Brand Promise

Know Your Truths. Speak Your Truths.: “Providing brave spaces to hear the voices of what is often thought, but rarely shared.”

Bernadine Brings the Following to Audiences


  • Authenticity

  • Confidence

  • Insight Deeply Rooted in Valuing Introspection for Impactful Progress

  • Passion & Urgency

  • Unique Approach of Encouraging Transparency and Vulnerability

  • Vibrant and Dynamic Personality

Bernadine is a dynamic motivational speaker, diverse workshop facilitator, spoken word artist, and blogger. She is a multifaceted individual who knows how to engage her audience where it counts most-their minds and hearts! Speaking unapologetically with compassion merged with critical awareness , Bernadine empowers all those she engages with to “Know Your Truths.” and to “Speak Your Truths.” in order to start dialogues that truly address everyone’s responsibility in developing and executing on strategies that impact inequality.

Signature Talks

Victim to Survivor: The Journey of Healing by Breaking the Silence

Your Actions Today Pave the Way for Tomorrow: The Power of Student Leadership

The Journey to Success, One Professional Opportunity at A Time

The Power of Being Unapologetically Color Brave

Challenging Your Internal Compass to Impact Sustainable Cultural Change

Intersectionality at Play: Owning Who You Are Today, To Empower Who You Will Become Tomorrow

Using Your Voice to Encourage Others Find Theirs

Womanhood: An Identity Worthy of Appreciation

A Message of Love to Black Women

When My Unborn is Seen

A Message of Love to Hip-Hop & R&B

Life’s Journey: Unapologetically Embracing Who You Are

Cancerous Cells in Humanity

“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

Experience for yourself the ways in which Bernadine can empower you and your team to Know Your Truths and Speak Your Truths in a way that drives you to impact structural change!

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