June 23, 2021

Male vs. Man with Dondre T. Whitfield

As part of its Safe Space Series, People Get READy presents a Book Talk with Dondré T. Whitfield star of the hit show Queen Sugar, and author of “Male vs. Man: How to Honor Women, Teach Children, and Elevate Men to Change the World”.

People Get READy Safe Space Series presents Dondré T. Whitfield in a conversation about his book, Male Vs. Man, an uplifting playbook for men who want to level up spiritually in their relationships, with themselves, their partners, their families, and their communities.

This virtual conversation will take place just before Father’s Day, on Tuesday, June 15th at 7:00 pm. The discussion - which will feature Dondré T. Whitfield and engage two prominent African American community leaders, Taiwan Richardson and Kevin Walton - will address some of the most important issues facing the Greater New Haven area today, such as love, fatherhood, healing from toxic masculinity, and more. All are welcome to join. Registration is required. Book Orders can be placed through this link

It is moderated by Delores S. Williams, Co-founder/owner of People Get READy Bookstore and will include special community guests Tai D. Richardson founder of Richardson Training and Consulting (RTC), LLC and Kevin Walton Basketball Coach and Youth Mentor for New Haven Public Schools.





Dondre  T. Whitfield

Guest Author

"Males look to be served. Men look to be of service. Emmy Award–nominated actor best known for his role on Queen Sugar and transformational speaker Dondré Whitfield challenges us to be real men in this provocative look at the power found in serving others.

Too many males abuse the power they have.

Often those males grow up without healthy role models and so, while they look like men, they act like boys. Only now there are adult consequences to their actions.

And many of us are caught in the shifting cultural ideas about manhood, unsure of how to make sound decisions or truly be a man. Every day we find evidence that the role of men at home, at work, and out in the world is deeply misinterpreted.

In Male vs. Man, Dondré Whitfield equips us to become men rather than simply ""grown males."" Men are healthy and productive servant-leaders who bring positive change to their communities. Males are self-serving and stuck in negative cycles that we hear and read about daily. They create chaos instead of cultivating calm.

Male vs. Man is an uplifting playbook for men who want to level up. It will help men and women alike understand what real manhood is, based on biblical wisdom as well as hard-earned lessons from someone who has been there. With practical guidance and a strong spiritual foundation, Dondré shows how to cultivate the life-changing spiritual, emotional, and psychological attributes of servant leadership at home, at work, and in our communities."

Kevin Walton

Guest Host

"Kevin E. Walton, Sr. was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. Upon graduating from St. Peter’s Boys High School in 1986, Mr. Walton attended Southern Connecticut State University where he earned his BS in Corporate Communications in May of 1991.

Mr. Walton is a Human Resources Specialist for the Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) in North Haven, CT where he is responsible for the agency’s hiring and recruitment, developing and maintaining relationships with staff and administrators, assisting employees with work related issues and investigating complaints of employee misconduct and manages the agency’s workers’ compensation program.

Mr. Walton also provides on-going training to the staff in the areas of sexual harassment, protection & advocacy and child abuse & neglect. Additionally, Mr. Walton is the Chair of ACES Diversity Committee and a member of the Central Safety Committee. Mr. Walton is also responsible for implementing programs and activities that support ACES mission to recruit and retain a diverse educator workforce.

Mr. Walton recently completed his eighth (9th) season as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, CT where he led the Governors to the 2019 & 2020 Southern Connecticut Conference Championships. For his efforts Brother Walton was selected as the 2020 New Haven Register Area Coach of the Year. Prior to Wilbur Cross, Mr. Walton spent fifteen (15) years as the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Career High School where he led the program to three (3) state championships including 2008 when the Lady Panthers finished the season ranked #1 in Connecticut.

Mr. Walton was initiated into the Epsilon Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. on May 15, 1992. Over the past 29 years, Mr. Walton has served in numerous leadership positions including Basileus, Scholarship Chair and Social Action Chair."

"Mr. Walton is also active on the District and International levels where he currently serves as the First District Social Action Co-Chair and is the immediate past First District Scholarship Chair and the Immediate past Region I Director of the Omega Life Membership Foundation.

Mr. Walton’s civic and community service activities include the American Association of School Personnel Administrators Board of Directors, New Haven Department of Parks & Recreation Board of Commissioners, the Community Leadership Program Alumni Engagement Team and the New Haven Scholarship Fund Board of Directors.

Mr. Walton is a staunch advocate for young people prompting him to start the Leadership Institute where the primary focus is youth leadership development and Young Life Sports which is dedicated to athletic and leadership skill development for boys & girls ages 10-18 years old. Mr. Walton is also the co-founder of Storytellers New Haven and WiseDog Strategic Solutions, LLC.
Mr. Walton resides in New Haven, CT with his wife Dr. Karen DuBois-Walton, their 2 sons Kevin, Jr. 25, Kaleb 24 and their 4 legged son Koleman Love. While Mr. Walton believes that his life’s purpose is to be a community builder, he realizes that his most important role is that of a son to his mother Janice Walton who still resides in Staten Island, as a husband to his beautiful wife, Dr. Karen DuBois- Walton and as a father to Kevin Jr. 25 and Kaleb 21 and his 4 legged son Koleman Love."

Tai Richardson

Guest Host

"Tai D. Richardson was born and raised in the Newhallville neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut and was educated through the New Haven Public School System. He is a 1999 graduate of James Hillhouse High School. He attended Central Connecticut State University and Charter Oak State College where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Communications.

Tai is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, and currently serves as the Vice President of the New Haven Alumni Chapter and the Director of Collegiate Affairs for New England States. Professionally, Tai is employed by the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch as a Juvenile Probation Supervisor in the Bridgeport Superior Court for Juvenile Matters. Additionally, he is a certified trainer and facilitator of Advancing Youth Development through the Academy of Educational Development, as well as a Facilitator of the Family Violence Education Program.

Tai has a passion for serving the community and has dedicated himself especially toward improving the academic and social development of inner city youth. Through his public speaking and community initiatives, Tai seeks to “inspire excellence, engage hearts, inform minds and encourage action” for those that he comes in contact with.

Tai is the father of a son, Durenzo, and two daughters, Tyler Mackenzie and Zora Grace Richardson. He is happily married to Mrs. Melissa Richardson. He is the owner of Richardson Training and Consulting, LLC, a company that focuses on leadership development, workshop facilitation and motivational speaking. Tai is a member of the Board of Directors for Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP). He also serves as a member of the Strengthening Partnerships between Community and Police committee for the town of Hamden.

Tai lives by the motto that:""YESTERDAY is full of moments that can never be recaptured. TOMORROW is full of potential, but is not promised to us. TODAY is the perfect opportunity for you to choose faith over fear and to live out your purpose in life. Dominate the next second, the next minute and the next hour...dominate TODAY!"" -Tai Richardson"