Speakers & Conference Schedule
P. Susan Jackson
P. Susan Jackson is a leading expert in the gifted, specializing in the Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted. She is a researcher, author, filmmaker, psychotherapist, consultant and parent. Her clinical work spans 25 years, comprising over 60,000 hours of psychotherapy wholly with this exceptional population. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters in the gifted education literature and consults and speaks worldwide. Her "Integral Practice for the Gifted™" model addresses multiple aspects of human functioning– including cognitive, emotional, spiritual, physical, and talent-based dimensions – and explains how advanced cognition influences all of these elements, the Self, and the expression of talent. In 2021, she received the "Mental Health Practitioner of the Year Award" 2021 (conferred by the Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Organization). In addition, in 2020, she was chosen as a "Person to Watch" for her exemplary work supporting the Neurodivergent, presented by the international 2-e-Newsletter organization.
SENG is thrilled to announce the three keynote speakers being featured at our 2022 Annual Conference:
Benjamin Koch, M.Ed.
Benjamin Koch, M.Ed. is a teacher, coach, entrepreneur, healer, and mindfulness expert on a mission to merge purpose work with mindfulness and other authentic practices to empower others to embody fulfilling, impactful, joyful versions of their lives. In 2013, he co-founded NuMinds Enrichment, an Education startup focused on revolutionizing education through passion-based learning, where he served as CEO until 2021. In 2022, he became the Executive Director of Education Unbound, a non-profit with a mission to empower underserved students for a flourishing future.
Dr. James L. Moore III
Dr. James L. Moore III is the vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at The Ohio State University, while serving as the first executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. He is also the inaugural EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology. From 2015 to 2017, Dr. Moore served as a program director for Broadening Participation in Engineering in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Alexandria, Virginia. While at NSF, he was one of the program directors who founded and launched the highly acclaimed, cross-directorate, NSF INCLUDES, a $100 million plus national broadening participation in STEM initiative. From 2011 to 2015, he was an associate provost for diversity and inclusion at The Ohio State University, where he managed numerous nationally and internationally respected programs and units.
Dr. Moore is internationally recognized for his work on African American males. His research agenda focuses on , and he is often quoted, featured, and mentioned in popular publications, such as the , Enquirer, Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. From 2018 to 2022, he was cited by Education Week as one of the 200 most influential scholars and researchers in the United States, who inform educational policy, practice, and reform.
Dr. Moore has developed a national reputation as a thought leader on important educational public policy topics and is regularly invited to share his expertise to various K-12 school systems, universities, professional associations, and governmental agencies. On May 9, 2019, Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH), and staff of the U. S. House Representatives Committee on Science, Space, & Technology invited him to testify at the hearing titled, “Broadening Participation in STEM Education,” in the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC. Further, on November 16, 2020, he was invited to give NSF’s Distinguished Lecture for its Engineering Directorate.
In addition to co-founding the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, Dr. Moore has seven co-edited and co-authored books: (a) ; (b) ; (c) ; (d) ; (e) ; (f) ; and (g) He has also published over 160 publications; obtained nearly $30 million in grants, contracts, and gifts; and given over 200 scholarly presentations and lectures throughout the United States and other parts of the world (e.g., Brazil, Bermuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, Canada, England, Spain, China, India, Indonesia, Ireland, and France).
Dr. Moore received his B.A. in English Education from Delaware State University and both his M.A.Ed. and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Throughout his career, he has received numerous prestigious awards, honors, and distinctions. Notably, he was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow, American Counseling Association Fellow, and Big Ten Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program Fellow. In 2011, he was bestowed a proclamation from the Ohio House [OH]; in 2014, a resolution from the Columbus City Council [OH]; and in 2015, a key to the City of Spartanburg [SC]. Additionally, in 2018, Missy and Bob Weiler of Columbus, Ohio established in his honor the Dr. James L. Moore III (JLM3) Scholars Program to support diverse and low-income undergraduate students transferring from Columbus State Community College to The Ohio State University.
Dr. Moore, a native of his Lyman, South Carolina, is married to Stephanie M. Moore, who is also from South Carolina. They have four children: James L. Moore IV, Sienna Ava Moore, Savanna Marie-Ann Moore, and Sannai Elise Moore.