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Honoring the Dream: Davidson College and Global Ascension Productions Align to Build Inclusive Communities over the MLK Weekend

Dr. King’s dream was about what we can build together. In 1963, he told thousands of freedom fighters, “We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.” Davidson and Global Ascension Productions are striving to create communities that live up to Dr. King’s vision.

Charlotte, NC – January 12, 2012 (via PressReleaseNation.com)

Global Ascension Production’s Jamie Utt and Davidson College honor Dr. King’s dream by strengthening the Residence Life staff’s ability to celebrate diversity and influence inclusive communities.

“Davidson has a track record for being one of North America’s most forward-thinking universities, especially when dealing with issues related to diversity and inclusion,” says Jamie Utt, Director of Education and Diversity for Global Ascension Productions- a Speaker Development and Publishing company. “Our collaboration is not only about honoring Dr. King’s legacy for a weekend, but about equipping these young leaders with the tools and philosophies necessary to honor him throughout their lifetime by shaping their own behaviors to create a more just and inclusive society”.

Global Ascension Productions has been on the forefront of teaching leaders how powerful and influential their voice can be. Participants exposed to Jamie’s curriculum become fully aware of their influence and how their focused mind coupled with a servant heart can elevate societies collective brilliance, as demonstrated by Dr. King.


“Jamie is an incredible talent and has the ability to connect the institutional with the personal to ensure that his curriculum supports the participants endeavors for a lifetime” noted Frank Velasquez Jr., Owner of REV Sports Rehab and Athletic Development and 10 year Major League Baseball strength and conditioning coordinator, Pittsburgh, PA. “I am thankful to have Jamie as a resource; his work is critical to establishing a culture of inclusion”.

Davidson College invests a lot of resources into creating a comfortable and inclusive environment for all of their students and faculty members. They are successfully building a culture on their campus that maintains that the residence halls are not merely a place to sleep and study but a place to live and learn. This MLK Holiday weekend provides the Davidson community an opportunity to publicly honor one of the greatest activists for justice our country has ever seen; however, when you visit their campus, you can feel that they honor his legacy year round.

Creating innovative education has always been Jamie Utt’s calling, and as a former teacher himself, he knows first hand that education is truly the key civil rights issue of the 21st century. He spent years teaching social studies on Chicago’s west side, helping empower young people to unleash their brilliance on the world that often overlooks them. Jamie teaches that this nation’s knowledge-based economy demands that we provide young people from all backgrounds and circumstances with the education and skills necessary to become groundbreaking advocates for change. If we fail to help all young people to discover, develop and deliver their brilliance to the world, the United States runs the risk of creating an even larger gap between the rich and the poor, which in turn threatens every effort toward justice in this country.

Learn more about Jamie Utt at http://www.JamieUtt.com

About Global Ascension Productions; http://www.globalascensionproductions.com

Global Ascension Productions was founded by a group of professionals who have been in or around the professional speaking industry for years and have experienced it all. Globalization has influenced all aspects of society, especially how we interact with one another. We embrace different perspectives and philosophies because we understand that we were all put here on this earth for one another. Our purpose is to attract, serve, and collaborate with leaders who serve others and whose primary foundation is connecting rather than just communicating, we are Leaders Unleashing Leaders.

Schedule an interview with Jamie Utt:
www.JamieUtt.com
Press Contact
Eric Thompson
Global Ascension Productions
Oro Valley, AZ
520-742-7165 or via their web site at http:// www.globalascensionproductions.com
Book Global Ascension Productions by e-mailing Eric Thompson at: eric@globalascensionproductions.com

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=G7YJj7N_IFI

Jamie is an expert at hosting difficult conversations with leaders to identify the story below the story while simultaneously equipping them with the necessary perspective to be an agent of change.

Tucson’s Brilliance Project Event Teaches Kids How To Eat Healthy At Richardson Elementary School

Healthy kids make better choices, ultimately improving society. But who’s actually making this happen? Tucson’s Richardson Elementary and The Brilliance Project are, with an interactive experience celebrating health and wellness through music.

Tucson, AZ – September 12th, 2011 (via PressReleaseNation.com) — Richardson Elementary School in Tucson is hosting members of the Brilliance Project, Scott “Fireman” Robb and Eric Thompson, for a revolutionary type of assembly that will have the kids thinking critically about what they put in their bodies, and how that can influence their creative expression – and ultimately their role in their community.

“There is something unique that is inside of us and is worth developing,” says Eric Thompson, founder of Global Ascension Productions – the Tucson-based speaker development and publishing company that is behind the Brilliance Project. “The healthier our kids are, the better decisions they tend to make, improving their chances in unleashing their brilliance – allowing them to be better educated and live deeper, richer lives.”

“The Brilliance Project is a powerful way for our students to discover, develop and deliver their virtues to our community,” noted Kathy Van Loan, Vice Principal of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Tucson.

The particular program they will be conducting at Richardson Elementary School on Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 9:00 AM, has proven to have a positive impact because of Scott “Fireman” Robb and his creative integration of music into the presentation. Fireman Robb uses his ADDY award-winning skills and talents to inspire kids to live safe and healthy lives, engaging them with his newly-released song “Gotta Eat Healthy”.

This catchy new song can be heard on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T602kl-eFT4

Kids love this music and get very involved when Scott performs it. The kids whistle and do a great job of getting engaged in the presence of their peers, most of whom have never done anything like this before. They get the message and they have fun!

