Jared Sampson

Jared Sampson sparks impactful conversations about resilience and self-acceptance, inspiring individuals to triumph over adversity and find strength in their unique identity.


  • Authenticity
  • Black History Month
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • LGBTQ+ Focused
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience


Jared Sampson opens up to bring meaningful and impactful conversations.

Getting to know

Jared Sampson

Jared Sampson epitomizes unwavering resilience, unyielding authenticity, and an indomitable spirit in the face of adversity. Hailing from a small Louisiana town, he embarked on a journey of self-discovery at the age of 16, accelerating his high school graduation by a year, poised to conquer the world and pursue his dreams. Jared’s life journey serves as a profound testament to the transcendence of self-worth beyond societal constraints and limitations.

His story is a powerful illustration of the transformative force of determination. Throughout his life, Jared has confronted persistent discrimination and bias. Remarkably, these challenges have only deepened his unwavering commitment to the cause of equality. With remarkable courage, he has fearlessly shared his experiences as a gay Black man on “Southern Charm New Orleans,” underscoring the immense power of authenticity and contributing to vital conversations on these pivotal subjects. In recognition of his passionate advocacy, Jared was honored with the Human Rights Equality Award in 2018.

At present, Jared holds the prestigious position of Director of Pride Events with JJLA, a Los Angeles-based experiential event company. In this role, he has orchestrated groundbreaking LGBTQ+ events, including WeHo Pride, Outloud Music Festival at WeHo Pride, San Francisco Pride, and the OUTFEST Film Festival Opening Night.

Jared’s career encompasses a range of influential roles, including positions at esteemed organizations such as the YMCA of Greater New Orleans, Radio Disney New Orleans, Feld Entertainment, and the New Orleans Saints. His dedication to education is equally impressive, as he has imparted his knowledge of Marketing, Business, and Management to students at numerous colleges and universities throughout his career. His relentless pursuit of knowledge and growth is evident in his achievement of an MBA with a Marketing concentration in 2007 and his ongoing pursuit of an MS in Digital Marketing.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Jared actively engages in the positive change he envisions. He has served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Human Rights Campaign and constantly seeks ways to advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).


To help you promote your event with Jared, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos you can use for your event.
Link to Promotional Materials


Below you will find logistical resources for the day of your event with Jared.
In-Person Event AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)


Here’s what TWO students had to say:
“Jared Sampson was a definite eye-opener. He stated how powerful a person is capable of being, but often held back for being a minority and have different views.”
“Jared had very empowering words and expressed himself in a way that everybody could relate or understand! He was definitely one of the best speakers we had so far!”
I am extremely thankful for CAMPUSPEAK and their outstanding list of speakers and variety of topics. Jared delivered a powerful message to our students and staff, I look forward to bringing Jared back to campus and continue working with CAMPUSPEAK. We plan to get started with our 2020-21 event calendar in May, look forward to speaking with a CAMPUSPEAK representative. Thank you for making this academic year extra special, powerful, empowering, and overall, educational. See YOU at APCA!

— Gabriela Mata

Director of Student Activities, Morton College

Jared was amazing. He was modern, passionate, and played to the students interest to get his point across. Loved him.

— Ayla Wilder

Assistant Director, University of Indianapolis


Discovering your Pride: The Key to Self-Empowerment

On the journey of self-discovery, we must be open to accepting what makes us different.  To truly discover the pride within, we must be open and honest with ourselves.  When take a deeper look at ourselves, we discover what makes us unique; which is the key to self-empowerment. With a deeper understanding and appreciation of self, we are empowered to overcome obstacles imposed by social constructs such as culture, gender, and sexuality.

Jared Sampson is a testament to the power of this journey. By sharing his experiences as a Black gay man, he reminds us all to challenge limitations imposed by societal norms and expectations. Jared’s story is a shining example of how embracing one’s uniqueness and being unapologetically true to oneself can lead to empowerment and triumph. It’s a reminder that our differences are not weaknesses but sources of strength, resilience, and authenticity.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • the importance of acknowledging one’s intrinsic worth,
  • how to cultivate a deep sense of pride in who they truly are,
  • what it means to be self-empowered,
  • the importance of having empathy and compassion towards others
Pride & Progress: Celebrating Black LGBTQ+ Trailblazers

There are distinctive challenges faced by individuals navigating the intersection of two identities, being both Black and gay. And as we delve into the intertwined journeys of these two communities, we discover profound stories of individuals who stood up and fought for pride and progress.  This exploration serves as a tribute to the trailblazers, whose sacrifices and unwavering commitment to justice, created a path toward greater equality and equity for individuals with diverse identities.  It is essential that we celebrate those who paved the way for today’s advocates who stand at the intersection of multiple social categorizations.

Jared Sampson’s combined celebration of Black History and LGBTQ History is both bold and purposeful. He proudly acknowledges and pays tribute to the Black LGBTQ+ trailblazers who paved the way in the fight for justice for all. As he honors those who created the conditions for him and countless others to find pride in being both Black and gay, Jared courageously shares his own story of fully embracing his identity with pride; inspired by those he pays tribute to.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • how historical figures paved a way for modern advocates who are fight for equality and equity across various identities,how intersectionality applies to individuals who belong to multiple marginalized groups, particularly within the LGBTQ and Black communities,
  • the historical and ongoing struggles faced by individuals at these intersections, and
  • the importance of being champions of equality and advocates for solidarity in the face of adversity.
Breaking Barriers

We are on a shared journey towards creating a world characterized by inclusivity and equity. This path necessitates a deep examination of our own biases and the courage to challenge the norms that fortify the barriers in our society. Each of us has a pivotal role in dismantling the divisive walls of prejudice that continue to breed inequality. Collectively, we must dispel stereotypes that create barriers in all areas of life.

Throughout his life, Jared Sampson has been courageously breaking free from the constraints imposed by society to embrace his authentic identity; triumphing over stereotypes. Jared’s narrative serves as a poignant reminder of the formidable challenges many individuals confront due to the harmful grip of stereotypes. He calls upon us to step into the ongoing battle for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and his inspiring journey inspires us all to help demolish the barriers that unfairly hinder some from realizing their full potential.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • how to recognize personal biases and the biases present in society and become more self-aware,
  • how to develop resilience in the face of stereotypes and biases and how to cultivate strength and self-confidence, and
  • ways to actively break down barriers and eliminate stereotypes in their communities.
Loud and Proud: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Culture

The LGBTQ+ community has a transformative influence on various aspects of our culture, spanning art, music, film, fashion, and popular culture. This rich tapestry not only shapes the realms of entertainment and creativity but also sparks a shift towards greater diversity and inclusivity. It’s vital that we acknowledge and celebrate the ways in which LGBTQ+ culture adds vibrancy and depth to our world.

Jared Sampson, as a Director of Pride Events, has passionately dedicated himself to the celebration and amplification of the LGBTQ+ community and its multifaceted culture. With firsthand experiences and insights, he guides us through the colorful journey of this community, from historical milestones to contemporary expressions of identity. This journey showcases the significant contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals to art, music, dance, literature, fashion, and beyond.

Jared’s colorful message is a reminder of the resilience and strength of a community that persists in advocating for acceptance and equal rights, even in the face of adversity. His celebration of LGBTQ+ culture is an inspiration that encourages diversity, inclusivity, and love in our society.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • the impact of LGBTQ+ culture on various aspects of society, such as art, music, film, fashion, and popular culture,
  • how LGBTQ+ culture promotes inclusivity and diversity,
  • why it is important to celebrate and honor the influence of the LGBTQ+ community, and
  • why being an ally is important


The following are past entries Jared has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog