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Michael Rodriguez, Ed.D., aka “Dr. Rod” is a best-selling author and leading educational expert who works on issues of equity, diversity, leadership, and minority male development.


Michael has been highlighted by the City University of New York’s Black Male Initiative program, where he has worked for the past 10 years, for his work developing mentoring programs, academic enhancements, and leadership curriculum's for African-American and Latino males.


Michael is proud to be Jesuit educated with a Doctorate of Education from Creighton University, ranked U.S. News #1 Best College for education in the Midwest, a Master of Arts from Long Island University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of New Rochelle.

He’s been featured on the national podcast, The Success Chronicles with Chip Baker; the syndicated radio talk show, The Tom Pope Show; as well as radio broadcasts in the NYC area.

Michael comes from modest means and college became a way out.  He seized that opportunity, changing the trajectory of his life.  He is very passionate about helping others and dedicated his life to such, specifically to students from under-served communities, helping them use education as a tool to find success. 


As a professional speaker, mentor, and founder of Empowering Minds for Tomorrow, a nonprofit dedicated to removing the barriers to higher education and career success for students from under-served communities, Dr. Rodriguez has spoken to thousands of students in numerous states and 2 countries.

In his downtime he loves to read, workout, serve at his local church and spend time with his beautiful wife, Marie.


One of my great mentee's Actor, Rapper, Activist and Director, Moise Morancy, is truly a gifted young man. He is a mover and shaker in the world of entertainment.  Be on the lookout for him.


Two awesome mentee's, Harry Tan (center) and Cid Dominique (right) are doing some amazing things in their careers. Harry is making a major impact in the health field, and Cid is a rising star for a major IT business management consulting firm.


Roman V. Charnolusky is a gifted problem solver. His intellect makes him a fantastic mentee who constantly challenges me to push myself as a mentor.