Meet K.D. & His Mission Behind The Mic

As one of the nation’s leading Student Success & Educator Empowerment Speakers, K.D. delivers life changing speeches, provides resources, developmental training and inspirational engagements for students, educators and teams everywhere. K.D. is a former teacher, former youth minister and former first responder with a heart to see students and educators free of fear, regret, and doubt while living up to their full potential. Simply put, K.D. has lived a life that connects with thousands, including you!


K.D. graduated in the bottom percentile of his class in high school, where he was told by his senior advisor that "He wasn't college material." He changed the narrative of his life from "Can't" to "Must", as he battled through a turbulent upbringing with his absent, and alcohol addicted father.  K.D. graduated with honors, as an undergraduate at North Carolina A&T State University. He went on to receive his master's degree from Duke University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He then went on to author and publish his first book, “Cornered By Fear: A Guide To Finding Your Freedom In The Fight!” K.D. left the police force after serving his community alongside other first responders for almost 8 years. K.D. wanted to make a difference from a different angle, and resigned in great standing with his former department. But, while an officer, he learned that nearly 80% of all prison inmates DO NOT have a high school diploma or GED. He decided to take the pain he experienced in the street and turn it into relentless passion on campus.


K.D. is a 2x National Champion in USA Track & Field and a family man. K.D. is best known for his “7 Pillars of Success” presentation that has impacted students and educators so much that studies show a 93% increase in productivity, focus and task completion from those implementing the formula. He not only shows students “HOW” to achieve fulfillment in school and life, but also “WHY” education is a critical component too. When he isn’t inspiring students, K.D. can be found empowering educators by helping them overcome burnout, build better student/teacher relationships, and re-igniting their passions.


He has addressed thousands and is able to tackle the hard topics while relating on various levels because of his faith, upbringing, life achievements and belief that inside every human being is untapped potential for greatness.