Sioux City, Iowa – Cleo Franklin, author of “Coffee with Cleo” and founder, president, and CEO of Franklin Strategic Solutions, will release his second book of leadership lessons titled “Lessons from our Mothers and Fathers.”

"Lessons from our Mothers and Fathers” is a collection of 20 short stories of sage generational advice from Franklin and other successful business leaders who share special moments of inspiration and wisdom passed on to them by their parents. His new book expands upon Franklin's insights into personal and professional leadership development from his first book, “Coffee with Cleo.” The powerful stories captured in “Lessons from our Mothers and Fathers” provide the reader with a glimpse into the authors’ early lives to witness the extraordinary moments that helped shape their personal and professional journey.

“Everyone has a story to tell about a lesson learned from their parents that inspired them and positively changed their lives. The book is filled with personal and professional development lessons for aspiring and current parents, business leaders, teachers, coaches, athletes, students, and anyone seeking insight from the parents of successful leaders and changemakers,” said Franklin.

“Lessons from our Mothers and Fathers” can be preordered at, and it will be available for purchase from Amazon and Barnes and Noble soon. Learn more about “Lessons from our Mothers and Fathers” and “Coffee with Cleo” at

About the Author

Cleo Franklin graduated from Morningside in 1981 and received his MBA from the University of North Carolina – Kenan Flagler School of Business. He is passionate about providing opportunities and resources to inspire and support the next generation of leaders.

Franklin is the founder, president, and CEO of Franklin Strategic Solutions, a global consultant and leadership development business specializing in global strategic planning, marketing, business development, organizational development, brand strategy, executive coaching, and keynote speaking. He believes in maintaining a positive mindset, creating partnerships with a purpose, and always striving for significant outcomes. Learn more about Franklin Strategic Solutions at

Franklin is also the founder of the Morningside College Franklin Leadership Foundation, a social non-profit platform that focuses on student career and leadership development by partnering with global businesses, entrepreneurs, and leaders to help develop the next generation of future leaders through scholarships, mentorships, internships, and externships. Franklin, who serves on the Board of Directors for Morningside, is donating 10% of the profits from the sales of his new book to the Foundation. For more information about the Franklin Leadership Foundation, visit

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