2022 BEST OF LEADERSHIP SUMMIT SPEAKER

DARRYL “DMC” MCDANIELS

 



SESSION:  MY LIFE WITH
RUN-DMC: RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, AND GETTING HELP

Darryl will share his story, talking openly about how even the most successful people can suffer from emotional and psychological struggles – and how he got help. The stressors of the last two years have compounded the damage to our collective mental health. DMC’s experience will provide insight and information leaders can use to better support mental health for themselves and their teams.


ABOUT DARRYL “DMC” MCDANIELS

Legendary Rap Star and Co-founder of Run-DMC, Philanthropist, and Author of Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide


Darryl "DMC" McDaniels - 2022 Best of Leadership SpeakerInnovator, motivator, and philanthropist Darryl “DMC” McDaniels changed music and made history when he broke down cultural barriers with Run-DMC. From the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine to the first to appear on MTV, Run-DMC changed music, culture, fashion, language and made American history. It would be hard to overstate his influence on popular culture.

After forty million record sales, half a billion streams, and twenty years since the untimely death of his bandmate Jam Master Jay, DMC still continues to create, inspire and motivate. In 2009, as a member of Run-DMC, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2016 he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy given to “performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.”

Darryl McDaniels, "Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide"Darryl is also the co-author of two critically acclaimed books, including his recent memoir entitled, Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide, giving him another platform to talk about his past struggles with depression and helping those, especially men of color, remove the shame of asking for help.

He continues to record and produce music, both solo and with iconic artists, and is active with nonprofits including the Felix Organization, which he co-founded in 2006 to enrich the lives of children who are growing in the foster care system. As a published author and speaker, he delivers inspiration, talking about respect, responsibility, and self-awareness.

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