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Derrick Wheeler-Smith

Kindness is universal

Derrick is a passionate and provocative voice on the issues facing young people and the communities in which they live. He is an experienced practitioner who is an equally articulate advocate for solutions to these issues that can positively transform our society. His gifts as a speaker, lecturer, and teacher have taken him all over both domestically and abroad. He brings his wealth of knowledge in community engagement and in-the-trenches leadership experiences with him; to help serve the people, address their challenges, and bring real-life change. In 2010, while working as a teacher and counselor at Seattle Urban Academy, The Breakfast Group awarded him “Seattle Public School’s counselor of the year”, recognizing him for his accessibility, advocacy and sensitivity to and for historically marginalized students. Derrick has been married 15 years, he and his wife Stephenie have 3 children. Derrick believes raising his children is the most important thing he will ever do.