featured speakers

Freda McKissic Bush, M.D.


 Freda McKissic Bush, M.D who is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a practicing OB-GYN. Dr. Bush is CEO of The Medical Institute for Sexual Health and has co-authored two books with Founder Joe S. McIlhaney, M.D.: HOOKED, and Girls UNCOVERED.  Dr. Bush is a Clinical Instructor in the Departments of OB-GYN and Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. USPIE staff have developed a close relationship with Dr. Bush who has been a featured speaker for USPIE adult training conferences annually for nearly ten years. 

David Mahan


 Another national SRA expert favorite of USPIE, David Mahan of Frontline Youth Communications will be featured again this year.  David Mahan is a nationally renowned motivational speaker with 14 years of experience reaching his generation and training adults to impact the lives of teens.  David’s years of experience working with some of our society’s most delinquent youth have compelled David to become skillful in delivering just the right mix of humor, in-your-face toughness and compassion. His unique style forces his audiences to take a realistic look at their lifestyles and the consequences that those lifestyles will inevitably produce in the future. David feels strongly that if we are to successfully lower the epidemic rates of teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, violence and shattered dreams of our children, we must once again raise the standards by which we teach them to live. 

Scott Phelps


 Scott Phelps serves as Executive Director of Abstinence & Marriage Education Resources in Chicago, IL.  He is a cofounder and former Chairman of the National Abstinence Education Association in Washington D.C. (now Ascend).  

Scott is the author of five of popular character-based abstinence education programs for youth which are widely used around the country:  Game Plan, Quest, Aspire, Navigator, and Excel.  He conducts training seminars nationally to help parents and teachers effectively communicate the benefits of abstinence and marriage to youth.

 Scott’s career is dedicated to restoring a culture of marriage and family by helping today's teens understand that sexual activity and childbearing is best reserved for marriage. Scott holds a bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University and a master's degree from Trinity International University  in Deerfield, IL. Mr. Phelps’ training seminars have equipped  over 4,000 teachers and pregnancy care center staff around the country, and over 1.5 million teens have been through A&M programs.

Lakita Garth-Wright


 Lakita Garth-Wright has been a model for Nike and Reebok and has appeared in numerous commercials and television shows including The View, Tyra Banks, Bill O’Reilly, Inside Edition, The Morning Show, Joy Behar, Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect, Focus on the Family’s Mind Over Media, BET, MTV and toured with her rap group on MTV’s “Rock the Vote” tour. She has also been featured in several magazines including People, ESSENCE, Seventeen, Vogue, Vibe, Gospel Today, and Charisma. Lakita has addressed millions of teenagers through motivational assemblies across the United States and internationally. She has testified before the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Senate on teen pregnancy prevention, HIV and women of color, the Impact of Media on Adolescence, and Shifting Adolescent Social Norms. Mrs. Wright has also consulted on those areas with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kenya, Puerto Rico, and Hollywood as well: UPN's Emmy-nominated show (host and associate producer) The Truth About Sex, The Bernie Mac Show, and My Wife and Kids. She is an accomplished dancer, rapper, and producer of live events. She has also been a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.