Growing up Multi-cultural: Reflecting Back

Growing up in the “Bay Area” region of California, I was the only girl in our suburban elementary school who couldn’t easily identify her origins. I grew up around the traditions and customs of my family, while at school, I integrated into the norms of my school environment. When curious minds asked about my background, my answers flip-flopped between being Indian, South Asian, American, Fijian, Pacific Islander and a cousin (Islanders think we are all cousins). “Which is it?,” they would ask when I gave them more than one answer. My multiculturalism meant I didn’t fit in any one category, that my roots couldn’t be explained by checking one box. My identity is complicated – an Indian girl born in the United States to parents from the little Fiji Islands.

In elementary school, I was treated as the “Indian girl.” Classmates would often call me “Gandhi dot,” referring to the red dot usually placed on married women and on the forehead of Indian Hindus after a prayer ritual. As I got older, I’d get the oddest questions like “Why do your parents arrange your marriage for you? Isn’t that against the law?” At the time, I was still learning the ropes and wasn’t prepared with a meaningful answer. My best retort was to inform the inquirer that, despite this tradition, Indians continue to have a lower divorce rate than Americans. Over time, I became wittier and even watched Indian-born comics include arranged marriage jokes in their sets. I’ve since learned an array of smart ass comebacks.

My family and friends might be surprised to know that I still face these kinds of challenges. It turns out that, in some places, Indians from Fiji still face classism and casteism from those from India.  Unfortunately, there are some Indians from the motherland who ignorantly view Indians from Fiji as second class. To them, we are not to be socialized with nor should we be allowed educational and employment opportunities.  I’ve experienced this phenomenon first-hand. A suitor’s mother once casually told me that “no reputable Indian man would marry a girl from Fiji.” Recently, an Indian actually turned down my job offer simply because he did not feel comfortable working for someone from Fiji. These experiences have definitely given me pause and made me reevaluate my moral compass as well as that of those around me.  

When I was growing up, diversity and inclusion weren’t part of the curriculum at school.  I don’t recall a book, TV show, or elder providing me with advice on how to explain my culturally rich background in a manner that wouldn’t be confusing to the uninformed. Integrating into American culture was often simpler than trying to explain who I am and where I come from. While this made everyday life a little less complicated, my brown skin and Pacific Islander features meant I would still always be viewed as different.

As it does for everyone, life went on and I landed this job as an agent, which has been a time of great learning and awareness. I’ve immersed myself into the world of Student Affairs, leading to exposure and friendships with people at many different colleges and universities – people who spend their days educating and spreading awareness about inclusion and diversity. Through this network, I have been able to make some sense of the inadequacy I felt and now have closure from that time. Most importantly, I’ve been empowered to help and educate so many others who feel as if they don’t fully belong.

Ironically, it’s the values embraced in Fiji, a small island in the Pacific Ocean where my Indian parents hail from, that has helped shape my understanding and compassion for myself and everyone around me. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve actually taken on even more facets to my identity – wife, mother, business owner. I now welcome these different labels and have learned to cherish and be proud of all the characteristics that uniquely make me who I am.

While I may not have realized it when I was younger, I now know I’m lucky to have such a diverse background. I celebrate American, Indian, South Asian, and Fijian holidays. I watch Bollywood movies and sing Hindi songs. I have beautifully embroidered clothing and glittery jewelry. I eat cassava and listen to my family share stories around a bowl of kava.  And, we even partake in the chaos that is Black Friday and Christmas shopping. All of these rich and rewarding experiences were made possible for me because I am an Indian born in America whose parents are from Fiji.

-Contributed by Joyce Jiawan

Owner/Regional Account Manager

Metropolis Management

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month was started in the United States in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization (then known as the National Association for Mental Health). Each year Mental Health America releases a toolkit of materials for outreach activities during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Its purpose is to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses, such as the 18.1% of Americans who suffer from  depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder; the realities of living with these conditions; and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness. It also aims to draw attention to suicide, which can be precipitated by some mental illnesses. Additionally, Mental Health Awareness Month strives to reduce the negative attitudes and misconceptions that surrounds mental illnesses.

