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About Derek Greenfield

Dr. Derek Greenfield is a visionary speaker, consultant, educator, and thought leader dedicated to inclusive excellence and positive change. With his dynamic and interactive approach, creative ideas, track record of success, and sense of humor, Dr. Greenfield has become a highly requested presenter across the globe. His powerful keynotes and workshops on issues such as diversity and inclusion, motivation, team building, student development, Gen Z pedagogy, leadership, and hip-hop culture have been featured at a wide range of conferences, companies, and colleges, including over 250 colleges and universities. Dr. Greenfield’s extensive client list is comprised of industry leaders such as CBS Sports, Visa, Tinder, Dow Chemical, Cargill, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, National Black Student Leadership Development Conference, Baltimore Police Department, National Association of Community Health Centers, The Ohio State University Football Team, National Dropout Prevention Conference, Progress Energy, and the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks. With his breadth of knowledge and experience, Dr. Greenfield has been a consultant for hundreds of organizations and appeared on dozens of media outlets from Hot 97 Radio to ESPN.

Following a career as an award-winning youth worker in inner-city Chicago, Dr. Greenfield spent nearly twenty years in higher education as a faculty member (three faculty of the year honors), two-time university Vice President, and three-time Chief Diversity Officer. His transformational work has led to national acclaim as a leader in the areas of student success. Furthermore, Dr. Greenfield's course "Hip-Hop and American Society" was spotlighted twice in Source magazine as representing the first college course in the nation exclusively devoted to exploring hip-hop culture. In addition to publishing a lengthy list of academic articles, Dr. Greenfield is the author of the widely praised motivational book The Answer is in Your Hands and co-editor of the academic book Exploring Issues of Diversity Within HBCUs.

He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Sociology from Northwestern University as well as two doctoral degrees — a PhD from the University of Washington and an EdD from Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa.

Dr. Greenfield’s work has led him to receive numerous awards and citations, and he completed a prestigious post as a Kellogg Fellow. Reflecting his passion for supporting social justice initiatives, Dr. Greenfield has served on the Board of Directors for multiple non-profit organizations. Dr. Greenfield is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
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