Dr. LaTonya Branham is a native of Dayton, Ohio. She is the author and editor of CultureSeek: Connecting to African and African American History (1st edition, 2006 and 2nd edition, 2009), Spirit Seek (2007), and The Academic Prayer (2013). She is also a three-time contributing writer to Chicken Soup for the Soul series: Devotional Stories for Women (2009) Here Comes the Bride (2012), and Think Positive, Live Happy (2019). In addition, her story titled “Make Peace with Your Core” is published in The Total Woman: A Holistic Approach to Life Balance - Wellness, Relationships, Self-Confidence, Business (2019). A new release on Leadership is forthcoming in 2020.

Dr. Branham is the founder and CEO of Reader2Leader Foundation, and Branham Consulting. She is one of three co-founders of the Dayton Book Expo. In 2017, LaTonya received a Trailblazer Excellence in Arts Advocacy Award.

Dr. Branham currently serves as the Dean of Academic Services and University Registrar with the rank of Assistant Professor at DePauw University. During the span of her career in higher education, she has also worked at Sinclair Community College and Central State University. She is committed to advancing efforts that lead to optimum collegiate learning experiences, academic resources, and faculty enrichment in higher education through scholarly research and professional engagement. In addition, she has 12+ years of professional experience in the corporate sector. Her educational achievements includes earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Wilberforce University, a Master of Arts in Management from Antioch University Midwest, a Master of Arts and PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. Her doctoral research focuses on adult learners in higher education and the impact of met and unmet needs. She is married to Morton, and they support various literary and community outreach initiatives. Her motto is to “educate and elevate!”

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