Travels from Illinois, USA
Samuel Betances's speaking fee falls within range: $10,000 to $15,000
A passionate believer in equality, as befits a biracial, bicultural and bilingual citizen of the world, Dr. Samuel Betances challenges his audiences to embrace diversity and to work as a team for a better future. His specialty, whether working on women’s issues, African-American history month, Hispanic events or the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, is to challenge negative mindsets and offer the solutions for transforming them.
Dr. Betances offers his new, nonsexist, balanced systems, which do not allow any group a hierarchy, to clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to government agencies to community colleges. He shows that the traditionally powerful white male must work with non-traditional groups in order to allow a better society to emerge.
Dr. Betances knows himself how to overcome the challenges inherent in our current society. Coming from a humble background, a member of a minority group and from a mean streets neighborhood, he rose from school dropout to Harvard University PhD. He is now an honored Professor Emeritus, consulted by Presidents, educators, clergy, community groups and business leaders alike. In everything he does he aims to “make America stronger, healthier, and freer than when we found her.”
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.”
In an inspiring and frequently humorous address, Dr. Betances talks of his biracial heritage and the benefits and drawbacks it has brought him. “Mamma was very white," he says, “and daddy, he was very black, and together they made me. I look kind of Egyptian. And when there are times of tension, and I go to the airport, I get pulled over for more ‘random’ checks than anybody else. All you have to do to be in trouble in somebody's eyes is just to show up the way that God made you, am I telling the truth?"
Inspiring students to draw strength from every experience, he tells them, “If you have experienced abuse on your journey, I want to tell you that you are not alone, and if it doesn't destroy you it can make you better, you were a little girl, you were a little boy, don't own it, reject rejection and say I was not responsible for what happened to me in the past, but I'm responsible for what I do in the future, and through education, I will not abuse anybody in my path."
Making a plea for interpersonal communications in the technological world, he implores his audience, “Don't text, communicate! Park the technology! Use it, don't let it use you! Study for an hour and a half, go back for 10 minutes, check it out and park it. In some high schools you can't walk in with your cellphone, you should have the same discipline to know that, you shouldn't have your cell phone either."
Dr. Samuel Betances offers a series of programs based around diversity issues. He uses a highly interactive, engaging and fun style, packed with entertaining anecdotes, to thoroughly engage his audience and help them to break down the barriers within their organizations.
A passionate believer in multicultural education, Dr. Betances brings the lessons from his acclaimed book and audio series, Ten Steps to the Head of the Class, to presentations that encourage learners to aim high and to reject rejection. He does not just identify the challenges of negative mindsets but offers a problem-solving methodology that can help to overcome them.
Whether addressing ways to advance women in the workplace, more effective communication between Hispanic and other communities, how to empower first-generation college students or a host of other issues, Dr. Betances’ inspirational, engaging and practical workshops will proof of inestimable benefit to every sort of institution.
The Benefits and Values of Diversity: 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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September 23, 2018
Outstanding, it has been some time but it was unforgettable. He spoke to a small group in Columbus Ohio.Because my grandsons have a Hispanic mother, I wanted to hear him. As a black woman, what box do my grandsons mark on an application? He gave the statement, “blended American heritage “. I have never forgotten that.
Speaker rating 10/10
January 31, 2020
Awesome speaker! Awesome man!I remember his words and impact from over 10 yrs. ago. I call him “ my brother”. A blessing! White Entitlement was the topic. So eye opening! Thank you my “Brother Samuel”!
September 2, 2020
It’s been years ago in Columbus Oh, but I have never forgotten his impact on how to Handel race relations. The phrase he shared was awesome and game changingWhenever I am asked my ethnicity I tell them what he says, “blended American heritage."
“We could not be more pleased with the diversity message that you so eloquently conveyed. The feedback of those that had the privilege of experiencing your viewpoint has been overwhelmingly positive; folks haven′t stopped talking about you yet!” Ford Motor Company
“Stimulating!!! Thought Provoking!!! Even your most skeptical executive will see the bottom line benefits of diversity as a business strategy. Dr. Betances makes a compelling argument as to how organizations can reap the benefits of implementing a diversity strategy.” Salvador Mendoza Director of Diversity Hyatt Hotels Corporation
“I have personally been involved in numerous learning opportunities at Meijer Inc. over the years. By far, Dr. Samuel Betances has been the most significant person we have had work with us. His presentations and mere presence has changed lives!” Van McMullan Director of Learning Services Meijer, Inc.
“Your speech on diversity was very dynamic and well received. We may set aside one week during the year to celebrate diversity, but we must practice diversity every day as a way of life.” 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.”Verizon Wireless
“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.”Xerox
“We were delighted with your presentation last Tuesday morning at the Time Warner Human Resources Conference. Your energy, passion and humor represented a great beginning for our conference.” AOL / Time Warner
“Thanks again for the tremendous diversity seminar you provided for the Adventist Health System! I appreciated your thoughtful, yet very passionate presentations which were appropriately sprinkled with much appreciated humor.” Adventist Health System
“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
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