Dominic DupontRead Bio
Dominic J. Dupont is a Native New Yorker born and raised in the neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. At the young age of nineteen Dominic was arrested, charged and ultimately convicted of murder. He was subsequently sentenced to a prison term of 25 years to life. In prison Dominic Learned the value of good programming and saw the benefits others were reaping from it. With this understanding and a goal of changing his perception and behavior Dominic immersed himself in a myriad of programs that helped him embrace the values of leadership, mentorship, empathy, compassion, and integrity. During his incarceration Dominic has held the titles of director, coordinator, facilitator, educator, and mentor.
After serving 20 years, 7 months, and 18 days in the New York State Prison system, Dominic was granted an executive clemency in December 2017, by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo based on Dominic’s leadership and positive impact with the prison system. Dominic was released on January 22, 2018, and immediately began implementing what he had learned during his incarceration to make himself an asset and resource to his community.
Since his release Dominic has shared his story, experiences, and analysis across multiple venues and to a variety of audiences, including Vice and HBO’s documentary titled “Raised in the System”. He continues to live the mantra, “A setback is a setup for a comeback,” and has continued to engage communities across the country to find ways to learn from his story.
In conjunction with his various accomplishments, Dominic also holds an Associates in Psychology from Ashworth College.
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De-Andrea Blaylock-JohnsonRead Bio
De-Andrea Blaylock-Johnson is licensed in the state of Missouri as a Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the field of mental health since 2004. She is passionate about helping others achieve their goals and live as whole persons.
She is a graduate of both Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis, and endeavors to positively impact all those with whom she interacts. As the owner of Sankofa Sex Therapy, LLC, she helps individuals and those in all types of relationships reach their goals.
She conducts workshops about sexuality and intimacy building and is an Executive Committee Member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network.