Clinical Asst. Professor; Florida International
Dr. Adelman is a Clincal Assistant Professor and the Director of Early Childhood Education Programs at Florida International University. Her areas of specialization include: early childhood special education, emotional intelligence, social emotional development, culturally responsive instruction, and working with families from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Adelman has development the WeFEEL Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Responsiveness Approach in partnership with Dr. Daniela Foerch. She has been working in grant-funded research in the area is emotional intelligence for 7 years in collaboration with The Children’s Trust, the A.D. Henderson Foundation, and the Early Learning Coalition.
Anthony Solomon, a public speaker, and published author of "Metamorphosis: Driving Effective Leadership Amid Unpredictable Change," began inspiring student athletes in South Florida and Jamaica in his teens. A former football player for the University of Michigan and the University of Arizona, he speaks on resilience, family, and education. Adapting to virtual platforms during the pandemic, his talks served as global symbols of hope. Expanding his speaking to various U.S. states, his diverse experiences as an athlete, coach, entrepreneur, and artist make him engaging. Solomon consistently inspires with authentic narratives and insights.
Dr. Ashli Jay, a passionate Agribusiness Educator at William H. Turner Technical Arts High School's Academy of Veterinary Science & Agriculture Technology (VSAT), ardently promotes urban agriculture. With a Ph.D. in Leadership, her mission is to revolutionize multicultural communities through education on sustainable living and urban organic food systems.
Her work isn't merely theoretical; it involves practical application, starting with her high school students. Ashli guides them along their educational journey, fueling their passion for agriculture.
Ashli champions the power of community education in urban farm settings to create healthier, more resilient neighborhoods. Her strategy underscores the transformative power of education in fostering healthier, more sustainable communities worldwide.
Co-Founder and President of C&C International Computers and Consultants
As the Co-Founder and President of C&C International Computers and Consultants, Inc., Bill James has built a prominent 40+ year career in computer technology. His partnerships with entities like the Department of Homeland Security and NASA illustrate the company's growth from education-focused beginnings. His extensive experience, honed at Dell, Apple, and Xerox, has culminated in a team that provides top-tier tech services. Under his leadership, the company has formed partnerships with IBM and Equinix and earned honors like Florida's Outstanding Business of the Year. Passionate about education, Bill often serves as a 'Principal for a Day' in Florida schools and inspires young entrepreneurs through his speeches. He's served on the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, contributing significantly to the 5000 Role Models of Excellence program, encouraging youth in education and business.
Professor of Projection
Professor of Projection and author of Career Projection 101, Clem Harrod, with over twenty years of experience, has helped brand and market Fortune 500 companies and professional athletes through the Live Event Production Industry. He is a graduate of Turner Tech High School's Academy of Entertainment Technology and Florida State University's Media Production Program. He's the Founder of CLEMCO, coaching freelancers and entrepreneurs to become business owners.
Before CLEMCO, Clem had a 15-year career in sports broadcasting, working on major live events like the College Football National Championship, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, and the Superbowl.
Clem uses his experience in high-pressure environments to speak on leadership, perseverance, networking, and leveraging technology to enhance personal and professional brands.
Serving on several university and non-profit boards, Clem shares his Projection 101 mindset to inspire others to See, Believe, and Achieve their dreams.
Professor, Florida International University
Dr. Daniela Fenu Foerch is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Researcher of Early Childhood Education in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education within the School of Education and Human Development at Florida International University. Daniela has experience teaching face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online courses using different platforms. She is the Graduate Program Director of the Early Childhood Program Her research focuses on nurturing Emotional Intelligence in young children. Daniela is active in program and curriculum development. Daniela has presented her research to the local, national, and international communities and published several articles in the area of early childhood education. Aside from her teaching and research, Daniela serves as the Principal Investigator for the WeFEEL Emotional Intelligence Program at FIU. In 2022, Daniela published a children’s book titled The Colors of My Emotions, which focuses on fostering Emotional Intelligence in children 3 to 7.
Author, Educator, Researcher
Dr. Darcia Roache: Educator. Researcher. Author. Renowned for her exceptional contributions to academia and leadership in education. With a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), her expertise encompasses a broad range of subjects. Her extensive published works span transformational leadership, organizational development, HR policies, educational technology, and more. A member of the Finance and Operations’ Committee at British Educational Research Association (BERA), London, as well as the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) and the Canadian Associate for the Study of Educational Administration (CASEA). Dr. Roache's career is driven by her passion for administrative work, education, and learning.
Social Studies Teacher
Dawn T. Mangham, raised in Coconut Grove, Florida, attended Tuskegee University as a Political Science major but left to pursue music. She later obtained a Bachelors in Marketing from the University of Phoenix, Masters of Science in Entertainment Business, Masters of Arts in Public Relations from Full Sail University, and a Masters of Education and Social Change from the University of Miami. Starting as a Language Arts teacher for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, she's worked as a grade level chair and conducted professional development. Currently, she teaches US and World History at William H. Turner Technical High School, focusing on fostering curiosity and responsible citizenship in students.
