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Norm Bond Norm Bond:
Norm Bond is the CEO of Next Step Enterprises (NSE), Inc. The firm publishes Next Step magazine, an international publication devoted to multiculturalism and diversity. An authority in the diversity debate, Bond has been quoted in such national publications as the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Black Enterprise, and Business Week.

Norm received his undergraduate degree with a dual major in business and economics in 1986. He also holds a master's degree in information- science, both from the University of Pittsburgh. His service to the community has been recognized by Inroads, Black Women in Publishing, Granville Academy National, and Lincoln University.

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DramaTeach - Ben Anderson and Jesse Cornelius DramaTeach - Ben Anderson and Jesse Cornelius:
Ben and Jesse of DramaTeach are well known for their dynamic style of presentation. As a team they bring youth to their feet with humor and audience participation. They incorporate learning about leadership & diversity through drama and action, teaching life skills through drama presentations. The key is to get on the youth level and hook up with them. Create a state of mind where the youth are open and receptive to learning. The youth become a part of a show that is fun, exciting, and entertaining. Then they allow the youth to practice all of the skills. All trainings can be used for youth, staff development and the physically challenged.

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Sylvia Fuentes

Sylvia Fuentes
Dr. Fuentes is passionate about the plight of Latinos and education.  She has a Doctorate in Adult Education and is the Director of Planning and Research in the Division of Student Affairs at Northern Illinois University. 

Dr. Fuentes can talk about subjects such as adversity in the workplace, Mr. DIVA or DIVA co-workers, Latinos, Educational issues, Leadership development, diversity, and Relationships and Other Games People Play!


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Sammi Gonzalez Sammi Gonzalez:
Sammi was the first Latina on the air in an English Mainstream Radio Station in Dallas Metroplex. With her voice pouring over the airwaves like honey on toast, Sammi Gonzalez is the Queen Bee of DJ's. An accomplished scholar and athlete growing up in El Paso, Texas, Sammi has mesmerized and motivated many audiences at civic events, schools, and as a presenter/speaker for many corporations.

Sammi holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Texas at El Paso and is a Certified Faith-based Counselor and Coach. These credentials and her personal and professional life experience have enabled her to write and produce seminars, lectures, and life-skills classes that offer "Consejos" on a variety of topics. She is also the founder of the "Sammi G. Hispanic Scholarship Fund" that was established in 1989 and has awarded many scholarships to Hispanics seeking higher education. Her mission: to inspire, motivate and help others, through education, counseling, coaching, and TRAINING FOR TODAY'S WORKFORCEthe development of both personal and professional goals.

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Ty Howard Ty Howard
Ty Howard is a classic inner city product with success written throughout the lines of his life story. He was ripped out of his mother's home at the age of two and placed into foster care at Saint Vincent's Catholic Charities inside the State of Maryland for five years. The State of Maryland granted permission for Ty to return to his biological mother's home where he managed to beat the odds of a low-income urban community in South Baltimore, Maryland known as Cherry Hill. Ty speaks from his own experiences while growing up—his challenges of becoming a teenage father, perspectives of the armed forces while enlisted in the United States Navy, and his repeated success in showing organizations, students and people how to reach new levels of excellence, daily. Ty Howard is the author of the forthcoming book Untie the Knots That Tie Up Your Life, due to be released in October 2003. If you're looking for a dynamic keynote speaker or presenter, on diversity, whose message, content and take-home value will last beyond the presentation—you need to look no further.

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Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch:
Lt. Col. Kickbusch rose to be the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field in the U.S. Army. In 1996, she retired and established Educational Achievement Services Inc., a training/consulting firm. With her powerful messages and dynamic presenting style, Lt. Col. Kickbusch speaks nationwide on leadership and is one of the most influential Latina women in America.

Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is known as a charismatic, passionate and influential speaker and carries her powerful message of what it takes to be an effective leader in today's global marketplace to hundreds of schools, colleges/universities, corporations, and government institutions, both in the U.S. and abroad. For the last ten years Consuelo has dedicated her life to empowering a new generation of Hispanic leaders and has worked with over one million children and their parents across the United States through Educational Achievement Services (EAS), a company she founded in 1994.


