigsaw: Every member of the orgainization makes up the “puzzle.” Each having their own place. Lets up your morale a few knotches by figuring where the pieces fit, then figuring out how to keep them engaged and happy.

Let’s Talk: Why do some “leaders” sound like Charlie Brown adults? Do you really connect with others? If you’re like most, the answer is no. In a fun, in your face talk, easy to implement techniques are shared that will have you laughing and learning throughout the session. Be careful, you may be pulled on stage for a role play.

Contact Charles


Phone: 757-218-2251