Keynote Speaker – Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe
Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe resides in Toledo, Ohio. He was born and raised in Grenada, Mississippi. He received his Bachelor's of Arts Degree and his Master's of Education degree from Mississippi State University. Additionally, he graduated from the University of Georgia with a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Affairs Administration and was chosen as the Outstanding Doctoral Student in the State of Georgia and was most recently recognized as the Outstanding Doctoral Alumnus by the University of Georgia.
Recently, he served as Vice President for Student Life and Special Assistant to the President at The University of Toledo but has now transitioned temporarily to the role of Executive Director of the SAAB National Headquarters. He is the founder of the Student African American Brotherhood Organization (SAAB), which is a national organization with more than 250 chapters established across 40 states to enhance the experiences of and instill a “spirit of care” in African American males in high schools, colleges and universities around the country. He is a contributing author of the 2006 released book “African American Men in College”, Jossey-Bass Publisher.
Recently, he was recognized by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) as a Diamond Honoree member given his many contributions to the profession of Student Affairs in Higher Education. He is a life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and is very active in the arena of higher education. He is highly recognized by several professional associations for his research, publications, presentations and scholarly work. In 1999, he was invited to Oxford, England to serve as a guest lecturer to discuss his work with African American males at the Oxford University Roundtable Institute, which is sponsored by the British Council. Recently, he was invited to join an international research team to address issues around men or color in Europe, Trinidad, Barbados and the Bahamas. Also, he has appeared on talk shows such as “Perfect Union” hosted by Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. to discuss his work involving African American and Latino Males.
He is deemed as one of the most gifted and dynamic motivational speakers by the thousands who have heard him speak. Recently, he was chosen as one of the most outstanding social innovators in the world by the Ashoka International Organization. He is a very spiritual and thought-provoking lecturer. And most importantly to him, he is the father of one child---a son-- 24 years old Tyrone Jr.