Speakers

Brandi Baldwin-Rana

After spending over six years in higher education as a psychology and business professor, Baldwin-Rana turned in her grade book and started a new career as an entrepreneur. Today she is a highly sought after workforce engagement consultant and owner of Millennial Ventures Holding Company, a firm that manages a growing suite of brands focused on developing today's workforce. She is recognized as a leader in helping companies design employee development programs to develop, engage, and retain their top talent. She wants to level the playing field for millennial professionals so they are positioned to have success in their lives and careers.

Baldwin-Rana speaks at over 30 corporations and conferences annually to teach on various topics related to millennials, employee engagement, entrepreneurial leadership, and talent development. She was recently appointed from a pool of over 400 professionals to Mayor Jim Kenney's 2017 Millennial Advisory Committee, and was formerly featured as a part of the Philadelphia Business Journal's "People on the Move" campaign in 2015. She is the author of "Put in Work: Gain Respect, Influence Others, and Get Results as a New Leader, " available on Amazon.com and Kindle.

Program: Morning Keynote - Leader-ish Level-Up: How to Gain Respect, Influence Others, and Get Results and Oh No You Didn’t!?! How to Communicate Your Way Out of Conflict Situations

Contact: www.doctorbrandi.com


Darryl Bellamy

Darryl Bellamy is a professional speaker and author. His company is Bellamy Inspires, LLC. Bellamy is a corporate America dropout turned author of Waking Up Chase, professional speaker, and a rising star in student development. Bellamy graduated with his undergraduate degree in business management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and now speaks at conferences, orientations, and campuses around the nation inspiring students to conquer their fears and self-doubt to lead on campus and in life. Bellamy prides himself in only giving advice that he uses in his everyday life to overcome his fears and setbacks. What he teaches is what he does!

Program: Are You Scared? Why? Conquering Your Fears to Take Over!

Contact: bellamyinspires.com


Odell Bizzell Jr.

Odell Bizzell Jr. is a nationally known blogger, speaker, author, internet personality, and expert in training leaders to overcome obstacles to succeed. While in high school Odell started a small candy retail distribution center that earned him over $75,000 and an academic scholarship to college. As a successful keynote speaker, Bizzell has been featured in USA Today, Yahoo Finance, CNBC.com, and over 200 other media outlets. Through his company, The Impact Student Success Program, Bizzell has partnered with more than 200 colleges, youth organizations, and the military to reach tens of thousands of students. He’s also the author of five books and is a nationally recognized voice in helping students turn their life story into a success story. His presentations help students learn about the intersection of leadership and diversity and how to become more effective leaders in a diverse world. Bizzell has presented on the same stages as Super Bowl winning coaches, national politicians, and celebrities such as Stephen A. Smith, David Letterman, and Oprah Winfrey.

Program: Six Ways to Build Unstoppable Leaders and #WakandaRightNow--Building a Woke and Responsible Community on Campus

Contact: OdellSpeaks.com


Dave Collins

Dave Collins

Dave Collins is an award-winning improviser, coach, and corporate strategist with 10 years of experience in improvising and coaching. He presently works to find innovative ways to develop practical business skills through improv training. Like Aesop’s fable about Oak and the Reeds, he believes modern organizational cultures must incorporate basic improv tools and techniques to survive and thrive in any storm. Along with his teammates, Collins won the National Collegiate Improv Tournament in 2010, has headlined shows across the country, and individually coaches hundreds of students and professionals in the art and practice of improv. When not on stage or directing, he has applied his analytical and facilitation talents to his work as a workplace strategist and change management expert for AECOM Strategy Plus, encouraging clients to embrace change.

Program: Practical Improv for Leadership—Simple and fun techniques to be a better, more productive student leader and Better Brainstorming—Learn How to Generate More Ideas in Less Time

Contact: www.oakandreeds.com


Jeff Dess

Jeff Dess

Jeff Dess is a dynamic public speaker, author, emcee, and professor. Of Haitian descent, the native New Yorker known as the Disruptive Educator is also the co-founder of the educational platform Trill or Not Trill. The company bridges the gap between popular culture and student development. Dess is the author of five books, including Trill Motivation, which through imagery, poetry, and commentary tackles leadership and motivation from a contemporary perspective.

After studying at St. John’s University and earning a BA and MA in English literature, he worked in student affairs for more than 10 years. He has delivered lectures at more than 25 universities including Columbia and Princeton University, has performed globally in Indonesia, Italy, and South Africa. He’s been featured in Ebony Magazine, The Root, and Urban Cusp Magazine.

