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Justin Jones-Fosu

Justin Jones-Fosu is inspiring students to take their vision and put it into action – to energize their college communities and their lives.

Justin Jones-Fosu

If you are looking for a young, dynamic speaker who will motivate and inspire your students, then consider Justin Jones-Fosu. Students emerge from his programs excited, energized and ready for the challenges that face them in your college community. Whether he’s speaking to a small group of 15, or an auditorium of 1,500, students will be impacted by his energy, enthusiasm and encouragement. He is very passionate about helping students do the right things and formulate action plans for their lives and campus communities. “I’m all about students taking action in their lives,” Justin said. “When they take their vision and put it into action, they are better leaders, more effective communicators and agents for change in their campus community and in their world.”

WHY Matters NOW: How Purpose and Passion Inspire Meaningful Success

Do you know of some students on your campus or in your organization(s) lacking focus or motivation? Do you ever feel like you have misplaced the passion for why you joined or chose to serve an organization in the first place? What would it look like to have more students on campus and in organizations that are focused, motivated, and committed to meaningful success? Justin is ready to inspire your students toward that reachable reality, and to keep them effectively engaged while doing so! In this inspiring and personal keynote, Justin challenges students to identify or reconnect with their why (purpose) and to live it out now (passion) in order to achieve meaningful success. Too much focus on the “why” can lead to great reflection with little to no action. Too much focus on the “now” can lead to impulsive and ultimately bad decisions. Learn how a clarifying blend of both can lead to more engaged students, impactful leaders, and ultimately thoughtful global citizens. This keynote is funny, thought-provoking, practical, and inspiring. It’s perfect for new students, new members, Greek Week, or any leadership event!

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will:

  • how to grow in pursuing what matters in their collegiate and organizational lives,
  • how to courageously combat the distracters of their “why” and “now,” and learn how to have intentional accountability to reach their goals,
  • how to commit to small opportunities to take the initiative and ownership of their journey to be better students, leaders, and world-citizens, and
  • the significance of their now moment to consistently learn, develop meaningful relationships and impact change on campus and within their organizations.

Legendary Leadership: 4 Ideas to Transform Your Leadership from Average to Awesome!

Legends are made, they are not born. To be clear, legendary leadership is not about creating legendary individuals, but rather legendary organizations, movements, and causes. True legends are remembered, not because they focused on themselves, but because they focused on something bigger than themselves. Have you ever experienced “leaders” who were more focused on themselves than the organization? Have you ever seen people take more from their members, rather than figure out how they can give more to their members? Many times leaders aren’t malicious, but simply following what we have truly been conditioned to do – manage. Justin shares his research and his experiences (successes and failures) as President of three campus organizations, a fraternity leader, and a member of the SGA Executive Board Member. Learn how implementing the following four ideas will transform your leadership!

Learning Outcomes/ The 4 Ideas:

Idea 1: Seek to be more interested than interesting
Idea 2: It should be better after you have left
Idea 3: Focus on giving more than getting more from others
Idea 4: Use authentic optimism to embrace change not combat it

Applying these 4 Ideas will move your leadership from simply average to amazingly awesome! What’s better is that Justin delivers this in his uniquely engaging, funny, and captivating style that will have participants with him the entire presentation. His practical examples will help your participants to have key takeaways that will last long after Justin has left the stage. This keynote is perfect for leadership retreats, conferences, and for humans who want to be amazing leaders!

Hug an Elephant, Kiss a Giraffe: Embracing EVERYDAY Diversity

Tired of the generic and boring diversity programs? Justin is, too! Sometimes we have made diversity conversations so complex that people have missed its simple core and foundation. Diversity has also been made into a holding hands exercise where everybody agrees, but it really is more about authentic listening, being open and respecting others even when we don’t agree. We’ve been talking about “diversity” for the last two decades, and it’s lost its meaning. Justin has pondered how we can hit some of the basics while still honoring the complexity of today’s conversation, and he’s discovered it’s all about learning to hug an elephant and kiss a giraffe. Using music, movement, and a substance-packed presentation, Justin will give your student audience an experience they’ll never forget! They will have fun while realizing the power that a diverse, engaged, socially-just college environment offers, and they will understand their role in helping to create an environment where everyone matters and feels empowered to shape their landscape. This diversity conversation is much better with Justin’s unique blend of high-energy, humor and practical content. Go ahead—open those arms wide and pucker up!

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will:

  • understand the basic language of diversity at its foundational core and the newer concepts like inclusiveness and social justice,
  • have an increased willingness to embrace the benefits of a highly diverse campus community,
  • understand how each person can take an active role in creating an inclusive college community,
  • understand the four different social styles and how to use them in everyday life, and
  • how to be ready to take responsibility to communicate differences respectfully.

