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Jordan H. Davis - Speaker, Educator, & Storyteller

Hover over the images below to learn about Jordan's journey from struggling student to international speaker

Jordan's Story

Baltimore, MD served as the backdrop for JD's upbringing, where organized sports, religion and time with family where foundational for his development. However, it was his time at Randallstown High School that put Jordan on a path toward a career in educational development

 

"Why do students who love to learn hate school?"

This was the title of JD's senior research project in high school, inspired by his growing frustrations with the US education system and the support of Dr. Joquetta Johnson, his mentor and instructor for the course. JD presented his research findings that same year at a regional symposium, officially catalyzing his speaking career. He quickly developed an uncanny ability to inspire others through speech. He continued to share this message with educators and students as he thrived at McDaniel College, a small liberal arts college about 45 minutes north of Baltimore.

After becoming a state champion speaker and national finalist through Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) in 2017, Jordan founded JD Speaks LLC. Still a teen, Jordan had established a platform that lead to speaking engagements at conferences where he addressed and learned from educators and students about how to reimagine the classroom. He soon developed expertise around career navigation, college readiness, intercultural dialogue, storytelling, and teaching, a combination that makes him dynamic and relatable to many audiences.

Today, Jordan's signature message focuses on getting high school and college educators to adopt more equity-focused and liberatory pedagogy. Naturally, he also works students at these levels, breaking them free from narrow definitions of academic and career success, and instead instilling a designer's mindset in students as they navigate and create the world around them.

Jordan holds an M.A. in Learning, Design & Technology from Georgetown University, where he facilitates professional development for their teaching professors. He earned a B.A. in Communication from McDaniel College.

What makes JD your ideal speaker:

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+7 years of professional speaking experience

First-gen college grad

Former D-III College Athlete

M.A. in Learning, Design & Technology

Former CTSO Competitor

One educator called JD's speech:
"Powerful, thought-provoking and engaging. Felt like someone you've known for years - safe."

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