Program: Opening Keynote - Disrupting Success, Student Preconference Workshop - Leadership Master Class, Effective Public Speaking Tools According to Kanye West, and Rock. Paper. Scissors and Changing Your Office Climate (Advisors)

Contact: www.trillornottrill.com


Ash (Cash) Exantus

Ash Cash

Ash Exantus aka Ash Cash is a 15-year banking professional, personal finance expert, motivational speaker, and the author of two Amazon.com bestselling books (Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom and What the FICO: 12 Steps to Repairing Your Credit). Widely recognized for his passion for entrepreneurship and financial literacy, Cash is on the forefront of a movement that is encouraging individuals to be socially and financially responsible. Through his message of fiscal responsibility, entrepreneurship, and wealth empowerment, he has become a regular speaker at national conferences across the country. Cash has been featured on popular, national media outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, WSJ, American Banker, CNBC, TheStreet.com, Black Enterprise, Essence Magazine, Ebony, BET, Pix11 Morning News, and countless others. He is the host of his own radio show titled The Ash Cash Show, which airs every Sunday at 1 p.m. on WHCR 90.3FM NY with a current reach of 2.2 million listeners. Above all his credentials, accolades, and titles, Cash is simply known for helping people maximize their full potentials. He thoroughly enjoys his life in Metropolitan New York Area, where he resides with his wife, and two children.

Program: More Telling, Less Asking: How to Negotiate Like a Boss and Get What You Want Almost Every Time, The Wake-Up Call: Financial Lessons Learned from Jay Z's 4:44 Album, Mind Right, Lead Right: How to Effectively Guide Your Team to Success in a World Where the Rules are Constantly Changing, and The Art of the Side Hustle: Turning Your Passion Into Profit (Advisors) 

Contact: www.iamashcash.com


Bertrand Gervais

Bertrand Gervais

Acknowledged by President Obama for his work as a young leader in America, Bert Gervais, The Mentor Guy, is an author, thought leader, and mentor evangelist. Black enterprise.com describes him as a rising star and Millennial Leaders calls him one of “The Top Gen Y” leaders in the country. His secret? By the time he was 25 years old he had already formed 25 mentor relationships. Born in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, Gervais quickly realized the value of seizing opportunities and encourages others to do the same. He came to America with no connections, limited resources, and was separated from his mother. By 2006, while at Binghamton University, he started an internet company and was named the east coast student entrepreneur of the year. His best-selling book Who’s in Your Top Hive: Your Guide to Finding Your Success Mentors shares the lessons he learned during his journey. He has spoken to over 30,000 young adults in 30 states and two countries and has been featured on Fox News and USA Today.

Program: Freestyle Rap Leadership


Alvert Hernandez

Alvert Hernandez

Alvert Hernandez is a graduate student pursuing his MA in higher education administration and leadership at Montclair State University. He is a former two-term student government president, and has leadership experience in residence life, new student orientation, Greek life, admissions, and first year student experience programs. He is a proud Cuban and Dominican American and loves arroz con habichuelas y pollo guisado.

Program: #TrustTheProcess: Changing Culture in Your Organizations and Six Ways to Not Get Lost in The Sauce: Effective Communication


Monique M. Lopez

Monique M. Lopez

Monique M. Lopez is a vice president for Wells Fargo within the private sector catering to government and non-profit industry. She has worked in Government Finance for more than 12 years and is currently the lead relationship manager for the State of New York – Albany, Western New York, Counties in New Jersey, and Puerto Rico. In this role she consults various government clients regarding credit, investments, treasury management, and capital markets. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Lopez was the New York state homes and community renewal (HCR) municipal fellow and a public finance analyst at J.P. Morgan (formerly Bear Stearns).

Leveraging her private sector expertise, experience, and training, Lopez created the Omni Breakthrough, a company that focuses on providing leadership and professional development training throughout the country. At Columbia University, she provides a series of skill development workshops and teaches a leadership course for the mid-career program in Economic Policy Management in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Lopez holds a BS from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York and a masters of public administration from Columbia University’s SIPA. At SIPA she specialized in public sector finance and advance management. Lopez is a member of the Council of Urban Professionals, Co-Chair Government Industry Council, Women’s Leadership Program, Alumnae of the Accelerated Leaders Program and the Pride Network. She is an active participant with Habitat for Humanity and Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Camp Series. She is a born and bred New Yorker by way of the Bronx and lives in Manhattan with her wife.

Program: Spoken and Unspoken Rules of the Workplace and Negotiation Tactics and Preparation (Advisors) 


Derek Lujan-Brooks

Derek Lujan-Brooks

Derek Lujan-Brooks was born in Panama and migrated to the U.S at the age of 12. Speaking two languages and having an associate of science in business administration and bachelor of science in accounting. Currently pursuing a master in public administration with a concentration under policy analysis and evaluation while working in the distinguished Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program at Medgar Evers College as the assistant to the director/enrollment specialist.

