Speaking Engagements

Educator Barnes on stage at the Indiana Housing Conference 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo cred – Melodie Yvonne

When people ask me to sum myself up, in a nutshell, I say I am a teacher, writer, and education coach. Any knowledge I have obtained in this life, I love to share with others. I see myself as a resource, hence my slogan, “Empowering minds one resource at a time.” If I can be a resource or connect you to a resource, I do my best to make it happen. We should not be in competition with each other; we should work together and improve together. My willingness to help others has led to several opportunities. Below, I have listed my past and upcoming presentations, speaking engagements, and panel participation. If you would like to connect with me, send an email to connect@blazing-brilliance.com or complete my contact form.

Upcoming Engagements:

Friday, June 10, 2022 – Presentation: 100 Summer Academy Training – Teachers for the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Indiana

Friday, June 10, 2022 – Presentation: 100 Summer Academy Training – Youth Assistants for the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Indiana

Past Engagements:

Saturday, April 30, 2022 – Presentation: How to Navigate the School System for Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Indianapolis, Indiana

Saturday, May 21, 2022 – Presentation: A Conversation about Supporting DEIA Work as a Board Member for The STEM Connection in Indianapolis, Indiana

Thursday, September 16, 2021 – Panelist: People and Places that Inspire Us for the Indiana Housing Conference

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 – Presentor: Embracing Equity to Strive Towards Excellence for the Keep Indiana Learning Summer Conference

Saturday, April 10, 2021 – Panelist: Are You Listening? Perspectives from Black Educators for the Teach Indy Educators Conference

Friday, July 17, 2020 – Presentation: A Conversation about Burnout and Self-Care for the University of Michigan College Advising Corps – Virtual

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – Presentation: A Conversation about Cultural Responsiveness Follow-up and Diversity and Inclusion Problem Solving Session for The STEM Connection in Indianapolis

Thursday, June 4, 2020 – Panelist: What If the Best Way to Teach Struggling Students is Unpopular with Educators? for Citizen Ed Virtual Show.

Monday, March 30, 2020 – Guest: Teaching at Home While Black for Citizen Ed Virtual Show.

Friday, June 21-Saturday, June 22, 2019 – Presentation: The Stigma of Mental Health Among Teachers of Color for the Teacher Self-Care Annual Conference in Atlanta

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 – Presentation: A Conversation about Cultural Responsiveness for The STEM Connection in Indianapolis

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – Panelist: Black Excellence in Scholarship to celebrate Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of the field of black studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 – Presentation: Building Relationships with Parents and Families, a co-presentation with Lauren I. Peterson, Enroll Indy Manager of Community and Outreach for the Children’s Policy and Law Initiative (CPLI) of Indiana Positive School Discipline Institute, Session 3: Teachers Championing Positive School Discipline at Stonybrook Middle School in Indianapolis

Friday, January 25, 2019 – Presentation: What to Consider When Choosing a School for Your Kindergartener for Indianapolis Moms

Saturday, December 1, 2018 – Presentation: Strategies for a Positive Parent/Teacher Relationship for Teach-A-Rama at Marian University in Indianapolis

Saturday, October 27, 2018 – Presentation: Mental Health and How We View Ourselves for the Teacher Self-Care Conference One Day Institute at John B. Murphy Elementary School in Chicago

Thursday, August 2, 2018 – Panelist: The Importance of Educating Our Black Children at the National Association of Black Journalist Convention in Detroit.

Friday, June 15-Saturday, June 16, 2018 – Presentation: Extending Your Future by Becoming a Better You for the Teacher Self-Care Annual Conference in Atlanta.

Monday, April 16, 2018 – Presentation: ESSA, Equity, and Student Supports for Teach for America’s Teach Plus Policy Externs in Indianapolis

Friday, February 23, 2018 – Facilitator: Family Black History Night at Wendell Phillips Elementary in Indianapolis

Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Story Presentation: The Power of Food: Growing Together for The Spirit & Place Power Festival event The Power of Food: Seven Short Stories at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis

Thursday, December 1, 2016 – Poetry Reading: Busy Busy Bee for Brick Street Poetry, Inc. at SullivanMunce Cultural Center  in Zionsville, IN