LaMarqué D. Ward Sr. is a dedicated educator, speaker, author, trainer and Dream Building coach with a zest for greatness that is contagious. He is a captivating leader whose charismatic speeches influence students and professionals alike. Through profound insight, LaMarqué engages his audience by reaching common ground with others. His passion for junior and senior high school students is infectious—and he has created a guide to prove that he stands behind this passion. His first book, Competing as a Lifestyle You vs. You, A Students Guide to Greatness has been successfully received. Even greater results are expected from his sophomore manuscript Dream Building for Parents and his first children’s book Malik’s Big Dream. His natural ability to connect with youth from any background gives him the ability to break through to participants during his seminars and trainings. His life experiences give him a unique credibility with students and staff—his genuineness comes across as he speaks and trains. He is an expert in tuning into the needs of others by breaking down barriers in cultures that ordinarily hinder results. He shares his life in the form of practical wisdom that is easily translated to his audience. He does so by letting his audience know that, although his road was not easy, he did not let any barrier get in his way. He turned every barrier into a teachable moment and these experiences, coupled with his academic achievements, have propelled him to a dynamic level of insight and wisdom. He has lead successful at-risk youth efforts in the Greater Cincinnati area (Cincinnati Public Schools A2S/A2E and Winton Woods School District) by providing expert level leadership development and coaching for staff. He also created several student interventions that focus on social and emotional learning for students. LaMarqué has taught, trained and managed at Cincinnati Job Corps over a nine year period where he fostered skills that turned him into a high-level communicator, an effective team builder, and an influencer of culture. LaMarqué holds an Associate of Arts degree from South Plains College, a Bachelors of Arts degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Ministries from Faith Theological Seminary, Master of Education from the University of Phoenix and is a John Maxwell Team Certified coach, trainer and speaker.