Author, Speaker, Student Retention Specialist
Dennard Mitchell is a renowned educational speaker, best-selling author, and student retention specialist. His dynamic programs have been presented across 35 states and 3 countries, impacting countless lives. Drawing from his roles as a Social Skills Instructor and Funeral Director, he aids students and professionals in achieving ambitious goals. Possessing degrees in Business Administration and Mortuary Science, Mitchell has authored six books, including the best-seller, "Next Level Student Success," available in English and Spanish. A gifted Leadership Facilitator, he uniquely connects with audiences, inspiring them to excel. Outside work, he enjoys family travels and movies.
Vice-President Talent & Organisational Development, Liberty Latin America
Dominic "Dom" Boon, currently the Vice-President of Talent & Organisational Development at Liberty Latin America, leads an ambitious team connecting Latin America and the Caribbean. His career, spanning over twenty years, is enriched by experiences across diverse cultures, sectors, and organizations.
Previously, Dom held significant roles at Virgin Media and Deloitte UK. With expertise in Change Management, Organisational Development, and HR Transformation, his objective is to drive value through people. He also serves on the Board of the Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation.
Fluent in Spanish and a Chartered Fellow (FCIPD) of the CIPD, Dom blends professional pursuits with personal interests. A sports enthusiast, Dom cherishes time spent with family, reaffirming his belief in holistic development.
Student and Philanthropist
Isabelle "Issey" Powell, an exceptional junior at William H. Turner Technical Arts High School, excels in the Academy of Medical Science. Serving as sophomore class president of HOSA, she showcased her leadership skills early on.
Avid golfer and equestrian, Issey is also a recognized athlete with numerous awards. Her dream is to become a dermatologist, and she plans to run medical spas in the U.S and England.
Beyond academics and sports, Issey is a compassionate social activist. She established the Issey Foundation to aid underserved teens globally. Operating under the motto "Kinder Today, Stronger Tomorrow," the foundation offers essential resources and education to underserved children. Issey is truly shaping a brighter future for her generation.
President and CEO at Elite Sports Psychology
Dr. Jason Scott Hamilton, a licensed Clinical Psychologist, leads Elite Sports Psychology (ESP). With his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Hamilton excels in enhancing athletic and entertainment performances.
In Miami, his expertise drives peak performance among athletes and entertainers. Internationally, Dr. Hamilton contributed to major events like the Tokyo Olympics 2021 and Commonwealth Games 2022. High-profile athletes such as Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson publicly praised his work.
His impact on Jamaica's Premier Football League and West Indies Cricket Senior Team solidifies his invaluable role in sports psychology. His influence reverberates across global sports, emphasizing his distinct role in the field
Founder of Barbershop Speaks and Professor at Florida Memorial University
Jefferson Noel is a professor at Florida Memorial University. He is a three-time published author, professional orator, and TEDx speaker. Jefferson is the founder of Barbershop Speaks, an organization that engages in intelligent discussions inside barbershops and beauty salons. He has been featured on MSNBC, NBC News Now, NPR, and more. Additionally, he has received Miami’s Top Black Educator Distinction of 2021, Legacy Miami Top Leader of Today & Tomorrow of 2022, and the Revolutionary Leadership Award.
Human Design Thinking
Kwamara is recognized as an industry leader having been featured in multiple articles across the globe including CBS, NBC, Yahoo News, Business Insider, Boston Herald, MarketWatch and Digital Diaspora, been featured on podcasts. She has spoken at numerous conferences across the country and is host of RTL Live interviewing Misty Copeland. Stacey Abrams and John King Jr, of I am Black Woman, Yes I Matter, a global platform elevating the voices of Black women across the African diaspora and VCB News on the Black owned VCB Network.
Kwamara also sits on the board of numerous organizations, including iHeart Media Advisory Board and the Black Information Network, where she helps organizations think through their educational and racial justice initiatives.
Student and Compassion Builder
Lourdes "Lulu" Ubeda, a sophomore at William H. Turner Technical Arts High School, displays exceptional prowess in the Academy of Medical Science. Intent on becoming a general surgeon, she targets esteemed universities like Johns Hopkins or Harvard for her higher education.
Ms. Ubeda's leadership qualities are demonstrated in her roles within the Key Club, serving as class director and later secretary. Furthermore, she participates in the Chess Club and secured second place in a public speaking competition for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) within her district.
An intentionally compassionate individual, Lulu extends her dedication to her community. Her efforts are channeled towards peer tutoring and supporting vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, young children, and those experiencing homelessness. A balance of academic excellence and empathetic service, Lulu Ubeda is a promising representative of her generation.
