LEAD Chicago LEAD Conference

Omékongo Dibinga:

Dr. Omékongo Dibinga’s life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. He is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of cross-cultural communication at American University. His writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio from CNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of America. His most recent book, “The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life,” is a life balance book for students.



Keith Hawkins:

Keith Hawkins is a national youth speaker who addresses over 400,000 students, educators, business owners, and parents each year. Keith has addressed the United Nations Global Summit, has been interviewed by Time magazine, is featured in a book on public speaking called Between One and Many, and co-authored the books Teen Power and Beyond and Go M.A.D. He has dedicated his life and work to improving the human race by helping everyone strive for personal change in their lives.


Harriet Turk:

For more than 20 years, Harriet has been inspiring teens and adults to discover their true identities and pursue a life of substance. She has worked as a probation officer, youth programs coordinator, and nationally-known professional speaker, trainer, and consultant. As a teen, Harriet struggled with her own identity crisis. She fell into the trap of feeling like she had to be perfect. This led to an eating disorder that took years to overcome. Harriet’s life experiences have taught her that success and happiness come from celebrating who you are and pursuing a life that honors your strengths and abilities.