For over a decade, motivational speaker, host and engagement strategist, Shaun Derik has dedicated his career to helping dreamers young and old reconnect with their passion and natural born gifts. Through his dynamic message delivery, which is a blend of live music and comedy, audience members leave Shaun’s presentations feeling motivated and energized as a result are encouraged to take massive steps towards the achievement of their life-long goals.
His work in education, philanthropy and media has afforded him the opportunity to reach more than 700,000 dreamers globally and has been featured on CBS, NBC, Essence.com, and a host of other media outlets. Whether onstage, in the classroom or in front of the camera, Shaun Derik continues to outline the key components for how to live a life worth talking about.
A graduate of The University of Tennessee, Deedee Trotter is a NCAA Champion, USA Champion, and three-time Olympian in the sport of track and field. She claimed three Olympic medals over the course of her career, two gold medals in the 4 x 400m relay, and a bronze medal in the 400 m individual event. Now retired, DeeDee is an international motivational speaker, and an expert in mental performance training.
Additionally, DeeDee recently graduated as valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA from the Art Institute of Atlanta with a degree in Baking & Pastry; accomplishing her dream of becoming a professional Pastry Chef.
JJ Barrows is a Comedian, Author, and Mixed Media Artist who’s performed in comedy clubs, churches, and awkward dinner parties all over America. With a refreshing story-teller style, she reveals the freedom a quippy sense of humor can reveal in all of us by giving breath to those gritty moments.
She released a Dry Bar Comedy Special, published her first book “it’s called a spade,” and wrote, produced and starred in her own comedy special filmed on location at home… thanks to COVID clearing her schedule and freeing up all her time. Her favorite career highlight was meeting Rob Lowe in a parking lot, until most recently when Dolly Parton waved to her and she momentarily forgot to keep breathing.
Shark Tank winner and co-founder of OrigAudio, Jason Lucash launched his first business as a third-grader in the San Francisco suburb of Danville, California and has had an entrepreneurial spirit ever since.
Jason has also received the honor of being named Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” right after the company was also named to the prestigious INC. Magazine “500 Fastest Growing Companies in America” list.
DECA WRLC General Session Host – Bryan West
Bryan West is a gifted broadcast communicator and digital strategist. Bryan is a former broadcast journalist for an NBC affiliate whose reporting won two Emmy awards, a Murrow, and a duPont.
Bryan created an Instagram series in the peak of the COVID pandemic to help people move onward and upward, has hosted red carpet specials, and written a novel. He attended Northwestern University in Chicago where he studied broadcast journalism. Bryan is a CrossFit enthusiast, drone pilot, and huge Swiftie.