Eric D. Thomas was born in 1970. Thomas is an American motivational speaker, author, consultant, and minister. Many of Thomas's YouTube speeches have been very successful. Thomas was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and Detroit, MI. After graduating from Michigan State University with his master's degree in Educational Leadership in 2003, Thomas moved to Michigan State University to become the academic advisor for disadvantaged students. While working for Michigan State, Thomas was awarded a fellowship for attending MSU to complete his master's degree.