Vaughn L. McKoy, JD, MBA, Speaker, Author, Mentor


Vaughn is recognized for his ability to inspire, influence and motivate others to achieve their goals, and is known as a STRAIGHT-SHOOTER and BIG PICTURE thinker. Determined to give back to local communities, Vaughn is a long-time leader of nonprofits, serving as a board member for several New Jersey and regional charities. His contributions to law, business, government and communities have been recognized with dozens of awards.

In addition to themes from his book Playing Up, Vaughn's speaking topics range fromMentorship, Leadership, Education, Personal and Professional Growth and Development, Law, Faith and Family, to name a few. Vaughn tailors his message to
accommodate diverse audiences.

In his enthusiastically received autobiography Playing Up (now being considered for a feature film), the former three-sport athlete, college football standout and Assistant United States Attorney takes the reader on his inspirational journey through the unforgiving streets of Paterson, NJ to positions in the upper echelons of the law, government and business. Despite his challenges, Vaughn excelled through resiliency, education, the conviction of family, teachers and athletic coaches. He credits a large part of his success to the guidance of an unlikely mentor, the late casino magnate, civic leader and philanthropist Arthur M. Goldberg (“Mr. G”) whose exploits were chronicled in two recent books, Boardwalk Empire and War At The Shore: Donald Trump, Steve Wynn, and the Epic Battle to Save Atlantic City.

"Playing Up is a must read ..." Dr. Joe L. Clark, Eastside HS Principal depicted by Morgan Freeman in the movie Lean On Me.

“Playing Up is a clarion call to transform struggle into strategy and service."
Cory Booker, United States Senator


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