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 Steve is, what he does, and why he is the speaker for the group in front of him.

Steve Piscitelli is a:

Steve Piscitelli

• Community Advocate. In his writing, speaking, and service, Steve believes that, at its heart, community is about providing a safe place for its members to explore, learn, fail, and grow.  A vibrant communicative, and respectful community builds its strenght an cohesion on solid core values.  Steve attempts to live and model those values.  He currently serves on the Beaches Watch board helping provide a non-partisan forum for quality of life issues affecting the beach communities where he lives. He and his wonder dog, Roxie, are a certified Pet Therapy team. In that capacity, they visit the hospital serving the beaches of his Northeast Florida community to provide solace and stress relief for patients, nurses, and staff.  They also visit the Jacksonville International Airport as part of the JaxPaws pet therapy program providing smiles and comfort for passengers and visitors. Occasionally, you will find them reading to classes at an elementary school. 

Steve's 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. He would welcome the opportunity to share ideas with one of your communities.

Facilitator.  Energetic. Humorous. Relevant. Steve knows how to connect with his audiences. He has worked with people from every state of the nation as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. His audiences have included students, secondary and post-secondary faculty and administrators, and corporate managers and their team members. He helps audiences raise awareness, challenge assumptions, and create action about issues that matter to them. While he does not know your institutional culture, he will help you have authentic conversations about your culture. Steve use his more than 35 years of direct (face-to-face) classroom and professional development experience to connect with the people in front of him about practical issues.

Author.  Steve has written and published twelve books. His latest book, Community as a Safe Place to Land, shares transformational stories and reflective pieces about the power and purpose of commnities. Pearson Education has published his student success textbooks for the past fifteen years. He, also, has written, recorded, and produced two full-length music CDs.  Followers have read his blog posts for nine years. His podcast channel and YouTube channel offer another glimpse int his creative spirit. Steve delivered a TEDx talk on Awareness, Assumptions and Actions: Why Do You Do What You Do?

Steve’s goal is simple:

• Talk with the audience about real issues—issues that matter to them. Toward that end, he spends prep-time with your organization making sure he understands your organizational culture and needs before the event. In other words, he will not waste the audience’s time. He recognizes you as the thought leaders in your organization.

• Provide simple, usable, and practical suggestions to help participants improve their professional and personal lives. One institutional representative said, "I appreciate the time and thought you put into understanding our college’s culture and designing activities..."

• Give the audience an experience—not a speech. He strives to involve every audience with hands-on activities in a multimedia format.

*Steve’s degrees:

For those who are curious: Steve got his undergraduate degree from Jacksonville (FL) University with a major in Sociology. He graduated as the Valedictorian of his class.

He earned a Masters in Education from the University of North Florida and a Masters in History (United States concentration) from the University of Florida. He taught for 33 years. From the late 1980s until his retirement from the classroom in 2015, Steve taught at Florida State College at Jacksonville. His higher education teaching assignments included United States History, Education, and Student Success. For three years, he served as the Chair for his college's Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.


Florida State College at Jacksonville named Steve 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).

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