Dr. LaMarr D. Shields
Raising Boys to Be Good Men
Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields is a social entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and educator who loves to create and build with purpose. As the Co-Founder and Senior Director of Education and Innovation at the Cambio Group, Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields has dedicated his life to inspiring adults and youth alike to pursue a higher purpose, achieve sustainable value for long-term success, and cope with adversity in order to create opportunities in their personal, professional and spiritual lives.
This bilingual author, Ubuntu teacher, public speaker, social entrepreneur and thought leader is a dynamic presence who has appeared on NPR, ABC, NBC, CNN, and BET and is, according to University of Maryland Baltimore County’s President Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, a “courageous, visionary leader with boundless energy and an undeniable message of hope in the midst of adversity.”
His extensive experience as a scholar-practitioner in the field of racial, ethnic, and academic identity among Black and Latino male youth, coupled with his depth of experience with fostering inter-connectivity and deep engagement among educators, policy makers, parents, and other change agents, uniquely positions him as a leader in the field.
As the Special Advisor to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Educational Equity and a recipient of the 2015 Social Innovator award, Dr. Shields has been studying, writing about, and implementing change in schools and non-profit organizations for years.
He is a native of Chicago and was educated at Grambling State University, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola College of Maryland, and La Universidad de Coahuila, in Mexico.
His new book, What I Learned in the Midst of KAOS: The Making of an Ubuntu Teacher has hit the stores, and he’s now traveling the country speaking at universities, bookstores, conferences, book groups and more.