Durham Tech Speakers Bureau

Need a Speaker? Simply Give Your Community College a Call

Need an enlightening or entertaining program? Interested in an informative speaker for your next gathering? The Durham Tech Speakers Bureau may be able to provide just the program you have in mind for your organization, club, school, church, business, or civic group.

Presenters (see the following list) are Durham Tech faculty and staff who would like to visit with your group and share their areas of expertise or interest. There are no charges for any of these speakers. However, please contact speakers as early as possible to request their services. This enables our faculty and staff to schedule engagements around their teaching and work schedules as well as other community service activities and personal responsibilities.

To schedule a program, simply call the person prepared to share information about the topic of your choice. Feel free to leave a voice mail message on the desired speaker's telephone if he or she is not available to take the call. Your call will be returned as quickly as possible.

Is there a charge for calling upon participants in the college's Speakers Bureau?

Durham Tech offers the Speakers Bureau as a service to the community and welcomes the opportunity to speak with groups in the service area of Durham and Orange counties free of charge. Because a number of our students are residents of surrounding counties, some of our Speakers Bureau participants are also willing to travel to adjoining counties to provide a program. Also, the participants in Durham Tech's Speakers Bureau are volunteers in this information-sharing effort. They have offered their services to the community because they care about sharing knowledge with area residents.

How early should I call to schedule a program?

The earlier the better. Most of our faculty and staff are very busy people. In addition to their jobs teaching or supporting education at Durham Tech, many of our faculty and staff are active in their community, have families, and have a variety of demands on their time. Please call the person you would like to provide a program for your group at the earliest possible notice. This will give our Speakers Bureau participants plenty of time to schedule and plan your program – and help you rest easier about scheduling the speaker for your event.

What information do I need to tell the speaker when I call?

Tell your desired speaker about your group and provide your contact information so the speaker can be better prepared to respond to your request and also contact you if necessary with any questions that they may arise before the program.

What if I get voice mail when I call the speaker I would like to schedule for a program?

Please speak clearly and leave your name and telephone number. Also, remember to say you are calling to request a program through the college's Speakers Bureau. Our faculty and staff try hard to respond quickly to their voice mail messages.

What if I cannot contact the person I would like to schedule as a speaker?

Feel free to call the Marketing and Communications Department at 919-536-7246, ext. 5205. We will do whatever we can to help you make contact or respond to your need for a speake

What types of programs are available?

The Speakers Bureau Participants List follows. Programs may be scheduled for information about the college, available career programs, and services that help students succeed. Special interest areas for faculty and staff are also the subjects of some programs, such as nature photography, missions trips, and collaborative writing tips.

Requesting a Speaker? Please Help Us Target the Message to Meet Your Need

When requesting a speaker through the Speakers Bureau, please be ready to share the information we need to target our message to your audience. Let us know the following:

  • Topic desired;
  • Name of your organization or group;
  • Date, time, and location of meeting;
  • Approximate number of persons expected to be attending the meeting or in the audience;
  • Composition of audience (men, women, teenagers, senior citizens, etc.) and their special interests; and
  • Name and phone number of the contact person in the organization.

If you have a problem contacting the speaker of your choice or if you need any other assistance in scheduling a program through the college's Speakers Bureau, contact the Nathan Hardin, Interim Director, Marketing and Communications at 919-536-7246, ext. 5206.

Speakers Bureau Participants

Read below for program topics now available through Durham Tech's Speakers Bureau. Simply call the participant of your choice to schedule a program.

Randy Egsegian, Dean and Department Head, Public Safety Services; Director, Fire Protection and Emergency Management, 919-536-7230, ext. 8062 – Fire Protection Technology opportunities, fire service emergency response training.

LaShon Harley, Director, Small Business Center, 919-536-7241, ext. 4501 – Entrepreneurship (for profit and nonprofit), the business of you.

Julie Hoover, Instructor, Geology/Physical Science, Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer, 919-536-7223, ext. 8021 – Geology, Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, conservation, the environment.

Tina Bryant-Allen, Assistant Vice President, Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Planning, 919-536-7249, ext. 2806 – institutional research, how to find colleges that suit your preferences, data and statistics about Durham Tech, assessment of student learning.

Lance Lee, Instructor of Spanish; Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer, 919-536-7223, ext. 8187 – Importance of world languages education, Spanish language, hispanic culture

Micara Lewis Sessoms, Assistant Dean, Business Technologies and Education Programs, 919-536-7230, ext. 4406 – Education, public schools, youth and community service motivational speaker.

Dr. David Long, Dean, Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer; Chair, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts, 919-536-7223, ext. 8025 – The American Homefront during World War II, early US conduct of the Cold War.

Gabby McCutchen, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning; 919-536-7231 ext. 8083 – The Durham Tech Teaching-Learning Center, faculty professional development; first year experience.

Jairo McMican, Director, Admissions and Advising Services; 919-536-7214, ext. 1120 – College Admission procedures for freshman or transfer students, Community College Advising, Black and Latino Student Success Strategies, Leadership Development, and Community College Access.

Dr. Jason Moldoff, Instructor, Communications, 919-536-7223, ext. 8162 – Youth voting, political humor, media bias.

Dr. Peter W. Wooldridge, Vice President, Corporate and Continuing Education, 919-536-7200, ext. 8046 – National trends in enrollment, accountability, funding, and leadership development; the need to transform education for the 21st century.