Studies have shown that Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. Whether we know it or not, people struggling with mental health may be family members, neighbors, teachers, friends, or coworkers. We can all take steps to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness by doing the following:

  • Learning more about mental health: allows helpful support to those affected in our families and communities.
  • Advocating within our circles of influence: helps ensure these individuals have the same rights and opportunities as other members of your church, school and community.
  • Showing individuals respect and acceptance: removes a significant barrier to successfully coping with their illness. Having people see you as an individual and not as your illness can make the biggest difference for someone who is struggling with their mental health.

During the month of May, Mental Health America, its affiliates, and other organizations interested in mental health conduct a number of activities which are based on a different theme each year.

The theme for 2018 is Fitness #4Mind4Body.  During the month of May, the main focus is on what we as individuals can do to be fit for our own futures – no matter where we happen to be on our own personal journeys to health and wellness.

You can find more information from Mental Health America about their #4Mind4Body Challenge or download their mental health toolkit by visiting their website.   http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may

 

CELEBRATING APAHM

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)! We all can join in celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

If you didn’t know,  the description Asian/Pacific heritage encompasses a wide variety of wonderful people and places. Here is a comprehensive list of the areas that comprise the term Asian/Pacific.

  • All of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia including New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.
  • Polynesia, Including: New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island.
  • Micronesia, Including: Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia.

As you can see, there are many diverse regions with many reasons to celebrate their beautiful heritage, but where did Asian Pacific American Heritage Month get its start?  

Like most commemorative months, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage week. This resolution proposed that the President should “proclaim a week, which is to include the seventh and tenth of the month, during the first ten days in May of 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” The following month, Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Spark Matsunaga from Hawaii introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed and on October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration.

During the next decade, presidents passed annual proclamations for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week until 1990, when President George H. W. Bush signed a bill passed by Congress to extend the week-long celebration to a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

We can all be thankful for the amazing achievements and contributions as well as celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

3 Skills All Women in Leadership Need

Leading from a Woman’s Perspective: Coach Sherry Winn

Women have come a long way since the days when my Olympic Teammates had to wear the hand-me- downs from the men’s team. Because the elastic was worn out, they were forced to duct tape their waist bands, so that their shorts wouldn’t fall off when they were running down the court. Those were the days when women reporters were banned from male locker rooms, when women were ridiculed who wanted to coach men, and when the thought of a woman president of the United States was so far from mainstream thought that no woman would even consider running.

Life has changed. And yet, women are far from having the opportunity to lead that men do. Less than 4.2% of the top CEOs from Fortune 500 companies are women. Even though 57% of the population of colleges and universities are women, only 26% of college presidents are female. And 42.8% of all coaches who coach women are female while less than 5% of all coaches coaching males are females. Because women are not afforded the same opportunities as men to lead, women must show superior leadership skills to gain opportunities.

What type of skills will bring you to the top? The three main leadership skills to bring to the table are assertive communication, conflict resolution skills, and motivational skills.

1.ASSERTIVE COMMUNICATION

When I taught leadership skills to Anytime Fitness, their women leaders struggled with the label that many women receive when they are strong—the “B” label. When you are a strong woman, you might face men who suggest you continually suffer from PMS, or women take your words personally complaining that you are too mean. As a student female leader, you have a tough line to walk, but when you learn assertive communication skills, that line gets easier. Assertive communicators are confident, open-minded, good listeners, and respond rather than react. They possess the ability to gather information, ask team members for suggestions, and determine the best course of action. They are inclusive but will take decisive action when needed.

2.CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Team members look to leaders to resolve issues. If you cannot resolve the issues that student team members bring to you, chaos will ensue, and nobody will follow you. When I ask student leaders at leadership retreats where they learned communication skills, they normally respond, “Our parents.” When I ask them how many of their parents had great conflict resolution skills, one or two students out of a hundred will raise their hands. Most of your student members will do exactly what their parents did: play the blame game, use the silent treatment, or throw a temper tantrum. If these are the skills you use, you will not get ANY students to follow you. The secret to conflict resolution is to provide yourself with these five ground rules:

  1. Let the other person finish speaking before you speak;
  2. Focus on the current issue only
  3. Keep open body language
  4. Use active listening;
  5. Concentrate on the solution rather than the blame.

