Previous Speaking Engagements

About Me

Bernadine is a client-focused dynamic keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, blogger, spoken word artist, and coach with experience engaging with students as young as five years old to executive level professionals from large corporations.

Driven to take a stand against perpetuating achievement and opportunity gaps further, Bernadine is fueled by her deep desire to understand the power and influence of transparent introspection when discussing and determining solution-based practices that address systemic inequalities plaguing humanity.


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I provide customized services through delivery of a keynote address or workshop facilitation that discuss various topics associated with diversity, organizational leadership, entrepreneurship, student/professional development, persisting through sexual trauma, self care/self-love and navigating through life transitions.


I provide consultations to entrepreneurs who are looking to start and/or explore an idea and actualize it. Together, we can assess your vision by discovering your goals; identifying insecurities and/or challenges that may impact an entrepreneur’s progression and develop a strategy to support  in the execusion of the vision.

Spoken Word

I provide creative verbal reflections of society. The ability to echo numerous  experiences and merge them together in poetry form is liberating! Writing a cultural conscious piece to share with an audience empowers me to continue doing what I love most; engage in self-expression while inspiring others. Poetry is art that nourishes our souls.

Here’s what clients are saying

“Bernadine led an engaging session for the “Love Your Magic” conference! She was thoughtful in her planning and execution!”

Love Your Magic

“We were honored to have Bernadine as a performer at our signature event The Queens Dinner. She performed an original poem about sisterhood and loving ourselves into our glory. Her words were sharp, relevant and exactly what our audience of over 50 women needed to hear. Her poem was welcomed with snaps and head nods as she delivered each word with passion and significance. Thank you Bernadine for bringing so much life and empowerment to our event!”

Queens co.

“ As an alumni panelist at the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) conference, Bernadine Desanges shared a powerful and honest perspective on her personal journey to and through college, highlighting the critical mentors, life experiences, and supports that helped her realize her potential and achieve her educational and professional goals. Bernadine is dynamic, authentic, and passionate. For educators, practitioners, and student audiences alike, her story will inspire you and her delivery will move you. ”

Carrie Tate

“ I’ve heard Bernadine on two different occasions and each time I’ve been so impressed with her public speaking. The first time was when she participated on the opening general session panel for the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) national conference in Boston in April, 2017. Bernadine was part of a panel of alumni from various academic enrichment nonprofits who shared their experiences with an audience of 475 educators from across the country. The panel is one of the most popular events of the conference and sets the tone for the full event. For Bernadine, it’s not just that she is a strong speaker, which she is, but it’s also her positive energy, powerful messages and personal story, and her ability to draw in the audience so you are hanging on her every word. She is so committed to her work with students and to the field of education and this dedication permeates the room and leaves the audience with renewed hope and energy to do all they can in their own professional and personal settings. I enthusiastically recommend Bernadine as a speaker/presenter for any event! I would be happy to speak with anyone considering Bernadine for an event. ”

Karin Elliott

Executive Director, National Partnership for Educational Access

“ I first listened to Bernadine engage an audience of 500+ high school seniors at a college send-off event in Boston. She truly engaged the students with her passion and by sharing her story and a powerful message about agency. I was so impressed that I asked her to speak at an event with high school students and their extended families. She engaged this audience on the topic of discovering dreams and overcoming challenges. Bernadine’s personal stories and her unique way of identifying with the audience are truly inspiring. Whether she’s engaged in a one-on-one conversation or speaking to a large group she is able to listen, identify and inspire. She’s great! ”

Spencer Blasdale

Executive Director, Academy of the Pacific Rim

“ Bernadine Desanges is an engaging facilitator and inspirational speaker. Always prepared, always professional, Bernadine draws in an audience with her authenticity, insightfulness and humanity. Ms. Desanges is a perfect choice for a workshop, retreat or keynote address. ”

Patricia A. Rissmeyer, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs, Emmanuel College Boston

“ Thank you for speaking to us at Steppingstone! I am a rising senior. Your passion reminded me of how much my teachers shaped me, and how I need to give back to my community. Secondly, I am interested in strengthening my learning skills, experiencing different cultures, and connecting my talents to my motivations. You help students accomplish these goals; therefore, I hope that you can mentor me and help me find opportunities to practice guiding others. ”

Senior Student

Steppingstone Foundation

“ Bernadine Desanges was the perfect choice as a keynote speaker for our students at our Boarding School Workshop this past year. In her presentations, she gives practical, relevant advice for student success in a way that is engaging for both students and parents. Bernadine’s unique combination of passion for students and openness with her own life experiences make for a substantive presentation that will make any event more impactful. We can’t wait for her to join us again! ”

Keith Wilkerson

Senior Program Manager, A Better Chance

"Those who silence the voices of others, fear difference. Those who provide pathways for all voices to be heard, embrace change."

– Bernadine