Student Affairs Speakers

From running student organizations to juggling part time jobs to passing level one calculus and biochemistry, students of all ages must learn balance, resource management and the art of focus in order to be successful. But that schoolwork/life balance isn’t always easy to identify, nevermind practice. Fortunately, many of GBS’s professional speakers can address all aspects of student affairs at your next student organization or academic event. See the list of speakers below to select the best speaker for your event.

Jay Ellis

Actor, Producer, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist.

Jay Ellis           Jay is a series regular on the BET hit series, The Game, now in its 8th season. Ellis stars as the wide-eyed Bryce “Blueprint” Westbrook, a brilliant Stanford grad and recipient of the Heisman Trophy. The highly educated “Blueprint” is often the smartest guy in the room, which rubs his new teammates the wrong way. Jay can also be seen sharing the screen with Terrence Howard in the much-anticipated Farrelly Brothers film Movie...


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Hasani Pettiford

Nation's authority on male/female relationships, human sexuality, and men's issues.

Hasani Pettiford         For over a decade, award-winning speaker, TV personality, and published author, Hasani Pettiford, has been a recognized authority on human sexuality, interpersonal relationships, as well as, personal growth and development. Hasani has directly impacted the lives of many, as he fulfills his mission to change the way men and women relate to one another, putting them on the path to healthier, more meaningful relationships.As...


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Dr. Michael Anthony

Committed to helping students, people, and organizations maximize the skills and potential needed to create positive change in their environments.

Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D.          Michael currently serves as the Assistant Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Oakton Community College. He is among the youngest Chief Diversity Officers and senior leaders within higher education today. He is the founder and owner of Anthony Creative Solutions, LLC, a diversity and leadership development consulting company. At the age of 30, Dr. Anthony earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and...


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Hakeem Rahim

A leading African American voice in mental illness, wellness and recovery.

Hakeem Rahim, Ed.M, M.A.          Hakeem is a leading African American voice in mental illness, wellness and recovery and speaks openly about his 14 year journey with bipolar disorder to audiences across the country. Inspired to address the stigma of mental health, he became a certified National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) In Our Own Voice speaker. In 2013, Hakeem became the NAMI Queens/Nassau Let’s Talk Mental Illness presenter. Throug...


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Rashid Darden         Rashid is a novelist. He was born in the late 1970s in Washington, DC, where he has spent his entire life, save for brief stints in Moscow, Russia and Leicester, United Kingdom.        Rashid’s first three novels are a trilogy consisting of Lazarus (2005), Covenant (2011), and Epiphany (2012). Each novel was published by Old Gold Soul Press to critical acclaim. The novels told the collected stories of Adrian Collins, a gay ...


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