Collaborate!: Together WE are Better

Would you rate the organizations on your campus as being more competitive or collaborative? If your campus is like Justin’s was, then the fraternities and sororities may get along on the surface, but behind closed doors (and sometimes not so behind) there are divisive rivalries and unhealthy competition. Maybe it is a social club/organization that is having a program that seems quite similar to another program across campus, and either one event has all the people, or people are split between the two events (assuming the campus community is interested in the event at all). Well, your campus may not have embraced an appreciation for greater collaboration. So you may be wondering, well shouldn’t our organizations still have competition? They should, however, unhealthy competition should never erode the progress of effective collaboration. Have amazing fun, learning how to see and act with great campus collaboration! This program is perfect for leadership conferences, retreats and Greek Week. * Ask about this Keynote for ALL organizations OR the Fraternity/Sorority community.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to transition from unhealthy competition to purposeful collaboration by addressing individualism, versus collectivism and abundance versus scarcity,
  • how to avoid bad collaboration to achieve collaboration that has a positive impact on your campus,
  • how to stop fighting over the pie, and work together to create a bigger pie,
  • how to create a shared vision that is bigger than just one organization, and
  • how to create informal/formal networks to encourage collaborative communication.

The Freshman 15: What Every Successful College Student Should Know

You’ve probably heard about the “Freshman 15.” While it’s certainly important to watch what you’re eating those first months in the dining hall, there are plenty of other ideas you need to “ingest” if you want to start college off right. In this keynote, Justin will drop 15 pounds of knowledge, success, and perspective on you! You will laugh and look at things differently, helping set the stage for big things in your first year at college. You’ll be out of your seats and having fun in this program perfect for new students.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to focus on success while focusing on your new friends,
  • how to stop managing time and start leading their lives,
  • simple things they can do every morning and every night to maintain a success focus,
  • the small things they can do academically that can make big impacts in their lives, and
  • how to set themselves up for a powerful transition to life after college.

“Justin’s passion was absolutely evident in his session speeches. To be honest, almost all of the NGLA leadership discussions sing the same song. However, Justin’s speech about being an ACTion HERO brought forth new dynamics to being a successful leader in a Greek Community. Keep it up, Justin!”

– Pat Zailckas, Bucknell University

“Justin was very personable and he instantly felt like the best-friend the students never had before. Having Justin deliver his keynote about collaboration has had tremendous effects already on our campus. I am still receiving emails with student organizations looking forward to collaborating with each other this year. Justin is an amazing speaker and he truly does inspire those who witness his keynote addresses!”

– Mark Campbell II, Kalamazoo College

“Justin was our keynote speaker and diversity speaker at our Transition Summit. The students fell in love with him. He was highly interactive, and hit on critical issues that made sense to our students. His presentation inspired and empowered our students and they have stayed in contact with Justin after the program. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND bringing Justin to any campus where the outcome is to inspire students to create action plans. A five star speaker!”

– Bob Kerr, Oregon State University

“Justin was perfect in every way! He was passionate, emotional, enthusiastic, engaging, energetic, humble, and most of all, inspiring. He was an instant hit with our audience and my interactions with him in person were fantastic.”

– Brandon Smith, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity

“Justin always delivers a fantastic presentation! Every year students are excited to meet him and talk with him afterwards. He provides inspiration and motivation along with entertainment, education, and practical content providing students exactly what they need as incoming students to start their college career off in the right direction!”

-Bobby Anderson, St. Francis University

“Justin did an AMAZING job. He got everyone enthusiastic about the day, and we road the wave of his positivity. Our event was successful and well received because the momentum that he started.”

-Robert Hays, Associate Director of the Bepko Learning Center

“For over 4,000+ students, Justin impacted the campus by storm. The Director of the First Year Experience Programs said he was “one of the best speakers we have ever had.” He interacted with students after his lecture, and they poured their feelings onto him on how impacted they were by his words.”

-Christiana Jerry, Indiana University Bloomington

Justin’s Bio

In 2015 Justin was voted as a “HOT ACT” by Campus Activities Magazine and in 2008, Justin was named one of Ebony Magazine’s “30 Young Leaders Under 30 On the Rise.” He is an author, an award-winning entrepreneur and a professional speaker. He is the author of two books, the most recent focusing on Values Based Success.

While in college, Justin was a fraternity leader, president of three campus organizations and served on the SGA Executive Board. He has earned his MBA focused on Leadership and Organizational Learning and is passionate about combining high-energy, humor, and practical content in all of his presentations to help students reach their goals, achieve better results, and become better leaders.

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