Keynote Speaker

Leah P. Hollis, Ed.D.ED media 2

Serving as Lead Consultant of Equity, Access, and Diversity, Hollis speaks nationally and internationally including appearances in Milan, Italy; Oxford, England; New York, New York; Los Angeles, California, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Hollis was featured in  MAINLINE TODAY as one of 21 Power Women. Hollis is an associate professor at Morgan State University.

Leah P. Hollis is the inaugural Associate Dean of Access, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Education, The Pennsylvania State University, USA. Also, she is the Founder and President of Patricia Berkly, LLC, a healthy workplace advocate and diversity trainer. Her most recent book, Black Women, Intersectionality and Workplace Bullying, Intersecting Distress (2022), is an extension of her research on bullying in higher education. She has also penned Human Resource Perspectives on Workplace Bullying in Higher Education: Understanding Vulnerable Employees Experiences is available on This book examines the structural and organizational problems that enable workplace bullying. Further, the study shows how women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community are most vulnerable. Dr. Hollis is a noted trainer, educator, and researcher who has helped over 250 schools deal with bullying on campus. Her other books include Bully in the Ivory Tower (2012) and The Coercive Community College (2016) which was published by Emerald Publications (UK).

She has an exemplary career in higher education administration and has held senior leadership and faculty posts. Dr. Hollis has taught at Northeastern University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University. Dr. Hollis received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Doctorate of Education in Administration, Training, and Policy Studies from Boston University as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow. Also, Dr. Hollis continued her professional training at Harvard University through the Graduate School of Education, Higher Education Management Development Program. She also earned certification in Project Management and Executive Leadership at Stanford University and Cornell University, respectively. She also serves as an expert witness regarding workplace bullying, harassment, and discrimination. She is also the author of Unequal Opportunity Fired without Cause, Filing with the EEOC… which focuses on workplace discrimination. Also, check out Bully Beyond the Tower: A Peer-Reviewed Anthology on Workplace Bullying.


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Dr. Leah P. Hollis is available for keynote speeches, in person and virtual workshops and other custom training activities.

Research Assistant

Antoine Bernard has served as a research assistant to Patricia Berkly LLC for close to three years. He assisted on two national projects investigating bullying in higher education. Through his service, he is able to actualize his commitment to access, equity and fairness in the workplace. Antoine is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Criminal Justice.