Branded and known as the “Leader’s Leader," she has been the “Ambassador in Chief”, advising both the POTUS and Secretary of State on Religious Freedom and Foreign Policy, and has helped leading celebrities and experts in their fields with public presentation, as well as how to live more meaningful and balanced lifestyles. Comfortable and competent in many arenas, she is known for her VIP “House Calls”, where she will meet clients at their place(s) of convenience and where their confidentiality is maintained: their home, their set, their jet, their “playing field”— their car or even the bar— in the privacy of their “safe space”.
She was a television producer with NBC and ABC and also served with CBS.
Ambassador Sujay has had a distinguished career in public service. Having worked for 2 Presidents of the United States of America, she has served as a Presidential Advisor, a White House Fellow on the Domestic Policy Council, and worked directly with 3 Cabinet Secretaries. Suzan participated in the historic Obama Presidential Inauguration and Administration as well as President Clinton's historic President's Initiative on Race. She is a leader in the political, law enforcement, and faith arenas and has been unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She is the 3rd Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.
After attending Riverdale Country School, she received a Bachelors in Speech, cum laude, from Boston’s Emerson College, where she has also served on the Board and holds two Master’s Degrees, one of which is in Technology from Columbia University. She also has an earned Doctorate. An alumna of Harvard University, she served as an Officer, Associate Dean, and faculty member, teaching Speech and Communications to some of today’s most distinguished leaders. She is the author of ten books, including the bestsellers Becoming a Woman of Destiny: Turning Life's Trials into Triumphs (Tarcher/Penguin), Too Blessed to be Stressed (Thomas Nelson), and Sister to Sister (Judson). A Native New Yorker, she has delivered more than 2,500 Speeches.
Bernice is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Law Degrees from Emory University. She has also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College and is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia. In 2007, Bernice returned to her alma-mater at Spelman College to announce the establishment of the “Be A King Scholarship in honor of Coretta Scott King.”
Bernice serves on the HOPE Southeastern Board of Directors of Operation HOPE and the Board of the inaugural Regions Diversity Advisory Council for Regions Financial.
With a strong passion for youth and the next generation Bernice founded Be A King, whose mission is to re-brand and reimage generations of people to elevate the way they Think, Act, Learn, Love, Live, and Lead. In September 2007, she launched the first Be A King Summit in Montgomery, Alabama on the campus of Alabama State University. Through Be A King she hopes to develop a nation of young people who will impact the global marketplace and transform the world culture with a KINGdom mindset. In keeping with this vision, Bernice also serves as mentor to the young ladies at the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA). She began in 2007 when she spoke at the inauguration of the school where she gave a charge to first group of 6th grade girls. She reminded them that they were making history because they were among the first chosen to attend this school and as a result they would be expected to set the trend that others would follow. In January of 2011, Bernice launched the “100 Days of Nonviolence” campaign at CSKYWLA to expose them to nonviolence as modeled by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (“Kingian Nonviolence”), and to encourage them to begin embracing it as a way of life. She challenged these young ladies to combat bullying, fighting, and negative attitudes by using their tongue in a manner that is positive and uplifting. In May 2014, CSKYWLA graduated its inaugural senior class and Bernice gave charge to her young sisters reminding them to continue to lead the way nonviolently as they moved on to college and to other pursuits of greatness.
Through her work at the King Center, Bernice has continued to educate youth about the Kingian Nonviolence principles modeled by her parents. In 2012, she implemented an annual N.O.W. Encounter Summer Youth Camp which has trained youth from as far as Cyprus, Greece. In 2013, as she continued her parent’s legacy, she spearheaded the August 28, 2013, Let Freedom Ring and Call to Action event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and her father’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech. This global event included President Obama, and former Presidents Clinton and Carter, as well as many other international leaders, dignitaries and entertainers. Additionally, in October 2013, in the spirit of her father, she was an instrumental factor in helping Aboriginals and others in Vancouver, Canada understand the importance of forgiveness, unconditional love and reconciliation, when she spoke to a crowd of over 75,000 people.
Bernice has been featured on such shows as, Oprah, BET Talk with Tavis Smiley and the Judge Hatchett Show to name a few and in such magazines as Ebony, Essence, Ladies Home Journal, Gospel Today, Charisma, People, and American Legacy Magazine. In April 2008, Bernice was one of the fifteen delegates selected to meet Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the United States. On August 7, 2014, Bernice was recognized in Deseret News National as one of the top 15 powerful Christian women changing the world.
As an author, she has to her credit, her book, Hard Questions, Heart Answers, a compelling and inspiring book.
Creative, captivating, challenging, compelling and courageous are a few words that describe THIS King.
