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Educator says help at home crucial to academic achievement

 

 

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

It’s said you can’t change the world but you can do something about the few square feet you occupy. Try telling that to educator-motivational speaker Daphne Brown, who utilizes both practical life experience and academic education to make a difference for African American youth. Her full professional title, Daphne E. Brown, M.A., M.A., EDD (2014), and the fact that she’s on the Upper Iowa University faculty needn’t throw you off. A refreshingly accessible, down-to-earth take on empowering the young, Brown’s thorough, enlightened curriculum is grounded in elemental nuts and bolts. “My concentration and dissertation,” Brown states, “[is] dedicated to making [Black children] successful academically.” There, of course, could not be a more crucial issue for Black America in general and Black Minnesota in particular. Continue Reading →

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Walter Bond credits Clem Haskins with making men of boys

 

Before he became a big-time motivational speaker, Walter Bond played big-time hoops at Minnesota (1988-91) and played three NBA seasons. After an appearance last week at the North Community YMCA as the featured speaker at its business speaker series (Bond’s remarks are featured on the Metro page of this week’s edition), he told the MSR, “Clem Haskins was a phenomenal leader — he was the one who told me to be a motivational speaker. The one thing that I respect and love him for is [that] at age 18 he had an amazing impact on me not only as an athlete but also as a person. He turned me from a little boy to a man. He could do things that probably my dad couldn’t do because he had a different role.”

After he retired from basketball, Bond said he tried entering the business world but was routinely turned away. Continue Reading →

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Motivational speaker transfers NBA skills to the business world

Walter Bond teaches audiences the importance of connecting

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

After leaving the NBA, Walter Bond was told he didn’t have enough experience during his job searches. “We’re looking for someone with more experience,” he vividly recalls being told by interviewers who didn’t think playing against and with the world’s best athletes in both college and the pros qualified him for the business world. “You won’t find [any]one more experienced than me,” he told the interviewers. Looking back, Bond said that not getting hired was the best thing that could have happened to him. He has been a motivational speaker for over a decade, appearing before nearly 75 major corporations around the country and teaching his audiences around the world basic principles for success through speeches, workshops, and through his books and CDs. Continue Reading →

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