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Elliott Lewis

Elliott Lewis
Elliott offers a lively, informative, thought-provoking diversity presentation known as CHICKEN GUMBO FOR THE MULTICULTURAL SOUL: HOT, SPICY, AND HEARTWARMING STORIES ON INTERRACIAL FAMILIES AND MULTI-ETHNIC IDENTITY. Elliott is a biracial television news reporter who's been mistaken for everything from Hispanic to Egyptian, and was once referred to as "that white boy" at a family gathering. In one case, a television viewer began to adjust the color on his TV set in an effort to determine Elliott's racial identity.

Off-camera, Elliott is an energetic, uplifting, thought-provoking, and surprisingly funny public speaker on being multiracial in America. Through his presentations, audiences gain a new awareness of the unique challenges facing multiracial Americans today, while reexamining their own assumptions about race and identity. Elliott has audience members learning and laughing through his "Seven Habits of Highly Multiracial People," "Racial Ink Blot Test," "Top Ten Signs You're Living the Multiracial Experience," and his "Integration Medication" for treating "diversity-related tension."

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Anita Marcos Anita Marcos:
Anita Marcos is a motivational speaker, trainer and community/civic leader in Dallas. She is President/CEO of Marcos Productions, a woman-owned small business providing bilingual seminars and trainings.

Anita is committed to the elimination of sexism, racism, and cultural barriers and has actively promoted women's rights nationally and internationally. Her achievements are recognized from coast-to-coast, as well as in South America.

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Christopher Metzler Christopher J. Metzler
Christopher J. Metzler is The Associate Director of the EEO and Diversity Management Studies program at Cornell University. Mr. Metzler brings a successful track record in providing consulting and training services of the highest caliber to clients in the private, not for profit and government sectors. Mr. Metzler has superior analytical, project management, facilitation, training, design, legal, organizational development, strategic planning, mediation/disputes resolution, contract negotiations business operations, team building, career planning and development, interpersonal relationships, and marketing skills.

Among Mr. Metzler’s most successful initiatives is the development and deployment of a training program entitled United in Diversity for The Ford Motor Company. This is a diversity training program to be deployed to all 110,000 Ford employees. He is a nationally recognized expert in Glass Ceiling removal initiatives from the legal and organizational perspectives.

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Ana Nogales, Ph.D:
One of the most famous Latinas in the United States, Dr. Nogales’ reputation comes from her commitment to and the orientation of her practice: Los Latinos, their relationships, their problems, and their needs within this great web of cultures that is the United States of America.

Dr. Ana Nogales was the first psychologist in California to deal with people’s psychological problems and concerns through the media. The insight and advice she has offered via her television and radio talk shows, as well as her newspaper columns, has helped thousands of individuals and families to improve the quality of their lives. In  Dr. Nogales is the author of Dr. Ana Nogales’ Book of Love, Sex and Relationships: A Guide for Latino Couples and Latina Power! Using the Seven Strengths You Already Have to Create the Success you Deserve.

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Rosanne Ortega Rosanne Ortega:
Rosanne Ortega, an award winning community and education advocate, has over 16 years experience in the communication's arena. This multi-talented woman has extensive public relations and marketing skills with direct work experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.

Previously, Rosanne worked for a Fortune 500 company in a variety of positions within corporate communications, including project management, corporate donations, minority business development and minority affairs. She then successfully redirected her career into a position with a local media/broadcasting giant and gained expertise in advertising, promotions and publishing a bilingual magazine. She is committed to serving her community and vigorously pursues her passion for assisting women and Hispanic youth obtain higher education.

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Maria Palacios Maria Palacios:
Maria Palacios is a disabilities advocate, public speaker, poet, and mother. Her personal experience with disability issues makes her presentations a dynamic and an educational journey that will shatter the negative myths regarding this community. Born in Latin America, Maria acquired Polio at the age of eight months. She came to the United States at age fifteen and overcame the obstacles of language and culture to become the strong and independent woman she is now.

Maria uses writing as a positive tool in empowering women with and without disabilities and has published The Female King, a collection of her poetry. Maria is involved in the disability rights movement assisted in the progress of the passage of the American's with Disabilities Act and Created the "Power and Control Wheel" for persons with disabilities which was adopted by the Texas Council on Family Violence.