3.MOTIVATION

Zig Ziglar said, “Some people say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does taking a bath. That is why you do it every day.” Students love to remain in their comfort zones, because it is easy. If you allow your student team members to sit back and take the easy route, they will enjoy the ride until they realize they didn’t accomplish their dreams. Then they will blame you. You are the one responsible for exuding positivity in tough times, offering solutions to challenges, and holding the vision toward your goals. To accomplish any goal, you will find dips in the momentum of reaching that goal. If you allow your team members to dip in enthusiasm, the goal is lost.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The only way that women will have more opportunities to lead is if more women are willing to take leadership roles, and if we support the women who are in leadership roles. Women don’t support women like men support men. We are awesome at assisting our female friends when they are sick, hurt, or their boyfriends break up with them, but we fail to support them when they run for office or seek higher roles in organizations.

Now is the day to support one another and to change the percentages of women in leadership roles.

About the Author

Coach Sherry Winn is a Two-Time Olympian, National Championship Coach, and Amazon Best Seller. She is one of the nation’s foremost speakers on winning in life, love, and leadership sharing over 2,000 hours of WINNING WISDOM with audience members.

For More information about Coach Sherry Winn, Her Programs, and Booking Inquiries, Clink Here: http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/coach-winn/

 

Making Diversity Programs More Than an Experience

While in undergraduate students at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Diversity Author, Speaker and Presenter, Justin L. Brown found that many of his peers and colleagues lacked the diversity skills needed to be successful in the global market. Many of his friends and acquaintances displayed several “micro aggressive” behaviors which ultimately led him to create the D.A.P. (Diversity Awareness Program).

“I created this program to give students the necessary tools, skills and confidence to have authentic relationships with one another.”

If your not familiar, the purpose of “D.A.P.” is to encourage diversity and cultural unity in all areas of life among students, faculty, and staff on the University campus. This will be accomplished through energetic and vigorous engagements of dynamic discussions on issues and ideas. “D.A.P.” serves as a catalyst in encouraging students and members to search for opportunities to become more culturally aware and conscious.

So is this just like any other diversity program?

GUESS AGAIN!

Justin’s method of facilitating diversity training is through the facilitation of games, activities, icebreakers, team builders, social experiences and role playing. Students, staff and faculty alike love his program and he has been invited to more than 300 schools in the programs existence. This 2-hour high energy presentation incorporates very strong fundamental ideas and concepts on topics relating to diversity. Topics are presented in a new and exciting way, which allows students to actively engage in discussions on social issues and ideas. Justin’s presentation style is high energy, while demonstrating his approach in interaction amongst the participating individuals.

Justin’s method to engage students is unique: his sessions are dynamic and organized, and his enthusiasm for crowd participation motivates and encourages students to actively participate. Justin uses various sources of media in his workshops such as PowerPoint, video clips, cell phones, role playing and games to create a constructive learning environment. Students will feel comfortable, eager to participate and ready to learn more about each other and themselves. One of Justin’s most useful techniques is the “turn and talk” method. This is where he says, “Turn to your partner, friend, teammate, etc.” and students engage in the activity. He also likes to use the “call and answer” method, where he asks the audience a series of questions and they respond. The program is fun from beginning to end, and participants walk away learning useful tips, techniques and strategies to help them in their daily lives.

But we can’t forget the learning outcomes!

Students Will…

  • Engage in experiential learning in the domains of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, language, age, and social class towards an analysis of equity.
  • Explore challenges that surface amidst interactions between people of different backgrounds, world views, environmental opportunities, and how social contexts exacerbate or reduce those challenges.
  • Participate in thought-provoking, fun activities in large and small groups that will challenge thinking, understanding, society views and personal experiences.
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of relationships in diversity, inequality, and social, economic, and political power both in the United States and globally.
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of relationships in diversity, inequality, and social, economic, and political power both in the United States and globally.

