2020 TLS Master of Ceremony
Devin Del Palacio
Tolleson USD Board Member
Tolleson Union High School District’s first African American board member, Del Palacio, has dedicated his board tenure to advancing equity. Del Palacio began working as a community organizer in 2012 and is currently the director of community outreach for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.
Executive Director/Founder of Million Dollar Teacher Project
Lloyd Hopkins is an organizational leader with extensive experience in community and nonprofit work. He graduated from Arizona State University with his degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and took his passion for ensuring quality education for all.
2020 TLS Keynote Speakers
Kathy Hoffman, MS, CCC-SLP
AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction
Superintendent Hoffman began her career in the Vail School District in Southern Arizona before joining the Peoria Unified School District. In November 2018, she was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction and assumed office in January 2019.
National Education Speaker/Consultant/Author
Robert Jackson began his teaching career almost 25 years ago, and has become one of the most sought-after speakers in the country. Mr. Jackson has written and published 6 books, his new book is titled “Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets, and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students.
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Dr. Hamilton was the National Alliance of Black School Educators’ (NABSE) 22nd President. He was formerly an Associate Commissioner of Education with the Kentucky Department of Education, and has been honored and recognized as a principal and superintendent for his success in turning schools and school districts around.
Ms. Erica Maxwell
Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Ms. Maxwell is the first Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Arizona Department of Education, and has more than 25 years as an educator. In her education tenure, Maxwell has served as an administrator, adjunct faculty member, and a faculty associate at ASU
School Yard Rap: Education Through Entertainment
Griot B is a former Assistant Principal turned artist. His music and message has been heard at over 50 colleges nationwide as well as multiple school districts. His genre of rap is educational and his goal is to inspire this generation of students to know themselves and their collective power.
America’s #1 Leadership Life Trainer
Dr. Will is an Educator, Entrepreneur and Global Leader. He is passionate about the development and progress of individuals. He devotes his time to coaching and developing Leaders at all levels.
Ghazi H. Muhammad
Empowerment Speaker, Author, Professional Story Teller
Ghazi Muhammad is a certified John C. Maxwell Speaker, Trainer, Coach, and Professional Storyteller. Over the past 20 years he has started several businesses, a transitional facility for men, developed mentoring programs, and has electrified audiences across the country with his passionate heartfelt messages.
Charlene Tarver, JD, LL.M., CEBS
Founder/CEO of The Women's Economic Institute, Inc
Leadership in the Pandemic—Dismantling the Bigotry of Under-expectation
Leadership in the Pandemic—Dismantling the Bigotry of Under-expectation
Tarver has spent her life and career advocating locally and nationally for marginalized and vulnerable populations with a dedicated commitment to women, girls, and impoverished communities. From HIV/AIDS and homelessness to police body worn cameras, Tarver has been a tireless voice for social justice.
Author/Founder of thinkLaw
Colin Seale was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where his struggles gave birth to his passion for educational equity. Using his experience as a math teacher, later an attorney, and now a keynote speaker, contributor to Forbes and The 74, and author, Colin helps educators close the critical thinking gap.
Executive Director, The State of Black Arizona
As Executive Director of the State of Black Arizona, Teniqua Broughton has proven efficacy in enhancing systems, educating communities, and equipping citizens of Arizona. She is passionate about using data to advance the organization’s mission by compelling both leadership and the grassroot community.
Greater Phoenix Urban League, Chief Operating Officer
Natalie Alvarez is the Chief Operating Officer for the Greater Phoenix Urban League. She has work for the Greater Phoenix Urban League for over 25 years, serving most of her career as the Head Start Director.
2020 TLS Breakout Speakers
Founder/Executive Director of SCD Enrichment Program
Shalelia Dillard received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hampton University. As a former teacher of eleven years and gifted student who was homeless from 9 to 18, she gives a unique perspective on achievement in gifted education and underrepresented students.
Dr. Ricardo McKinney, Jr
Founder/President of West Coast Edutainment Inc.
Dr. McKinney earned a bachelors in Theology, and a masters and doctorate in Special Education. He has 23 years of K-12 teaching experience, and created "Project ReCreation," a program that guides youth in acquiring social-emotional skills.
Raxha “Mina” Bhagdev
Mina has been an educator for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor's in Chemistry, and two MEds. in Curriculum Instruction as well as Educational Leadership. A life-long learner, Mina is currently in the dissertation phase of her PhD in Psychology.
Courtney Johnson, Ph.D.
Founder of Johnson Learning System
Dr. Courtney Johnson is a former PK – 8 teacher, math coach, and school administrator. During the summer of 2016, Dr. Johnson pulled together a team of current and former teachers, math coaches, math curriculum directors, and editors to produce a work that could help end mathematical illiteracy.
Carlian Dawson, Ed.D.
Director of Education for the Arizona Center for African American Children
Carlian Dawson, Ed.D. has over 30-years experience in education and management consulting. She is the Director of Education for the Arizona Center for African American Children where the focused is on the social emotional development and mental health of African American children.
Jacqui Clay, Ed.S.
Cochise County School Superintendent
Jacqui Clay, is a retired Army Command Sergeant Major of 25 years, and has been an educator for 15 years. Ms. Clay currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools for 21 school districts, and over 23,000 students in Cochise County.
2020 TLS Special Guest Speakers
The British-American tenor, Joshua Blue, earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio in 2016, and his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School of Music in New York in 2018, studying with Dr. Robert C. White, Jr. He was a semi-finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2018) and sang on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in April 2018. (2017).
Pastor Terry E. Mackey
Senior Pastor, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
Pastor Terry E. Mackey In May of 2007, Pastor Mackey received the Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. On Sunday, December 2, 2018, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Arizona announced that Reverend Terry Eugene Mackey he accepted the call to become the 11th Pastor in the church’s 96-year history.