The goal of Vision XY is to empower one billion emerging leaders worldwide with information that will enable them to make a positive impact in their family, community, nation, and world. The man behind the “Vision” is 28-year-old Joshua Fredenburg. His first book “Vision, the Answer to Generation X and Y,” inspired the organization, but it is his continued dedication to helping people become leaders that makes it a success. In addition to writing books to spread his message, Joshua travels the country giving speeches to schools, churches, and non-profits. However, he does not stop at just expressing his own ideas, instead he offers others a platform from which to speak. His show “Speak On It,” provides an arena for people to voice their opinions and bring solutions to various political, social, and relevant issues of our day. Several times throughout the year he hosts the show remotely from a college campus to give more young people an opportunity to get involved and speak up. To learn more about Vision XY read on in this week’s Young & Professional Profile.
President, Speaker, Author, Talk Show Host, Generation Y Expert
Long Beach, California
Long Beach State U
B.A. in Communications
M.A. in Organizational Leadership
Wayne Brady Show
2004 Vision XY
About the Vision XY
Our vision is to unify several successful visionary leaders across the world and empower the lives of at least one billion people with principles that can enable them to be effective leaders with a positive vision for their community, nation and world.
Vision XY is a small business with many different facets. The main part of the business deals with me as a motivational and leadership speaker that travels the country speaking to various conferences or events held by high school, college, and non-profit organizations. At times, I also speak at churches. My topics as a speaker deal with leadership, discovering your vision, relationships, multicultural programs, overcoming obstacles, and several other topics that ft themes. Ultimately, my vision is to empower one billion emerging leaders worldwide with information that will enable them to make a positive impact in their family, community, nation, and world!
The second part of Vision XY deals with television and radio. Presently, we produce a show entitled, “Speak On It,” the purpose of which is to give our emerging leaders a positive platform where they can voice their opinions and bring solutions to various political, social, and relevant issues of our day. Various times throughout the year, we do live remotes on various college campuses. More info on this show can be obtained at www.speakonittv.com.
Some other production projects we have is a radio show and inspirational documentary. The documentary can be found on the website now. Its basically a inspirational story of inner city kids coming together in the midst of racial tension on campus and creating a memorable and life changing experience. What’s great about this project is, 50% of the profits go back to the arts program. Other production projects are a radio show for our generation that is still in development.
The next aspect of our company involves the books that I write. My first book was “Vision, the Answer to Generation X and Y,” and my newest book is just being released and its called, “Nice to Meet You, Re-Discover Your Life In 100 Days.” This is basically a journal book that has quotes, practical information, and great testimonials from various people about how a person that hits rock bottom in any area of their life can make a 100 day comeback. This was a book inspired by the Hurricane Katrina incident two years ago, and to help out, I am donating 10% of the profits for this book back to organizations that are helping in that region.
In the next year, we will have a leadership book that is specifically geared to help any leader that is leading people from Generation Y. Research and Surveys are being completed now, and the book should be out by next July..
The next part of Vision XY is our event area, which consists of us holding various events for our generation. Presently, we are preparing for our first Circle of Change event, which is an empowering networking event in LA that is geared toward helping emerging leaders make a difference through their vision. This is a quarterly event, and ultimately, it will lead to a national leadership conference that will be different from any other leadership conference you have ever seen!
The final part of our company is serving as an expert or consultant to matters concerning Generation Y. Every once in awhile, I will have the opportunity to go on television and talk about various issues revolved around our generation. With research and speaking, I can talk about a variety of issues such as politics, relationships, trends, and various other things.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
Day to day responsibilities vary on the job at hand, but most of the time, I am researching and searching for new speaking opportunities, building partnerships with like-minded companies and people, planning events or shows, preparing for my next speaking presentation, meeting with people that I work with on various events, and taking time to develop new books and products that I have in the works.
There are many others as well, but these are the main things that I do. I think the most important thing for people to understand is that I am an entrepreneur as a speaker, and I want to make sure I am always taking a step forward everyday no matter what.
Most notable milestones of Vision XY
The first and most important thing is hearing back from people on how our presentations or events impacted their life. For instance, at one event, a girl came up to me and said “After hearing you speak, I believe I can change the world.” At another event, having a student come to me in tears about how my message helped them understand their purpose in life.
I also believe that receiving a speaker approval rating over 95%, traveling to 33 different states, and reaching over 1.3 million people through speaking and television has been great as well.
