Mayor's Prayer Breakfast


19th Annual YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg


Rise & Shine

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020

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Keynote Speaker Dr. Rick Rigsby


Dr. Rick Rigsby


2020 Keynote Speaker

In 2017, Dr. Rick Rigsby delivered one of the most passionate speeches ever heard. More than 300 million people globally have viewed Dr. Rigsby’s sensational speech in the viral video titled, “Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout.”

As President and CEO of Rick Rigsby Communications, the internationally acclaimed speaker presents to the top companies worldwide. Dr. Rick is also a favorite among professional and collegiate sports organizations. Rigsby—a former award-winning professor—spent over two decades teaching at various colleges, most of those years serving at Texas A&M University. In addition to academic duties, Dr. Rigsby was hired by legendary football icon R. C. Slocum as Chaplain and Life Skills Coach for the Aggies football team.

A former award-winning journalist, Dr. Rigsby is a regular contributor on numerous national television and radio programs.

Inspired by a genuine conviction to help people realize their full potential, Rick Rigsby brings a combined four decades of experience and expertise to the set of How Ya' Livin’? This transformative podcast encourages, inspires and challenges people at every level to dream bigger, stretch beyond comfort zones and achieve the impossible!

A Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon Best-Selling author, Dr. Rigsby’s books include, Lessons From a Third Grade Dropout and Afraid to Hope.


About the Event

Since 2001, the annual YMCA Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast has offered an opportunity for all community members to gather and reflect on important issues, challenges and commonalities. This unique event provides a venue for the community to share a meal and develop stronger, more unified relationships.

Past Keynote Speakers

2002 Lee Roy Selmon
2003 Chuck Colson
2004 Jim Towey
2005 Truett Cathy
2006 Alistair Begg
2007 Chip Ingram
2008 Mark Merrill
2009 Dr. Michael Youssef
2010 Edward Flom
2011 Lorraine Yaslowitz
2012 Bob & Pam Tebow
2013 Gigi Graham
2014 Rick Kriseman
2015 Nicole C. Mullen
2016 Lucille O'Neal
2017 Edie Lutnick
2018 Dr. Rick Rigsby
2019 Sonia Manzano

Chester James Award Winners

2002 Rex Almquist
2003 Elder Clarence Welch
2004 Andrew H. Hines, Jr.
2005 William R. Hough
2006 Stan Brandimore
2007 Virginia B. Irving
2008 Emmanuel Stewart
2009 Rick Baker
2010 David & Theresa McEachern
2011 J. Howard Hinesly
2012 David J. Fischer
2013 William G. Tapp
2014 Robert L. Ulrich
2015 Deacon Lionel Roberts
2016 Robert P. Byelick
2017 Mary Brandes
2018 Joseph H. Lang
2019 Dr. James P. Gills & Mrs. Heather Gills


Interested in sponsoring this event? 
Contact Emily Conklin, Annual Giving Director,
at or 727.895.9622 x4017.


Please note that a copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free within the state (1-800-435-7352). Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. Please refer to registration #CH2079. A professional solicitor has not been retained and the organization receives 100% of your contribution.