Meet Our Presenters
Ako Kambon, President of
Visionary Leaders Institute
dynamic, versatile motivational speaker and trainer. Mr. Kambon is
nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of educational
consulting and designing and conducting leadership seminars for
public and private educational institutions.
Appointed by an Ohio gubernatorial commission, Mr. Kambon served as
executive administrator of The Ohio Commission on African American
Males. Mr. Kambon created a school for African American males who
were at-risk of entering the Ohio penal system. The school received
tremendous recognition for its creative approach to reaching and
teaching young men who were at-risk of falling through the crack.
Philosophically, Mr. Kambon is a great believer in the efficacy of
public-private partnerships. “I am a profound believer in
self-help,” he says. When it comes to community issues, “government
should be a catalyst and supporter of local initiatives, but must
not attempt to apply generic solutions to specific problems and
Similarly, Mr. Kambon is a strong advocate for the establishment of
policies, programs, and procedures that engage parents in the
education of their children. “Parents must be hands-on participants
in the educational process – active partners with teachers and
administrators,” he says. “Getting parents involved often requires
special effort and carefully devised programmatic approaches. This
is especially true in multi-cultural environments where there may be
race, class, and communications issues to overcome.”
Mr. Kambon and his wife, Hanifah – a recently retired teacher in the
Columbus Public Schools – are the parents of three daughters.
Parental Involvement in Schools
- Who Are
Today’s Students and How Do We Reach Them? Practical Application of
Chike is an educator, lecturer, and
Christian minister who has been recognized by Ebony magazine as one
of its “50 Leaders of Tomorrow.” Chike shares his perspectives on
education, youth advocacy, spirituality, self-knowledge, and African
cultural awareness with colleges and universities, on radio and
television talk shows, and for gatherings such as the Travis Smiley
Foundation’s annual “Youth 2 Leaders” conference.
Chike is the author of five books,
including A Kwanzaa Awakening: Lessons for the Children and
Community; A Treasure Within: Stories of Remembrance and
Rediscovery, and A Treasure Within: Parent/Teacher Resource Guide.
Culture, and the Curriculum Connection
Sandra is a native of Dayton, Ohio and a product of
Dayton City Schools. Her qualifications and experiences are
plentiful and range from teaching students in adult and juvenile
corrections to more than 25 years with Columbus City Schools. Her
"single gender education” program is currently operating
successfully at the intermediate grade level at the Columbus
Africentric Early College School. Her favorite motto is "If it is to
be it is up to me."
- Single-Gender Classrooms
Cassandra is the architect of
specialized programs designed and implemented throughout the country
to increase participation, involvement, and engagement of urban
parents of children with special needs. She is the president and
founder of Advocates for Educational Equity & Excellence, a
consulting organization providing special education advocacy,
training, information, and support. Her professional credentials
include directing one of the largest federally funded parent
training projects in New York State.
- What Every
Administrator Needs To Know About Special Education
“Coach” Powell, is internationally
recognized as a humorous, powerful, award-winning public speaker.
“Coach” has more than 20 years of experience in working with
students and is a certified violence prevention specialist, chemical
dependency counselor, author, educator, researcher, and champion
high school football and track coach. His books, Message N/A
Bottle: The 40 oz. Scandal, Volumes I and II, and Hip Hop
Hypocrisy: When Lies Sound Like The Truth, are based on his
unique understanding of today’s youth movement and culture, and are
widely used as tools by clergy, educators, counselors, and parents.
Motivation/Developing Student Leaders
holds a chemistry and math degree and is committed to increasing the
representation of minorities and women in science, math, and
technology-based careers. He is president and founder of the
Minority Aviation Education Association (MAEA), the largest
minority-owned and operated science and math outreach company in the
nation. Through MAEA and his hands-on work with teachers and
students, his mission is to lay a foundation that will catapult
young minds into their own explorations of science and math.
- Improving Classroom Application of
Bob has been a public school teacher, a
vice principal, a basketball coach, and a school district chief
trainer and mediator. In the latter capacity, he primarily resolved
conflicts that school personnel were unable to handle. With the
earned designations of a “Master Trainer” and “Master Consultant,”
he brings his expertise to school districts and organizations such
as federal courts and non-profit organizations as a sought-after
speaker and trainer. His work has been chronicled nationally and is
on display at more than 200 Simon Property Malls across the country.
Conflict Without Confrontation
- Classroom Management
Reverend Dennis is a pastor and the founder of
educational, social, and psychological service organizations,
targeted toward the African American community, inner city African
American young men and their families, and the community at large.
He is the leader of programs designed to involve churches in
holistic community development partnerships and to educate clergy
regarding drug abuse, chemical dependency, and mental illness. He
received a Presidential invitation to be a special guest and one of
14 presenters chosen for the first National White House Conference
on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
- Can The Church Help You Market Your
Mark Anthony brings his audiences a
background as a powerful professional speaker, an international
radio talk show host, and a trainer. This is a formula to encourage
individuals to take the risk to move beyond their limitations and a
personal background as an abused, neglected inner city foster child.
