Diversity Catalog

Henry Pankey

Fee Range:
<$5,000

Nationally Acclaimed Education Consultant; Author, Standing in the Shadow of Greatness

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. 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, and Safe School Awards.





Christopher Martin

Fee Range:
$5,000–$7,500

Founder of Hp4 Digital Works & Solutions, "Play" from "Kid 'n Play", Musician, Actor

Nationally known to many Hip Hop movie and music fans as "Play" from the rap and acting duo "Kid 'n Play" starring in the box office, New Line Cinema hits "House Party" and the sequels "House Party 2 and 3". Now fueled with a new drive, purpose and hope, Christopher Martin is founder and visionary of Hp4 Digital Works & Solutions. Using a 25 year plus experience in the entertainment business, Hp4 Digital Works and Solutions provides a service that helps today's visionary accomplish their quest.Christopher serves as Artist in Residence at North Carolina Central University for their credited Hip Hop in Context 101 classes and works in the Hip Hop Initiative department at NCCU in the video and television production. Christopher is also Producer in Resident at Healthy start Academy in Durham, N.C. working with 6 and 8th grade students helping them use positive Hip Hop media as a tool for a successful education.


Rain Pryor

Fee Range:
$5,000–$7,500

American Actress and Comedienne; Daughter of Richard Pryor; Author, Jokes My Father Never Taught Me

Rain Pryor is an award winning actress, singer, comedian, author, and daughter of the late legendary comedian Richard Pryor. “Fried Chicken and Latkes” is Pryor's award winning solo show based on her life. It is a funny, irreverent and, poignant look at racism in the late 60s early 70s. She created and wrote the show and added some of her own original music and lyrics to the production. Pryor was an LA Times "Critics Choice". In 2005 Pryor became a Multiple Sclerosis Ambassador. Her platform is the education of care partners and friends of those with MS. She has helped to raise thousands of dollars for the National MS Society, and supports MS research by advocating on Capitol Hill. Growing up Black and Jewish gives Pryor a unique perspective on race, religion and spirituality. In her 2006 book Jokes My Father Never Taught Me, Pryor discusses what it was like for her to grow up black and Jewish.


Casey Bennett

Fee Range:
$5,000–$7,500

Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer for Faros Healthcare; Artificial Intelligence Researcher

Casey Bennett is the Chief Scientific Officer for Faros Healthcare, and formerly a Data Scientist at Centerstone Research Institute. He received his PhD from the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. His work focuses on artificial intelligence in healthcare, including the areas of robotics, machine learning, clinical decision support, and personalized medicine. He was the lead designer for Centerstone’s award-winning organization-wide analytics platform (2010 TDWI Best Practices Award) and the national Knowledge Network Data Warehouse, the largest ongoing clinical mental health data repository in the country. He has published dozens of scientific articles, done interviews for national and international magazines like ComputerWorld and Slate, and been a guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows. His work has also been featured as part of IBM’s “Smarter Planet” campaign. He is currently working on projects using artificial intelligence to augment clinical decision-making in chronic illness, as well as utilizing in-home robots for therapeutic purposes with elderly patients.


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