When Thomas Jefferson shares insights from his lifetime of leadership, history raises the present to meet the challenges of the future!
Always in-character as Thomas Jefferson, Steve reveals the inspiring leadership secrets of the author of The Declaration of Independence. Either in one-on-one conversations during cocktail hours or from the stage during keynotes, the third President of the United States entertains audiences with the drama of the founding era while he invites audiences to learn from the successes as well as the failures that a built a legacy which has spanned centuries.
Steve's clientele includes Thomas Jefferson's home —Monticello, The University of Virginia, the Federal Executive Institute, the FBI, the National Park Service, YPO chapters, the American School in London, various state bar associations, colleges and universities, community event organizations, and many other groups across the country.
Steve Edenbo is a Thomas Jefferson impersonator. He is also called a re-enactor, a first-person historical interpreter or historical portrayer, a presidential impersonator, or simply living history. He has studied the author of the Declaration of Independence for decades, and has portrayed him throughout the United States and England since 1999.
"Thank you for supporting the FBI NEI and LEEDS programs.... Your presentation was the highlight of the week, and we certainly want you to return next year!"
—Joshua Conley, FBI National Executive Institute and Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminars
"I had the distinct pleasure of working with Mr. Edenbo for my association's annual event.... I was blown away by Mr. Edenbo's professionalism and presentation. He managed to provide an inspirational message while drawing from history for his examples. I heard nothing but great things from my members who attended the event and I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Edenbo to anyone who is considering hiring him!"
—Jeremy Fitch, Director of Communications at Finishing Contractors Association International
"You were amazing, as always. Your ability to adapt to your audience while still providing the historical content is excellent. It is the hallmark of good interpretation."
—Renee Albertoli, Interpretive Specialist,
Independence National Historical Park
"Thanks so much for contributing to our unique and special retreat. This is one which I am certain at future retreats we will be referring when we say, 'you know, this year was good but nothing will ever be as good as 2013 at Keswick!'"
—Sharon Hughes, Executive Director of Administration, Diamond McCarthy LLP Attorneys & Counselors
"Thank you so much for being part of our very special weekend... You were absolutely AWESOME!!! Your presence and performance added such depth and magic to the whle evening. You gave our guests a real taste of the wise, easy going nature of Thomas Jefferson. People came away feeling a very special connection to this incredible character... And a special thank you for the beautiful toast and tribute that you gave to me. You filled my heart! You captured the pure essence of feelings that I put behind hosting that event and I so appreciate how eloquently you expressed that feeling. Thank you for your perception and sensitivity. You are a true gentleman."
—Jennifer Casey, Mother-of-the-groom at a 2015 wedding reception in Charlottesville, Virginia
"We found your talk very inspirational and so relevant to all we've been learning this week about leadership. We appreciate your great work!"
—Raquel Romero, Leadership & Organization Development program manager,
National Park Service GOAL ("Generating Organizational Advancement and Leadership") Program Academy
"We were delighted with how well "Thomas Jefferson v. John Marshall" went and the great reviews received. You obviously were able to appeal to attorneys with different levels of experience by blending "hard information" and anecdotal illustrations in just the right combination. Your lively exchanges added to the spark of the program and your insights and perspective were invaluable."
—Harry D Owens, Jr., Esquire, Program Attorney
and Sabina C. McCarthy, Program Manager
Pennsylvania Bar Institute
"I wanted to thank you again for a truly wonderful evening. People are saying that your presentation was the most wonderful performance to ever come to our town. You did an awesome job and I just wanted you to know how much we appreciate you."
—Jill McQueary, San Juan Rotary Club