Mentoring

"Unlock your potential" 
Mentors are a key aspect of any successful persons journey. For those of us with criminal convictions, coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, or those who face crippling adversities, mentorship becomes a need for survival. Without mentors and support, despite all of my greatest efforts, I would not have overcome the adversities I overcame. 

Building strong mentor relationships is the foundation of success. I work personally with my mentees to engender complete trust. I listen carefully to their vision and do everything in my power to help them maximize their potential. I have a team of mentors who mentor both groups and individuals ranging in ages from elementary school to adulthood. 

Contact me today to discuss your vision and start a mentoring connection. I look forward to working with you.
sandris2@jhmi.edu or fill out this form: 

Locations: Baltimore City and St. Louis Metro
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Speaking Engagements

"Being who you are is a matter of understanding and appreciating your past, and building your future" 
I have engaged hundreds of people through my public and professional speaking engagements.

My approach:
1) Envision my target audience, 2) Identify and become one with the topic, 3) deliver a  timely, relevant, engaging and valuable message to the audience, 4) Seek to  help attendees improve in some measurable aspect, and 5) Provide relevant, actionable conclusions.

I am working on training several other people like myself (with criminal conviction(s) and returning from prison) in hopes of building a team of speakers to inspire through their stories. We incorporate hip-hop into some of our talks. Two of our speakers are up-and-coming artists. 

​I craft each speech individually and slightly differently depending on my audience. Three recurring titles I have used are "Pathways to greatness", "Unlock your potential", and "Sharing my story to inspire your story."  My scientific speeches are mostly focused on my diabetes research. 

Contact me today to setup an appointment. Pleaes fill out this form.
Locations: Nationwide and worldwide
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Spring 2017 Speaking Engagements:
​March 28-31, 2017: Diabetes & AE-PCOS talk, Orlando, FL
April 1-4: Endocrine Society meeting, Orlando, FL
April 4-9: CSUS and UCSF talk, CA
April 10-16: SLU talk, STL, MO
April 18: NIH Diversity Consultant talk, Bethesda, MD
April 22-26​: Experimental Biology meeting, Chicago, IL
April 26-28: Prison talk, Houston, TX
May 10-17, 2017: Ponce SOM talk, Puerto Rico
May 18, 2017: Hill Correctional Center, prison talk,  IL
May 18-19, 2017: Commencement Speech, STL, MO​
July 7-17, 2017: Session leader, Prague, Czech Republic meeting​
 
Educational Counseling

"My hopes are to inspire others with similar backgrounds as myself to excel beyond what society has imposed to be the norm."
 
We are not life time criminals. We are not felons or ex-convicts. We are people. We have always been people. I am a person first and foremost. I am a person with multiple criminal convictions and a person who has been to prison. But, I am still a person. So much of what the criminal justice system and society does is focused on and centered around dehumanizing people like me. I was sentenced as a prior and persistent career criminal. What "person" in their adolescent/early 20's can say anything they are doing is a career. I am now an endocrinologist scientist at a world renowned medical institution. I am just now moving into what could be considered a career.

Returning from prison and reentering society is a daunting task with many mountainous barriers. People returning from prison face a number of challenges - many of which I too faced, challenged, and overcame! You can climb that mountain. You can jump that hurdle. And I would like to help you. 

Amongst the many challenges of reentry (obtaining housing, finding a job, reconnecting with family), I focus and counsel on them all with a strong emphasis on education. Education has been the biggest balancer to offset my criminal convictions. Education broadens horizons, tears down (policy-based and psychological) fences, and leads to career building. It's not good enough to just get a job. I want to help you build a career. I will help you navigate the sometimes confusing college application process and the even more frustrating loan/grant process. 

Workshop Includes: (1) SAT/GRE prep, (2) Loan application prep, (3) College application prep, (4) College readiness course

Contact me today to start a discussion. sandris2@jhmi.edu or fill out this form 
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Helping Change Policy

"A 2007 study by Olszewska et al showed that there is no connection between background checks and campus safety."
 
I share my story regularly with local lawmakers and politicians in hopes of affecting policies around prison reform and reentry from prison. I have shared my story with policy makers on Capitol Hill, in Maryland and Missouri courthouses, in municipal settings, and at the National Institutes of Health. I am currently helping to "Ban the Box"  on college applications in the state of Maryland. I am actively seeking other opportunities to impact policy.

Current Issues or Policies being addressed:
1. Ban the Box on College Applications. Sign the Petition to pledge your support. Find out more on Maryland House Bill 694.

Contact me today to start a discussion. sandris2@jhmi.edu 
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