Dick Boddie (pronounced "body") is a dynamic communicator and leader, and is emerging as one of the nation's top motivational speakers.
In addition to professional speaking, training and facilitating in seminars, workshops, conferences and conventions, he is a lawyer, adjunct professor (andragogue: teacher of adults), mediator/arbitrator, writer and entrepreneur. His experience reflects an open-ended notion of what an occupation should be. Richard Boddie has been a decathlon champion, folk singer, recreation leader, cook, jazz musician, banker, student radical, ombudsman, salesman for NEW YORK LIFE, EASTMAN KODAK, and WELLS FARGO BANK, financial planner, private court administrator, radio and television personality, N.Y. State administrative hearing officer, fund raiser and amateur philosopher.
He is an independent self-starter who has for over four decades demonstrated a unique ability to inspire and motivate others. Mr. Boddie describes himself as an Aframerican individualist" and "secular evangelist." Mr. Boddie is a "people person" who can transmit people skills to others. His charisma, personality, background, life experience and vision establish the foundation of his mission: "To teach and share the ideals and ideas of individual achievement and individual liberty with others - everyday, for the rest of my life."
Mr. Boddie was the first Aframerican youth in the history of Rochester, New York to receive the Eagle Award, the highest honor of the Boy Scouts of America. He was also "the Jackie Robinson of banking" in that city as the first black banker. His exemplar and "mentor" is the great Abolitionist orator of the 19th Century, Frederick Douglass, who is buried in Rochester's Mt. Hope Cemetary.
A champion of individual rights, self-government and the free market, Mr. Boddie attributes his success mainly to his family, immediate and extended. He is the son of Rev. Dr. Charles Emerson Boddie, one of America's most outstanding Baptist theologians, and grandson of the late Rev. Jacob Benjamin Boddie of New Rochelle, N.Y.
His "master mind" group includes the likes of Socrates, J.S. Bach, St. Thomas More, Thomas Paine, Lysander Spooner, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, James Weldon Johnson, Ludwig von Mises, M.K. Gandhi, Ayn Rand, Nicola Tesla, Roland Hayes, Malcolm X, H.L. Mencken, Bill Cosby, and Richard M. DeVos.
And his motto is:
DARE TO BE...
Dick Boddie was born in Elmira, New York, on October 19, 1938. He has lived in Orange County, Southern California, since 1977. He has been married to Ann Lynette Snellings since 1963, and has three daughters, Jordana, Roxanne, and Erica. He is a graduate of Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and holds a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.
RICHARD B. BODDIESpeaker at the Following
History of Libertarian Activism
State Libertarian Party Conventions or Functions
(*=keynote or main banquet speaker)
Colorado '87, 91
'84, 85, 87, & 91
*Illinois '84, 91
*Indiana '84, 90
*Michigan '84, 87
*Missouri '90, 91, 94
New Jersey '84, 91
New Mexico '93
*New York '84, 91
*North Carolina '90
*Oregon '89, 91, 93
*Texas '84, 86, 91, 92
*Virginia '91, 93
*Washington '84, 89, 91
- Highest vote getter ever in Libertarian Party History for U.S. Senate: 250,000 in California's 1992 election.
- Runner up for Libertarian Party Presidential Nomination in Chicago 8/31/91 for 1992 race.
- Beat the margin of victory between the Republican and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in California 1994.
- Current Chairman of Orange County Libertarian Party (Region 40 of the California Libertarian Party).
- Executive Director, Focus PAC
- Executive Director and Founder, Socially Tolerant Caucus of the Libertarian Party.
- President and Founder, The Motivators motivational speakers bureau.