JEFF DESS, POET

Mr. Jeff Dess is a dynamic public speaker, author, poet, emcee and professor of Haitian descent 🇭🇹. The native New Yorker known as the Disruptive Educator is also the Co-Founder of the educational platform and consulting firm, Trill or Not Trill. With over 10 years of experience in Higher Education, he has trained and mentored over 1000 students and staff members across the Northeast.

Jeff is the author of five books including his latest,Trill Motivation and is the Co-Author of the forthcoming text, “I Wear Kicks to Work.”

He is a TedX speaker who has also performed poetry and hip hop in Indonesia and South Africa. He has delivered lectures, workshops and talks to over 10,000 students at over 70 colleges and universities including Columbia University, Princeton University and St. John’s University. Jeff has partnered with such major companies and organizations as Twitter, Buzzfeed, Madison Square Garden, Essentia Water, The Embassy of Haiti and The US Department of Labor and has been featured in Ebony Magazine, The Root and Urban Cusp Magazine. He currently serves as the Director of the Center for Leadership and Engagement at New Jersey City University.