Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Educator, Speaker & Life Coach

About Y. Nelson Thomas


Name Meaning: Ydrate Young and handsome, majestic like a diamond in the rough and always play to win.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Management, Masters in Education,  Certified Coach, Speaker and Trainer.

Age: Young enough to do it, Old enough to know better.

Hometown: Dublin, Georgia

Current Location: Phoenix, AZ

Greatest Accomplishment: Being a husband and father.

Greatest Extravagance: Traveling. I love to travel

Greatest Life Challenge: Saying no. I struggle with saying no.

Best Way to Unwind: Spending time with my family and creating. I love to create. 

Favorite Vacation Spot: California. Love Cali

Life Motto: Good is not acceptable, if better is possible.

Personal Hero: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Favorite Book: “Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill

Least Favorite Trait In Others: Negativity and pessimistic mentality… No Negative Nancey’s

Least Favorite Trait In Yourself: I could be a bit more patient…working on that

Traits You Admire In Others: Positive attitude and strong work ethic

Life Experience: I have a unique blend of street-smart experiences combined with formal education and professional training, giving me the ability and a burning desire to work with a wide range of people. 

Professional Experience.Y. Nelson Thomas is an award winning humanitarian and speaker, poet,  author, certified life coach and a creative consultant, who activates different techniques to engage, motivate, inspire, educate and empower audiences. 20 years of professional experience include; enrollment specialist, manager, team lead, marketing associate and financial recovery specialist in industries including education, professional services and depository institutions. 

Notable Achievements

2012-2013 Area Governor Navajo 3 Toastmasters International

  • 2012-Advanced Communicator Award Toastmasters International
  • 2012-Advanced Leader Award Toastmasters International
  • 2011 Bank of America Local Hero Award Winner for Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2011 Mitch Akin Mentor of the Year (New Pathways Program)
  • 2011-2012 P.A.L.S. Mentor of the Year (Positive Adults Leading Society)
  • 2010-12 President/Mentor of the Toast the Talk Toastmasters Club (President’s Distinguished Club Award)