Moving-Up Celebration Keynote Speaker: LaFayette Trawick, B.Sc.

A native of Newark, NJ, LaFayette Trawick received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. Additionally, he has earned designations as a Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA). In 2000, he started his own company as a Strategic Scientific Planning Consultant to work in concert with area Pharma and Biotech companies. His research initiatives have resulted in many successful FDA drug approvals, increased awareness and press coverage, successful patient enrollment and education campaigns. He currently works as Sr. Scientific Operations Manager at Synergy Pharmaceuticals in NYC. While LaFayette loves Science, which will always be his passion, he also enjoys talking about our youth and prides himself on having a political conscience. He has become an activist and spokesman for the issues and challenges surrounding marriage, parenting and its affect on our youth. He has given his most valuable resource (time) and dedicated it to opening a continued dialogue with our youth, re-writing policy in Washington, DC and advocating for the recently incarcerated and their families. He has conducted symposiums throughout NJ with expert panelists and hosted screenings with award-winning filmmakers to add value to our communities hurting from urban blight. The sky is the limit as far as Lafayette is concerned. The future is bright as long as you can effect the life of even one child.