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Expert on the Impact of Financial & Emotional Poverty on Learning
Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. is the founder of aha! Process and an author, publisher, and career educator. She is recognized internationally for A Framework for Understanding Poverty, her foundational book and workshop.
Recognized Expert on School Crisis
Dr. Poland is an expert in school suicide prevention. He was president of the National Association of School Psychologists, and the former Prevention Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology.
M.S. in Criminal Justice with a Life-Sentence on Parole
The only athlete in the history of the NCAA to receive a life sentence and parole out of prison with enough life left to tell the story, Damon West has made the most of his second chance.
Inspirational Educator & Survivor
A decade ago, Brenda Combs Ed.D. was a homeless cocaine addict and criminal. Today, she's turned her life around and motivates others with her story of perseverance and rediscovery.
Domestic Violence Activist, Actor & Author
Born in Cuba, Rivers came to the US at the age of two, endured horrific child abuse and witnessed domestic violence at the hands of his father, which he chronicles in his bestseller, A Private Family Matter.
Best-Selling Author & Screenwriter
Antwone Fisher is the screenwriter and real-life subject of the Hollywood hit Antwone Fisher, directed by Denzel Washington. The film tells the story of his childhood at the hands of the foster care system.
The Professors: Nationally Recognized Educators
Dr. Richard White, inspirational speaker and full professor at the University of New Mexico, and Dr. Kevin Sanders, director of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, have spent over two decades in higher education.
Acclaimed Rapper, Financial Literacy Guru & Social Influencer
What do you call an acclaimed rapper, math teacher, financial literacy guru, social influencer, and award-winning motivational speaker? Dee-1.
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