Darryl Bellamy Jr.

How would your life, organization, and campus be better if you were more fearless? Darryl Bellamy Jr. guides students with the knowledge and techniques they need to identify and overcome some of their biggest fears.


▪Diversity ▪First Year Experience/Orientation ▪Fraternity & Sorority Life ▪Leadership ▪Motivation & Inspiration ▪Personal Growth


▪Fearful to Fearless Leadership: Overcoming Your Fears to Step Up
▪First-Year Fearless: Building an UNBREAKABLE Foundation
▪Fearless While Greek: Understanding the Power of MY Voice
▪Fearful to Fearless 2.0: I’m Feeling Fearless, Now What?
▪Uncomfortable Convos: The Secrets to More Fearlessly Productive Conversations

About Darryl

Darryl has collected, read, and shared thousands of students fears on campuses all over the country. He prides himself in reading every fear, which keeps him connected with what students are feeling and at times, hiding. His energy is infectious, along with providing actionable strategies to move your student’s from Fearful to Fearless. Thousands of student’s wear “The Fearless Bracelet,” given to every student inspiring them to push through fear long after Darryl leaves the campus.

Darryl Bellamy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2012, and three years later became a Corporate America dropout after quitting his job to travel the country inspiring students to conquer their fears and self-doubt.

While in undergrad Darryl was heavily involved on campus as an RA, Orientation Counselor, SGA Chair, leadership workshop facilitator, as well as a proud brother of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Darryl, known for his infectious energy, was an overly involved student leader who overcame his own fears to receive multiple awards, participate in two corporate internships and run for student body office.

After collecting, (still) reading, and cataloging over  34,000+ written student fears as of today, Darryl is now considered an expert on the topic of student fear. The first time he asked students to write their fears; He was taken aback by their rawness and transparency, inspiring him to find his true calling by solely focusing on ensuring they can overcome their fears to achieve and lead fearlessly.

“Darryl has a way about him that allows the students to be comfortable and step outside of their comfort zone. After the event students were more engaged in our conference and were interested in how an in person event would be with him since our conference was virtual. Darryl giving the keynote at our event created a space where I can engage more with my students afterwards. He set the tone and allowed room for great conversations to take place after he left. We will definitely recommend him to colleagues at other institutions.”

Ashley Lemon ,Coordinator of Leadership & SGA, NJCU / SGA and Student Activities Board

“Darryl is amazing. It’s was a new experience for our students and the loved every moment of it. We had more evaluations completed for this event than any other during the week. The responses were overwhelmingly positive. We love Darryl at JSU!”

Beryl LangdonJackson State University

“Darryl was truly the right fit for our students! They loved him!! He was personable, relatable, engaging and the perfect balance between high energy and being mellow. He was flexible enough to smoothly transition from facilitator mode to chill and hang out mode then back to facilitator mode throughout a 12-hour non-stop day of activities. He also felt like one our colleagues as he was comfortable interacting with our team. Although the retreat committee reviewed several speakers for this event, choosing Darryl Bellamy, Jr. was without hesitation the BEST decision for us!!”

Kristi Battles, Student Life Coordinator – Richland College

“I can not begin to express how excited, moved and inspired I was by his keynote; I was so impressed I immediately encouraged the person who works with our Emerging Leaders program to book Darryl for that retreat.”

Mindy Sides-Walsh, Center for Leadership Development, UNC Charlotte

“Darryl Bellamy was electrifying! Mr. Bellamy had a great sense of what his audience needed and he delivered that brilliantly. His ability to relate to all 850+ in attendance was nothing short of mesmerizing.”

Rodney Byrd, Kappa Alpha Psi, Middle Eastern Province Chairperson

“WOW…. He filled the room, and totally engaged his audience! Again, he was “inspiring!” Darryl stayed throughout the afternoon, He spent much time spreading his kindness, and lots of dancing, “yes we had a dance off!”

Kathyrn Shaw, St. Cloud State University, Multicultural Student Services

“After Darryl’s Fearless message, one of my student-athletes decided to pursue her own make-up business and to step outside of her comfort zone. She was a struggling Biology major until he made something click for her, and she is forever grateful! I cannot wait to have him back in the near future.”

