Dr. Joyce V. Brown
2018 Keynote Speakers
Dr. Joyce V. Brown
Dr. Joyce V. Brown is a recognized school counseling leader, serving as a teacher, counselor and district director of School Counseling, within Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the nation’s third largest school district. Throughout her career, she has designed and implemented numerous programs focused on college and career readiness, high school transition practices and counselor leadership, especially for first generation populations. She was the chief architect of the CPS district-wide four-week summer transition program, Freshman Connection, for 20,000 freshmen and successfully developed and introduced a data driven comprehensive counseling model to repurpose the role of school counselors as college advising leaders. Currently, she is president of Joyce V. Brown Consulting Group, an organization providing college and workforce readiness coaching and professional development to schools, school districts and non-profit agencies throughout the nation.
Dr. Brown has served as a consultant to the Department of Education FAFSA Tracking Pilot Program, College Board, National Office of School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA) and the Education Trust. As a founding member of the National Consortium for School Counseling and Postsecondary Success (NCSCPS), she provides consultative services to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s REACH HIGHER Initiative. She has been a panelist on President Obama’s, College Opportunity Agenda, Strengthening School Counseling and College Advising, at Harvard University and a panel moderator for President Barack Obama’s College Opportunity Summit, at the White House.
Ryan Nesbit has been a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention since 2010. He currently serves as Co-Chair for the AFSP Iowa Chapter. Ryan has completed the Youth Mental Health First Aid training, AFSP Adult Facilitator Support Group training, and AFSP Adolescent Facilitator Support Group training. He is the Co-Director of the Alive & Running Iowa 5k for Suicide Prevention. He has presented “Talk Saves Lives” to college students, high school students, youth groups, Wells Fargo employees, National Guard members, and Mental Health Counselors. He currently serves on a Committee to create suicide survivor bereavement groups and strengthen existing groups. Ryan is a stay home dad to 3 elementary aged children and works daily to reach the AFSP goal of reducing suicide 20% by 2025.