OUR 2021 SUMMIT PRESENTERS INCLUDE...
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1500 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. He has trained corporate, government, education, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military, and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racial inequity in their institutions. Wise is the author of nine books, including his forthcoming, Dispatches from the Race War (December 2020 from City Lights Books). Other books include Under the Affluence, Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority and Colorblind (all from City Lights Books); his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, (recently updated and re-released by Soft Skull Press); Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White; Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male; and Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama. His essays have appeared on Alternet, Salon, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, The Root, Black Commentator, BK Nation and Z Magazine among other journals.
Wise appears alongside legendary scholar and activist, Angela Davis, in the 2011 documentary, “Vocabulary of Change.” Davis and Wise discussed the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as inter-generational movement building. More recently, he appeared in Chelsea Handler's Netflix documentary Hello Privilege, It’s Me Chelsea on white privilege and racism in the United States. Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans. He is also the host of the podcast, Speak Out with Tim Wise.
Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship and The Age of Overwhelm. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she has worked locally, nationally, and internationally for more than three decades. Much of her work is being invited to assist in the aftermath of community catastrophes - whether they are fatal storms or mass shootings. Simultaneously, she has long been active in community organizing and movements for social and environmental justice and has taught on issues surrounding systematic oppression, structural supremacy, and liberation theory. Laura is on the advisory board of ZGiRLS, an organization that supports young girls in sports. She is a founding member of the International Transformational Resilience Network, which supports the development of capacity to address climate change. Laura also served as an associate producer of the award-winning film A Lot Like You, and was given a Yo! Mama award in recognition of her work as a community-activist mother.
Recent interview (Mind Wide Open Episode 1)
Dr. Carolyn Strong is a motivational educator with an anti-bullying message of hope for children, families and schools. With more than 15 years of experience working with inner- city youth, she is currently Dean of Students in a high school serving more than 1,200 young people. In this role as disciplinarian, she witnesses and confronts bullying and relational aggression by creating and implementing prevention programs in conjunction with traditional school discipline while maintaining a positive school climate.
Dr. Strong holds master’s degrees in Curriculum and Educational Leadership as well as a doctoral degree in curriculum and social inquiry. Her dissertation Black Girls Matter: Historical Representation and its Impact on Contemporary Education, highlights the need for safe spaces for African American girls in educational spaces teeming with disparity. Dr. Strong is the author of Black Girl Blues: Small Group Sessions, Activities and Discussions to Combat Intra-racial Bullying (2014). Dr. Strong presents on topics ranging from cultural competence in schools to equitable discipline and conflict resolution. Dr. Strong has written and designed anti-racist courses for the Illinois Principal’s Association Ed Leaders Network. Dr. Strong has also appeared on ABC Newsviews as an expert on bullying signs and symptoms.
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Dr. Regina Lewis leads and has alliances with worldwide organizations, specializing in leadership development and organizational communication. With clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies through not-for-profit agencies to educational institutions, Dr. Lewis’ proven specialty is leadership, professional excellence, culture inclusion, coaching, strategic development, and executive public speaking coaching.
Regina is a consulting partner, national speaker, and director of ReginaSpeaking, LLC. Through this company, she has worked with clientele executives, groups, and organizations in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Korea, Japan, Germany, Ethiopia, and the United States.
Dr. Lewis has presented and facilitated widely on topics of diversity and inclusion, cross-cultural leveraging, strategic planning, executive speaking, interpersonal communication, personal professional development, media & public relations, social media communication, understanding and climbing out of poverty, and retention.
Eric M. Bailey is a bestselling author of the Cure for Stupidity: Using Brain Science to Explain Irrational Behavior at Work and the President of Bailey Strategic Innovation Group, one of the fastest-growing human communication consulting firms in the United States. Eric has a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Development from Saint Louis University and is a lifetime learner of human and organizational behavior. He has been featured on CNN, Huffington Post, Forbes, and Like a Real Boss Podcast.
Eric works with Google Inc, the US Air Force, Los Angeles County, the City of St. Louis, MO, Phoenix Police Department and many more.
The Cure for Stupidity
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Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning transgender writer and public health consultant who has been advocating for marginalized populations since the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. A dynamic and engaging speaker who is recognized widely for his expertise in transgender issues, he has provided training and consultation services for hundreds of community health organizations, educational institutions, and businesses on how to provide equal access for LGBTQ populations. Willy’s memoir Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency (winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award in transgender non-fiction) blends his intersectional experiences of race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, and parenthood with lessons from the fields of cultural competency, public health, and policy advocacy.
