About this Event

Ryan Tillman and in partnership with the County of Riverside Office of Education bring you the #ITSNEEDED CONFERENCE 2020.

Date: Wednesday, August 5th - Friday, August 9th
Time: 9am - 2pm Each Day
Location: Virtual Webinar via Zoom
Cost: Wednesday and Thursday - FREE, Friday $25.00
Speakers: See Below

The #ITSNEEDED CONFERENCE is intended to bring together educators, law enforcement personnel, and public service agencies together at the intersection of hope to sustain and improve the health of our communities. Emphasis will be placed on breaking the barriers and building bridges to foster understanding, collective responsibility, and cultivate shared efforts which will benefit our communities.

For more information about Breaking Barriers United, visit Breakingbarriersunited.com 

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Guest Speakers

Ryan Tillman

Ryan Tillman is the founder and CEO of Breaking Barriers United. SoCal police officer and motivational speaker and mentor.

Charles Brown Ed.D

Director II of Equity & Access, RSOE

Larry Gonzalez

Chief of Police for the Riverside PD

Julianne Westbrook


Rodney Lombard

Retired Lieutenant and Speaker of Implicit and Explicit Bias'

Dr. Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas, Ph.D. is a critically acclaimed author, World-renowned speaker, educator, pastor and audible.com Audie Awards Finalist.

Keyisha Holmes Ed.D

Director II Leadership Innovation and Outreach

Terrance Stone

CEO Young Visionaries

Lexi Blair


Anthony Johnson

Police Officer and Motivational Speaker, Co-host ITSNEEDED Podcast

Gordon Graham

Gordon Graham is an attorney and a 33 year veteran of California law enforcement specializing in risk management.

Thomas Owens

Executive Director of MENTOR Newark

Freddie Hodnett


Mia Tamayo


More Students Speakers

Ezra Ralph, Michael Metellus, Lindsay Fokwa, Julian Taylor


Day 1 - Successfully Completed!

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  • 9:00am - 10:20am | Intro & Welcome
  • 10:20am - 10:30am | Q&A
  • 10:30am - 10:45am | Break
  • 10:45am - 11:45am | Mentoring 2.0 "Winning the Game" | Terrance Stone CEO, Young Visionaries
  • 11:45am - 12:00pm | Q&A
  • 12:00pm - 12:55pm | "THIS IS WHAT WE NEED" Voices of our Youth | Freddy Hodnett, Ezra Ralph, Michael Metellus, Lexi Blair, Mia Alisa Tamayo, Lindsay Fokwa, Julianne Westbrook, Julian Taylor
  • 12:55pm -  Closeout - Ryan Tillman

Day 2

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  • 9:00am - 9:10am | Intro & Welcome
  • 910am - 10:10am | Youth to Adult Mentorship - Learning from the Youth
  • 10:20am - 10:30am | Break
  • 10:30am - 11:30am | Connecting and Growing with our Youth | Chief Larry Gonzalez and Riverside Police Department
  • 11:30am - 11:40am | Q&A
  • 11:40am - 12:40pm | Making it Plain, Making it Work, Making it Virtual | Recommendations for how to support students with mentorship virtually | Dr. Keyisha Holmes & Dr. Charles Brown
  • 12:40pm - 12:50pm | Q&A
  • 12:55pm | Closeout | Ryan Tillman

Day 3

  • 9:00am - 10:00am | Gordon Graham
  • 10:00am - 10:20am | Q&A
  • 10:20am - 10:30am | Break
  • 10:30am - 11:30am | Eric Thomas
  • 11:30am - 12:00pm | Q&A
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm | CALL TO ACTION | Dr. Keyisha Holmes and Ryan Tillman

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