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Social Services Advocate, Community Activist
Dr. Lonise P. Bias is president of Bspeaks, a life investment company that brings messages of hope, inspiration, and empowerment to the lives of youth, families, communities and those in the workplace. Read More >
She is an internationally known motivational and inspirational speaker, trainer, consultant, a certified teen and family life coach. Dr. Bias has delivered powerful keynote addresses, facilitated and developed workshops for faith based, public and private sectors “bringing new solutions to old problems.” Her mission for over thirty years has been to invest hope, courage, and endurance in the lives of her audiences. She believes hope is not extinct.
In 1990 Dr. Bias received an honorary doctorate of Education from Anna Maria College in Paxton Mass for her life experiences of turning lemons to lemonade after going through tremendous hardship and rising to help others. She has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs, received keys to cities, and received many awards.
Her clients include the White House ONDPC Program, Federal and local government agencies programs, men, women and youth organizations, faith-based communities, public and private schools and colleges, collegiate and professional sports, and the military. (August 2016 she was the keynote speakers for “Women’s Equity Day” at Fort Knox Kentucky) The spring of 2016 she was privileged to deliver the keynote address at a youth program sponsored by the Mentor Foundation in New York where Queen Sylvia of Sweden was in attendance.
Dr. Bias has developed W.I.T. (Women In training Teen program for girls), and M.I.T. (Men in Training teen program for boys), H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Parents to Endure and Excel Parenting Program) W.O.L. (Women of Light Speakers Series) and M.O.V. (Men of Valor Speaker Series). These programs were developed to help preserve lives of the individuals those in attendance and to strengthen our communities with spaces of wellness.
Her journey was navigated as a public speaker after the death of her oldest son, Len Bias a University of Md. basketball player, died of cocaine intoxication in June of 1986 two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics. Forty-two months later, December 1990 the Bias family experience the death of their second son Jay the victim of a drive by shooting.
These two tragic deaths forged her commitment to reclaim the community. There will be beauty for ashes, believing in the redemptive and transforming power of love. Hope is not extinct. The best is yet to come, for community, youth, family, schools and the workplace. Read Less ^
Reflections on Len Bias’ Legacy
Beyond the Dream
Dr. Bias brings a message of hope to inspire and motivate individuals and organizations that provide services for this nation’s greatest natural resource: our youth, our future. She brings an optimistic outlook in reference to the many social challenges youth and families are confronted with today. Dr. Bias believes individuals, agencies and programs that service youth and families have become the new norm, “the new social emergency rooms.” These social emergency rooms have become places of healing for those in need. Change will go forth within our communities because “hope is not extinct” as each one cares for one.
Our youth are reachable, teachable, lovable and savable. We must change our approach in adapting to their needs. Dr. Bias will speak to the issue of prevention and her perspective on why we are still waging war against many social problems today. There must be a boarder vision for prevention if we are to achieve success working with youth and families. What worked in 2000 won’t work in 2013 or 2014. Parents and those who service youth must use new strategies to empower youth to empower their peers. We must work smarter, not harder, using new solutions to solve old problems. It is time to take our social lemons and make refreshing lemonade!
Life is full of uncertainties and setbacks and unfortunately, many people are overwhelmed and ready to quit on life today. Dr. Bias offers inspirational hope that focuses upon emotional well being and self improvement through her motivational speeches. She believes that hope is not extinct as she shares her survivor messages to deal with the lemons of life. Her presentations on attitude, behavior, thoughts and awareness are the sweeteners to turn lemons into lemonade. Dr. Bias is truly a champion over life’s obstructions as she teaches others to overcome their fears, worries and stressors to enjoy their life again.
"Dr. Bias was a hit! She was so well received by our guests, that included the Mayor of Gary, IN and other dignitaries and mental health professionals. Many of us left the event feeling inspired."
"Your message on 'Hope Is Not Extinct, The Best Is Yet To Come' was inspiring and meaningful to all who attended the National Character and Leadership Symposium and we are grateful for your participation. Strong positive role models for these young men and women have a tremendous impact on their development. Your message is certain to remain in the forefront of their thoughts throughout their careers."
"Dr. Bias was wonderful and very well received. Our feedback on her was great and we really enjoyed having her. She is such a nice person, very professional, very motivating and inspirational. She is an amazing woman. Having her was a major home run for us and I had feedback from a couple of people who said that our conference always has the best speakers."
"Dr. Bias was the perfect speaker for our annual conference. During a time of much change and transition in our field, Dr. Bias motivated our attendees to achieve success even in uncertain times. Her personal experiences with addiction and violence in America reminded us that our work is valuable and that anyone can triumph over adversity. Our attendees left her presentation energized and ready to take on the challenges presented to them."
Dr. Bias, to say that your presentation was outstanding would be an understatement. The evaluations were excellent, and rightfully so. Many thanks for your time and insight.
"Dr. Bias was amazing. She was the perfect start to our conference. Her message was on point and well received. She had everyone fired up and ready for the rest of the conference. She was fabulous!! She was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend her to any conference."
"Participant evaluation and informal feedback indicate that this year’s conference program was inspiring as well as informative, and provided valuable ideas that will enhance local programs. Much of the credit for its success can be directly attributed to the support and resources provided by you and your organization."
"Mrs. Bias’ presentation today was insightful, inspirational, and thought provoking. It was a powerful presentation filled with gentle reminders and strategies on how to approach challenges and changes that face us each and every day. My staff simply loved her!"
"On behalf of the Drug Court Team and our participants we would like to thank you for a truly magnificent and memorable keynote address. It will be remembered by all of us. Participants used words like fabulous, amazing and awesome to describe you and your speech. Most importantly we appreciated and learned from your words of wisdom."
'The one word I heard most often when participants commented on your presentation was 'powerful.' I think the standing ovation you received at the end of your presentation is a testimony to how well your words were received. In the four years we have conducted the SciLife program, no other keynote speaker has received a standing ovation."
"Your participation in this record-breaking event was a key component to our success. Those that had the privilege of hearing your remarks were surely inspired and motivated to find every opportunity to do more for the thousands of young people and their families that we are entrusted to serve."
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