Dee Hankins

Dee Hankins roundDee Hankins (he/him/his) is on a mission to share one powerful message: Resilience is everything! 

When you focus on resilience (the ability to bounce back) along with your purpose in life, you can make it through ansituation and use it for good. 

African American, male, fatherless, motherless, and placed in several different foster homes, statistically Dee shouldn’t be where he is today. Instead of letting the system write his story, Dee took his pen back, focused on his resilience, and started writing his own story. A story he now shares with thousands of people every year. 

Once a troubled, “at-risk” youth, now a dynamic, inspirational, and passionate speaker; Dee Hankins is helping people realize that life throws curveballs but even curveballs can be hit for home runs! 

Sharing his incredibly inspiring life story is just one of the ways Dee Hankins gets students to focus on their resilience. With his specialized "At-Best" program, Dee has been helping schools better serve their underperforming students become more resilient in and out of the classroom. Dee has also taken his talent for entertainment, his passion for change, and his belief that anyone can make a difference in this world and created EnterChangement. These projects help build character, make an impact in the community, and give students a chance to activate their resilience.

Although Dee is very much into the world of superheroes, he can, physically, only be in one place at a time. However, to keep students engaged, his Youtube videos and social media talk show "Sofa Sessions" gives fresh takes on real life, further helping students with the notion that life throws curve balls but even curve balls can be hit for home runs!

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Dee Hankins will present his Keynote Address at the General Session on Thursday, April 27, 2023, from 8:45am-9:45am in the Palm Springs Convention Center.

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Master Class with Dee Hankins

Dee Hankins will be facilitating a Master Class, Define Resilience, on Thursday, April 27, from 10:00AM-12:00PM.. You can pre-register for his Master Class in your online account.

Meet the Keynote

Dee Hankins will also be participating in our Meet the Keynote event on Thursday, April 27, 2023, from 12:00pm-1:00pm in the Exhibit Hall. You can meet Dee and purchase his merchandise on-site at the conference.

Getting to Know Dee Hankins

BOOST is proud to bring prominent experts, researchers, and leaders to our General Sessions. We have created a useful guide to support your learning prior to attending the BOOST Conference. Download our guide on 5 Ways to Educate Your Team on Dee Hankins and share these with your team so you know what to expect from our 2023 BOOST Conference Keynote Speaker.

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Getting to Know Dee Hankins


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