My name is David Montague and I founded this website as a way to help two important needs; 1) provide needed online learning consulting solutions to organizations, and 2) provide inspiration to others toward their educational and career goals. It is important to note that while I do charge for online learning solutions provided to clients, I never charge for public speaking or advice to inspire individuals on gaining their education or ideas toward career success. Think of it as my way to support our community and give back to others. Any honorarium provided for public speaking goes to defray costs in overall efforts to help the community through public speaking.
I am passionate about equity in our education and criminal justice systems. This is what I work toward daily at my university as the person responsible for all aspects of student success within Academic Affairs, the mentoring of new faculty, and primary campus student lead for the implementation of a new ERP system (Workday Student). I value service to others most of all and as a tenured full professor of criminal justice, I am able to actively volunteer in a prisoner reentry to society program, engage in criminal justice projects, and speak to various audiences on educational and criminal justice and topics. Of course, I still have a passion for mentoring students and occasionally teaching courses. Key achievements from my career include teaching an Administrative Asset Forfeiture course at the FBI academy at the age of 23 and at 29, being appointed as head of investigations for a federal agency. Over the years, I have intentionally leveraged my experiences and roles as a platform to mentor students. I have delivered just under 250 presentations at academic conferences and community events and I have been privileged to present my research work across the United States and 6 foreign countries. I authored a textbook on drug crimes, another book about the revolutionizing of naval ship design using computer technology, and currently working on another book that chronicles my tenure as part of the Congressional reinvestigation of JFK assassination records during the 1990s. Finally, I completed degrees at Howard University (PhD), George Washington University (MA), and Morehouse College (BA).
Today, more than ever, online learning plays a role in how people gain knowledge. Whether for a formal academic degree or certificate program, or formal training to benefit organizations, online learning is becoming the "go to" for ease of access, reduced cost, and appeal to learners needing flexibility. The additional reality is that an ever-increasing number of people representing all demographics, are choosing short-term and long-term online courses to simply learn more about the world around them. Sometimes the reality of offering a solution to centralize an organizational process can mean that adopting online tools is a a benefit to an entire organization. Respect for an organization's culture is critically important. However, it takes determination and willingness to challenge an organization's traditional norms to help the relevant people understand that what they are limits to technology and a need to work with the best "on hand" while improved technology can be obtained. So it is important to be innovative, optimistic, and have an open mind as to the importance of online learning success.
Public speaking events are amazing opportunities to reach people. Whether face-to-face or virtual to respect the realties of the current COVID-19 pandemic, connecting with other human beings, especially to provide stories and encouragement, benefit society. I have been blessed to be able to have asked to speak at hundreds of events over the years. More importantly, I have been able to address current issues in my presentations, with no limitations, to almost any demographic imaginable. People and organizations have a choice as to whom they provide a platform to speak to others connected to them. So I am honored to have been asked to speak to so many over the years, whether locally, or in other countries. In the end, Public speaking embodies the ability to capture minds, hearts, and spirits; to endure and to overcome.
By Paige Bowers & David Montague
Chicago Review Press, 2021
By Artemesia Stanberry and David Montague
Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2014
By Artemesia Stanberry and David Montague
Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2011
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