Guest Presenter Information

Keynote Speaker

Monica Johnson

For the entirety of her career, Monica Johnson has been active nationally in the areas of diversity, social justice, and advocacy for access and equity within higher education. She has created and facilitated a variety of impactful presentations, workshops, and academic courses centered within the areas of her professional experience, social justice scholarship, and community engagement.

In addition to serving as an independent consultant for a variety of educational institutions, professional organizations, and community-based initiatives, Monica is the current Assistant Vice President for Diversity Education and Cross-Cultural Engagement at Indiana University. Within the national diversity and social justice community, Monica proudly serves as a Co-Chair of the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE).

In March 2020, Monica was honored to present her first TEDx Talk: The Truth About Black Women and Trees: The Emotional Cost of Being a Black Woman in America. The talk is available on the YouTube and TED platforms, has be translated in 3 languages, and has amassed more than 160,000 total views.

As a native of Jackson, Mississippi, Monica received her bachelor’s degree in African and Diaspora Studies from Vanderbilt University, her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Mississippi College, and is a doctoral candidate and Social Justice Fellow in Higher Education at Azusa Pacific

University. Monica’s research centers on the existence, persistence, and resistance of Black women in United States higher education systems.

Distant Deceptions

Wayne Hoffman, Mentalist and Illusionist 

Multiple award-winning performer Wayne Hoffman is recognized as one of the top mentalists in the world. He currently tours the globe with his stage show Mind Candy, his motivational keynote The Power and Potential of The Human Mind and presents his award-winning virtual show Distant Deceptions. He is also the author of the bestselling motivational book “Mind Candy.”

Wayne’s passion for the mysterious was sparked at a young age and lead him to study the art of magic. Later, through extensive self-studies in sociology, psychology and human behavior, Wayne developed the foundation of his skills today. He now travels the world performing and speaking for exclusive events, theaters, television, casinos, universities and top corporations.

Wayne’s show is a high-energy presentation that combines mind-reading and visual magic that will amaze you. The audience experiences seemingly supernatural phenomena in a fun and upbeat way.

He was featured on “America’s Got Talent,” “France’s Got Talent,” “Britain’s Got Talent,” The National Geographic Channel, CNN, The Science Channel, TV Asahi, Fuji TV and TBS in Japan. Wayne has helped thousands of event planners as both a performer and keynote speaker. Now it’s your chance to experience it for yourself.

Click here to see a quick performance teaser from Wayne!