Keynote Speakers

Dr. Steve Perry

Dr. Steve Perry's heart pumps passion and produces positive change. Featured in CNN's Black in America series, Dr. Perry is the most talked about innovative educator on the scene today. Perry is the founder and principal of what U.S. News and World Report has cited as one of the top schools in the country, Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. Capital Prep has sent 100% of its predominantly low-income, minority, first generation high school graduates to four-year colleges every year since its first class graduated in 2006. 

When Perry speaks, he reaches the heart of his audience to motivate change in themselves and their community. His secrets to success and calls to action are revealed in his new book, "Push Has Come To Shove: Getting Our Kids The Education They Deserve - Even If It Means Picking A Fight." 

In addition to being the principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School, Dr. Perry, MSW is an Education Contributor for CNN and MSNBC, an Essence Magazine columnist, best-selling author, and host of the #1 docudrama for TVONE "Save My Son."

Dr. Steve Perry - studio portrait

Dr. Steve Perry

Aric Bostick

Aric Bostick is considered among the nation’s leading educational motivational speakers and school transformational experts—having inspired and equipped more than a half million students, teachers, and parents from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds helping them to create a climate and culture of togetherness. Teaching them to believe in themselves and others, inspiring them to overcome their story and set higher goals so they can achieve their dreams in school and in life.

Aric passionately infuses energy, engagement, and performance into the schools environment by delivering rich content infused with humor, inspiration, and practical strategies in his high-energy and inspirational educational keynotes, convocations, student leadership programs, and online training courses.

Aric is a former High School teacher and coach who started an after school program called the Goal Setters Club. The success of his club was featured on local news and morning shows and catapulted him into speaking to schools across the country.

For the past 17 years, Aric has presented at universities, public, private, inner city, rural, charter, alternative schools, and Juvenile Detention Centers from New York City to California and from the top of the Texas Panhandle down to the border of Mexico.

He has also spoken at National and State Education Conferences, the People to People Ambassador Program to students from over 60 countries at universities like Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, George Washington and UCLA. His travels have even taken him to the Bahamas where he spoke to 100 Bahamian girls at an All Girl Leadership Conference who have endured some of the worst life circumstances imaginable.

As the bestselling author of the book, FIRED UP! Success, Aric teaches his winning seven-step formula for educators and staff to experience success in their schools and beyond—starting wherever they are to build a no-excuse, high-energy path to their goals. Aric helps his audience and readers to reignite their passion for their life’s purpose as a FIRED UP teacher, student, or parent.

Dynamic studio portrait of Aric Bostick in blue suit with orange tie.

Aric Bostick