2018 Keynote Speakers

our 2018 Conference Keynote speakers

Dr. Tracy Jackson, Supervisor of School Counseling Services for Loudoun County Public Schools

Dr. Tracy L. Jackson, NCC, NCSC, ACS, BC-TMH serves as the Supervisor of School Counseling Services for Loudoun County Public Schools, Loudoun County, VA.  Prior to her current position, she served as the Supervisor of Counseling and Guidance Services for Syracuse City School District, Syracuse, NY and Coordinator of Guidance ervices for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach, VA. Having been a school counselor since 1997, Dr. Jackson has worked at every level, served as a high school counseling department chair and has spent the last eleven years as a central office school counseling administrator.

Dr. Jackson is a Past President and Past Counselor Supervisor VP of the Virginia School Counseling Association.  She currently is an Editorial Board Member for ASCA’s journal, Professional School Counseling, a RAMP Reviewer and serves on the ASCA Position Statement Committee.  In addition, she has worked with the Virginia Department of Education as a Regional Administrator in School Counseling and has provided training on academic and career plans across the Commonwealth of Virginia.  She is the 2012 recipient of the Hampton Roads Counselor and the Virginia Counselor Association’s Counselor of the Year Award, the 2012 recipient of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society International Outstanding Counselor Practitioner Supervisor Award, and a 2015 Darden School of Education Fellow.

Additionally, Dr. Jackson is an adjunct assistant professor, a member of Trinity Washington University Counseling Advisory Committee, a delegate to the College Board Guidance and Admission Assembly, a blogger, a book reviewer, holds several counseling certifications, has presented at numerous conferences, both in the U.S. and abroad, is a past member of the Guidance Council for Cappex.com, the Department of Education Program Advisory Board for  Argosy University, and Advisory Team for the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA).

Dr. Jackson holds a Ph.D. in Counseling from Old Dominion University, an endorsement in Administration and Leadership from the University of Virginia, a M.S. in Counselor Education from North Carolina A&T State University and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island.

Rev. Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr. Founding Director of the National Training and Education Institute

Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr. is a minister, researcher, trainer, and award-winning educator. His personal and professional mission is to develop the knowledge, wisdom, and skills of others that will allow them to reach their full potential and live their lives with purpose and passion. Dr. Marks is the Founding Director of the National Training and Education Institute and is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Morehouse College. He served on President Obama’s Board of Advisors with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and as senior advisor with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Marks was a contributor/trainer with the Obama Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) and 21st Century Policing programs. Dr. Marks has provided implicit bias training to over 1,500 Police Chiefs and executives via a series of briefings at the White House in 2016, and several thousand patrol officers in local police departments including the entire Los Angeles Police Department. He has also provided training related to diversity and implicit bias to individuals in education (K-12 and higher education), philanthropy, non-profits, local and federal government, and several other sectors. He serves on several national boards and is a highly sought after speaker and trainer. He holds a B.A. in psychology and a minor in economics from Morehouse College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Marks conducts research and professional development in the areas of diversity and implicit bias, Black male psychology and development, the academic achievement of minority college students, innovations in STEM education, and personal passion and productivity. Dr. Marks is married to Kimberly Marks and father to Kim, Zion-Trinity, and Bryant II.

Kwok-Sze Richard Wong, EdD, Executive Director, American School Counselor Association

Richard Wong has a diverse career in education, publishing and association management. In March, 2000, he became the Executive Director of the American School Counselor Association, a non-profit organization that supports and represents school counselors on a national and international scope. Previously, he had served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Public Risk Management Association in Arlington, Va., and as an editor for Simon & Schuster, Los Angeles. He started his professional career as an English and journalism teacher.

Dr. Wong received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida, a Master of Arts degree in Education and Human Development from the George Washington University, and a Doctorate degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Wong has written numerous books and other publications. He has served on several boards and committees, including the USA Today Education Advisory Panel, GED Advisory Board, Alliance for Consumer Education Board of Trustees, National Centers for Career and Technical Education Advisory Council and the Trust to Insure Educators Board of Directors.