KEY Speakers Bureau
250 Newport Center Drive, Suite 202, Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.675.7856 Fax: 949.675.1478


Nationally Acclaimed Education Consultant; A

Henry Pankey is one of the most effective and respected educators in the country. Henry is a highly acclaimed Hall of Fame member and a highly respected school improvement expert, published author, motivational speaker, and turn around school specialist. Pankey’s presentation style has been described as energetic, witty, dramatic, and passionately serious about issues impacting American society and our schools.

Henry is best known as a tough love effective urban principal, but he began his career as a comedian, writer, impressionist and Shakespearean actor. After graduating from high school Pankey won an undergraduate scholarship to the North Carolina School of The Arts, then, a graduate scholarship to the University Of Maryland. Henry Pankey has attended 10 universities and has a total of 12 licenses in the education-administration field. Henry was one of the chief architects of Dress for Success in New York City schools as early as 1981. Dress for Success has been duplicated across the country.

Pankey is the author of
Standing In The Shadows Of Greatness which is credited with revitalizing some of the nation's most difficult schools and is currently editing his new book entitled How To Turn Around Low Performing Schools. The former New York City principal is the recipient of over 200 awards for his work as a principal, educator and turn around school specialist. Pankey’s awards include: Principal of the Year, Administrator of the Year, induction into the National Alliance of Black School Educators’ Hall Of Fame, Safe School Awards, etc. During Henry Pankey's tenure as principal of Southern High School in Durham, the school went from low performing to exemplary status within one year.

Most Requested Topics:

  • How to Create Safe and Orderly Schools of Excellence
  • Refuse to Fail: Zero Tolerance for Failure
  • Discipline for the Toughest Students, Including Gangs
  • Revitalizing Low-Performing Schools
  • Tough Love “The Pankey Way”