LaMarqué D. Ward Sr. is an internationally acclaimed educator, speaker, author, trainer and Dream Building coach. He is a captivating leader whose charismatic speeches influence students and professionals alike. Through profound insight, LaMarqué engages his audience by reaching common ground with others.
His passion for unleashing potential in others is infectious – and he has created a guide to prove he stands behind this passion. His first book “Competing as a Lifestyle You vs. You, A Student’s Guide to Greatness” has been successfully received. Even greater success resulted from his sophomore manuscript “Dream Building for Parents” and his anti-bullying book series “Malik’s Big Dream” and “Malik The Difference Maker.” His life experiences give him a unique credibility with his audiences – and his natural talent for connecting with people from any background gives him the ability to break through to audiences during his speeches and trainings.
He is an expert in tuning into the needs of others by breaking down barriers in cultures that ordinarily hinder results. He shares his life in the form of practical wisdom that is easily translated to his audience. He does so by letting his audience know that, although his road was not easy, he did not let any barrier get in his way. He turned every barrier into a teachable moment and these experiences, coupled with his academic achievements, have propelled him to a dynamic level of insight and wisdom. He has lead successful at-risk youth efforts in Cincinnati and around the country by providing expert level leadership development and coaching for staff. He also created several student interventions that focus on social emotional learning (SEL) for students.
LaMarqué is vice president of the Collective Empowerment Group Cincinnati, is the LSDMC Board Chair at Ethel M. Taylor Academy, and serves on the Executive Board of Urban Young Life Cincinnati.
He holds an Associate of Arts degree from South Plains College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Ministries from Faith Theological Seminary, a Master of Education from the University of Phoenix, and is a John Maxwell Team Certified coach, trainer, and speaker.
Dr. Chance Eaton is the owner of Big Sky Way, a cutting-edge education and organizational development company that is committed to transforming today’s human capital into tomorrow’s competitive advantage. They specialize in common-sense approaches to organizational health. Since 2009, Big Sky Way, LLC has been providing organizational health solutions to purpose driven organizations across the globe. With a solid focus on yourReturn on Investment, Big Sky Way’s education, consultation, coaching, and assessment services are not only research based, they are the most commonly requested topics for today’s competitive workplace.
Dr. Eaton holds advanced degrees in business, psychology, and education, and undergraduate degrees in business, psychology, and psychotherapy. Prior to his consulting work, Dr. Eaton held leadership positions in mental health, non-profit, G2B procurement mining, and state government. Inspired by his background in agriculture, Dr. Eaton finds great joy in weaving Big Sky principles into the complexities of the 21st century workplace.
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Frank Donaldson is the founder and president of the Institute for School and Parish Development (ISPD), a national development firm created to serve Catholic schools, parishes, and (arch) dioceses in the areas of strategic planning, stewardship, people engagement, and financial resource development. ISPD is headquartered in the Greater New Orleans, Louisiana area. The company focuses on three areas of service:
- Consulting services
- Coaching services
- Educational services
In 1989, after 20 years of serving as an English/Journalism teacher, an administrator, and a development director, Frank left the classroom, the office, and the role of serving as a high school development officer and started ISPD.
Frank is the author of the following publications:
- Catholic School Publications: Unifying the Image (available through NCEA—National Catholic Education Association)
- 25 Lessons Learned in 25+ Years in Catholic School Development – Textbook (available through NCEA and Amazon)
- 25 Lessons Learned in 25+ Years in Catholic School Development – Workbook (available through NCEA and Amazon)
- Total Parish Development: Understanding, Organizing and Implementing Your Plan for an Engaged Catholic Community – Textbook and Workbook (available through 23rd Publications and Amazon)
- 15 More Lessons Learned in 30+ Years in Catholic School Development – available through NCEA in the spring of 2020
A new publication is due out in the late spring 2021: Successful Catholic School Development in a Virtual, In-Person, and Hybrid World.
Frank is also the author of Development Directions, a monthly Catholic development newsletter with nationwide circulation to over 15,000 Catholic leaders. He is a frequent presenter at national conferences and conventions, including the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the International Catholic Stewardship Conference (ICSC).
As president of ISPD, Frank also works in partnership with The University of Dayton (UD) teaching on-line courses in Catholic School and Parish Development, Stewardship, and Marketing. All courses award Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) with a Certification of Completion from UD and ISPD. His publications serve as the textbooks and workbooks for the classes.
Frank has spoken, written, and consulted extensively throughout the country, and his firm continues to work with hundreds of Catholic institutions, thereby providing a national perspective. Since 1989, ISPD has facilitated hundreds of long-range planning processes, established numerous development/advancement offices, trained hundreds of Catholic leaders and raised millions of dollars for Catholic institutions. All of this has been done using ISPD’s major theme for organizational success: Create and build your Culture of Belonging.
Frank is a graduate of the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (ULL) and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degrees in English and education. He received his teaching certification from Loyola University of New Orleans, LA.