Speaking Engagements

You Can’t Impeach Vision

In November 2014, I was the first African-American and member of NPHC to be elected Fraternity Council President at the University of South Carolina. Ten months later, I was impeached for “doing the right thing, but not following the rules.” Despite annual philanthropic and academic success, fraternities and sororities are publicly condemned for allegations regarding risk management and recruitment, often times the result of only a few members. How do we practice accountability and self-governance while preserving our cherished traditions? This presentation will examine what it means to courageously lead with purpose, integrity, and vision.

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The New Stereotype

Every day, college students are faced with the pressure to fit in, or conform to conventional and societal standards. Stressors such as choosing the right major, finding friends away from home, and securing leadership positions in student organizations have the potential to compromising one’s holistic wellness. Students affiliated with fraternity and sorority life are at an increased risk for mental illness, eating disorders, and alcohol/drug abuse, as a result of having to constantly battle the negative stereotypes associated with Greek membership. Despite being members of values-based organizations rooted in community, many students do not seek help due to negative social stigmas and fear of being associated with undesirable stereotypes. This presentation will explore strategies for leaders to employ, in order to establish the new stereotype for others to follow.

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Pursuing Passion with Purpose

Being a student leader provides inimitable opportunities for professional development, civic engagement, and self-governance. Despite our daily efforts to be inclusive and incorporate everyone’s ideas, our impact as leaders is often compromised or delayed. How do we transition from a culture of maintaining the status quo to one that guides positive social change? In this presentation, you will learn how to inspire a shared vision, strategically designed to elevate your organization and community through purpose-driven leadership.

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Upcoming Presentations

February 2018

  • Keynote speaker, “You Can’t Impeach Vision,” Black History Month Finale at Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN

February 2018

  • Co-presenter, “Shoot Your Shot: Sexual Misconduct Reporting in Intercollegiate Athletics,” Association of Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) Annual Conference – Jacksonville, FL

March 2018

  • Co-presenter, “Why I chose to “take my talents”: Understanding college choice to improve retention and degree completion for special student-athlete populations. Panel presentation at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Conference – Philadelphia, PA

Past Presentations 

January 2018

  • Keynote speaker, “You Can’t Impeach Vision,” Executive Leadership Conference at Bowling Green State University – Bowling Green, OH

November 2017

  • Keynote speaker, “You Can’t Impeach Vision,” Elevate Expectations: Greek Leadership Summit at the University of Nevada – Reno, NV (11/4)

April 2017

  • Keynote speaker, “Pursuing Passion with Purpose,” Cardinal Leadership Summit at Otterbein University – Columbus, OH (4/8)
  • Poster Presentation, “0-100 Real Quick: Desegregation of Intercollegiate Athletics in the Southeastern Conference (SEC),” College Sport Research Institute (CSRI) Annual Conference – Columbia, SC (4/13)

March 2017

  • Co-presenter, “Hell No, We Won’t Go: Student Activism as a Vehicle for Leadership Development,” Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA) Annual Conference – Columbus, OH (3/27)
  • Keynote speaker, “You Can’t Impeach Vision,” Diversity and Inclusion Retreat at Saint Louis University – St. Louis, MO (3/25)
  • Keynote speaker, “You Can’t Impeach Vision,” Omega chapter of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority at Louisiana State University (LSU) – Baton Rouge, LA (3/20)
  • Co-presenter, “Hell No, We Won’t Go: Student Activism as a Vehicle for Leadership Developement,” National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Conference – San Antonio, TX  (3/13)

February 2017 

  • Featured speaker, “Professionalism and Business Etiquette,” Rho Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Radford University – Radford, VA (2/27)
  • Featured speaker, “You Can’t Impeach Vision,” Siebert Hall: First-Year Collegian Community, The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH (2/7)
  • Co-presenter, “It’s a Different World: NPHC and MGC Organizational Conduct,” Association of Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) Annual Conference – Jacksonville, FL (2/3)

November 2016 

  • Featured speaker, “You Can’t Impeach  Vision,” ESHESA 2570: Team and Organizational Leadership class, The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH (11/30)
  • Keynote speaker, “You Can’t Impeach Vision,” ADVANCE Council Retreat, Miami University – Oxford, OH (11/28)

October 2016

  • Keynote speaker, “You Can’t Impeach Vision,” Greek Leadership Retreat, University of Cincinnati – Bagdad, KY (10/8)

August 2016 

  • Keynote speaker, “The New Stereotype,” Greek Symposium, Marquette University – Milwaukee, WI (8/28)

April 2016

  • Session speaker, “You Can’t Impeach Vision,” CHICKS Conference, University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC (4/23)
  • Keynote speaker, “You Can’t Impeach Vision,” New Member Conference, Marquette University – Milwaukee, WI (4/2)
  • Co-presenter, “You Can’t Impeach Vision,” Southeastern Panhellenic Conference (SEPC) – Atlanta, GA (4/1)

March 2016

  • Keynote speaker, “The New Stereotype,” Stand Up Carolina Hero Awards sponsored by Student Health Services, University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC (3/30)
  • Keynote speaker, “What A Time To Be Alive: Translating A Purpose-Driven Vision Into Unified Success,” Rho Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Radford University – Radford, VA (3/28)
  • Keynote speaker, “You Can’t Impeach Vision,” Greek Week, Presbyterian College – Clinton, SC (3/16)
  • Co-presenter, “United for USC: Student and University Leaders Collaborating for Social Change,” Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA) Annual Conference – Montreal, Canada (3/9)

October 2015

  • Keynote speaker, “You Can’t Impeach Vision,” All Greek Council meeting, Millikin University – Decatur, IL (10/26)

For more information and booking inquiries, please email timbryson3@gmail.com.

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