GRIT: How to Get a Job and Build a Career with a Criminal Record

Harley Blakeman, author of GRIT

Tuesday, April 10th
Knox County Memorial Building

  • 5:30-6:30 pm (Vendor Tables)
  • 6:30-7:15 pm Harley Blakeman (Keynote Speaker)
  • 7:15-8:30 pm Panel Discussion
  • 8:30-9 pm Vendors and Book Signing

Turbulence hit Harley's life at 14-years of age and didn't let up for ten years. He watched his parents divorce, his father suddenly pass away, and his mother and brother become completely overtaken by drug and alcohol addiction. It wasn't long after these events when Harley found himself depressed, alone and abusing any substance that would suppress the pain. Shortly after turning 18, Harley was arrested again for Grand Theft after which he was not released and began serving a 14-month stint with ten years of probation.

Harley was released from Treutlen County PDC camp in Soperton, GA in 2012. He moved to Columbus, OH where a distant relative offered to let him stay in her basement for two months. Since that time , Harley has broken all stigmas and statistics around having a criminal record. He now has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a career as a Production Coordinator for Owens Corning (a global manufacture).

Harley shares his tools and tactics for overcoming a criminal record through his website From making it through probation and getting your first job, to going back to college and starting a business, has helpful resources that will help grow your knowledge, build your confidence, and increase your income.