Kelvin J. Harris is the founder and president of Lead Motivate Inspire Consulting, a consulting firm committed to creating, developing and equipping 21st century leaders and agents of change.
In addition, Kelvin serves as the director for leadership development and alumni relations at UNCF where he is responsible for the strategic leadership of the student support services division for the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program. As a practitioner and organizational leader, Kelvin is known for his shared leadership approach and his personal and business philosophy and motto: Lead.Motivate.Inspire – Lead Intelligently, Motivate Intentionally, Inspire Effortlessly.
Kelvin serves as a Region II board member for NASPA. His board tenure also includes his recent appointment on the board for the Lead365 Foundation, and his recent service to Eastern Connecticut State University Alumni Association from 2008-2015. He has also served as a planning member for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE), and a scholarship reader for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and United Negro College Fund-UNCF.
As a scholar-practitioner, Kelvin earned a bachelor degree in sport and leisure management from Eastern Connecticut State University and the master’s degree in higher education administration from Florida International University and is working on his doctoral dissertation in organizational leadership at Northeastern University.
Ms. Zephia Bryant currently serves as the founder and CEO of the Bryant Educational Leadership Group. Ms. Bryant is a higher education practitioner with over 17 years of experience. Ms. Bryant started the Bryant Educational Leadership Group (BELG) in 2012.
In her last position, Ms. Bryant served as the special assistant to the vice chancellor for student life at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). Previously, she served as the director of the multicultural success center at IUPUI, where she was responsible for the planning and development of the new center.
Ms. Bryant received her B.S. in management and a masters degree in public administration with a concentration in education from Jacksonville State University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in higher education leadership at Indiana State University.
Over the years she has received numerous awards such as James Madison University’s local NAACP Outstanding Faculty Member, the Madison Best Award for Leadership in Employment Parity, the Drum Major Community Achiever Award, presented by the YMCA of Central Maryland, the Visionary Woman Award presented by IUPUI’s Student African American Sisterhood, and the Campus Influence Award presented by the Sigma Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and several other professional associations. She has also served as the national programming vice president for the John D. O’Bryant National Think Tank for Black Professionals in Higher Education on Predominantly White Campuses.
Matthew W. Clifford is associate dean of students and director of campus life projects at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. In his role at Wake Forest, Matthew handles student conduct, crisis management, and community response. Additionally, Matthew leads assessment efforts for the Division of Campus Life at Wake Forest.
Previously, Matthew served as director of residence life at Wake Forest and director of residential life at Jacksonville University in Fla. He has also worked in residence life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Matthew is very involved with NASPA, where he is immediate past co-chair of the Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community. Additionally, he currently serves as the vice president for marketing and communication for the Southern Association of College Student Affairs. Having presented at numerous national and regional conferences, Matthew has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of College and University Student Housing and the College Student Affairs Journal.
Matthew is very involved in his community. In 2015, he was selected to receive a Winston<40 Leadership Award, recognizing 20 leaders under 40 years old in the Winston-Salem community. He is president of Friends of Sherwood Forest, a nonprofit foundation that provides support for neighborhood schools. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in english from Davidson College, a Master of Education in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina, and his Doctor of Education in higher education from the University of North Florida.
Leo Young is originally from the great state of Texas, but is also a proud Californian; currently serving as the conference coordinator in university housing services at San Jose State University. Leo earned his Bachelor of Science in psychology and Master of Educational Administration with a concentration in student affairs from Texas A&M University.
Since graduating with his master’s degree in 2013, Leo has served as an activities coordinator for student activities at Georgia Southern University; working with student organizations and the university programming board. With a developed skillset in student organizations, event planning and risk management, Leo loves advising students and student groups and developing tomorrow’s leaders. In his current role at SJSU, Leo is working to improve the conference housing program to generate more resources for students and simultaneously develop an intentional, curriculum-based experience for conference assistants, as they learn from their summer job how to lead and serve.
Leo aspires to embody servant leadership as he impacts society as a catalyst for positive change. He is a devoted and loving husband to his beautiful wife and an outdoor enthusiast (backpacking, camping, hiking, etc.). Ultimately, Leo dedicates his life to being a faith-centered, values-based person that spreads love, enjoyment, and joy in every realm.