Willy has served as founding board member for both the Transgender Law Center and Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, and has participated in numerous advisory boards and committees. He earned a Masters in Public Health in Community Health Education from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Women’s Studies from UC Santa Cruz. He lives in Oakland, California with his three vibrant, young children.
Dr. Nicole Rankine, Adjunct Professor, Author, Entrepreneur, Empowerment Speaker, Teacher, and Coach
Dr. Nicole Rankine, affectionately known as Dr. Nic, is one of the most engaging certified Personal Growth Coaches around. She is a consultant with the John Maxwell Team and the CEO of the COLE Academy of Personal Growth, a training and development company that uses a systematic personal growth program to help young leaders discover who they are, clarify their vision, and develop a plan to achieve their goals. Dr. Rankine travels both nationally and internationally devoting her life to equipping, inspiring, and empowering leaders and youth worldwide.
Adulting In My Purpose The Journal
Jason learned the value of dedication at an early age growing up in East Oakland, CA, as the second of six children in a single-parent home. Jason’s dedication, hard work, and determination to avoid a life of poverty and mediocrity inspired him to earn a congressional nomination to the United States Air Force Academy which lead to an accomplished military career as a decorated Air Force pilot. Jason’s career has been a model of service recognized with awards and decorations. He served in an elite special mission unit supporting Air Force Special Operations. He has flown more than 470 combat missions with over 2,000 combat hours in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn, and other war-torn areas around the world. Earning several military awards for his superior military career has proved this attitude and consistent mission of excellence. Jason knows that excellence is a journey, not simply a destination. This perspective inspired him to teach, develop, inspire, and mentor hundreds of future Air Force leaders as an academic instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He brings this same dedication to his work with business leaders as they strive to empower their teams and achieve greater success.
In addition to his speaking and consulting engagements, Jason continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve as an Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the U.S. Northern Command. He also flies the friendly skies with American Airlines as an International Pilot. Jason and his wife reside in Aurora, CO, with their young daughter.
SHANTERRA MCBRIDE is an author, preacher, speaker, and teacher. She is founder of MARVELOUS UNIVERSITY, a social enterprise that offers life coaching and success planning for young people, specializing in leadership development for girls and young women. Her expertise expands everything from youth development and youth needs to diversity and inclusion and allyship.
Shanterra was awarded the Profiles in Leadership Award from Southern Methodist University (SMU), for having made a significant impact on the city of Dallas and on the quality of life for girls and women all over the country. In addition, Shanterra’s voice has reached others globally. She has traveled to Morocco andPeru, where she delivered workshops to girls on the permission of valuing themselves and expecting the same from others. She has also spoken in four cities in South Africa on girls’ empowerment issues including creating safe spaces, combating gender-based violence, and anti-bullying.
Shanterra is the author of Love Your Jiggle: The Girls’ Guide to Being Marvelous, an inspirational book for girls ages 11-17. Themes covered include self-worth, maintaining friendships, decision-making, conflict management, self-empowerment and diversity and inclusion. Shanterra earned her master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University. She obtained bachelor’s degrees from SMU in public affairs & corporate communications and sociology. Shanterra is a member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Shanterra believes three things have always kept her grounded: her faith, her community of family and friends, and her relationships with her mentees. These constants remind her of her purpose in life, which is to Mend, Motivate and Empower people, young and young at heart, to believe they are, without reservation, completely MARVELOUS!
Suavé is the Founder of the Hip Hop ConnXion Family Nationwide which includes branches in Indiana, Michigan and it’s Headquarters in Chicago. Hip Hop ConnXion has taken 1st in the USA and 2nd in the World at the Hip Hop International Championships in previous years and is to date the only Illinois based dance company to have been awarded medals at the event. He has appeared in various music videos and movies such as, Walt Disney’s ‘Just Visited’ with Christina Applegate, and as a specialist dancer in the hit movie, ‘Save the Last Dance’. He was a choreographer and dance coordinator for the movie ‘Dreams’ and played a cameo role as a dancer and teacher for the movie working beside Dave Scott whose credits include ‘U Got Served’, ‘Stomp The Yard’ and ‘Step Up 3’
Aspen Hazel, MA, LPCC is a mental health counselor who attained her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Colorado Christian University. She services clients anywhere from age 8 to age 60 with a variety of concerns including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, grief, familial issues, conflict in relationships, self-esteem, and so much more. Her approach to counseling is collaborative and incorporates a unique mixture of techniques that include a multicultural perspective on life's issues. One of her passions is to help her clients and those around her develop proper coping skills and increase their self-awareness. Aspen also sits on the governing council of the Colorado Counseling Association as the Multicultural Counseling Subscription Liaison. Social justice and advocacy are such an important part of Aspen's life and part of her goal in life is to provide education on the adversities that people of color face and how that relates to their mental health and well-being.