Bernice's speaking topics include:
- The Legacy of her parents
- Issues impacting Youth/Youth Empowerment
- Women Empowerment
- Nonviolence 365
- Raising the Standard in the Marketplace
Mr. Dinkins began his public service career in 1966 as a member of the New York State Assembly. He was president of the New York City Board of Elections, and served as City Clerk for 10 years before his elections as President of the Borough of Manhattan in 1985 and 106th Mayor of the City of New York in 1989.
As Mayor, Mr. Dinkins was responsible for the establishment of numerous widely heralded cultural staples such as Fashion Week, Restaurant Week, and Broadway on Broadway.
His administration initiated the revitalization of Times Square and secured an unprecedented deal to keep the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York for the next 99 years. This arrangement generates more annual financial benefits to the city than the Yankees, Mets, Knicks, and Rangers combined. Mayor Dinkins also instituted “Safe Streets, Safe City: Cops and Kids,” a comprehensive criminal justice plan for reducing crime and expanding opportunities for the children of New York.
Mr. Dinkins has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career and is associated with a variety of civic and charitable organizations that assist children and young people. He currently serves on the boards of the Association to Benefit Children, Children’s Health Fund, Coalition for the Homeless, The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, New York City Global Partners, and Posse Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Advisory Board of the International African American Museum and is on the steering committee of the Association for a Better New York and the New York Urban League’s Advisory Council. Mr. Dinkins is a founding member of the Black & Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus of New York State and The One Hundred Black Men. He was formerly vice president of the United States Conference of Mayors, is a Member-at-Large of the Black Leadership Forum, and is also chairman emeritus of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDs and the Constituency for Africa. He is an Honorary Life Trustee of the Community Service Society of New York, an Honorary Trustee of the Friends of Harlem Hospital, and a Lifetime Member of the NAACP.
In 2013, Mr. Dinkins published his memoir A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic, which chronicles his career as a devoted public servant and New Yorker in love with his city.
Mr. Dinkins graduated with honors from Howard University in 1950 with a B.S. in mathematics and received an LL.B. from Brooklyn Law School in 1956 and maintained a private law practice prior to entering public service. He is a recipient of The Congressional Gold Medal for his service as a Montford Point Marine in the United States Marine Corps, during World War II.
Born in Trenton, New Jersey, on July 10, 1927, Mr. Dinkins was a long-time resident of Harlem and still resides in New York City with his wife, Joyce Burrows Dinkins. They have two children – David Jr. and Donna Dinkins Hoggard – and two grandchildren – Jamal Hoggard and Kalila Dinkins Hoggard.
A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, where she was an Earl Warren Scholar, Hatchett completed a prestigious federal clerkship in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. She then spent nearly 10 years at Delta Air Lines, where she was the airline’s highest-ranking African-American woman. As Senior Attorney, she represented Delta in labor/personnel and antitrust litigation and commercial acquisitions. As Public Relations Manager she supervised global crisis management and handled media relations for 50 U.S. cities as well as Europe and Asia. Her contributions led to recognition as one of the “100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America” by Ebony magazine.
Hatchett is a member of the Georgia Bar and the Bar of the District of Columbia. In 1990, Hatchett was appointed Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County (Atlanta, Georgia) Juvenile Court—becoming the first African-American Chief Presiding Judge of a state court in Georgia and head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country.
From 2000 to 2006, Hatchett served on the Board of Directors for HCA Inc., where she was Chair of the Ethics, Compliance and Quality of Care Committee, which was charged with reviewing company matters related to ethics and compliance functions and policies and procedures related to the delivery of quality medical care to patients and patient safety. She was also a member of the HCA board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Hatchett was a member of the five-person special board committee that negotiated HCA’s $32.7 billion leveraged buyout paving the way for the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain to go private. The buyout, including debt, surpassed the previous leveraged buyout record of $31 billion paid for RJR Nabisco in 1989.
From 1999 to 2004, while a Board Director for The Gap Inc., Hatchett served on the Governance, Nominating and Social Responsibility Committee and the Compensation and Management Development Committee.
From 1999-2002, Hatchett served on the Board Directors at The ServiceMaster Company.
Hatchett presides over the two-time Emmy nominated nationally syndicated show, Judge Hatchett, now in its 12th season (Sony Pictures Television). Judge Hatchett won a Prism Award for Best Unscripted Non-Fiction Series or Special for Television.
Currently Hatchett sits on the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons’ Board of Advisors, a position she has held since 2004, and serves as a consultant to the National Basketball Association and the National Football League.
Moreover, she has consistently shown her commitment to community development through her service on various nonprofit boards including: the National Board of Governors of the Boys and Girl Club of America; the Leadership Circle for the After School Alliance and the Advisory Board for the Women’s Resource Center at Spelman College. Hatchett serves as the national spokesperson for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a non-profit volunteer organization that trains volunteers to represent abused and neglected children and is the recipient of The President’s Award.
