CAMPUSPEAK announced today the addition of eight new keynote speakers to its roster.

On behalf of the entire CAMPUSPEAK Team, we are excited to start 2019 with eight new keynote speakers. As we enter into our 20th year of being a partner in higher education, these new speakers will continue the tradition of providing transformational learning experiences. I am excited for them to share their message and make an impact with students.” said Monica McGee, Chief Operating Officer at CAMPUSPEAK.

Below are the eight speakers joining the CAMPUSPEAK Team:

Lori Bednarchik

Lori Bednarchik is an award-winning college professor and program developer; a professional speaker, and sexual communication enthusiast. For the past 10 years, she has worked closely with athletes, fraternity men, and college students across the country, challenging their norms surrounding relationships, consent, and sex. In the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp, and an increasingly divided discussion of sexual misconduct, Lori’s mission is to be refreshing, uncensored, uninhibited, and a positive voice.

Austin Arias

Austin Arias is an educator, speaker and mover + shaker. Austin’s goal is to help college students and organizations realize their potential. His own experiences as an overinvolved student leader have positioned him to better understand student’s passions and help them grow into purposeful leaders, have a significant impact on their communities and ensure their organizations have a lasting legacy. Austin strongly believes our missteps can be opportunities for growth and will lead to success.

Chevara Orrin

Chevara Orrin is a diversity & inclusion strategist, social entrepreneur, published author, social justice activist, independent filmmaker and public speaker. Her work and passion lives at the intersection of gender parity, racial equity, LGBTQ equality and arts activism. She has been recognized by the White House and the Human Rights Campaign as a leader, advocate and ally for the LGBTQ community and featured in publications including The Washington Post and The Feminist Wire as well as on SiriusXM Radio.

The Peterson Family Craig Peterson is a former student affairs and NIC professional – now single gay father turned disability advocate committed to social change. His sons Andrew and Michael are young adults living with the devastating effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and early childhood trauma, both of whom have overcame tremendous odds over the past 20 years as Special Olympics athletes and motivational presenters. The Peterson Family was recently featured on ESPN’s Sports Center and son Andrew is a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Tara Fuller

Tara Fuller is grounded by her care for others and her ability to build relationships with the intent of making a positive impact. She was adopted as an infant, has been challenged by mental illness, and identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community. Her experiences continue to show her the importance of relying on the support of others. Tara’s programs focus on the concept of belonging.

Curtis Hill

Curtis Hill was one of Chicago’s most recognized and notorious drug dealers and gang members until he witnessed the cold-blooded murder of his best friend and he realized that if he wanted to survive, he’d have to change his life around. Now an educator and administrator with four degrees, Curtis speaks on leadership, alcohol awareness, and diversity and inclusion.

Alex Weber

Alex Weber is an Award-Winning Host, lifelong Athlete, Motivational Comedian, and Keynote Speaker. He is a World Record Holder, American Ninja Warrior, and one of the youngest coaches ever to be awarded US Lacrosse Coach of the Year. Alex is a world traveler driven by adventure. Alex uses humor and storytelling to go in depth and share what he believes to be the essential ingredients of a meaningful life, embracing failure, leadership, and unlocking your potential!

Jared Sampson

Jared Sampson is an accomplished businessman turned entrepreneur and professor. In 2018, Jared was the recipient of the Human Rights Campaign “Equality Award” in New Orleans. He can be seen on BRAVO! TV’s hit show Southern Charm New Orleans. As a cast member, he realized he had an opportunity and responsibility to bring meaningful and impactful conversations to the show; one of those conversations dealt with sexuality, masculinity, and his feelings as a gay black male. Now he is bringing his story as a motivational speaker to the stage.

You will be able to learn more about these new speakers on the CAMPUSPEAK website starting in January.


Since 1999, CAMPUSPEAK has provided transformative learning experiences through its keynote speakers, interactive workshops, consulting, online education, and custom programs. Partnering with campuses and higher education organizations across the country, CAMPUSPEAK offers programming to educate and inspire students for success in their college years and beyond. Learn more at