Diversity Catalog

Steve Perry

Fee Range:
<$5,000

Author of Push Has Come to Shove and CNN's Education Contributor

Steve Perry’s heart pumps passion and produces positive change. His career has taken him from directing a grassroots organization in Chester, PA to a full scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, back to his hometown of Middletown where he ran a homeless shelter, became a candidate for state representative and published his first of four books…then he turned 26. Perry is in a hurry to transform the community. He was born into his family’s third generation of poverty on his mother’s 16th birthday. He believes that the success of a life is determined by where you end, not where you start. It is this philosophy that inspired him to transform the lives of poor and minority children by providing them with access to a college education. Dr. Perry is a strong advocate of personal and civic responsibility in all aspects of life. He emphasizes the social issues that aim at building up both the individual and the community so that the next generation can be better contributing members of society.


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.


Wally Amos

Fee Range:
$5,000–$7,500

Founder, Famous Amos Cookies; "Father of the Gourmet Cookie Industry"

Today, Wally Amos is an icon and his name is a household word. In every job, Wally always started at the bottom and worked his way to the top. He worked at the William Morris Talent Agency where he represented Simon & Garfunkle and The Supremes. After years in the entertainment industry, he decided to begin selling what was then a weekend hobby—baking chocolate chip cookies. As they say, "the rest is history." He is the author of several books, including his autobiography, The Famous Amos Story: The Face That Launched a Thousand Chips. Wally has been National Spokesman for Literacy Volunteers of America and he is a Board Member of the National Center for Family Literacy and Communities in Schools. On the lecture circuit, he addresses audiences at corporations, industry associations and universities with his inspiring "do it" positive attitude.


Dana LaMon

Fee Range:
$5,000–$7,500

Blind Judge for the California Department of Social Services; Author, The Soul’s Mirror Reflections on the Fullness of Life

A World Champion speaker and Yale graduate, this African American overcame blindness to become an attorney and judge. LaMon provides a dynamic and humorous delivery which inspires action. His thought-provoking messages on overcoming challenges, self-worth and risk taking reveal his vision and great insight into human nature and social issues. Reared in Compton, California, as one of twelve children, LaMon lost his sight at age four. He has been a member of the California State Bar for 17 years. Having worked for the State of California for 14 years, Dana is currently employed as an administrative law judge for the California Dept. of Social Services. He is the author of The Soul's Mirror: Reflections on the Fullness of Life.


Albert Mensah

Fee Range:
$5,000–$7,500

"Prince of Possibilities”; Achiever of the American Dream; Bestselling Author

The story of Albert Mensah is one of triumph over adversity, of acting on every opportunity to make his greatest dreams a reality. Albert grew up in Ghana, West Africa, one of the most impoverished nations in the world. Albert saw an American movie and witnessed the fantastic opportunities in this country. Getting to America became his dream, his passion and his goal. In 1978, Albert's dream came true when he won a full four-year scholarship to Western Maryland College. In 1994, Albert proudly took the oath of American citizenship. Albert eventually founded a successful sporting goods store and he worked as an advertising executive, making him number one in total sales, new market penetration and total gain. Albert is now a highly sought after, charismatic and talented speaker whose engaging stories inspire audiences to action, both in their personal and professional lives. Albert introduces audiences worldwide to their own opportunities through the power of stories based on personal experience and measurable success.


Jo Ann Pina