Hatchett is the Founder and CEO of the newly established production company, Great Day Productions that specializes in television programming. She has been a legal contributor on national news outlets including, CNN, FOX News and The TODAY SHOW, and is the author of the national best sellers Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say (Harper Collins, 2003) and Dare to Take Charge (Center Street / Hachette Book Group, 2010). She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Roscoe Pound Award for outstanding work in Criminal Justice and the NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Award.
Hatchett was named Distinguished Alumna at Mt. Holyoke College, which later granted her an honorary degree. Her other alma mater, Emory University Law School, named her Outstanding Alumni of the Year. Emory University also presented her with the highest award given to university alumni, the Emory Medal.
Previous Speaking Engagements Include:
- Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference
- Office Depot’s Success Strategies for Businesswomen Conference
- WOW Facts Diversity Conference in the U.S. Senate
Cheryl Wills is a powerful and motivational speaker who specializes in talks about the importance of tracing one’s genealogy. She is the author of the acclaimed autobiography, Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale. Her book has been featured in the national and international media including ABC News, CBS News, The Associated Press, BBC Radio, and Democracy Now!, as well as lengthy profiles in The New York Daily News and Newsday, among many others. Cheryl is award-winning anchor and reporter for Time Warner Cable’s flagship news network, New York 1 News, based in New York City. Her work is seen nationally on all Time Warner Cable stations coast to coast. She has been with the news channel since its launch in 1992 Cheryl is also a blogger for the internationally renowned The Huffington Post and contributes to Essence.com.
On March 25, 2011, Cheryl Wills made history as the first journalist invited to speak before the United Nations General Assembly for the International Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Her emotional speech about her enslaved great-great-great grandfather’s fight for freedom in the Civil War was broadcast live on United Nations Television and she was immediately invited back to address the African Union at the United Nations in May 2011. And she was subsequently invited to speak before the World Summit of Mayors in Senegal, West Africa.
On April 6, 2011, The National Archives Headquarters in Washington D.C. invited Cheryl Wills to speak alongside Emmy-award winning filmmaker Ken Burns for a special Civil War Presentation that was picked up by the National Press Corp.
As a television journalist, Cheryl Wills has been a reliable guide through everything from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to moderating televised discussions about the presidency of Barack Obama. She has received numerous awards for her work including New York Press Club and AP Awards, the YMCA National Black Achievers in Industry Award, and the Carl T. Rowan Leadership in Media Award as part of the 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards. In 2010, McDonald’s honored Wills as a broadcasting legend during a regional ad campaign. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from New York College of Health Professions in May of 2005.
As a highly sought after host and public speaker, Cheryl has been selected to host events for The Essence Music Festival, The Congressional Black Caucus, McDonald’s Gospel Fest, Talkbacks at Broadway shows like The Whipping Man and Breakfast with Mugabe, and she has co-hosted events with A-list celebrities like Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, and many others. She has also interviewed a wide-range of celebrities including Maya Angelou, Roberta Flack, Rudy Giuliani, and Randall Robinson.
Her acting work includes playing herself on the NBC hit series Law & Order: SVU, The new CBS series The Golden Boy, The Strain (FX), and major motion pictures such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Freedomland, starring Samuel Jackson, and The Brave One, with Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard.
Wills is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and is an active member of The Women’s Forum, The Inner Circle of City Hall Journalists, The New York Association of Black Journalists, The New York Press Club, The Links, Inc., and The Screen Actors Guild.
Speaking Topics Include:
- Finding the Hidden Treasures in your Family History
- From Emancipation to Civil Rights: Honoring the Journey of African-Americans in the USA
- Descendants of Soldiers of the United States Colored Troops: We Honor Their Service
- From Slavery to Freedom: The Great Grandchildren of Slaves Speak their Names
- Tracing Your Roots in the Digital Age
- The Untold Stories of Slaves who Fought for their Freedom Against All Odds
- Journalism: Finding the Story in the Digital Age
- Journalism: A New Landscape with New Challenges
- To the Left or the Right: How Politics is Changing the Nature of Journalism
- Using your Powerful Ancestry to Re-Brand your Life and Career
Previous Speaking Engagements Include:
- The United Nations
- The National Archives in Washington, DC
- The United States Army
- Association of Black Educators Conference
- Harlem Book Fair
- Essence Music Festival
- The Congressional Black Caucus
- York College, LaGuardia Community College, Brooklyn College, St Francis College, Hofstra
University, Medger Evers College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Hostos Community
College, Kean University, Farmingdale State College, Five Towns College, and numerous high
schools and elementary schools
- New York Life Insurance Company
- New York City Housing Authority
- New York State Supreme Court
- National Black Writer's Conference
- Ernst & Young
- Apollo Theater
- Many others