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Featured Guests and Speakers

2020 Guests and Speakers

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Dr. Daniel Jean is a Newark, New Jersey native who serves as the Executive Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund Program and Academic Development at Montclair State University. His previous roles include serving as the Director of Student Activities, Director of Leadership Education, and Director of the Center for Academic Advising, First Year Experience and Testing. His research focuses on the academic and social integration of first-generation college students.

Dr. Jean has conducted over 350 trainings, seminars, keynotes and webinars across the country including for PSE&G and the McDonalds Corporation. He has published two books and has taught college courses in transformative leadership and hip-hop culture. He is the founder of three statewide college access/awareness conferences, the Richard Wilson/Jason James Mentorship Program for high school/college students and young professionals, the PhD Summit for doctoral candidates and a professional consortium titled the Male Education Network (MEN) for men in education Pre-K-20+. His most recent play “Til Death Do Us Part?” ran Off-Off-Broadway in NYC August 2010 and August 2012.


 

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Gian-Paul Gonzalez During the New York Giants’ 2011 Super Bowl run, much of their inspiration is attributed to Gian-Paul Gonzalez (pronounced John-Paul). Prior to the Giant’s Christmas Eve game with the NY Jets, Gonzalez delivered the now famous “ALL IN” rally cry message during the Giants’ chapel service and is now widely recognized as having inspired the New York Giants to their Super Bowl victory and was featured on ESPN on Super Bowl Sunday, and has had notable appearances on Fox News, ABC and CNN, as well as sharing the stage at leadership events with Damon Joh of ABC’s Shark Tank. He has traveled across the world as a motivational speaker from the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers, to the Army Cadets at West Point, United States Air Force, Anheuser-Busch, Sam’s Club, Patch.com, PNC Bank, DSW Shoes, Arsenal FC of Barclay’s Premiere League as well as many other corporate, athletic, government agencies, and educational institutions.

Gian-Paul Gonzalez is himself an inspiration. He was a former NCAA First Team All-American forward from Montclair State University scoring nearly 1,400 points in his 3 year career. Played in the NBA Summer League in 2007 and was offered a few professional basketball contracts, yet he turned them down in order to continue his work with at-risk youth.