Rhonda V. Magee (M.A. Sociology, J.D.) is the author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness, a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law and social change work.
Rhonda experienced a childhood of significant trauma and challenge. Yet, she was gifted with the insight that through a life of caring engagement, self-development, and service with others, she could find a way up and out. She has dedicated her life to healing and teaching in ways that support others in a journey to wholeness and justice. She trained as a mindfulness teacher through the Oasis Teacher Training Institute of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. She teaches mindfulness-based interventions, awareness, and compassion practices from a range of traditions. She is a member of the board of advisors of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and the board of directors for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.
A law professor for twenty years, Rhonda’s teaching and writing support compassionate conflict engagement and management; holistic problem-solving to alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable and injured; presence-based leadership in a diverse world, and humanizing approaches to education. She sees embodied mindfulness meditation and the allied disciplines of study and community engagement as keys to personal, interpersonal, and collective transformation in the face of the challenges and opportunities of our time.
Marie Mendoza currently serves as the Executive Director of Professional Development in a large urban district in the Houston, Texas area. She has 30 years of experience in education with varied experiences including serving as a bilingual teacher, a Reading Recovery/Descubriendo la lectura teacher leader, a Title I specialist in the San Antonio, Texas area, and a district administrator for multilingual/ EL programs serving both bilingual and ESL students. She currently supervises, creates and directs all the professional learning initiatives for her district.
Marie has worked nationally and internationally building the capacity of educators to reach culturally and linguistically diverse students. She holds a bachelor's in Bilingual Education from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, a master's in Instructional Leadership/Administration from Trinity Washington University and is currently completing her PhD in Education through the dissertation pathway at Northcentral University.
Erika Smoots is a 28 year educator, who's taught 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. She's a local activist, Equity Warrior in her district, and promotes culturally responsive teaching. Her passion led her to write her district’s K-6 Social Justice Curriculum. She was chosen for a “Preserving Togetherness” Cohort for equity teacher leaders. She has run district wide Professional Developments and book clubs, as well as written grants for multicultural books K-6. She is a founder and board member of The Black Educational Advancement Council (BEAC), a K-12, 501(c)3 parent organization that supports advocacy and the academic advancement of Black children.
Lori Bitar is an award-winning educational consultant and specialist in supporting students, families, and schools in academics and behavior. Her company, Academic Advocates, provides assistance in tutoring, training, and teaching. Lori is a former Disney American teacher nominee, Teacher of the Year, and the proud recipient of a Governor’s TOP 100 middle school award. Her latest book, SOS! Save Our Students: Solutions for Schools, Staff, Students, Stakeholders, & Society is a resource book that will sheds light on best practices to fight the arch-enemies of education. (Poverty, Bureaucracy, Illiteracy, and Legislation and more…)
David has been training and facilitating conversations with students and adults since 2010 and has personally spoken to over 20,000 students. His vast amount of experience with students, and parents informed him as he co-produced Who Can Relate which focuses on the issue of teen suicide prevention. David is a certified trainer in Youth Mental Health First Aid and has trained over 300 individuals in just over a year, and recently became a trainer in Adverse Childhood Experiences, which focuses on trauma-informed care. David chairs the faith-based community subgroup in the El Paso County Youth Suicide Prevention.
Grand Master Chae, founded Chae Hook Sung Martial Arts in 1984. GrandMaster Chae is a student of GrandMaster Solomon H. Yun & GrandMaster Robert Nicholls, two of the world's top martial artists. His last promotion was from GrandMaster Sung Wan Lee (President Taekwondo JidoKwan Korea).
Writer, spoken word artist, and mentor Philip J. Curtis is a native of New York with roots in Jamaica West Indies, who arrived on the Colorado Springs poetry scene in 2006 bringing with him a brand of New York City straightforwardness and swag along with the sensual sun of Jamaica West Indies. Mr. Curtis established luvsaverb.com in 2007 combining his love for music with his poetic flow. Philip aka Midnight is also an avid community steward. He has facilitated poetry workshops at various high schools, and colleges. He has supported non-profit organizations such as LifeWithoutLupos.org, TESSA, Finding Our Voices, CASA, and Art from Ashes.
