Dr. Lawrence M. Drake II is an accomplished businessman, author, scholar, and emerging thought leader on the complexities of Black fatherhood in America. For over forty years, he’s held a variety of senior-level positions at global companies, including Coca Cola, Executive Leadership Council, PepsiCo, Cablevision Systems Corp., and Kraft Inc. As the President and CEO of LEAD, a 21st century learning advocacy organization, he skillfully oversees initiatives that prepare the current and future generations of leaders for success in their academic and professional endeavors.
A devoted family man, Dr. Drake found a heightened sense of purpose after the tragic loss of his oldest daughter in 2017. His book, “Color Him Father,” gives an honest and compelling look into the experience of Black fatherhood, while exploring themes of grief, dignity, and vulnerability. As a speaker, he regularly gives insightful talks on issues concerning the Black man and how the Black family as a whole is formed. His messaging sheds light on what the Black family needs to thrive, and the role learning plays in its present and future state. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, he is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc., and actively serves on the boards, or is a member of notable organizations such as the American Psychological Association, Association of Black Psychologists, and Judson University. His personal interests include creating new memories with his wife, his five children, and seven grandchildren.