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Dr. Brian Dinkins

CEO & Founder of the Center for Empowering Education

Creator of Emotionally-Inclusive Practices

Dr. Brian Dinkins is the author and creator of Emotionally-Inclusive Practices, a rising professional development trainer, keynote and motivational speaker, and founder of the Center for Empowering Education where he serves as CEO. Brian also teaches future principals in the educational leadership program at Marian University in Indianapolis, IN.


Raised by a single mother in the inner city of Indianapolis, he performed poorly in high school graduating with a 1.9 GPA. But—with support of Indianapolis Public School teachers, coaches, and mentors—he went on to earn a B.A. from Purdue University, two master’s degrees, Ed.S and doctorate in educational leadership. His dissertation research focuses on the "Emotional Intelligence of Teachers, Impact on the Discipline Outcomes of African American Male Students in Urban Schools."


Brian has served as turnaround principal in four high poverty schools, including traditional, charter, and private schools and has committed his work to serving children and families in need.

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