Presenters

Sharon Dalmage

Sharon Dalmage is a higher education professional with over 15 years of leadership experience in the California Community College system.  She currently serves as Dean of Academic Affairs, with an unwavering commitment to transforming the lives of students through access to higher education. As a first-generation college graduate her journey of triumph fuels her passion […]

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Dia James

My name is Dia James, and I am a dedicated student and parent at Los Angeles Pierce College with a deep-seated passion for psychology. My brother’s battle with schizophrenia served as the inspiration for my deeply personal journey into this field. This experience has not only shaped my academic pursuits but has also instilled in […]

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Jahvon Gordon

Jahvon Gordon, a Platinum Speaker and 2022 Six Sigma Black Belt awardee mentored by Les Brown, shines not only on stage but also as the CEO of Generation Elite, a non-profit dedicated to empowering youth. His journey from earning a Bachelor of Arts in 2007 to graduating with a degree in Ministerial Studies in 2013 […]

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Chrishawn Marie Young

Chrishawn Marie Young is a dynamic higher educational administrator leveraging extensive experience in teaching and curriculum development to build high-achieving academic programs that engage and elevate students from diverse communities. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Chrishawn navigated attending more than two public schools per academic year, up until her senior year in high school. As a result […]

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Gina Peters

Gina Peters, affectionately known as the “Community Auntie” or “Tia Gina,” wears many hats with pride: T2C Coordinator, College Advisor, cherished mentor, and mother. With a profound commitment to students, community partners, and higher education institutions, Gina passionately fosters connections and instills unshakable confidence in students embarking on their college journeys. Guided by her own […]

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Keith Copeland

Keith Copeland is an outstanding professional speaker that is recognized as a subject matter expert in the field of Leadership Development. Known affectionately as “Coach C”, Keith has been operating in leadership for over twenty-five years as a Former U.S. Army Non-Commissioned Officer, Coach, Educational Leader, Mentor, and Civic Leader and has held several leadership […]

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Nick Zizi

Nick “The Zebra” Zizi, is a 2X Bestselling Author, TEDx speaker, national motivational speaker, and host of the top education podcast “Z-Rated Success,” where he helps students and educators stand out by being themselves and by finding their Z-Print. He has spoken to tens of thousands of students, educators, and professionals across the country. When […]

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Dr. Derrick Standifer

Dr. Derrick Standifer is a dynamic presenter with an incredible story. His journey from being a two-time college dropout to earning a Ph.D. is only part of it. What truly demonstrates his resilience and dedication is achieving this feat while being a full-time single father to two beautifully trouble-making babies. In addition, both of his […]

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Dr. A. Tamika Quick

Alberta “Tamika” Quick is a first-generation college student born in Harlem, New York City, and raised in Passaic, NJ.  She holds a BA in Marketing and Communications from Ramapo College of New Jersey, an MA in Counseling with a concentration in Student Affairs Personnel from Montclair State University, and an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership […]

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Ayannah Johnson, M.A. Ed

Ayannah Johnson is a first-generation college graduate from Union, NJ. In 2012 she graduated from Kean University with a BA in Communication. After completing her master’s degree, she worked at The Ceceilyn Miller Institute for Leadership and Diversity. She has traveled the country presenting DEI topics to schools, nonprofits, and corporations. Ayannah is the CEO […]

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