Voted Best Campus Speaker
Imagine if the student leaders on your campus were more engaged, more involved, and more effective leaders. You can make that image a reality: Del Suggs, M.S. Ed., will inspire your students and teach them to lead well.
His leadership and higher ed programs emphasize personal leadership skills, organizational techniques, and interpersonal skills in ways that truly empower student leaders. Del is a genuine “Life Hacker,” and teaches students to maximize their leadership skills while using the technology they love.
Del Suggs, M.S. Ed., is one of the most widely-respected presenters in the college market. In fact, "Campus Activities" magazine has named Del one of the Five Top Artists of the past twenty-five years! The school members of the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities voted Del a finalist for "Best Campus Speaker 2015", an honor he was awarded in 2010. "Campus Activities" magazine "Readers' Poll" has voted him a finalist for "Speaker of the Year 2016." And, according to the Artist Report Cards submitted by campuses to "Campus Activities" magazine, Del is the Highest Rated Speaker in the field.
Del has presented his programs in Leadership Development and Student Activities Training at campuses from Seattle to Ft. Lauderdale, from Hartford to Laredo, and most points in between.
Del received his Master's degree
Design and Development from Florida State University,
and studied with Dr. Robert Gagne and Dr.
Leslie Briggs, two of the most widely respected scholars in
educational psychology and peers of Dr. B. F. Skinner.
He received a Bachelor's degree cum laude
in History and Political Science from FSU.
A lifelong volunteer, Del currently serving as Chairman of Florida's Big Bend Scenic Byway, named by USA Today as the most scenic drive in Florida. He is past president of the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, ranked one of the top ten museums in Florida. He received the "Museum Service Award for Outstanding Trustee" from the Florida Association of Museums. He has served two terms on the board of directors of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), the Florida Flambeau Foundation, Inc., and the Musicians Association of Tallahassee. He's even been named "Volunteer of the Year" by WFSU-FM, the NPR affiliate in his home town. Del is also a Voting Member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The Grammy Awards).
Del has the perfect combination of skills and experience for Leadership Development: He has spent much of his career as an entertainer; he has the academic credentials of a professor; and he has a lifetime of experience as a leader of national, regional, and local organizations. After publishing nearly 80 journal articles, his new book Truly Leading: Lessons in Leadership has reaffirmed his position as one the most widely-read authors in the field. Del Suggs is the speaker you have been seeking to teach your students how to lead themselves and their organizations.
Here's what the schools have to say:"Del was thought-provoking and extremely inspirational to all of our students! He was a fantastic start to our semester, and left our students with life-long lessons to not only be better leaders, but better people."
"Del is a class act. He is exceptionally well-rounded as a speaker, but can easily handle specific topics. A great speaker indeed!"
"Del is a great facilitator. The retreat helped our board in so many ways. Del also presented to the RAs as an added bonus. He is great to work with, and his knowledge is extensive."
--SUNY Cobleskill (NY)
"Del did an amazing job of inspiring and empowering out Student Leaders and Staff! He presented three different sessions to three different groups. He successfully engaged each audience and provided valuable insight and tips based on his own experiences. I would hightly recommend Del for leadership training on any college campus."
--Iowa Western Community College
"Del did a fantastic job. He had my students engaged from the beginning. Very effective training and useful lessons and information."
"Del was amazing! I really appreciated the time he took to get to know the students. The students walked away with information that will help them succeed not only in college, but in life, and I thank him for that!"
"This was the first year that Marymount University invited Del Suggs to present a workshop during the annual Student Leader Conference, and I am sure it will not be the last. The students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop 'How to Do Anything.' Del was engaging, easy to work with, and he made the students think. The students gave very positive feedback on the evaluations, and expressed that we should bring him back. I now understand why Del Suggs is an annual event at many colleges and universities."
"Del is always so wonderful to work with. My students feel inspired immediately after his presentations and it shows. His presence is felt on campus for weeks."
"Del was absolutely wonderful. His connection with students and unique delivery captivated the entire audience. Del always brings his "A" game to every event and session."
"Del was our pre-symposium speaker and set an excellent tone for a great symposuium!!! Del's easy going, knowledgable self, and ability to work with a diverse crowd made this workshop everything I knew it would be."
"Four different programming bodies attended his day-long seminar. Our students connected with Del right away and each found the information useful and helpful. We saw the results instantaneaously as several of the techniques he discussed were utilized immediately during our orientation programs. "
" Del, as always, was a pleasure to work witth. His Leadership sessions were very informative for our campus leaders."
"Your presentations were very insightful! You clearly know how to target your audience and we received very positive feedback from the students. Thank you for providing us with such positive energy and useful tools to enhance our lives! We will definitely keep you in mind for future programs... Thank you for an inspiring and motivating workshop for our students!"
"Del is absolutely a dream to work with."
"We'll be much better off this year knowing how to work together and set our own direction for each club. You are the best, Del!"
"Del Suggs was awesome. Thank You!!"
"Del was great! He engaged the audience and made many great points. We'll use him in the future"
"Del is always a pleasure to work with and his lecture on Leadership Development was informative."
"Del is a 'must have' for your leadership programming. I recommend 'How to do Anything!'"
"Entertaining, humorous, educational and informative!"
"Super Job as always. We've already seen positive results."
"Very easy to work with and with a positive attitude."
"I can't even begin to tell you what a difference I've seen on campus since you were here. The students are truly using what you taught them. Evidence that they really learned is exciting! Thanks so much. I can't wait to book you again next year..."
"His presentations were great! The students enjoyed his talks, and learned a great deal. We'll bring him back."
"Del always brings new ideas to the table. Our student leaders really learned a lot."
"Always a pleasure to have Del. Students really enjoy him."