ABOUT JUSTIN:

Justin Brown is a well known speaker and diversity instructor in the field of higher education. He currently works as a resident director at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Justin’s passion for working with students developed while pursuing a bachelors degree in public relations from Slippery Rock University. During his undergraduate tenure, Justin was actively involved on campus, working and collaborating with various offices and departments on campus. It was during this time that Justin created the Diversity Awareness Program (D.A.P), a program dedicated to raising awareness and educating college campuses about the importance of diversity, and the embracing of all cultures and backgrounds. Justin then continued nurturing D.A.P through his graduate studies at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, while working towards earning his masters degree in student affairs in higher education. D.A.P. has successfully grown in popularity, having visited over 100 colleges and universities, and over 20 chapters established within those institutions.

For More Information About Justin Brown, His Programs, and Booking Inquiries,  Click Here: http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/justin-brown/

 

 

Top 5 Things To Consider When Booking a Hypnotist

There’s no doubt that hypnosis is one of the most entertaining and versatile forms of entertainment around. From stage shows to empowerment workshops and team-building, you really can’t go wrong. But, finding the right hypnotist for your event is not as simple as booking the first name that comes up in your google search. You want to ensure a positive and safe experience for everyone involved. Take some advice from world renowned Hypnotist, Sailesh. Here’s the 5 most important things to consider when booking a hypnotist.

  1. Ethical Behavior

Make sure the performance is appropriate for the intended audience. Be sure to ask if the potential hypnotist has variations of the performance – from mild to more mature subject matter. Also, they should be willing to adjust their show content and their professional behavior among guests and participants accordingly.

Sailesh Says:

A Hypnotist should always take responsibility of their skits as well as possible responses from the volunteers. Conduct before the show, content of the show, and after the show should always be the first priority of the Hypnotist. Accommodating the current climate of being inclusive to the entire audience and creating a safe environment should also be taken to heart.

  1. Certified and Insured

Ask to see the hypnotist’s certification AND their insurance. Make sure that insurance coverage is up to date, valid in your area, and provides enough protection for everyone involved.

Sailesh Says:

When deciding on your hypnotist, a certified hypnotist guarantees the buyer a professional that has the knowledge of the mind and aware of triggers to avoid adverse reactions. Having an insured artist also protects the buyer and their patrons.

  1. Experience

Certifications are great but nothing beats experience. Always inquire about the amount and type of experience the hypnotist has. Keep in mind, hypnosis has many applications. You’ll want to choose a professional that has a decent amount of experience specifically in the area you’re booking for.

Sailesh Says:

I have been a hypnotist for over 23 years with certification form the American Institute of Hypnotherapy and the National Guild of Hypnotherapy. I teach at the Mitchell Institute of Hypnotherapy and have performed over 5,000 shows.

(It’s a safe to bet experience like this will make sure a hypnotist can handle any situation!)

 

  1. Adaptability to Audiences

When it comes to events, one thing is sure ANYTHING can happen. A successful hypnosis show depends on the ability of the hypnotist to adapt to the audience on all fronts. They are responsible for safely keeping the good time going and handling the unexpected, all while remaining calm, cool and collected. You can use the points above to gauge a hypnotist’s adaptability.

Sailesh Says:

Can the hypnotist read their audiences? What happens when a volunteer has a reaction under hypnosis? With the years of experience, I can tailor the show to the buyers request for content and have the ability to read the diversity of the crowd to know which skits to use to create the greatest impact.

  1. Reputation

Always do your research. You should look for honest reviews and be able to request references. Check to make sure any awards and accolades (as well as reviews) are current and consistent.

Sailesh Says:

Being the most nominated and award-winning Artist in the college market in the past decade not only as a Hypnotist but also as an artist speaks for itself!

(and definitely something to be proud of!)

 

Think Global! Book Local!

Here at Metropolis, we love our Think Global, Book Local campaign!