He is a founding member of Hear Here Poetry and in 2009 he established Poetry 719 on Facebook to foster and support the freedom of self-expression in spoken and written word through community connections, education, and poetic unity for all ages. Mr. Curtis has released two CD’s and has plans to release two books in 2020 to celebrate his forty years of performing. You can keep up to date with Philip J Curtis aka Midnight via his website: www.midnightpoet00.com; Instagram and Sound Cloud under midnightpoet00.
Maritza is a Dual Language Development Specialist in one of the largest urban districts in the Houston, Texas area. Her experience includes being a university adjunct lecturer, elementary educator, consultant/presenter, curriculum writer, coach and head of a university department. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to support learners through her leadership positions which include the Head of a Continuing Education Department, Title 1 Coordinator, Summer School Principal, Curriculum Writer, a literacy coach and development specialist.
Her passion for Dual Language Education led her to create and present differentiated professional development in the district, and conferences including the TABE (Texas Association of Bilingual Education), and NABE (National Association for Bilingual Education). Furthermore, she supports teachers, parents, and school leaders with content, language acquisition, and classroom management.
Monea Beene currently serves as an Assistant Principal full-time and is a part-time Educational Consultant and public speaker. In her educational tasks, she brings experience working with minority scholars (ELs in particular) from Texas public schools. Prior to serving in her current role, Monea served as a classroom teacher of ELs, worked to charter focus groups and support systems to meet the needs of teachers of ELs and assisted in curriculum writing for Reading, Writing, and Middle School Intervention courses, all to support increased student achievement.
Monea has master's degrees from Sam Houston State University in Instructional Supervision and in Educational Administration and a bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. As a professional committed to lifelong learning, she is working on achieving her Doctorate at Prairie View A&M University in Educational Leadership.
Brittney McDonald-Lantzer is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based out of Colorado Springs. Her influences in her work are anime/manga, future funk, and the ideas based in Afrofuturism. Her digital work is created with a digital pen tablet, Photoshop, and Clip Paint Studio.
Gail McAlmont is currently a Behavior Specialist within the Mental Health Department in Spring ISD located in Houston Texas and holds over 9 years of experience within the field of K-12 Education. In those 9 years, Miss McAlmont has been fortunate to hold various roles which have all contributed to her passion of increasing the awareness of how embedding social emotional learning within school curriculum can directly impact the success outcomes of individuals thus benefitting the school environment, communities and society on a whole.
Miss McAlmont has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, an MBA focused on organizational management and is a certified John Maxwell Coach, Speaker and Trainer.
When she is not working, you can find Miss McAlmont spending time with her teen son and elderly father, exploring international cuisine and sharing new cultural experiences with peers.
Cameron Simmons is a two-time University of Denver graduate and currently serves as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at his alma mater. Originally from Colorado Springs, CO, Cameron has made a name for himself in the Denver community throughout his undergraduate and master’s work. As a Daniels Fund Scholar and Colorado State Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of America, Cameron earned his Bachelors of Arts in Public Policy and Communications with a minor in Leadership as well as a Master of Science in Management.
During his tenure at DU, Cameron has been very active in the Black Student Alliance, the Pioneer Prep Leadership Institute, the Black Male Initiative Summit, the Diversity Ambassador Program, and his fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Not only was he able to take advantage of the many opportunities and clubs on campus, but was also able to study abroad for five months during his junior year in Ghana, West Africa.
As an admission counselor, Cameron serves on the diversity and access team where he is able to work with communities of color as well as other underrepresented groups to provide access events and guidance on the college journey. He currently serves as the college liaison for the Colorado Boys and Girls Club, Daniels Fund, DU Black Male Initiative and Black Women LEAD, and Colorado Gear Up.
Recently, Cameron was recognized by the Colorado Council on High School/ College Relations for his service to the Council. This award speaks very highly of the young man he is and the work he does for the organizations he aligns with. Cameron ultimately seeks to inspire the next generation of leaders and help to advance the plight of students of color in higher education.
Jasmine Poblano is a senior at the University of Northern Colorado where she majors in Mexican American Studies. Along with her academics, Jasmine is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and is currently working on her research, "¡Resistencia! Chicana Voices of MEChA: a Historical Recovery of Chicana activism at the University of Northern Colorado." As a first-generation Chicana scholar. Jasmine prioritizes working with marginalized students to guide them into higher education and does so through workshops and empowering yoga classes.
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