Hi. I’m Steve Piscitelli. Admit it. Most audiences do not want to hear a recitation of a speaker’s life history. Other than alumni, most people do not care where a speaker has gone to school*. They want to know why the speaker is a good fit for them at that moment. What will he do for them? This page provides a quick overview of who I am, what I do, and how we might work together.

I encourage and help communities to raise tough questions and have important conversations about why they exist, what sustains community, and what might tear it apart. Members must understand that community is more than a marketing term. It goes beyond just living near one another. It requires care, concern, actions, and deeds.

For you, community might conjure up civic organizations, residential neighborhoods, politically oriented groups, a book club, your workplace, a department within your workplace, college co-curricular clubs, the gym, yoga studio, a jogging club, or a long-distance biking group. A vibrant, communicative, and respectful community builds its strength and cohesion on solid core values. Each community needs to identify, discuss, commit to, and live according to its recognized values.

More specifically, I am:

Steve Piscitelli

A Community Advocate.
In addition to the audiences I have worked with around the nation and in Canada, I work locally to help my community. In that capacity I serve on the Board of the non-profit/non-partisan Beaches Watch organization dedicated to promoting conversation that enhances the quality of life of our beach community. One example of my leadership came in 2019 when I proposed, developed, and moderated a panel titled “After the Storm: Navigating Hurricane Recovery.” I organized the appearance of a national FEMA representative, a state government consumer affairs director, a local city council member, and a homeowner affected by a hurricane.

My dog, Roxie, and I are a nationally certified pet therapy team. In that capacity we visit the local beach hospital in our community, the Jacksonville International Airport, and local schools (elementary and high school) to provide comfort and support as needed.

My communities have included classroom teaching, workshop facilitation, songwriting and music recording, video production, writing and publishing, podcasting, pet therapy, local event development, family, beach walkers and kayakers, faith-based groups, discussion groups, and friends gathering for benchmark celebrations.

A vibrant, communicative, and respectful community builds its strength and cohesion on solid core values. I attempt to live and model those values.

• A Facilitator.
Energetic. Humorous. Relevant. I know how to connect with audiences of all sizes. My venues have ranged from small classroom workshops to the stage of a Caesar’s Palace (Las Vegas) keynote for an international conference, to sports arena for a commencement address (nearly ten thousand people in attendance). I help audiences raise awareness, challenge assumptions, and create action about issues that matter to them. While I may not know your institutional culture, I will help you have authentic conversations about your culture. I use nearly four decades of direct (face-to-face) classroom and professional development experience to connect with the people in front of him about practical issues.
I have delivered a TEDx talk on “Awareness, Assumptions, and Actions: Why Do We Do What We Do?”

• An Author.
I have written and published twelve books. My most recent books have focused on what it takes to develop a sense of community. As I researched, shared, observed, and traveled, I came to understand that any healthy and vibrant community considers seven core values at some level or another. When engaged in transparent, respectful, and civil conversation, purposeful communities focus on 7 Rs: Relationships, Resources, Relevance, Rainbows, Reflection, Responsibility, and Resilience. 

How We Can Work Together:
I will talk with your audience about real issues—issues that matter to them. Toward that end, I will invest prep-time with your organization making sure I understand your organizational culture and needs before the event. I recognize you as the thought leaders in your organization—and build upon that premise.
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*Steve’s degrees:
For those who are curious: I got my undergraduate degree from Jacksonville (FL) University with a major in Sociology. I graduated as the Valedictorian of my class.
I earned a Master’s in Education from the University of North Florida and a Master’s in History (United States concentration) from the University of Florida. I taught for 33 years. From the late 1980s until my retirement from the classroom in 2015, I taught at Florida State College at Jacksonville. For three years, I served as the Chair for the college's Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.
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Honors:
Florida State College at Jacksonville named me as one of the "Fabulous 50.” Nominated by students, this recognition honored "talented and dedicated faculty and staff" as part of the college's 50th anniversary celebration (2015).

I received special recognition in 2015 from Jacksonville University with the addition of my name to the list of "Alumni You Ought to Know."

I am not a life coach and do not provide legal advice.
I facilitate conversations and help your teams raise and confront important questions about what they do, why they do it, and how they do it.