PODCAST: S3:EP3–Quentin Williams, Dedication To Community


Join us for S3:EP3 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Quentin Williams, President & Chief Executive Officer, Dedication To Community, sits down with our host, Roy Kessel, to discuss how his childhood background influenced his work ethic, and his passion for bridging communities.

Quentin Williams is an attorney, prolific international speaker and master storyteller, former FBI agent and federal prosecutor who has held positions as an executive with the National Football League and National Basketball Association. Williams currently serves as an industry adviser, business strategist, crisis management consultant and legal expert with a wealth of knowledge and experience in wide-ranging areas of business, including the sports and entertainment industries. With more than 30 years of established business expertise and over 25 years of legal experience, he is a trusted confidant and experienced educator with a lengthy record of successful deal-making and community advocacy.

Additionally, Williams is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Butler Lappert Williams Firm, PC (BLW Firm) – a full-service New York City law firm. The BLW Firm represents the legal and business interests of companies and individuals across a broad spectrum of industries including sports, entertainment, fashion, media, technology, medical, legal, financial, law enforcement and education. Williams is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Williams Media and Marketing Group, LLC (Williams Media), a Los Angeles-based company.

A dedicated community leader and mentor, Williams is an advocate of self-empowerment and service to others. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dedication to Community (D2C), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to empower communities around the world by “paying it forward” through business and responsible societal efforts, and the force behind the D2C initiative Choose2Live – a community advocacy program that engages middle school through college students, law enforcement, and community groups and inmates as audiences for building strong professional relationships and making positive, healthy and rational life choices.

Quentin was born on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and grew up in New York City and Yonkers, New York. He is the proud parent of a wonderfully talented son and an extraordinary daughter – both of whom serve as his inspiration.

Dedication To Community was founded in 2012 by legal expert, entrepreneur, and community advocate M. Quentin Williams. D2C is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals and communities to achieve their business and societal goals through the spirit of entrepreneurial enterprise and community advocacy. D2C seeks to educate, enlighten and empower individuals and communities by offering practical and strategic approaches to the challenges and opportunities of today’s rapidly emerging global society. This is accomplished with D2C’s Choose2Live and Choose2Thrive initiatives.

Quentin Williams joins our host Roy Kessel on S3:EP3 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:30 Background and law enforcement
  • 04:00 Following expected career path
  • 05:00 Move to the FBI
  • 09:00 You are nobody until you get fired
  • 10:00 Launch of Dedication to Community
  • 13:00 The first six years
  • 18:00 Purpose of incarceration and how it is actually applied
  • 22:00 His hidden diagnosis
  • 29:00 Struggles hidden by work ethic
  • 32:00 Public safety initiatives
  • 35:00 Empowering others to do the work
  • 38:00 Quentin as Commissioner of the NFL


Kelsey Donnolo

Kelsey Donnolo

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