Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields

Ubuntu Educator. Keynote Speaker. Change Agent.
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Meet Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields

An inspirational speaker, educator, thought-leader, author, and artist, Dr. Shields creates with purpose in all aspects of his professional and personal life using the common thread of Ubuntu philosophy: a person is a person through other people.

An Open Society Institute Fellow and a former faculty member at Johns Hopkins School of Education, Dr. LaMarr D. Shields is the co-founder and senior director of education and innovation at the Cambio Group. Dr. Shields dedicates his life to inspiring adults and youth alike to pursue a higher purpose, achieve sustainable value for long-term success, and cope with adversity in order to create opportunities in their personal, professional, and spiritual lives.

“Your passionate delivery on how to save youth, and your commitment to all of humanity really resonated with me, and those who attended the Congressional Black Caucus.”

ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, U.S. Congressman

 “Your ‘tips and tactics’ on how to use resistance as a positive force and how to build commitment for change will be invaluable for our participants. You did a wonderful job in weaving our key strategies throughout your presentation. As well, you managed to successfully address the issues around our greatest challenges, both in your formal presentation and in your open forum. We really appreciate your flexibility in customizing your presentation for us.”

Micheal Steele, Former Lieutenant Governor, State of Maryland

What I Learned in the Midst of KAOS:

The Making of an Ubuntu Teacher

Both cutting edge and timeless, this groundbreaking book takes you on a journey from the South Side of Chicago to the West Lawn of the White House. This book is an educational and biographical narrative of Dr. Shields’ life that will leave you a different, more engaged and enlightened person. 

TAKE ME ON THE GO.

Dr. LaMarr D. Shields’ Soundbalming podcast focuses on social change and activism. The podcast highlights changemakers and starts much needed conversations that apply to communities everywhere. Past guests have included Emmy Award-winner talk show host Mario Armstrong, noted cinematographer Hans Charles, an episode on How to Thrive in Life's Toughest Seasons with Dr. Jada Jackson, and many more. Start listening and start healing!

Engaging Youth

In 2009, Dr. Shields published 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know where men offered 101 nuggets of advice to boys that varied from the simple, learn how to tie a tie, to the profound, know that only you can make you feel inferior. The book was so insightful that it inspired the documentary film Men II Boys. It’s just one of the many ways he continues to use all sorts of media and events to reach and out and engage with youth.

Inspirational Speaker

The youth are the future leaders of our world, and Dr. Shields believes we can’t leave them out of the discussion when we talk about education, adversity, and leadership. Dr. Shields brings his thought-provoking, engaging message directly to those who are affected both in and out of the classroom. He tailors his content for young people by sharing humorous and engaging stories from his own childhood experiences.

Inspiring Youth Advocates and Educators

Dr. Shields seeks to connect the rapidly growing community of mindful educators and paraprofessionals to learn, collaborate, and support each other in bringing mindfulness and compassion into the lives of children and young people. His message resonates with anyone that works directly with or on behalf of young people, including educators, school leaders, parents, law enforcement, clergy, social workers, marginalized groups, etc.

Educating Parents

They say it takes a village, but we all know that academic and personal success begins at home. Dr. Shields knows the challenges of being a working parent, with three young children of his own. By engaging parents and making them part of the process, Dr. Shields helps parents overcome their own challenges.

Let’s Chat

As the future leaders of our world, we can’t leave youth out of the discussion when we talk about education, adversity, and leadership. Dr. Shields brings his thought-provoking, engaging message directly to those who are affected both in and out of the classroom. 

In the Community

Dr. Shields works in concert with local and national community leaders to catalyze a national conversation about the plight of marginalized youth, parents, and communities, speaking to and working directly with educators, school boards, principals, law enforcement, clergy, social workers, parents, non-profit leaders, funders, and more.

Inspiring Youth Advocates and Educators

Dr. Shields seeks to connect the rapidly growing community of mindful educators and paraprofessionals to learn, collaborate, and support each other in bringing mindfulness and compassion into the lives of children and young people. His message resonates with anyone that works directly with or on behalf of young people, including educators, school leaders, parents, law enforcement, clergy, social workers, marginalized groups, etc.

Educating Parents

They say it takes a village, but we all know that academic and personal success begins at home. Dr. Shields knows the challenges of being a working parent, with three young children of his own. By engaging parents and making them part of the process, Dr. Shields helps parents overcome their own challenges.

Let’s Chat

As the future leaders of our world, we can’t leave youth out of the discussion when we talk about education, adversity, and leadership. Dr. Shields brings his thought-provoking, engaging message directly to those who are affected both in and out of the classroom. 

In the Community

Dr. Shields works in concert with local and national community leaders to catalyze a national conversation about the plight of marginalized youth, parents, and communities, speaking to and working directly with educators, school boards, principals, law enforcement, clergy, social workers, parents, non-profit leaders, funders, and more.

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