Dr. Adolph Brown, III is an American urban and rural school educator, author, research-scientist, businessman, and keynote speaker. He is a teacher at heart, and is admired around the world for his simple and direct “Real Talk,” and powerful, universal and timeless teachings. Dr. Brown is best known for inspiring all who hear him to learn, laugh and lead, while simultaneously reducing implicit bias at every turn. He credits much of his success to the luxury of humble beginnings of being reared by a single parent mother in the inner city housing projects and spending summers in farming country with his grandfather.
As a Master Teacher, Dr. Brown shines in the classroom and in research. He is in the top 1% of world-class scholar teachers based on peer-reviews, nominations, teaching performance, teaching awards, published evaluations and ratings from American’s best schools, colleges and universities. He is recognized as one of the top 10 most influential thought leaders in America. Although he does not consider himself a motivational speaker, he was selected as one of the top motivational speakers in America. Dr. Adolph Brown is one of the world’s foremost attitude experts, personal development coaches and humorists.
Dr. Brown is the author of acclaimed books, including the international best seller, Two Backpacks. Other best sellers authored by Dr. Brown include Championship Habits and Real Talk. He is also the co-author with his third grade teacher of a children's book, It's Gonna Be A Great Day! for youth. His teachings have withstood the test of time with audiences all over the world and he is still extremely passionate and committed to helping others "Learn, Laugh & Lead' in all walks of life while spreading “Love, Light and Insight” wherever he goes.
Millions of people and countless corporate, K-12 primary and secondary education, higher education campus, and family and community engagement clients throughout the world have personally experienced Dr. Brown’s quiet charisma and introverted personality as he dynamically engages, educates and inspires his audiences from all walks of life. His bridge-building approach is brilliant with a massive power to embrace and bring great hope to the world. His keynotes, lectures and seminars transcend all differences – political, religious, socio-economic, philosophical, gender, lifestyle, generational, etc.
Numerous clients exclaim that they wish there was a way that everyone in the world could hear Dr. Adolph Brown, III. Many also say he’s the best they have ever seen. Dr. Brown remains humble and grateful for his journey. He is most proud to be the husband of Marla and father of eight uniquely beautiful human beings including a special needs daughter.
- Founder and President of The Business & Education Leadership Authority/Leadership & Learning Institute
- Clinical & Educational Psychologist
- Former Head Start Student & a Proud Product of Public Education
- Former President of the Virginia Association of Black Psychologists
- Former President of the Virginia Head Start Association
- Philanthropist & sits on a myriad of local and national Boards and Advisory Groups
- Youngest Tenured Full University Professor in the United States at the age of 29
- Former Special Education Teacher, Alternative Education Teacher & Administrative Intern
- Chief Resident of Internship Training in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) & Managed Care Senior Project Manager
- Inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame
- Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
- Awarded many 'Keys to the City' in the U.S. and internationally
- Recipient of over 300 teaching and research awards and honors
Dr. Adolph Brown, III worked as an anthropology undergraduate assistant for the late Dr. Mario Zamora, worked as a special education graduate assistant for Dr. Dennis Wade and as a statistics research graduate assistant for the late Dr. Ellen F. Rosen at the College of William and Mary. Before joining the psychology/education faculty at Hampton University, Dr. Brown became one of the initial major investigators of “The School To Prison Pipeline” paradigm and received the First Annual Francine Kee Peterson Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice from his role model, social activist Geoffrey Canada. While at Hampton University, Dr. Brown was selected to be a “Scholar in Residence” at NYU, nationally awarded “Service-Learning Fellow,” and earned the prestigious “E.L. Hamm Award for Distinguished Teaching.” Based on his record of teaching and research excellence in education, implicit bias training and servant leadership, Dr. Adolph Brown was appointed chairperson of his department, promoted as a tenured full professor and was also the dean of the graduate college. Dr. Adolph Brown continues to be a business, community and educational leader whilst being a continuous learner. Bringing People Together to Learn, Laugh & Lead has become his life’s work.