    1. Booking a Local Artist or Speaker can save you money. You may not have to pay for travel costs, hotel or meal. Many times it’s easier for artists to bring their own equipment and that means you can save on tech rider requirements.
    2. It’s a great opportunity to invest and do business within your community.
    3. And in keeping with the theme of Earth Day, booking local artists and speakers is one way that we can help reduce our carbon footprint. Not only that, you don’t have to worry about flight delays!
Orientation

Why Orientation Matters – Three Reasons Orientation Benefits ALL Students

I remember my first weeks on campus. A stranger in an even stranger land although I wasn’t more than an hour away from home. I was anxious, overwhelmed and for a brief moment- I was in way over my head.

My first semester looked like it would be a breeze. The classes weren’t difficult, I was familiar enough with the area and I even knew some people that had graduated from my high school a few years prior. I had meticulously taken care of every detail I could think of- from the application process, scholarships and financial aid, to securing my first apartment. Everything was in order. Despite all the items on my “college check list” being accomplished and things running smoothly, I struggled! Where did I go wrong? Could it be that I just wasn’t college material? It wasn’t until my second semester that I found the answer. I had underestimated the value of participating in orientation programs on my campus.

Orientation programs on campus are key to student success. While programs are versatile and really do meet a variety of needs for first year students, here are three reasons orientation is beneficial for ALL students!

Social interaction. The first few weeks of college is an essential time for new students to meet people and make friends. The social aspect of university life allows students to feel like they belong. It’s important for students to meet with their academic advisor, get familiar with the campus, and participate in activities that will help them forge a bond with other incoming freshmen. It is this sense of belonging that will be the foundation of successful students.

Physical transition. Moving to a completely different place without the safety net of having family nearby can cause great anxiety for students. Strive to provide students with information about things like the physical locations of different student services, safety on campus, and what they can expect from living in the area. Keep in mind to include those staying in dorms, commuters, and students living locally.

Academic preparation. Of course, the main reason students attend college is to learn and earn a degree! Orientation helps students with the first steps toward academic success. It’s essential to cultivate a relationship between students and advisors by focusing on creating intentional time with the faculty. When students are comfortable with their advisors, they are more likely to reach out for help and guidance to steer clear from failure.

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Navigating Transitions in Leadership

3 important tips for passing the torch of excellence.

TRANSITIONAL LEADERSHIP MAKES THE YEAR GO ‘ROUND!

Whether it happens during the spring term, over the summer or when students return in the fall, the successful transition of major officers is the key to a remarkable year for any organization. No two years are alike, for any organization on any campus. One year may be “the best ever,” while another posed tremendous challenges that needed to be overcome simply to survive. That is the exciting part of being a student leader and staff member —the uniqueness that each new academic year brings.

Here are three suggestions for an outstanding transition of officers:

  1. Keep the suggestions for change confidential. This process keeps personalities, petty jealousies and individual conflict situations out of what is best for the group, the students and the campus. Using the Mind Mapping technique will allow each individual to voice their opinions and suggestions for change in an anonymous fashion that allows the group to develop a solid plan of action for the future with no ulterior motives interfering.
  2. Bring in a focus group of students and staff to share their perceptions. Over the course of a year, it is easy for any organization and it’s members to become oblivious to the perceptions those on campus have of their group, its mission, purpose and level of success. Bringing in an unbiased group of students and staff, who are asked directed questions, can help an organization create a blueprint for future success that they may not have discovered on their own.
  3. Evaluate the entire year like you do a major event. For any major event, there is a planning process, an implementation directive and an after action review. The same should be done for the success of a year. If something worked, keep it and share suggestions for its improvement. If something failed, do your best to ascertain why and decide if it is worth attempting next year or not. If something was obviously detrimental to the group and its members, remove it from the equation and replace it with a hopeful new endeavor. The unknown can be incredibly exciting!

These tips were created and shared by David Coleman, multiple speaker of the year winner, who has lead dozens of leadership retreats and given hundreds of leadership keynotes worldwide. Transitional leadership is one of his prime areas of expertise as he sees it as incredibly important to the success of any given academic year.

Click below for more information about David Coleman, his programs, or booking information.

Orientation is a Family Affair – Students, Parents, and YOUR Campus!