His book, Discover the Champion Within, is widely used by teachers,
social service organizations, and parents as a tool to encourage
students and others to tap into their inner potential to excel on
Children Need to Succeed
Tamara Gonzales is a trainer, business analyst and a
US Air Force technical sergeant for 17 years. She has a Bachelor
degree in Communications. She leads and guides Latino youth with how
to reach for success. She is a mentor to women of color who need
assistance with how to reach their educational goal achievements.
Having been raised in the South-side of Toledo, she understands how
important education is to the Latino youth and their success. Tamara
has a passion to give back to her community and helps assist other
Latinos to understand the importance of obtaining higher education.
She has worked on projects in collaboration with the Ohio Commission
on Hispanic/ Latino Affairs. She is a member of the Latino
Empowerment Outreach Network where she is an active member of the
- Helping Today's Students Reach Academic Success
(Focusing on Hispanics)
President and CEO of the Protocol School of Columbus and has been a
newspaper and magazine contributing writer and a media consultant on
business and social etiquette for local NBC, ABC, and CBS television
affiliates. Her clients have included corporations and organizations
that want to enhance the professional and personal development of
their representatives in areas including job readiness, image
projection, and character education.
- Making Your School a “Friendly School
Linda Jungwirth, Ed.D., President of
CONVENING CONVERSATIONS, Inc., is recognized nationally for her work
with Small Learning Communities, leadership, curriculum development,
assessment, and cultural proficiency. Dr. Jungwirth was recognized
as Educator of the Year for Region 10 by the California League of
High Schools (CLHS) for her support of high school reform and
transformation of large schools into small learning communities. Dr.
Jungwirth made Problem-Based Learning (PBL) come alive in the
science classroom. “PBL transforms students as they connect to
real-world problems with a passion that drives their learning deeper
than we could ever dream to accomplish with a traditional education.
As adjunct professor at Pepperdine University, Dr. Jungwirth
inspires educators to be culturally proficient leaders and
innovators in educational reform and personal excellence.
- Project Based Learning
Carolyn has more than 30 years of
professional experience ranging from the classroom to curriculum
design and development. She is an innovative teacher with a devotion
to supporting teachers with tools to effectively deliver instruction
to impact student achievement. She has designed and implemented
programs at the district level providing options for students,
parents, and teachers. Carolyn has presented to a variety of
participants at national and regional conferences and local school
districts. She is a curriculum coordinator for preschool,
kindergarten, gifted, science, social studies and foreign language,
and serves as the CARE coach for culturally responsive teaching.
- Do You Know the Way
to.... Differentiated Instruction?
Akil Marshall is a former professional football player with the
National Football League (NFL) Philadelphia Eagles and the first
National Basketball Association (NBA) strength and fitness coach. He
has been in the wellness business for two decades. He has shared his
warmth, humor, and dynamic presentation style through television,
radio, videos, and cassette tapes, and was the first
African-American male to host a televised exercise show. Akil has
authored the book Herbal Powers and You, and has conducted seminars
and workshops on health and fitness, including those within public
- Art, A Key to Successful School Marketing
Stephen has been an educator for more than 20 years as a classroom
teacher, vice principal, principal, and director of secondary
education. In his books, Do You Know Enough About Me to Teach Me?
Inspired to Learn: Why We Must Give Children Hope, Stephen
shares how he and his staff turned their vision for the children in
our schools into operational strategies. He has served on panels
with the U.S. Secretary of Education, and is the founder of the
Gentlemen’s Club, a revolutionary program for at-risk males that has
been featured on the television program, Oprah.
- Creating a Positive School and Classroom
- The Gentlemen’s Club: Turning Boys into Gentlemen
- Do You Know Enough About Me To Teach Me?
A. White, Sr.
James is a
trainer, management consultant, and executive coach with more than
25 years of corporate, education, and government experience. Once a
17-year-old high school dropout, James has overcome socioeconomic
inner city obstacles and is now pursuing a Doctorate Degree and is
owner and operator of Performance Consulting Services, a business
performance training, development and consulting firm. He has earned
certification in more than 30 corporate training programs, as part
of his commitment to sharing his energy and insights with a wide
variety of market segments.
- Getting on the Same Page: Building an
Javier A. Sanchez is an internationally recognized
Youth Communications Specialist. He has spoken to and worked with
thousands of teens and adults across the U.S. and abroad, including
Italy, Germany, Japan, Canada, and throughout the Caribbean. Javier
is a Certified Prevention Specialist and graduated from Capital
University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. Mr.
Sanchez was also one of forty selectees nationwide to be part of a
fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Developing
Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse Program (DLRSA). DLRSA is a
national program designed to encourage and support emerging leaders
in the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment. After 14
years of working in the Substance Abuse Prevention field, Javier
founded R.E.A.C.H. Communications Inc. Their mission is to challenge
and equip both youth and adults to experience life to the fullest by
Reaching Excellence in Attitude, Character, and Health.
Andra’ is a national and international
trainer and consultant in the field of right brain, left brain, and
whole brain development. He has an extensive background in human
resource development and diversity, which includes serving as
president and CEO of Khafre Ward Corporation, focusing on improving
internal and external communication skills in today’s society. He
brings a perspective of diversity as more than a strategy, but
rather a core value that applies at all levels within an
Down Communication Barriers: Filter Through The Noise
- Whole Brain
- Cultural Diversity