“We have had amazing feedback from our clients,” says Eric Thompson of The Brilliance Project. “I was on campus the other day at one of the schools we have worked with, and some kids saw me and started whistling the chorus of Fireman Robb’s rendition of a popular song, It’s A Good Life, by One Republic. Principals are now calling us and wanting to be one of our collaborative schools, as opposed to us knocking on doors.”

Evaluating and training high performers has made Eric Thompson an expert at nurturing the skills for high achievement. After a decade of real life professional development, he’s developed a plan that helps people to synergize their multiple awarenesses, allowing them to discover and fully utilize the hidden strengths that so many people never use – their Brilliance. They help develop the dormant talents that many young people fail to discover until much later in their lives, if at all.

About The Brilliance Project:

Eric and his team, including Scott “Fireman” Robb, host a conversation on real-life obstacles and the tactics they have developed to succeed, in a competitive daily environment. Their enthusiastic personalities, candid and charismatic style will keep attendees engaged and help them unlock the path to Brilliant Living.

The Brilliance Project can be contacted at 520-837-9837.

Book the Brilliance Project by e-mailing Eric at: Eric@BrillianceProject.org

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Anti-Bully Awareness Month – The Brilliance Project and Mesa County Valley School District Forge Partnership

Bullying is a problem in schools, the workplace, public venues, and now more than ever, online. With over 36 suicides across the nation and within the past four years forensically proven to be linked to cyberbullying, legislators are finally attempting to modernize laws in hopes of slowing this epidemic. MCVSD 51 has partnered with The Brilliance Project to provide an innovative curriculum to their community that will foster acceptance, tolerance, and celebrate diversity.

Grand Junction, CO – October 11, 2011 (via PressReleaseNation.com)

Mesa County Valley School District 51 is hosting GJHS Alum and founding member of The Brilliance Project, Jamie Utt, for a revolutionary, interactive experience that will have the students and educators thinking critically about how they use their influence to build inclusive communities.

“We all have a creative expression within that makes us unique and of value to our communities,” says Jamie Utt, Diversity and Inclusion Director for The Brilliance Project – a supplemental curriculum that fosters critical, creative, and divergent thinking skills through collaboration and innovation. ( http://www.BrillianceProject.org ). “Grand Junction is my home, and I am so honored to be returning to my Alma Mater in this capacity. These kids have such a tremendous amount of power and influence, when they properly channel it, everybody wins.”

The Brilliance Project has been on the forefront of teaching young adults how powerful and influential their voice is, especially when technology is factored into the equation. Understanding precedes clarity, students exposed to The Brilliance Project become fully aware of their influence. They are challenged to fully develop into the community members that they are meant to become.

“Jamie is straightforward and passionate about celebrating diversity; his curriculum inspired our student leaders to continue the mission of creating a culture of inclusion and combating intolerance on our campus,” noted Diane Fitz, Counselor, Richmond-Burton Community High School in Richmond, IL.

Jamie Utt kicks off his tour of the Western Region at Grand Junction High School on Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 9:00 AM, followed with programming at Fruita 8/9 School on Tuesday, then culminating at First Baptist Church for R-5 high school on Wednesday the 19th. Jamie’s program has had deep and meaningful impacts on campuses all across the country due to his ability to engage both students and educators through strategic and creative collaborations.

Jamie is an expert at hosting difficult conversations with teenagers to identify the story below the story while simultaneously equipping them with the necessary perspective to be an agent of change.

Kids who have been exposed to Jamie’s work respond well to being empowered. Technology has compounded people’s influence. Statistics support the need for innovative and creative approaches to combating issues related to bullying. Bullying is so pervasive that socially-conscious businesses have approached The Brilliance Project team to offer support for their mission.

Reshoevn8r (an Arizona based sneaker rejuvenation system designed to sanitize and lengthen the life span of shoes) is currently running an Anti-Bully campaign where a percentage of each unit sold throughout the month of October will be donated to diversity education and programming. “We believe wholeheartedly in the message that Jamie Utt and The Brilliance Project so passionately represent that we had to offer our support. You can hardly turn on the news without hearing about a young person taking their own life because of issues related to bullying. Reshoven8r had to step up and align with this initiative,” states Stephen Grear, President and CEO at Sneakerhead LLC. ( http://www.reshoevn8r.com )

Creating innovative education has always been Jamie Utt’s calling, and as a former teacher himself, he knows first hand that education is truly the key civil rights issue of the 21st century. He spent years teaching social studies on Chicago’s west side, helping empower young people to unleash their brilliance on the world that often overlooks them. Jamie teaches that this nation’s knowledge-based economy demands that we provide young people from all backgrounds and circumstances with the education and skills necessary to become groundbreaking advocates for change. If we fail to help all young people to discover, develop and deliver their brilliance to the world, the United States runs the risk of creating an even larger gap between the rich and the poor, which in turn threatens every effort toward justice in this country.

Learn more about Jamie Utt at http://www.JamieUtt.com

About The Brilliance Project:
Jamie and his team host a conversation on real-life obstacles and the tactics they have developed to succeed in a competitive daily environment. Their enthusiastic personalities and candid, charismatic style will keep attendees engaged and help them unlock the path to Brilliant Living through collaboration, technology, and advanced learning methods.

Schedule an interview with Jamie Utt:
http://www.JamieUtt.com

Press Contact
Eric Thompson
Global Ascension Productions
Oro Valley, AZ
520-837-9837 or via their web site at http://www.BrillianceProject.org

Book the Brilliance Project by e-mailing Eric Thompson at: Eric@BrillianceProject.org

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7YJj7N_IFI

This video of Jamie’s work is an example one of his most engaging collaborative sessions entitled “The Wall.” Jamie will be conducting numerous sessions throughout the Western Region over a three day span.