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Doug "Dr. Luff" Luffborough, III

Doug "Dr. Luff" Luffborough, III

Heart Inspired Speaker, Leadership Consultant & Author

Doug "Dr. Luff" Luffborough, III

Heart Inspired Speaker, Leadership Consultant & Author


Dr. Luff is an overcomer! As the son of a single-parent housekeeper, he was homeless in high school but went on to become a first-generation college graduate three times over despite being told by his high school guidance counselor that he was not college material.

He then was chosen as the student commencement speaker at his college graduation receiving his bachelor’s degree in business administration and human resources management from Northeastern University; a master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education; and a Ph.D. in leadership studies and educational consulting from the University of San Diego. Dr. Luff is a professional speaker, leadership consultant, life coach, and the author of Watch Me Rise: From Streets of Despair to the Halls of the Ivy League and the Watch Me Rise Teacher Dialogue Curriculum Guide.

As an advocate for education, Dr. Luff is a former California school board president trustee and an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at Point Loma Nazarene University. With over 25 years of experience, he is a seasoned speaker and trainer who has turned the hearts of thousands across the nation. From a former President of the United States to a teenage runaway, Dr. Luff's messages bring hope and inspiration to all.

Currently, Dr. Luff is an Educational Partner with Higher Level Leadership - a first-in-class speaking, consulting, and coaching company. He resides in Chula Vista, CA with his wife and their four children.

Speaker Videos

Corporate Video: Shake Shack Leadership Conference

You Just Need One Person to Believe In You

From Homeless to First Class to the White House

It Doesn't Matter Where You Start But How You Finish

Featured Nonprofit Video: City Year International Conference

College Video: Northeastern University Commencement Address Full Speech

Doug Luff - City College

Speech Topics

Watch Me Rise: My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

The P.O.W.E.R. of Leadership

The Me I See: Maximizing Your Self-Worth & Confidence

Fatherhood is Forever: Fathering a Fatherless Generation