About Kashif

A public speaking professional since 2003, Dr. Kashif uses his experience and passion for “the spoken word” as catalysts that push clients to hone their critical thinking skills, articulate their passions, and explore their personal strengths. Through creativity, performance methods, and nuanced techniques of public speaking, Dr. Powell guides speakers on their way toward mastering the craft of creating engaging, persuasive, and professional presentations.

 After a stint at Morehouse College as a 6-time National Champion in competitive Speech and Debate, Dr. Kashif began his career at California State University-Long Beach, helping students and athletes perfect fundamental techniques of researching, writing, and presenting public orations. Ultimately earning his PhD in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Dr. Ksahif continued his work at Northwestern University and Loyola University in Chicago.

Now based in Los Angeles, Dr. Kashif uses poetry, artistry, and scholarship to advocate for the power of “the spoken word” and its ability to maximize the greatest potential in each of us.

Dr. Kashif currently serves as faculty in the Dept. of Communication Studies at East Los Angeles College.


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