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 also trained corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military, and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racial inequity in their institutions. Wise has provided anti-racism training to educators and administrators nationally and internationally. 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 popular, professional and scholarly journals.
Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including two from the Media Education Foundation. “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America,” which he co-wrote and co-produced, and "The Great White Hoax: Donald Trump & the Politics of Race & Class in America, " which explores how American political leaders of both parties have been tapping into white anxiety, stoking white grievance, and scapegoating people of color for decades to divide and conquer working class voters and shore up political support.
Wise also appears alongside legendary scholar and activist, Angela Davis, in the 2011 documentary, “Vocabulary of Change.” In this public dialogue between the two activists, Davis and Wise discussed the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as inter-generational movement building and the prospects for social change. 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 and was featured in a 2007 segment on 20/20. 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.
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 daily by creating and implementing prevention programs in conjunction with traditional school discipline while maintaining a positive school climate.
Dr. Strong holds multiple Master’s degrees in both Curriculum and Educational leadership as well as a doctoral degree in curriculum and social inquiry. Her dissertation entitled Black Girls Matter?: Historical Representation and its Impact on Contemporary Education, highlights the need for safe spaces for African American girls within 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) a book that has been utilized as both an alternative to suspension and small group intervention in schools across the United States and parts of Canada. Dr. Strong travels to national conferences presenting on topics ranging from cultural competence in schools to equitable discipline and conflict resolution. Dr. Strong has written and designed courses for the Illinois Principal’s Association Ed Leaders Network. Those course titles include Anti-racist Education and Bias and Microaggressions in the Classroom. Dr. Strong has also appeared on ABC Newsviews as an expert on bullying signs and symptoms. Dr. Strong has appeared on panels across the country regarding culturally relevant discipline and anti-racist school environments.
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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.
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.
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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 launched the Health Care Access Project at Transgender Law Center, the first program in the nation to address trans health disparities through provider training, “know your rights” workshops for community members, and advocate for trans-competent care. He was also the lead consultant at the California statewide Community Alliance for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services. He provided LGBTQ training nationwide for navigators conducting enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a project of Out2Enroll and Center for American Progress, in partnership with the White House and the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Willy is the recipient of a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Excellence in Writing award, and the Transgender Law Center Vanguard Award, and is recognized on the Trans 100. He is the first transgender person to receive the Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community (APIQWTC) Phoenix Award.
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.
Nicole “Dr. Nic” Rankine, PhD is a certified international empowerment speaker, teacher, and coach with the John Maxwell Team. Dr. Nic uses her experience and passion to equip, inspire and empower those she serves.
With over 20 years of professional experience in helping people, Dr. Nic has a story of great achievement. She struggled with reading comprehension in her younger years but overcame the associated challenges to work in academia and government agencies as a Health Scientist. She has traveled internationally to devote over 15 years of her time to youth development and youth ministries and she also serves as an Adjunct College Professor in public health. She holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science Degree in Biology, from the University of Georgia and Georgia State, respectively, and has a Masters and Ph.D. in Public Health from Walden University. http://www.drnicolerankine.com/index.html
Mateo Raul Magdaleno is Chief Education Officer for the IDQ Group Inc., providing innovative education strategies to organizations. Magdaleno is also the Founder and Chairman of The Magdaleno Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to building student servant leaders. He also serves on the U.S. Congressional Award National Board of Directors, who present Congress’s highest award for youth. In addition to managing his own business and philanthropic work, Magdaleno serves as the caregiver of his elderly mother, Maria, and is in the process of adopting his older sister, Sylvia Magdaleno, who is gifted with down syndrome.
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 to the US, 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.
Born in North Carolina in 1967, 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 teaches courses dealing civil actions for personal injury and insurance recovery; courses dealing with race and inequality; and a course she co-created on mindfulness and lawyering. 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 through a regional service center 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.
She has worked nationally and internationally building the capacity of educators in how to reach culturally and linguistically diverse students and presented at a Dual Language conference in Guatemala for the Summer ExCEL Program with Southern Methodist University(SMU) in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bilingual Education from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, a Master of Science degree in Instructional Leadership/Administration from Trinity Washington University and completed all but the Dissertation through Texas State University. She is currently completing her PhD in Education through the dissertation pathway at Northcentral University and anticipates defending the dissertation in 2021.
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).
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