Dr. Darren Pierre is an educator, speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed book, The Invitation to Love: Recognizing the Gift Despite Pain, Fear, and Resistance. Darren has spoken across the United States on the power of living in your truth, celebrating integrity, and the possibility that comes from developing those two virtues. He has worked in higher education for over ten years promoting leadership development and community amongst college students. Darren earned his PhD from the University of Georgia focusing research on leadership development, spirituality, and issues surrounding the gay community. Originally from North Carolina, Darren now lives in Chicago, Illinois where he has served as a higher education administrator at the University of Chicago, and currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago.