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Dr. Richard White & Dr. Kevin Sanders

Dr. Richard White & Dr. Kevin Sanders

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About the Program

Richard and Kevin’s primary mission in this world is to inspire kindness, hope, and to encourage others to offer the world their very best. After two decades in higher education and performance careers that have taken them around the globe, they know a thing or two about developing people’s potential. Read More >

From totally different backgrounds and cultures—White is African-American and from inner-city Baltimore, Sanders is Caucasian and grew up in rural Arkansas—the odds of this duo being a perfect match was probably one in a million! And yet, their love of music, passion for helping others, and interest in education drew them together when they first met at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and created an enduring bond that has lasted more than 20 years. 

White, a best selling author and full professor at the University of New Mexico, and Sanders, director of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, have spent their lives working with students, teachers, and communities from all over the world. They are co-founders of ImPossible Inc., an organization dedicated to leveraging creativity and individual skill sets to optimize organizational success. The impossible is always possible! Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Black & White: “Best Friends”

Dr. Richard Antoine White and Dr. Kevin Sanders have found a unique way to inspire and talk about the difficult topic of DIVERSITY with a twist! Their physical appearance and backgrounds are polar opposites, but they chose to focus on their commonalities and how their distinctions strengthen their friendship and amplify what they can do and be together. Their talk demonstrates that what often makes you feel like an outsider can also serve as your biggest strength.

FAILING: Findings an Intended Lesson in Needed Growth

Life’s toughest lessons are essential for personal growth. In order to get something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. With lots of humor and heart, Drs. Richard White and Kevin Sanders share stories of their own missteps, how they try to prevent them and how you, too, can use your failures to lead you to success.

Communication Strategies for Diverse Teams & Why They Matter

Working with people different than ourselves isn’t always instinctive and deviation from our comfort zones can be hard. However, research shows that although homogenous teams make quicker decisions, diverse teams make better decisions. Through the lens of their 20-plus year friendship, Drs. Richard White and Kevin Sanders share their stories of how they have helped each other see their own blind spots, embrace their differences and empower each other to be their best. They’ll show you how to create an inclusive culture at your workplace or organization, where everyone is involved, and share the best communication styles to get you there.

A Sound Environment: Unifying Your Team for Success

When a symphony orchestra takes the stage, the audience hears 85 individuals of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles and emotions all play beautifully together as one. So, how can they achieve such an amazing performance with so many different musicians? It takes a great conductor who creates a culture that celebrates cooperation, communication and collaboration in order to fulfill the mission of sharing the power of music. The orchestra and its leader become a unified team. In this conversation, Drs. Richard White and Kevin Sanders share the tools for any team — including yours — to do the same. You can get them to a place where they work in harmony, so they can manage controversy, communicate well and unify their goals to achieve a sound environment for success.