The presenters at the Speaker Bootcamp are veteran, professional speakers with years of experience.
Please see the conference schedule for the Speaker Bootcamp line-up of speakers.
All speakers are current professional presenters, both full-time and part-time
• They are leaders of three major higher education organizations
• They’re skilled presenters, injecting humor and passion into their workshops.
• They engage students and advisors through interactive presentations.
Click on each speaker’s profile to see a biography, social media links, videos, and photos.
• Former Federal Law Clerk/Attorney
• President, The Harbor Institute (www.theharborinstitute.com)
• Speaker/Trainer/Consultant to over 200 colleges and universities
• Facebook: “The Harbor Institute”
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq.
Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq. has spoken at over 240 colleges and universities in 37 states in the last seven years. On average, per year, he speaks at any where from 75-85 paid engagements at colleges and universities and 20-25 higher education related conferences. He successfully made the transition from working full time as an attorney at a large DC law firm to full time speaker. He looks forward to sharing his speaker story and empowering participants with practical short and long term goals to fulfill their dreams!
• Trainer in the areas of relational leadership and diversity/community building
• Former two-term SGA President at Ramapo College of New Jersey
• Doctoral Student and Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D.
Chris Irving is one of America’s most sought out diversity speakers. He has spoken at more than 150 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, England, and the continent of Africa. Chris is the Director of the National Student Leadership Diversity Convention which host 9 student leadership conferences every year around the United States. He speaks to more than 5000 students yearly and has been doing so for almost ten years. He is a Doctoral Candidate at Seton Hall University defending his research in July 2016.
• Editor in Chief and Founder, Student Leader and Florida Leader magazines
• Author, So You Want to Be President…How to Get Elected on Your Campus and two other leadership books
• Professional Student Government consultant and frequent speaker at all major Student Government conferences
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Butch Oxendine, over the past 34 years, has spoken at conferences for nearly every major higher education organization. He has been a paid speaker and consultant at more than 100 institutions, founded ASGA, and speaks at all 10 ASGA conferences across the country. He has helped two other organizations start leadership conferences.
Formerly a magazine publisher, he now picks and chooses speaking appearances he will accept as a part-time presenter and full-time husband and father of five.
Detailed Speaker Bios
Mr. Cromwell continued his leadership efforts in law school serving as Class President, Associate Editor of the Law Review, and was honored, by his peers, as Thurgood Marshall 3L Student of the Year for his scholastic and leadership contributions to the University. He later graduated, with honors, with a Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University. After graduation, Mr. Cromwell served as a federal law clerk in U.S. Federal District Court in the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division) and worked as an associate at a prominent intellectual property law firm in Washington, D.C. He later founded The Harbor Institute, a company based out of Washington D.C that empowers minority students to excel which he currently serves as CEO.
In addition to his leadership efforts, Mr. Cromwell has also thoroughly studied National Pan-Hellenic fraternities and sororities for the past ten years. He is currently completing his book Endangered Species: The Plight of African-American Fraternities and Sororities. His extensive legal training and academic expertise about Pan-Hellenic fraternities and sororities makes him well versed in legal issues regarding hazing in Greek fraternities and sororities and one of Harbor’s most sought after speakers, consultants, and trainers. Currently, he is a graduate member of the Kappa Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Washington, D.C.
His first involvement in Student Government came when Chris served two terms as an President in college at Ramapo College of New Jersey. As President, he realized that it was the capacity of his team that helped to make the SGA on campus such a powerful force.
Chris’ interest in team and capacity building comes from his experience in SGA and his work as a local elected official in his home town of Paterson, NJ. Currently, Chris is serving in his second term as a member of the Board of Education in his home town. These experiences has taught Chris how important it is to have a great team that values each other’s experiences.
Professionally, Chris serves as Executive Director & CEO of the Ceceilyn Miller Institute for Leadership and Diversity in America. (CMI) is one of America’s most innovative leadership and diversity training non-profit organizations. Dedicated to the cause of social justice and leadership development, CMI programs empower participants to function more effectively as people and communities.
Named in 1992 as one of the nation’s top 100 entrepreneurs under age 30 by the Association for Collegiate Entrepreneurs, Butch has been publishing student-oriented magazines, books, and web sites for nearly 30 years. He studied journalism at the University of Florida, but left school in 1984 to work full-time on his first magazine, Florida Leader.
He later launched four other publications, including the national magazine Student Leader. He travels frequently to speak and present leadership seminars and has written three books on student-leadership issues, including So You Want to Be President…How to Get Elected on Your Campus, Poster Secrets: How & Where to Hang Flyers on Your Campus, and Inspiration for Student Leaders.
Butch is married to Kathy, and they have a daughter, Leah, son Will, twins Adam and Andrew, and son Luke. Butch enjoys being a Trekker, loves Firefly, working outdoors, serving his God and church, wrestling with the young-‘uns, and cheering for the Florida Gators and Tampa Bay Rays.