As a student leader and going through the journey of undergrad he served as the enrollment specialist, SEEK program mentor, SEEK student association treasurer, SGA representative, and also part of a non profit organization such as ASPIRA that is based on community service and helping student transition between high school and college. He was SEEK Student of the Year in 2014 and multiple Dean List recipient while actively being involved in the community and giving back.

As the enrollment specialist/assistant to director at the SEEK Program, he is in charge of recruiting the annual enrollment goal of students into the program. As well as overseeing and assisting with the transition from high school to college be as smooth as possible while dealing with administrative work from registering first-time freshmen for classes to making sure the entire department is running smoothly.

Program: Student to Professional: How to Deal with the Changes


Barb Meidl

Barb Meidl

Barb Meidl is a passionate advocate and mentor to students and clients, committed to fostering servant-leadership, personal and organizational excellence, and lifelong learning. Meidl is director of student life and leadership at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, NC. In her role, she designs and implements engaging co-curricular programs and activities focused on building leadership capacity and a vibrant, inclusive student body. She also supports the development and maintenance of student-driven clubs and provides direction, support, and facilitation for several annual campus-wide events and educational trips. Meidl received her bachelor’s degree in communications from East Carolina University and master’s in leadership from Pfeiffer University. She is a John Maxwell Certified life coach, speaker, and trainer. Married to her husband Doug Smith for 15 years, they live in South Rowan County with their menagerie of fur babies. She enjoys gardening, woodworking, writing, and texting with her adorable oldest brother who she resembles, although exceeds him in cuteness, spunk, and vivacity. (Edited by said older brother.)

Program: Are You Naked and Afraid?: Embracing Your Authentic Self (Advisors)


Lisette Miranda

Lisette Miranda

CEO and founder of PINC International, Lisette Miranda designs and organizes internship and immersion programs to Spain for young women in college. Her mission is to help bridge the gender gap by giving young women a competitive edge on their resume with international experience. Miranda's programs provide language learning, cultural immersion, career development, and access to executives in various fields. PINC International is the only female-focused program in Spain and has been working with students from more than 22 universities across the United States since 2013. Miranda is a native New Yorker, who is proud of her Hispanic roots and understands the importance of embracing a second language. She lived, worked and studied in Spain for five years, during which she studied and received an MA in bilingual and multicultural education. Miranda has been an active traveler for almost a decade and has visited almost 20 countries. Miranda was on the cover of University of Albany's 30 Under 30 issue, she has been featured in InternQueen.com, GoAbroad.com, and House Hunters International. Miranda is a contributing writer for Condé Nast Traveler Spain, and a member of Spain U.S. Chamber of Commerce, United Nations Association Southern New York Division, Millennials in Travel, Young Travel Professionals, StepUp (NY), and United Women in Business.

Program: The No MBA Business Owner

Contact: www.pincinternational.com


Helen Moses

Helen Moses

Helen Moses, MS, CCC-SLP, DTM is president of Command Communication, PLLC and a voice, speech, and communication specialist. Her clients benefit from her 30 years of extensive training and experience as a singer, speech-language pathologist, Distinguished Toastmaster, and state leader with Toastmasters International. Moses holds a BA in vocal performance from Rhodes College and a MS in speech-language pathology from East Carolina University. She directed a children's choir for 12 years and has been a choir member and featured soloist for more than 35 years. She is an accomplished public speaker and facilitator, as well as an author, and was the speaker coach for TEDx Raleigh 2017. Moses' mission is to help her clients use their voices to their fullest potential through a coaching experience that is customized, safe, high-energy, results-oriented, and fun! She is known as the go-to expert to help you increase your impact by Making Your Voice Mean Business!™ Moses believes helping others achieve success through excellent communication is her life's calling.

Program: The Voice of a Confident Leader

Contact: www.helenmoses.com


Jennifer Mullan

Jennifer Mullan

Jennifer Mullan works with people to create healing spaces within themselves and within organizations. In her work, healing involves paying sacred attention towards what needs remembering in our lives. Healing is about remembering who we are and what we know to release and relieve present and past suffering. Mullan believes that healing is a decolonization process of allowing the pain and discomfort associated with feelings of rage, systemic and internalized oppression, vacant esteem, and collective socialization. She identifies this process as a decolonization of our minds, bodies, and spirits. She is passionate about working with people to create containers of wellness, equity, and elevated consciousness through workshops, retreats, classes, coaching, and consulting.

