Education Tour

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2021 Virtual Workshop Series

Educators Workshop

Students Workshop

Parents Workshop (English)

Parents Workshop (Spanish)

Carlos Ojeda Jr.

Carlos Ojeda Jr.

CoolSpeak Creative Force & CEO

Carlos Ojeda Jr. has been called one of the most dynamic speakers in America today. A former university administrator, business professor and small business development center director, he now focuses his energy on empowering students, parents and teachers to succeed by teaching them that their voice is their power. He is a youth development expert, with over fifteen years of experience inspiring students from elementary school to college and education professionals in over 40 states.



Ernesto Mejia

Ernesto Mejia

CoolSpeak Partnership Cultivator & VP

Ernesto Mejia, the proud son of Mexican immigrants, is a true example of the American dream. Diagnosed with the rare disease of Guillain Barré Syndrome at the age of 16 that left him temporarily paralyzed, he was not supposed to be a successful student, much less a College Dean of Students. Through his hardships, Ernesto learned to never give up on life, he now speaks to students, parents and teachers about overcoming obstacles and never giving up on the American Dream: Education.



Natasha Carrizosa

Natasha Carrizosa

CoolSpeak Motivational Speaker

Natasha Carrizosa, a poet, writer, and spoken word artist. Her work is deeply rooted in her childhood and life experiences. Raised as the daughter of an African-American mother and Mexican father, her writing reflects the dichotomy of these two rich cultures. She has a powerful and unique voice. Natasha is able to speak about the appreciation and beauty of our diversity that lives within us all. She has performed her work and conducted workshops for audiences in Madrid, Paris, St. Lucia, New York, Chicago, Houston and countless other cities.



Julissa Calderon

Julissa Calderon

Actor & Activist

Julissa Calderon is an Afro-Latinx actress, writer, producer, and director from Miami, based in Los Angeles. She can be seen playing the dynamic role of Yessika Castillo, a strong-willed activist, in the MACRO/Netflix series, GENTEFIED. Prior to that, she spent two-years at Buzzfeed’s Pero Like channel where her videos garnered over 100 million views across digital platforms. Julissa is passionate about Afro-Latino representation and challenging Latino stereotypes. Some of her videos such as “Pelo Bueno, Pelo Malo” and “Sammy Sosa’s skin color rant” have been featured in numerous news outlets. She is currently on a multi-college speaking tour where she uses her platform to share and celebrate her experiences as an Afro-Latinx woman.





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