Dion Shepherd

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Motivational Speaker, Co-Founder,

Justice League Consulting (JLC) Group

UC Irvine – 2016, M.A.S., social ecology

Dion, 26, grew up on the Eastside of Detroit where he learned about survival and how to maneuver through the hostile neighborhoods and rough environment. He started his career as a youth counselor for Sequel Youth Services and ended his 4 year career there as a Program Director.

Later, Dion began working as an Apprentice Bounty Hunter for Duane "Dog" Chapman from Dog the Bounty Hunter during his senior year as an undergraduate. Dion later began his journey in earning his Master's Degree in Criminology, Law & Society.

During his thesis research, he went undercover in a minimum security jail as an inmate for two months on the critically acclaimed  A&E Network docuseries 60 Days In.  Without the other inmates or guards knowing, Dion was able to gather valuable information about the state of the prison systems in America. The unique research Dion was able to capture was used to help provide a safer  more productive environment for inmates and guards in the facility. It also gave Cook County jail officials insight into providing an environment more conducive to inmate rehabilitation

Now, Dion has immersed himself in media, working with Adidas, Hydroxycut, and adding several movies to his credits. Additionally, he has established Justice League Consulting Group (runner up for Forbes 30 under 30 list 2016) to help organizations expand their knowledge and understanding of the impact of social justice issues by speaking at various schools, correctional facilities, and non-profit organizations. Dion is empowered to share his story and unique life experiences with students, companies, and diverse groups around the world in an effort to inspire others to find purpose, resilience, and advocate against injustice