2019 NGLA Annual Conference Keynote Addresses

NGLA is excited to announce our keynote speakers for the 2019 NGLA Annual Conference!

Beginning November 1, registerreserve your hotel room, and apply for scholarships, awards, and student staff roles.

Keynote Speakers


Opening Thursday Keynote

You Scared or What? Being Fearless While Greek
presented by Darryl Bellamy Jr.

With a collection of over 10,000+, Darryl has amassed the most extensive collection of written fears from students, many from Greek leaders, around the country. When he first started collecting the fears of students, he was taken aback by the vulnerability, self-awareness, and rawness of students’ written fears. He reads and analyzes every card collected to help students get out of their head, and push through their comfort zone to make daring moves for their organizations and their own lives. Through the Fearless Formula, fraternity and sorority life members will leave feeling energized and inspired to create a lasting legacy, challenge the status-quo on their campuses, and lead through fear. They will also leave with a special gift used by thousands of students to push through fear daily, long after leaving NGLA.

The Opening Thursday Keynote is sponsored by CrowdChange.

Presenter Biography

Darryl Bellamy is a corporate america dropout who quit his job to travel the country inspiring students to conquer their fears and self-doubt. written and shared with him. He's a proud brother of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and on the advisory team for his undergrad chapter. Darryl was born in Philadelphia, but currently resides in Charlotte, NC. He has a degree in Business Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is the author of Waking Up Chase, which is used as a common read in various classrooms. While in undergrad, Darryl was a well-rounded, overly involved student leader who overcame his own fears to receive multiple awards, participate in two corporate internships and overcome many of his fears. He now uses those experiences to help thousands of students move from Fearful to Fearless.

Learn more about Darryl at www.BellamyInspires.com or watch his 1 Minute Fearless video.


Friday Morning Keynote

Just Another Assault
presented by Bonny Shade

It took Bonny 3,136 days to realize she is a sexual assault survivor. During those 7 years, she began to ask BIG questions: Why did this happen? Does it happen a lot? What will my friends think? What is consent? What about alcohol? How do we prevent this? The list went on and on; and YOU may be asking yourself the same things or have a friend, family member, brother or sister pondering these questions. In this impactful program, Bonny dives into answering all these questions through thought-provoking and funny stories, data, and real life experiences. 1-in-4 college students will be survivors of sexual assault. This is a human issue. It’s time to end sexual assault- and we need your help to make that happen!

The Friday Morning Keynote is sponsored by Circle of Sisterhood.

Presenter Biography

Bonny Shade has a major life goal: end sexual assault. Annually, she educates thousands of students nationwide to make that happen. As a published author in leadership and risk reduction, Bonny is using her voice to make a difference. With a Bachelor's degree from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master's degree from Bowling Green State University, she dives into difficult conversations using data, storytelling, and a huge dose of realness! She will leave you thinking, laughing, maybe crying, and definitely ready to change the world! She believes that everyone has a powerful story and is telling her own to support survivors, empower others, and educate the masses so no one ever has to question if they are Just Another Assault. It is time to have some honest conversation.... and that conversation starts right now.


Closing Saturday Keynote

Leading Imperfectly: The Value of Being Authentic for Fraternity and Sorority Leaders
presented by James Robilotta

Oh boy, another speech on leadership. Instead of waiting for the same cliché leadership lessons, it's time to be different. Let’s talk about who you are personally as a leader. As humans, we can’t learn things from people who are perfect, we can only learn things from people who are imperfect. So, it is time to own who you are so you can be real to others and lead through your faults. This deep but hysterical keynote will leave you feeling introspective about the person you show to others. We need to talk about you before we can talk about us, so let’s discuss where you struggle and succeed to make you a more efficient and effective authentic leader for your council and chapter.

The Saturday Keynote is sponsored by Rho Lambda.

Presenter Biography

James Robilotta is an author, professional speaker, personal coach, emcee, and entrepreneur. In July of 2015 James had his first book published, Leading Imperfectly: The value of being authentic for leaders, professionals, and human beings. He also speaks internationally to willing and unwilling audiences about authentic leadership and promoting memorability. His clients include American Express, General Electric (GE), Yale University, The Ohio State University, and many others. As a speaker, he is doing the two things he loves the most: causing audiences to think critically about their leadership journeys and making people laugh! His thought-proving talks are infused with self-awareness and comedy stemming from his background as a trained stand-up and improv comedian. James is also a personal coach. He loves helping people get out of their own ways to live the lives they deserve and be the leaders they are capable of becoming. James’ clients undergo purposeful life-changing and self-affirming transformations. His clientele range from CEOs to college students.

Learn more about James’ speaking or coaching at www.JamesTRobo.com.