LaTrese Barker, Norfolk State/Athletics Academic Coordinator/Assistant Compliance Coordinator


Fearful to Fearless Leadership: Overcoming Your Fears to Step Up

Leading is hard; doing it without fear is even harder! After reading thousands of students’ written fears, Darryl noticed a pattern. The majority of our leaders’ concerns boiled down into four questions: Am I enough, what if I fail, what will they think, and do I have the resources to succeed? In this program, students can identify their fears in leading fully and see the similarities with their peers in an engaging LIVE or Virtual program. In both formats, students leave more connected with their fellow student leaders and more empowered to take risks to leave a positive legacy.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • their fears are no different than their peers around them, and they’re not alone
  • actionable and research-backed strategies they can use immediately to start creating and leading with more courage
  • how to use The Fearless Band™ (provided or mailed to campus) as a daily reminder to choose courage over fear.
First-Year Fearless: Building an UNBREAKABLE Foundation

New people, new place, COVID-19, and all it did to their Senior year and now their First Year; it can be scary. What students don’t always realize is many of their peers are feeling the same way. First-Year Fearless allows students to identify their hidden fears about their upcoming year while hearing their peers’ concerns either live or virtually. Darryl shares commonalities he’s discovered and stories received from his research collecting thousands of student fears from around the country.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • the current top fears of first-year students in the room around the country,
  • typical first-year pitfalls and actionable strategies to create a strong foundation,
  • how to harness their fear of taking action, recovering from failure, and pushing through self-doubt
  • how to use The Fearless Band™ (provided or mailed to campus) as a daily reminder to choose courage over fear.
Fearless While Greek: Understanding the Power of MY Voice

As a Greek leader during undergrad, and after speaking to thousands of Fraternity and Sorority leaders nationally, Darryl understands the concerns and fears of our community. Some concerns include: What If I step up and fail? Will I be accepted if I speak out? Am I good enough? Our organizations do great things on our campuses, but are we doing enough? This program allows students to acknowledge the fears they have around utilizing their voices in a group, realize why their voice matters, and provides actionable strategies to build a culture in organizations that support courageous thinking and actions from its members.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to conquer their inner fears to make positive changes within their organization,
    • the importance of standing up and challenging the process when you see something wrong,
    • how their organization values demand a fearless outlook,
    • how to use The Fearless Band™ (provided or mailed to campus) as a daily reminder to choose courage over Fear.
Fearful to Fearless 2.0: I’m Feeling Fearless, Now What?

Fearful to Fearless 2.0 is designed to be presented a few months after or the semester following one of Darryl’s three primary programs.

You’ve been motivated to go from Fearful to Fearless and you have had time to put the strategies learned and The Fearless Band™ into practice, so now what? On the Fearless journey, there are bound to be pitfalls and struggles along the way. Fearful to Fearless 2.0 addresses what we face when we start living and leading courageously and provides support for that continued journey. There will also be time allotted for direct Q&A and for students to share their growth since putting the strategies into place. This program is most effective as a two-part program, so students are made aware that Darryl will be back and the fears collected from your community can be summarized.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • the breakdown and the data collected from the fears collected from their group during the first program.
  • common pitfalls we face when we start leading and living courageously and ways to overcome those pitfalls.
  • how to healthily embrace struggle and failure along the process
  • strategies to continue building self-efficacy on your journey to fearlessness.
Uncomfortable Convos: The Secrets to More Fearlessly Productive Conversations

Hard Things Are Hard, and mustering up the strength to talk about them is sometimes more challenging. Often in our relationships and organizations, the hard conversations need to be had; Yet, they are often avoided. How do we do it when we’re scared of rejection or feel that our voice isn’t needed? Darryl gives students the skills, confidence, and strategies to have more productive conversations to make their lives, organizations, and campus community more inclusive.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • the #1 fear preventing students from having uncomfortable conversations and how to overcome it.
  • simple tricks they can use immediately to keep a conversation on track.
  • the difference between offering a perspective vs. changing a mind
  • how to put into practice fearless conversation skills

Students are also provided a Quick Summary Guide of the main strategies within the program.