(THE CONDENSED VERSION)
Cicero grew up in the Bronx, NY during the 80's drug epidemic. Raised by a single mother who worked long hours to provide as much stability as possible, he fell into behavioral and academic struggles early, dealing with the occasional interactions of an absentee father, who battled with addiction and incarceration, as well as peer pressure from an economically depressed community.
Opportunities presented themselves in the way of community organizations, which his mother recognized. Organizations that would provide Cicero with an understanding of self-worth, accountability, and perseverance. These situations came with a toll. Valuable lessons were learned. The opportunities led him from Bronx public school to a nationally recognized boarding school, to top-tier university, receiving his MBA, forming a non-profit, and running several successful businesses. His struggles, successes, and solutions are openly shared in his speeches.
Cicero speaks to students and educators alike using three key principles, INSPIRE, REINFORCE, and MOTIVATE. He partners with top curriculum experts to develop a character-building curriculum for students, teachers, and parents. He is a premier education motivational speaker, incorporating Financial Literacy into his engagements. Cicero is also Director of Momentum Youth Sports, a southern California-based non-profit. Momentum uses sports, specifically basketball, to drive a healthy physical and mental lifestyle.
Cicero is most proud of his family. He and his wife Janet, live happily in Southern California with their two daughters Cali and Kennedy, and son Devin. Cicero and Janet have been married for 9 years. Janet grew up as a foster child and her story and success in life is a part of the inspiration that drives him to give back to the community.