And finally, writing books has been great, events on campuses has been great, completing a documentary was amazing, and appearing on national television was awesome as well.
What’s the niche?
I believe our niche is developing positive and inspirational programs, books, events and presentations for our generation that will inspire them to be part of the one billion leaders worldwide that will make a positive impact and create a better tomorrow.
What’s the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge is going through the process of building a great vision that lies in your heart. As a young person, we always want things to happen overnight, but in reality, greatness and positive change is not overnight, it’s a process. Being patient, and going through the process and challenges is probably one of the biggest challenges. Also, dealing with failures and rejection can be rough as well, but you have to keep pushing forward.
What’s in store for the future?
In the future, we plan to create several leadership centers across the world that develop leaders, develop several national events that reach millions and billions of people, train up new leaders in various workshops and events, develop a speaker’s bureau, produce national television, and radio shows, create more books that help our generation, produce movies with a positive message, and ultimately, a movement that inspires people to become leaders of positive change, which is finding your cause that lays deep within you and then making an impact in that area you have been destined to pursue.
Most Noteable milestone personally
High School Documentary Experience: I was a substitute teacher, had no band experience, the band was at a low point, and everything I talked about as a speaker had to be applied to a real life situation.
Thankfully, it worked and to see the impact on these kids from the leadership principles I speak about and learned was amazing for me to see….Had to be the most notable experience.
Biggest challenge as a young African American in business
Overcoming the underlying racism that you become aware of when you are trying to develop new business. It’s very subtle, but I am able to see it develop at times, which is kind of sad! But, once again, greatness is not easy, its a challenge, so its something everyone minority must overcome.
Best way to manage the stay in tune with your consumer
Constant research, discussion with other experts in field, and conversation with consumers, and open to changes or ways to make exceed customers expectations. Also, being a service to their needs is important and a heart to serve is important as well for what I do..
Guiding principle for helping other’s lives
Love, I believe that everything I do should be done out of love and starts with love.
Yardstick of success for helping other’s lives
Inspiration, development ,and growth. Basically, my job is to inspire people to reach their fullest potential, educate and empower them with information that will help them succeed, and give them information that will take them to the next level in their desired endeavor.
Goal yet to be achieved for you personally
Having a national television and radio talk show on major network and a national leadership conference tour.
Best practical advice for young urban people today
Get a vision for your life, which is to me, the ultimate goal discovered from within to make a positive impact. This vision should include gift, talent, love, and a positive impact for other people.
Supportive words from a family member or friend on your venture
“Joshua, that was the best presentation you have ever given!”
– my wife
Yolanda Harris because she was the speaking coach that made everything work for me in business. Also, she constantly is the person that enables me to become a better speaker.
Darice Fisher and Jacquie Jordan because they teach me so much about the entire television business.Their knowledge is incredible.
Lakita Garth because she gave me knowledge that is with me today. Her insight and understanding has been amazing..
Pete Siegel because every time I speak with him, I am empowered. I have my best performances, and his advice is always like changing.
Bob Britton because he is the one that inspired me to speak and become a leader.
What motivated you to get started?
Passion to help other people, give our generation a voice, and it was something I loved and was very good at early.
Like best about what you do?
Changing lives, meeting people, travel, learning awesome new things, and travel.
Like least about what you do?
It is very busy and stressful at times.
At age 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Professional basketball player and sports broadcaster.
What was your first job?
Coaching inner-city elementary kids in basketball.
Biggest pastime outside of work
Video games, watching sports,and going to church.
Person most interested in meeting?
The richest and wisest person in the world. I would love to get more wisdom and hear how the richest man got to his position and how he deals with that position.
Leader in business most interested in meeting?
Anthony Robbins because he has built a great empire as a speaker and I would love to learn from him. Also, Billy Graham because of his great experience and wisdom as well.
Three interesting facts about yourself
- I love sports.
- I love to talk about philosophical, political, and intelligent conversations.
Three characteristics that describe you
- Positive Attitude
Three greatest passions
- My purpose In life
- My wife
“Good to Great” by Jim Collins
“The measure of a man is not based on comfort, but rather how they deal with challenge and controversy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Who would you like to be contacted by?
Anyone that feels connected to our mission and purpose. This can be businesses, media people, non-profits, educators, or people that may want me to come speak at their event.