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Opening Speaker - Dr. Adolph Brown

"Reflective Counselors are Effective Counselors"

Self-reflection is a humbling process. It’s essential to find out why we think, say, and do certain things…then better ourselves. Self-reflection and self-correction are the highest forms of self learning and healing, thus to change the world around us, we must first change the world within us. At the end of this keynote, attendees will know that no matter how good a lesson is, one’s teaching strategies can always be improved as well as learn the process of connecting self-reflection to the teaching process.

Dr. Adolph Brown is the Founder, President, and CEO of The Leadership & Learning Institute. As a former public school educator & credentialed administrator, full tenured university professor, university dean & businessman, Dr. Brown has studied and worked along side highly successful leaders & educators. He has taken his over 25 years experience and has developed core competencies that are expressed in everything successful business leaders and educators do.

Thanks to his hard work, his faith and attitude, and a caring village like you, Adolph has overcome an upbringing of extreme poverty and violence, welfare, fatherlessness, and a single-mother led household to be with you today. Dr. Brown has become one of the world’s most popular speakers with his unique ability to inform as well as entertain. He is famous for his practical toolkit and loved for his inspirational messages. He brings "the content and the crazy!"  Dr. Brown blends humorous stories with truisms or “REAL TALK” and research to challenge his audiences to live and work more positively. Through his books, audio & video recordings and television & radio talk shows, audiences and individuals continue to love his powerful message delivered in a singular, unorthodox yet down-to-earth style.

As a recognized Master Teacher, business leader, educational/clinical psychologist, anthropologist and motivational speaker, his outrageous and energetic outlook will captivate you the minute he walks onto stage. As a noted business and education humorist, Dr. Adolph Brown entertains you as he relays his professional experiences coupled with his evidence-based & data driven research in his hilarious and heart-warming style. His mantra upon entering each new venue is “Learn More & Laugh Louder!™”

People from all walks of life, from shelf stockers, educators, administrators, and corporate CEO's, have been transformed and inspired by Adolph's presentations and his writings: Championship Habits, REAL TALK, Messages From Granddad, and a children's book titled It's Gonna Be a GREAT Day! Doc's Story. Adolph has a very diverse background in education and business. He is presently on a writing sabbatical from Hampton University where he is a tenured full professor, former chairperson of the department of psychology/education, and academic dean of the graduate college.

With multiple degrees from the College of William and Mary in psychology and anthropology, master's degree graduate study in classroom management & differentiated learning, and doctoral degree work in education/community/clinical psychology with an emphasis in group dynamics, Adolph first discovered his passion for people development whilst working as a middle school educator and later as a diversity & communication consultant. Adolph has traveled and studied abroad, sits on myriad local and boards and advisory groups, and has written extensively on the subjects of child, family, and corporate communication. An often quoted resource, he is the author of three books. Adolph has also served on the National Commission on Diversity and Economic Development whereby he was the facilitator of multiple round table discussions.

Although his workshops and presentations have had an impact on the lives of more than 1 million people over 2 decades in the Corporate, Government, Faith, Educational and Public Sectors, and he has been the recipient of over 300 awards and honors, Adolph still considers his greatest accomplishment to be the happily married husband to Marla and doting father of seven mischievously wonderful children. His favorite past time is still being able to watch Saturday morning cartoons with his children (2 college graduates, a college sophomore, a college junior & a second year Master's in Public Health student), 1 high schooler, 1 middle schooler, and 1 elementary schooler).


Closing Speaker - C. David Moody, Jr.

"Counselors Thinking Outside the Box in Dealing with Kids With Trauma" 

Counselors are often the first person a child will share their darkest secrets. How the counselor reacts and proceeds will often have live changing affects on the child. The response will determine if this will be a positive or negative experience for the child. Join us for this special closing luncheon to learn some ways to think outside the box and helping children deal with trauma.

C. David Moody, Jr. is a native of Chicago, Illinois, who spent his childhood years there before relocating with his family to Ann Arbor, Michigan. From there, he matriculated to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating with a degree in psychology in 1978. He then attended Howard University, earning a professional degree in architecture in 1981 after three years of study.

In 1988, he established C. D. Moody Construction Company, Inc., now one of the largest African-American-owned construction companies in America. For more than two decades, Moody’s company has appeared every year on Black Enterprise magazine’s “Top 100” list of the nation’s largest Black-owned industrial/services companies. The Atlanta Business Chronicle has ranked his firm as one of Atlanta’s top 25 commercial contractors and top 100 private companies.

Over more than 28 years, his firm has safely built and delivered more than 150 commercial projects valued at more than $2 billion. Some of his recent projects include the new home of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes Benz Stadium; the new home of the Cyclorama at the Atlanta History Center; and the Maynard Jackson International Concourse at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

Moody also has a keen sense of community service. He founded the C.D. Moody Foundation to provide financial assistance for students with a passion for construction and entrepreneurship, and to date has awarded more than 80 individual scholarships. He has funded endowed scholarships at Morehouse College, Howard University, Georgia Perimeter College and Central State University.

Besides money, Moody devotes time with K-12 students, where he personally instills in students the endless possibilities that are directly associated with hard work, perseverance, and a positive attitude. In 2016, Moody was elected president of the board of directors of the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. He also serves on the Morehouse College Board of Trustees.

Moody is the author of “Fighting through the Fear – My Journey of Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse,” co-authored with his good friend and former Morehouse College roommate, Charles W. Cherry II. The book describes his harrowing personal journey as a childhood sexual abuse survivor.

His personal blogsite,, showcases his talents as a photographer, motivator and inspirational resource for healing for other survivors of childhood sexual abuse. also allows people to see him in another role as a successful husband and father. Moody and his wife Karla they have two children, daughter Karia and son Charles III. He and Karla reside in Lithonia, Georgia, just outside Atlanta.

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