Marsha Hilton is a Social Psychologist, Life Coach, Speaker, and Career Strategist, known for guiding individuals toward life and career goals. She emphasizes adaptability, resilience, and confidence, and focuses on enhancing Adaptability Quotient and Emotional Intelligence (AQ & EQ). Specialized in career planning, she helps university students and women find their purpose, teaching fear management and self-perception reshaping. Marsha's expertise covers language, purpose, and growth, focusing on personal narratives. In 2023, she authored a chapter on leadership for IGI Global Publishing and is recognized for her talks on Perfectionism, DEIB, and Imposter Syndrome.
Central Region Superintendent
Dr. Michael A. Lewis, born in the Bahamas and raised in Miami, is the son of Haitian immigrants. An accomplished academic and athlete, he earned scholarships in Football/Track and Field. He graduated from Lincoln University, earned a master's in educational leadership from NOVA Southeastern University, and a Doctorate from The College of William and Mary. A veteran of the Miami-Dade County Public School System, he has served as a Teacher, Dean, Assistant Principal, Principal, Region Director, and now Central Region Office Superintendent. His educational philosophy emphasizes active student engagement. Notable accomplishments include participation in leadership and mentorship programs and membership in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
CEO Prescient Consulting Services
Rochelle Cameron is an accomplished attorney with 25 years of experience at the Jamaican Bar. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and has held C-Suite roles in Legal and Regulatory, Human Resources and Public Relations. As the founder and CEO of Prescient Consulting Services Limited, she leads a team in developing and executing business, legal, people, and communications strategies.
Rochelle is deeply committed to creating an environment where individuals can tap into their brilliance. She has also co-founded Ready to Emerge Limited, focusing on personal and professional development to empower others to reach their full potential. Her dynamic personality shines as a keynote speaker, captivating audiences with her unique "Adrenaline Roch" style. Engaging presentations, infused with passion, high-energy, and humour, make her an exceptional communicator.
Student / Future Animal Psychologist
I am a devoted animal lover and an aspiring animal psychologist with a passion for understanding the intricate emotional lives of animals. With eight cats and two rabbits sharing my home, it's clear that my commitment to animal well-being isn't just theoretical; it's a daily practice. Each of my pets has a unique personality and they provide endless inspiration and curiosity for my quest to delve deeper into animal psychology. I am not merely satisfied with casual reading; I am an avid bookworm, consuming everything from scientific journals to heartwarming animal stories. This insatiable appetite for knowledge fuels my ambition to become an animal psychologist, a role where I envision myself not only diagnosing behavioral issues but also advocating for better animal welfare practices. my endearing love for animals is contagious, affecting everyone around me, and there's nothing that I enjoy more than sharing this passion with others.
Dr. Tonja C. Burden, an eminent educator, and consultant, has 25+ years of experience in diverse educational realms. She boasts a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University. She has served in the public and private sectors, from Criminal Justice Academy Teacher at William H. Turner Technical Arts High School to Security Chief. Notably, she's proficient in curriculum development and manages multiple projects efficiently.
Recognized for her exceptional leadership and communication skills, Dr. Burden has won several awards, including Officer of the Year and Teacher of the Year. Her involvement in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and lifetime membership in the Florida State University Alumni Association complement her illustrious career.
Additionally, Dr. Burden volunteers as a Guardian Ad Litem and contributes to the Community Relations Board for the City of Miami, reflecting her commitment to community service and leadership beyond professional confines.
Dr. Unjeria Jackson is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist specializing in maternal fetal medicine and perinatology. She founded the award-winning perinatology department at Morristown Medical Center and has played a key role in educating healthcare providers and patients. From 1991-2010, she delivered over 40 lectures and authored 8 articles in medical journals. She's served on various boards, including Morristown Medical Center Advisory Board and Atlantic Health System Board (2019-2022), and spent 28 years on the New Jersey State Committee reviewing maternal mortality. She's a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a board member of the National Minority Health Association.
High School Principal
Uwezo Frazier is a transformational leader, urban education consultant, and dynamic speaker, passionately committed to fostering change and enabling growth. Through his expertise, he emphasizes the irreplaceable nature of human assets such as character, mindset, disposition, and worldview, believing these to be the true indicators of potential.
Uwezo strongly believes that individual aspirations, not societal expectations, define one's true self. This empowers individuals on their journey of self-discovery and personal evolution. His unique approach has become a compass for those navigating the journey to self-actualization and empowerment.
Uwezo articulates his philosophies with resonating clarity as a speaker, providing his audience with a roadmap for those eager to invest in their personal assets and become their best version. He lives by his conviction that our character, mindset, and disposition are the keys to realizing and harnessing an unstoppable life journey.