- As a biracial, bicultural, and bilingual citizen of the world, Dr. Samuel Betances inspires willing learners to aim high, reject rejection, and embrace themselves and each other as powerful team members working toward a more prosperous future.
Decades of university teaching, publishing articles, and consultantships with private and public organizations bring to each event a breadth and depth of understanding on how we must make sense of differences. His newly released educational book/tape series Ten Steps to the Head of the Class has been outstandingly received by audiences everywhere.
Dr. Betances challenges and motivates clients in Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, community groups, community colleges, universities, lecture series and commencement events. New, non-sexist, and balanced systems, which will not benefit any one group at the expense of another, can only emerge when white males and non-traditional groups work together.
He brings audiences to their feet in women′s issues forums, African American historical month activities, Hispanic events and celebrations on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to name but a few. He challenges negative mindsets with his problem solving methodology and extensive grasp of issues.
Dr. Betances has merged eloquence and teaching skills to deliver his powerful message with conviction: “It matters less where we are from-what really matters is where we are going. Accept our diversity. Embrace it. Make it work for you. Harness the rainbow.”
This great motivator was not supposed to make it. Out of the bowels of inner city poverty, stigma of minority group status, violence, welfare, and illiteracy in two languages, he arose. With strong spiritual convictions and a passion for reading, Betances has taken the hard lessons from the mean streets of life and reshaped them into his personal vision. He embarked on a journey from dropping out of school to a Doctorate from Harvard University. Today, America′s foremost communicator on the challenge of casting away barriers to success is an honored Professor Emeritus, a consultant to Presidents, managers, community groups, clergy members, educators, and a role model for youth.
Dr. Betances is a superb workshop leader. His style is to guide a highly interactive, inclusive, fun, and spirited search for solutions. Sessions are customized to fit client′s needs. Group exercises and interventions are geared at removing the formal and informal barriers, which impede the goals of the organization.
His success at bringing cultures together has earned him many awards. Much more than a lecturer, Dr. Betances works to help others learn the importance of pulling cultures together as a way of bringing America back to the top–in education, business, and society in general. As he puts it, “Our mission is to make America stronger, healthier, and freer than when we found her.”
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Ford Motor Company
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The Walt Disney Company
"To date I have received well over 100 calls and e-mails regarding your very passionate, energized and powerful message you shared with us. You definitely met our expectations and surpassed our requirements regarding your presentation."
"Your talents to motivate and inspire are tremendous and made a lasting impression on me. I have shared your points with my children, friends and associates. I applaud you and consider it a privilege to have heard you speak."
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"As usual, you were outstanding and your interaction with both small and large group members left an indelible impression about the power of diversity and the need to work together to accomplish our leadership diversity goals. Your message was inspirational, thought provoking, and filled with important information that established a framework for our community to address leadership and diversity in a seamless fashion."
Dr. Valarie Greene King, Director of Diversity Initiatives
University of Central Florida
- The Benefits and Values of Diversity:
- The Power and Legitimacy of Diversity in Spiritual Identity Development
- Change, Restructuring and Reform
- Parents as Teachers
- Bilingual Education as Understandable Instruction
- The Dropout Rate vs. The Dropout Problem: Empowering First Generation College Students
- Up With Reading: Empowering Non-Academic Proficient Students
- From Harlem to Harvard: Lessons from the Journey
- Ten Habits of Highly Ineffective Teachers
- Ten Habits of Highly Ineffective Students
- Women in Leadership and Administration
- Removing the Eight Panels Which Make Up the Glass Ceiling
- Affirming Women Without Putting Men Down
- The Value-Subtracted Dimensions of Sexual Harassment
- Cooperation and Conflict Among U.S. Hispanics/Latinos
- The Nonverbal Communication Styles of Hispanics and Anglos Impacting the Workplace
- African-Americans and Hispanics/Latinos: Eliminating Barriers to Coalition Building
- After the Apology, What?
- Why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is Worthy of a Legitimate Federal Holiday
- Eliminating Prejudice: From Destructive Contact to Constructive Cooperation
- Why White Males are Indispensable in the Quest to Build Non-Racist, Non-Sexist Inclusive Systems
- Diversity and the Global Economy
- Making Heads Count Instead of Counting Heads in the Workplace
- Sidetracking Diversity: The Games Organizations Play
- Compliance Programs and Diversity Initiatives: Making Sense of the Difference
- Diversity in America and in the Popular Culture
- Diversity as a Plus for the Bottom Line
In this dynamic presentation Dr. Samuel Betances uses humor to unlock your mind and open it to new ideas and new perceptions. You will learn how demographic changes are likely to impact the way organizations must do business today and in the future, by focusing on diversity as a bottom-line issue and mission-driven initiative. Personal stories and anecdotes from Dr. Betances′ amazing journey from Harlem to Harvard add insight to his important message. Come prepared to laugh and learn!
Ensuring the Success of All Students Through Multicultural Education
This keynote address is a passionate, entertaining, and motivational journey that provides insight into why diversity is a plus, not a minus, in education. We′ll examine the quest to sensitize ourselves to diversity in our schools and glean the positives of multiculturalism while pursuing academic excellence.
Dr. Betances also discusses the "10 Habits of Highly Ineffective Students and teachers" from his acclaimed book and audio series, Ten Steps to the Head of the Class.
As a biracial, bicultural, and bilingual citizen of the world, Dr. Betances has worked in all 50 states, all 6 U. S. territories, and internationally. He inspires willing learners to aim high, to reject rejection, and to embrace themselves and each other as powerful team members working toward a more prosperous future.
Dr. Betances brings a breadth and depth of understanding on how we must make sense of differences, and challenges negative mindsets with his problem-solving methodology and extensive grasp of issues. However, this great motivator was not supposed to make it. Out of the bowels of inner city poverty, with the stigma of minority group status, violence, welfare, and illiteracy in two languages, he arose.
With strong spiritual convictions and a passion for reading, Samuel Betances has taken the hard lessons from the mean streets of life and reshaped them into his personal vision. He embarked on a journey from dropping out of school to earning a Doctorate from Harvard University and works to help others learn the importance of pulling cultures together as a way of bringing America back to the top in education, business, and society in general.
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