Mullan is an author, therapist, community organizer, and an academic. She has over 15 years of experience in clinical practice, higher education, teaching, and non-profit management, with a focus on social justice and inclusion issues. As a therapist, consultant, and coordinator of a nationally recognized peer education program in higher education, the Peers Educating Peers (PEP) program, she has helped hundreds of youth and adults, in both California and the N.Y./ N.J. tristate area cultivate a sense of conscious “woke-ness” that embeds self-love, self-worth, and a sense of reawakened identity—all combined with community healing. 

Program: Self-Care is Revolutionary


Adrien Odate

Adrien Odate

Adrien “A.D.” Odate is a Bronx-born emcee. For decades, Odate’s backdrop was the ever-changing hip-hop scene. To this day, his work pays homage to the early emcees who used their voices to spark awareness and change. Notwithstanding the many challenges of life as a black, first-generation, immigrant man, he was afforded the opportunity to witness--and be a part of--the wide spectrum that exists in social class and wealth in New York. From The Bronx to Brown and from Goldman Sachs to United Way, his life and choices have created a broadened perspective that doesn’t quite fit into a simple mold.

Over the last fourteen years working as a fitness professional and with young professionals entering the field, Odate has developed his many passions, and coaching is the overarching theme in all his work. His emphasis on the importance of evolving as a person to achieve your goals and building your personal brand is at the core of his teachings. He guides those under his tutelage to create a career and sustainable livelihood all while not having to give up who they are.

Odate's impact has been felt in many different, even opposing, worlds. His voice focuses on social commentary and pushes awareness. Above all he’s an influencer. His charisma and honesty wins over the trust of people that he is meant to serve: allowing them to open themselves to change and growth.

Program: Selling Yourself as A Leader: The Art of Persuasion and The Leader’s Workout Plan


Dionna Scales

Dionna Scales

Dionna Scales has always been passionate about matching the right people to the right jobs and careers. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, she worked at a recruitment process outsourcing company before joining NBCUniversal. At NBCU, Scales honed her recruiting skills and developed a love for training and development. She moved on to manage NBCU’s internship program nationwide ensuring that all the company’s properties were providing the best experience possible to students across the country. Scales moved back to California for her next role at The Walt Disney Company where she served as rotation and talent development program manager. Currently, Scales proudly works for BuzzFeed as the early career program manager where she is building the internship and fellowship programs and managing the recruiting strategy for the early career opportunities at BuzzFeed. Throughout all her roles, Scales’ passions remain the same. She loves to help people realize their career interests and equip them to reach their goals. She’s used that passion when training students and professionals through workshops, university events across the country and organizations such as The Posse Foundation, Prep for Prep, the Emma Bowen Foundation, Simply Me, PENCIL, The Fulfillment Fund, and more.

Program: How to Win in the Interview Process and Manage Your Brand; Manage Your Career


Scott Siegel-Ortiz

Scott A. Siegel-Ortiz

Scott A. Siegel-Ortiz is a well-rounded higher education professional with over 10 years of dedication to the development and success of students. Born and raised in the Bronx, NYC, Siegel-Ortiz is a product of the public school system and a first generation college student. Scott went on to receive his BA in communications from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and his MA in higher education administration from Stony Brook University. His passion for making an impact knows no boundaries and is constantly striving to reach the next level while encouraging his students to do the same. He currently serves as the associate director of student life and engagement at the Columbia University Business School where he focuses on building community through quality student engagement programming and leadership development that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Siegel-Ortiz also loves long walks down the aisles of Target and likes to post lots of pics of his cats on social media.

Program: Just Because They Don't Live Here Doesn't Mean It Isn't Home: Commuter Student Engagement, When It’s Time to Move Out: A Roundtable Discussion on Knowing When It's Time to Leave an Institution and How to Do It (Advisors), and Playing Nice in the Sandbox: Using Relationship Management to Navigate Your Higher Ed Career (Advisors)


Sabrina Spadafino

Sabrina Spadafino

Sabrina Spadafino is a higher education professional that has worked in almost every office on a college campus. With more than nine years of experience she strives to make the best of her students and the staff she has been privileged to work with. Student success is her goal, and failure is not an option. She is the proud mother of a beautiful little girl named Bella and loves to bake cupcakes!