Successfully making the academic and social transition from high school to the college campus is the focus of these informative, fun programs that help to prepare students and parents for the journey that lies ahead. USA Today says, “Colleges and universities are learning to work with a new breed of parent.” David Coleman and Lenny Dave, co-authors of “Infinite Inspirations” and “Let Your Leadership Speak” have each been talking with (and working with) campus audiences for over 25 years. They’ve seen the changes; they know the challenges; they share the meaningful and essential keys for campus success.

“…the most highly evaluated part of our Orientation program. It has become an essential part of our success. I cannot imagine beginning our school year without it!” Ohio Northern University

Our Popular Program Options:

The Art of College Parenting

Anxious parents become a bit more relieved and assured after experiencing this informative, fun and educational program designed to help them to better understand the campus lifestyle challenges and changes ahead. Parent’s fears are alleviated; their most basic, pressing questions are addressed. Several campuses who regularly schedule this powerful parent program cite it as the most highly rated component of their Orientation program, whether it’s during Summer Registration or on Move-In Day. This presentation tells it like it is, addresses the realities of today’s campus environment and, perhaps more importantly, sends parents home feeling a lot less stressed!

Creating One Heartbeat

(Interactive Leadership Training for Orientation Leaders, RA’s, Student Staff and Student Leaders). Program participants will learn the important message that “Orientation is not about you, but it could not happen without you!” This highly engaging program teaches the elements of One Heartbeat Leadership (No one is more or less important and no one cares who gets the credit!) while incorporating interactive exercises that transform a group of individuals into a united, inspired, inclusive and selfless team!

Dating and Relating At The Speed of Life

(Making Relationships Matter! or #IWouldSoDateMe!) The internet has changed dating’s landscape forever. Be it Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Tinder etc., the pace of meeting, dating and relating has reached an all-time high. This award-winning program addresses essential topics such as: Meeting Others, Mutual Consent, Intervening, Safe Words, Red Flags, Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships, Surviving & Thriving Following a Break Up, Types of Love Found in Healthy Relationships and so much more! On campuses nationwide, this program has been a “must book” for many years in a row.

Hooray! Building A Caring and Inclusive Community of Classmates

This highly interactive team-building program has been honored as among the best of its kind. Hooray takes a group of “strangers” and, within an hour or two, turns them into a united, inspired and selfless family. Names will be learned, connections will be formed, friendships will be ignited and the closeness of those on campus will escalate. It also includes a training session for the Orientation Leaders (and RA’s and Student Leaders if you wish).

20 Key Points Every New Student Should Know

Research shows that if a new student acclimates to campus, forms friendships, feels a sense of belonging and is able to establish a skill set that allows them to be successful, there is a greater likelihood they will return for their sophomore year. This program is aimed at meeting each of those needs. 20 Key Points covers study skill habits, responsible socializing, living civilly together on campus, alcohol related issues, mutual consent, intervening, getting involved on campus, roommate issues and building confidence and momentum that will make their first year experience one that has them ready, excited and motivated to return for their sophomore year!

“…the perfect combination of relevant information, audience participation and overall content. And, it’s fun! You cannot help but smile.” -University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

The Orientation Masters:

David Coleman & Lenny Dave

  • Recipient of APCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Entertainment, David Coleman, “America’s Dating Doctor,” is the 14-Time National Speaker of the Year and is the only speaker ever voted Entertainer of the Year for CAM’s Reader’s Choice Awards! He has over 3,500 appearances worldwide speaking to more than two million people! David has been featured in: USA Today, People, Women’s World and ESPN The Magazine as well as having appeared on CNN, Fox and Access Hollywood.
  • Lenny is a veteran campus speaker and facilitator whose personal mission is “to end toxic sameness.” He helps students become more inspired leaders; he helps campus organizations move forward with creative confidence. Campus Activities Magazine has twice nominated Lenny as “Speaker of the Year.” He is also the recipient of 14 NACA and APCA Showcases and has presented numerous times at NODA, ASGA and AFLV. Lenny is co-author of “Infinite Inspirations” and “Let Your Leadership Speak.”

Click here to learn more about David Coleman and Lenny Dave; or see more great speakers and orientation programs!

For information and to schedule an engagement for your campus, please contact Joyce at Metropolis Management: 877-536-5374 x101 Joyce@metropolismanagement.com

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