Dr. Daniel Jean is a Newark, New Jersey native who rose from a 1.9 grade point average to earn his doctorate from Seton Hall University. He is an author, consultant, motivational speaker, swagger trainer, playwright, poet, and the founder of (wordstravel.org) an organization that offers empowerment and “edutainment” for groups of all ages. He serves as the Executive Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund Program (700+ special admits) and Academic Development at Montclair State University. His previous roles include serving as the Director of Student Activities, Director of Leadership Education, and Director of the Center for Academic Advising, First Year Experience and Testing. His research focuses on the academic and social integration of first-generation college students and his retention initiatives has resulted in a 91.9% first-year retention rate and a 61% increase in the four year graduation rate of a so-called “special admit” population. He has conducted over 550 trainings, seminars, keynotes and webinars across the country including for PSE&G and the McDonalds Corporation. He has published two books and has taught college courses in transformative leadership and hip-hop culture. He is the chair and founder of three statewide college access/awareness conferences which brings over 1,000 high school scholars to his campus annually. He also founded the Richard Wilson/Jason James Mentorship Program for high school/college scholars and young professionals. He has also founded a professional consortium titled the Male Education Network (MEN) for men in education Pre-K-20+ and PhinisheD/FinishEdD for current/future doctors. His most recent play “Til Death Do Us Part?” ran Off-Off-Broadway in NYC August 2010 and August 2012. The Wordstravel Documentary highlighting his journey is currently in production and he has a goal to deliver 1,000 Swagger Seminars before he retires.