Keynote Speakers

Keynote speaker events will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and can be viewed by registering for MACUL21

Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D.

Sheldon is the founder of the Leading Equity Center and host of the Leading Equity Podcast. With over 11 years in education, he has served as teacher, principal and Director of Special Education.

Dr. Eakins has a passion for helping educators accomplish equitable practices in their schools. He has earned a B.S. degree in Social Science Education, an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education.

Dr. Eakins is our Opening Keynote on Wednesday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks has been an educator for 25 years, beginning as a third grade teacher in Palm Bay, FL. He earned his masters in administration and has been an elementary principal for 15 years. Originally using humorous videos to encourage his staff, Gerry has become a national encourager for teachers through social media and speaking events. He is a voice for teachers, but his passion is leading others to be responsible for their own personal climate and culture in the workplace. His book, “Go See the Principal,” outlines strategies for taking on this responsibility. Gerry and his wife, Kelly, have 3 adult children and live in Lexington, KY.  He is currently has a following of over 1.2 million people. 

Gerry Brooks will be our day two keynote on Thursday, March 18 at 11:15 a.m.

Aaron Dworkin

Aaron P. Dworkin is a Social Entrepreneur, Performing Artist, Philanthropist, and Professor of Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow, President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts and Governor Snyder’s appointment to the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Watch Aaron at the closing keynote on Friday, March 19 at 1 p.m.