When one discovers their passion in life, their purpose of living manifests. A passion for teaching, motivating, and helping students paved the way for Mr. Shawn A. Boyd to quickly emerge as one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the country.


Shawn has traveled and spoken at many colleges around the country on various topics. Shawn has served in higher education for over a decade. He worked at the University of Memphis for 8 years in admissions and later worked in retention.


He then went on to work at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing as Coordinator of Student Affairs. Shawn currently works at Southwest Tennessee Community College as the Associate Director of K-12 and Community Partnerships. 


He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree at Middle Tennessee State University and his Master’s Degree at The University of Memphis. He is currently looking to pursue a Doctorate Degree in higher education. Shawn has been married to his lovely wife Nikayla for 11 years. They have a son named Kaleb and a daughter named Kyndall.


Shawn has spoken at many different colleges such as UT Knoxville, Tennessee State University, Austin Peay State University, UT Martin, The University of Memphis, LeMoyne-Owen. He has been the keynote speaker at many different programs and graduations.


Shawn has received these awards and recognitions:

  • MTSU Greek Man of The Year 2003

  • Outstanding Leadership Award Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 2010

  • Outstanding Achievement Award 2009, The University of Memphis Math Academy

  • Middle Tennessee State Young Alumni Award 2010

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Dreamers of Tomorrow Award 2013



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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Beta Epsilon - Keys to Success | January 2007

         Topic: "College 101"


North East Prep Dress for Success, Annual Conference | May 2007

         Topic: "Mr. GQ"


Tennessee State University Student Leader Training | May 2008

         Topic: "How to be a Mentor: Paving the Way"


Tennessee Board of Regents Diversity Conference | June 2010

         Topic: "Access and Diversity Programming"


UT Martin Personal Safety Empowerment Training | September 2012

         A two hour training that was presented to the faculty, students, and staff on campus to make them aware of sexual assault incidents that have been occuring on many college campuses across the country.


UT Knoxville NPHC Greek Retreat | January 2013

         Workshop presented to the UT Knox NPHC Greek Council. Teambuilding exercises, Leadership Skills, Hazing, and Involvement


The University of Memphis Empowered Men of Color | August 2014

         Conducted leadership training for the officers of the organization


Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity C Rodger Wilson Leadership Conference | September 2014

         Presented to over 150 undergraduate fraternity members across the state of  Tennessee on the Topic of Chapter Management


Temple of Deliverance COGIC

         Presented to over 259 men about goal setting


The University of Memphis Empowered Men of Color | November 2014

         Conduced three one hour workshops on how to reach your full potential



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