Keynote Speakers

15th Annual DLC

Keynote Speakers Announcement 

January 2019

DLC 2018

Opening Keynote Speaker - Jackie Cruz

Jackie Cruz

Best known as "Flaca" on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” Jackie Cruz offers lessons on resilience, determination and using life’s challenges as opportunities to change your perception of the world for the better.

As an accomplished singer, songwriter and actress, Jackie has entertained millions with her unique vocal sound and mesmerizing screen presence. She first captured America’s attention with her role as "Flaca" on Netflix's No. 1 rated “Orange Is The New Black,” and now she captivates audiences with her poignant yet encouraging story of surviving homelessness and a near-paralyzing car accident to go on to achieve success and happiness.

On stage, she shares real-world advice on surmounting life’s obstacles as well as the inspiration to turn your dreams into reality. Crediting her car accident for leading her down a better path, Jackie empowers audiences to harness their inner strength and sense of gratitude to learn from challenging life experiences, and how to use that hard-fought wisdom to persevere and come out stronger than ever.

Lunch Keynote Speaker - Jeremy Wallace

Jeremy Wallace

Jeremy L. Wallace is an author, professional speaker, and entrepreneur. His book, Taking The Scenic Route To Manhood, chronicles his extraordinary journey as a transgender man. Combining his expertise as an entrepreneurial business owner and a transgender person, Jeremy speaks to corporations, organizations, and groups, of any size, about embracing change, becoming our true selves, and living up to our full potential.

Originally from Michigan, Jeremy graduated from the University of Colorado in 1994. He now resides in Las Vegas with his dog. Jeremy enjoys his involvement with the LGBTQ community by being on the National Board of Governors, as well as a member of the Human Rights Campaign – Las Vegas Steering Committee. He is a proud member of NGLCC (National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) as a Certified LGBTBE (Business Enterprise).

Closing Keynote Speaker - Dr. Stacey Pearson Wharton


For nearly 20 years Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton has dedicated herself to helping students maximize their learning, health and wellness, and personal growth. She has served as an Assistant Dean, Assistant Vice President, Counseling Center Director, Staff Psychologist, Academic Advisor, Career Counselor and even a Hall Director. Dr. Stacey served the Governing Board of the American College Personnel Association as the Director of Equity and Inclusion where she used her expertise and experience to navigate complicated social justice issues. She has significant experience teaching, publishing, and presenting on issues related to college student development. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Counselor Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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