BBCB Speakers

Every year, the BBCB Summit attracts some of the most influential national speakers and scholars to address the barriers that affect persistence and completion among minority males.  We are pleased to welcome the following speakers to the 2020 Summit:  

2020 Summit Speakers

  • John Quinones, guest speaker at BBCB 2019

    John Quiñones

    Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights, and a powerful presence, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most inspiring keynotes in the speaking world today. A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took Quiñones from migrant farm work and poverty to more than 30 years at ABC News and the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime. 

  • Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa

    Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa

    Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa "Dr. Q" was an impoverished teenager living in a rural Mexican village before found his way through hope, hard work and persistence. Dr. Q became a Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology, Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is widely regarded as one of the world's finest surgeons and scientists, operating on some 250 brain tumors every year and leading cutting-edge research to cure brain cancer.

  • Ndaba Mandela

    Ndaba Mandela

    Ndaba Mandela follows in the footsteps of his beloved and iconic grandfather, Nelson Mandela, by furthering the message that one person can make a difference. His recent book, Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather, Nelson Mandela, is the first-ever to tell Nelson Mandela's life through the eyes of the grandson he raised. Ndaba Mandela entertains and inspires audiences with tales only he can tell. With pride and presence, Ndaba speaks passionately about Africa, its people and its future.


  • Jose Antonio Vargas

    Jose Antonio Vargas

    Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and theatrical producer. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media and culture organization Define American. In 2011, The New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant.

  • Juan Williams

    Juan Williams

    Juan Williams is one of the US's leading political writers and thinkers, making his career a model of "meeting in the middle" by working as a reporter for NPR and The Washington Post and as a political analyst for Fox News. With three decades of experience reporting from Washington, he is considered one of the nation's most reputable political analysts, unflinching in his dedication to informing – and challenging – the American public.

  • Luis Ponjuan, guest speaker at BBCB 2019

    Dr. Luis Ponjuan

    Dr. Luis Ponjuan is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University.  He has crafted his research interests on the academic success and degree completion of men of color into a dynamic and uplifting presentation that has become a Summit sensation.  As a first-generation college student born in Cuba, Dr. Ponjuan connects with his audiences in a powerful way.

  • Frank Harris, speaker at BBCB 2019

    Dr. Frank Harris, III

    Dr. Frank Harris III is Associate Professor of Postsecondary Education and Co-Director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) at San Diego State University. Harris partners with community colleges across the United States to conduct research and design interventions to facilitate student achievement among men who have been historically under-served. 

  • Luke Wood, guest speaker at BBCB 2020

    Dr. J. Luke Wood

    J. Luke Wood, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Education and the Associate Vice President of Faculty Diversity and Inclusion at San Diego State University. Wood’s research focuses on the success of boys and men of color education and he has delivered over 750 scholarly and conference presentations. He has authored over 140 publications, including nearly 70 peer reviewed journal articles and 14 books.