My public speaking focuses on health and wellness and the educational achievement of children of color. To contact me about speaking, either use the Contact form or email me directly at HABeard [at] gmail [dot] com

I've spoken to the following audiences, among others:

 On  Good Day Philadelphia  to discuss Black women's health

On Good Day Philadelphia to discuss Black women's health

  • International AIDS Conference (Vienna, Austria)
  • Healthy Start Association of America national conference (Washington, D.C.)
  • Princeton University alumni (New Jersey)
  • Coalition of 100 Black Women (Los Angeles)
  • The Links (Los Angeles)
  • National Association of Black Journalists (Washington)
  • Friends Council on Education and Annual Friends Council Heads of School Meeting
  • Philadelphia public schools
  • Shaker Heights City School District (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Mastery Charter Schools (Philadelphia)
  • Friends' Central School (Philadelphia)
  • Roosevelt Children's Academy Charter Schools (Long Island, N.Y.)
  • Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Philadelphia)
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Kansas City, Mo.)


 An image of Black males that the media typically misses...

An image of Black males that the media typically misses...

Black Educational Achievement

To write Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life I interviewed and immersed myself in research of more than 50 leading scholars in parenting, psychology, boys, Black families, achievement gaps, testing anxiety and other relevant topics. Promises Kept sets forth a cafeteria menu of research-based strategies in 10 areas to help Black children's parents and educators support them in fulling their potential and closing the educational opportunity gap. I've also written extensively about Black girls. I speak on these and related topics:

  • racial/ethnic/gender achievement gaps
  • academic and racial socialization strategies for parents
  • school discipline and the classroom-to-prison pipeline
  • early literacy and numeracy strategies
  • implicit (unconscious) racial and gender bias 
  • (co)parenting styles for parents/coparents/educators in the digital era that close achievement gaps 
  • reducing stereotype threat test-taking anxiety
  • strategies to improve Black males' academic success

After writing Promises Kept, I was invited by the Obama administration's White House Initiative on Educational Excellence and African Americans to research and write a report on African Americans and Education that identified the gold-standard data and research that results in high educational achievement among Black students. Completed in mid 2016, that report was to have been the transitional document to the incoming administration, intended to guide policymaking at the local, state and national levels. Though completed, under the Trump administration, the Department of Education has yet to publish it. 

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness. I have been writing about health and wellness and editing health publications, including Real Health and the National Medical Association's Healthy Living magazine, since I first became a journalist in 1997. In 2012 I wrote Health First!: The Black Woman's Wellness Guide for the Black Women's Health Imperative. Click here to hear me speaking about nutrition at Health First's opening book signing. On this panel at Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Library, I speak about mind/body/spirit (22:30 minute mark), food and nutrition (27:20), sexual health (35:00), financial health (45:00), lifestyle change (51.30), tips at the doctor's office (64:20), and self care (70:30).

 Reporting from the newsroom at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, in 2008. 

Reporting from the newsroom at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, in 2008. 

HIV/AIDS.  HIV/AIDS captured my attention in 1997 when I first became a journalist, and I've been writing about it ever since. As the author of Getting Real: Black Women Fight HIV/AIDS, the first and definitive report on Black women and HIV and as editor-in-chief of the weekly e-newsletter of the Black AIDS Institute, I have interviewed many top African-American experts on this disease. I have also led delegations of volunteer journalists to the world's largest health gathering, International AIDS Conference, as it travels the world -- from Mexico City, to Vienna, to Durban.