Program: Student to Professional: How to Deal with the Changes, It Was All a Dream: Being Biggie Smalls in a Sea of Mumble Rappers: Leaving Your Legacy, and Playing Nice in the Sandbox: Using Relationship Management to Navigate Your Higher Ed Career (Advisors)


Antonio Talamo

Antonio Talamo

Antonio Talamo is a dynamic higher education professional with a focus on student activities and campus culture development. His mission is to help influence and impact as many students as possible through his creative workshops and approach. Being a first generation college student has fueled his desire to identify and professionally develop underrepresented students on college campuses. He is passionate about helping students reach their full potential through leadership and mentorship. As a pop culture enthusiast, Talamo uses music, TV shows, movies and sports to present on leadership topics such as conflict resolution, diversity, branding, and more.

Program: 24 Karat Goals, Diversity Sandwich, Leadership Inc.: Demand Your Brand, and Keeping up with Commuters (Advisors)


Joe Urbanski

Joe Urbanski is committed to helping people find purpose and meaning in their personal lives, relationships, and careers. As director and master facilitator with Collegiate Empowerment (CE), he has re-engineered the What Every College Student Needs To Know® Seminar Series and authored Preventing A Miserable Career Journey to reflect this mission. Urbanski is the director for Collegiate Empowerment where he leads the development of 60+ seminars, retreats, and conferences and trains and coaches a cast of 15 performers and facilitators. CE presents at more than 150 colleges and universities across the country to impact more than 30,000 students and professionals every year. Starting in college with the Leadership Development Program in college and for two decades since, Urbanski has honed his electrifying facilitation style performing for as many as 2,400 participants during full-day trainings, three-day retreats, and multi-year leadership development programs. He has designed and delivered more than 560 seminars and workshops for more than 420,000 participants over the years. Urbanski’s genius and passion for delivering high-energy, empowering experiences is at the core of his appeal and success, while his entertaining style and simple approach make him a favorite at seminars and conferences across the country.

Program: Closing Keynote - Insights to Goals, Goals to Actions, Get A Life…Outside the Classroom: What Every College Student Needs To Know About Campus Engagement, Grit: What Every College Student Needs to Know About College Completion, We Cannot Take Our Students To a Place We Have Not Yet Been (Advisors)

Contact: www.collegiate-empowerment.org


Lenny A. Williams

Lenny A. Williams

Lenny Williams holds an MBA from New Jersey City University where he currently serves as a professor of entrepreneurship within the School of Business. He also teaches in the business departments of Union, Hudson, and Brookdale Community Colleges. Within higher education, he has a strong background in enrollment management, admissions, and retention. Still under the age of 30, he’s already impacted many students inside of the classroom and has assisted hundreds more to be accepted into college. Williams has traveled nationwide and abroad speaking to many companies and schools to spread the message of being an effective entrepreneur. He has overcome hurdles and has a masterful storytelling ability. With every engagement, he strives to achieve his mission of reaching generations and reminding them that greatness can be achieved against all odds. In addition, he has created a scholarship program in his hometown, and worked with schools and organizations including Yale University, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Towson University, YouTube sensation Latoya Forever, Thisis50.com, Free from 106 and Park, The Root, The Breakfast Club, NFL Players Association, and many more.

Program: The Perfect Filter and Every Day is Business

Contact: www.trillornottrill.com


Natilie Williams

Natalie Williams

Natilie Williams is not only a professional speaker, PhD student, and college instructor, but she is also a proud Southside Chicagoan. Williams understands that college is the perfect place for students to create, cultivate, and enhance their leadership skills and change the world. At 20 years old, she received her bachelors from Central Michigan University. At 22 years old, she received her masters in communication from Illinois State University. Williams graduated with both degrees without a dime of student loan debt! She currently travels the nation to inspire students to push through their circumstances and achieve their wildest dreams.

Program: For the Culture: Legacy-Building Leadership and Owning Your Story: Cardi B and Student Leadership

Contact: www.natwillspeak.com


Sakina Brehon Williams

Sakina Brehon Williams

Sakina Williams is an advanced certified yoga instructor and creator of BK Buddha, a traveling wellness studio where she provides yoga instruction, mediation, and wellness guidance to the person who wouldn’t step foot in a yoga studio. Williams teaches an undergraduate course, Yoga Theory and Application at Seton Hall University in the College of Education and Human Services. This course provides students with basic yoga and real-world fundamentals on and off the mat. Her background in publishing and marketing has laid the foundation to navigate in the wellness community making yoga for every body and everyone. Williams believes that harmonizing the body and energizing the spirit will empower the mind. When she isn’t teaching or practicing yoga, she is reading, working on her never-ending novel or hanging out with her 13-year-old daughter.

Program: Mindful Leadership: Clearing Personal Clutter, Breathe for Improved Focus: Guided Breathing Meditation with Intention, and Self-Care: Release, Rebalance and Recharge (Advisors)

 

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