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Paula Reed Paula Reed
Paula Reed has worked in the fields of training, management, sales, and marketing for over 15 years. Curiosity in family history began as a child at her grandmother’s knee. That is when the man, whose obituary was titled, “Richest Colored Man in Kentucky Died”, intrigued her. That interest was again piqued 15 years ago when a close friend introduced her to the fascinating world of genealogical research and the history of the Postell family. After gathering documents from the Latter-day Saints Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the National Archives, Hopkinsville, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Internet, and various other resources, her grandmother’s oral history began to come alive.

Paula presents actual documented materials to discuss the life and times of this African American civil war freedom fighter, who grasped the American dream prior to his death in 1901. The genealogical tracking of her great-great grandfather can be dated to the 1700’s, Yorkville, South Carolina and the Huguenots in France. Currently, Paula is writing a book about her family’s slave-to-success story.

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Ruben Ruiz:
Ruben Ruiz, Author of ‘The One Hour Hispanic Millionaire’, is the CEO of The Ruiz Financial Group, LLC, and Money Concepts Financial Planning Centre’s. Ruben has been a financial advisor and planner for over 25 years. Ruben’s passion is to educate & motivate Hispanics to create wealth and financial independence for themselves and their families, and actually to become ‘Millionaires’ because they have that right and freedom in the USA. He has done hundreds of seminars, workshops, and boot camps on financial planning & wealth creation for his clients, which approximately 98% are Hispanic. Ruben earned his Masters of Science in Financial Services, from the American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. He holds the designations of the Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Life Underwriter, Certified Senior Advisor and is a Registered Financial Consultant. Ruben holds a BBA degree from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University). He was recently elected to the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) Board of Directors, and is the former Chairman of the Board for the San Antonio & South Texas Financial Planning Association (FPA).

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Marilou Martinez Stevens

Marilou Martinez Stevens:
Marilou Martinez Stevens is an active member of numerous community and professional organizations, volunteering both her time and professional expertise. Ms. Martinez Stevens has served as Chair of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC). The first female chair of TAMACC in its 23 year history.

In 1999 U. S. District Office 1999 Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year. In 1998 was named by Hispanic Magazine 100 Most Influential Hispanics in American. In 1997, Marilou Martinez Stevens was named Business Women of the Year by the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and received the Minority Business Development Agency (BDA) Regional Director's Award for the years 1997 and 1998.

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Betty Ramirez Swinners:
Betty Ramirez Swinners is the owner and CEO of Diversity Speakers and a motivational speaker who has dedicated her life to sharing her story of success and survival to encourage others to believe in themselves. A survivor of abuse, she was raised as a homeless child, living in an abandoned house. Education was not a priority to her family, so Betty only attended the second and the fifth grade of elementary school. But adversity did not stop Betty from becoming a success. Betty has been recognized as "One of Texas Most Influential Women" by Texas Hispanic Magazine, inducted into "The Hispanic Women's Hall of Fame" by Hispanic Women in Leadership, and recipient of the first US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Ana Maria Arias Hispanic Business Woman of the Year Award.

Betty is passionated and delivers powerful keynote addresses at conferences, luncheons and vigils for Colleges / Universities, Domestics Violence Agencies, Rape Crisis Centers and Women's Organizations. She is the co-author of "Tortilla Soup for the Spirit" and will soon release two new books "Daily Affirmations for Latinos" and "A Story of Hope and Fried Chicken."

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Rudi Thomas Rudi Thomas:
As a survivor of domestic violence, Rudi Thomas decided that the education of women from a spiritual standpoint is needed for the cycle of violence to stop. Rudi’s belief is that with a strong rooted foundation of knowledge, a person can weather the storm and survive.

Rudi is the founder of Full Spectrum Ministries, a women’s ministry based on the principle of leaving a legacy of sharing and caring. She focuses on liberating, uplifting, empowering and educating women. Know where you came from, look at where you have been, and then you can control where you are going.

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Gale Williams-Jackson Gale Williams-Jackson:
By the age of 5, Gale Williams-Jackson knew that domestic violence had a destructive affect on families. As a child she kept a private money jar with coins to call the police from a phone booth when she feared for her mother’s life. She witnessed the abuse and murder of her mother suffered at the hands of her abuser as a result of domestic violence.

By sharing her story and speaking out against domestic violence and the effects that it has on the victim, children and our society, she hopes that no other child or woman will live what she lived through.

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