Elease Dillard's Speaking Tour

Helping Families
Break the Odds

After graduating college debt-free and becoming a speaker, author, and award-winning entrepreneur—Elease is on a mission to help youth and families break the odds and create a lasting legacy.

When you invite Elease to speak:

• Your audience feels inspired by Elease’s story

• Your audience feels empowered to take action towards pursuing their dreams and equipped with strategies to do so

• Your audience is reminded that they have a purpose and feel hopeful to never give up

Elease Dillard

Elease Dillard is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, speaker, and host. After graduating college debt-free without taking out any loans along the way, Elease founded The Student Navigator—an award-winning education company teaching students how to fund college debt-free. Elease is also the author of Funding College Debt-Free which was ranked the #1 New Release on Amazon for Academic Development Counseling. 

Most recently, Elease created the Let’s Break The Odds initiative dedicated to navigating individuals towards breaking the odds in their life, family, career, and communities. The 4 pillars of this initiative are: (1) college and career, (2) financial literacy, (3) mental health, and (4) personal growth and development. Through this initiative, she hosts Break The Odds™ show—a top-rated syndicated podcast that ranked internationally within the Top 50 on Apple Podcasts for Education. Currently, the #letsbreaktheodds community has grown to serve over 30,000 people from around the world. 

In addition, Elease has been featured by platforms such as VoyageATL Magazine, Business RadioX, GGC Engage Magazine, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and most recently the winner of a GYP 35 Under 35 Award that recognizes top young professionals under the age of 35 within the Metro-Atlanta area.

You can also catch Elease speaking and volunteering in the community as she furthers her mission to help individuals and families break the odds and create a lasting legacy. 

Fun Fact:

Before professionally entering the business and education field, Elease served within the STEM field and holds a B.S. in Cell Biology with a concentration in Biotechnology. By the age of 21, Elease conducted medical research for well-renowned institutions including at Morehouse School of Medicine’s Neuroscience Institute for a program offered in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Dug Abuse (NIDA) to research alongside scientists at The University of California San Francisco to innovate a tobacco cessation intervention designed to help young adults quit smoking.


Years Public Speaking

Beginning as a teenager


Years in Business

Founder, The Student Navigator 

Global Audience

US, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, and more! 

Speaking Testimonials

"Elease brings inspiration in a time of so much adversity. The resilience her presentation brought out in our parents and students is amazing. Funding college debt free seems like a mountain until it is broken down step by step and how you can overcome and reach that goal. Our students and parents left with an overwhelming knowledge on how to fund their education debt free but not only that. They also left inspired to think about their opportunities in life and what they want out of them, in the presentation it is very important to have determination and focus because it will take grit to reach the finish line! Thank you so much to Elease Dillard and The Student Navigator for the dynamic presentation to our parents and students."
Rigoberto Rivera | Deputy Director of Programs
Communities In Schools of Atlanta

Speaking Topic Categories

(tailored to your audience)

Funding College Debt-Free

Nicknamed “The Student Navigator”, Elease graduated college debt-free and has helped students fund their entire college education debt-free through her guidance.


Elease founded The Student Navigator at the age of 22 and has received multiple award recognitions—including being a semi-finalist for Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and winner of the GYP 35 Under 35 Award as one of the top young professionals within the metro-Atlanta area.

Leadership & Mindset

Elease has served on multiple community Boards and believes success starts and ends with mindset.

Features, Partnerships & Collaborations (to name a few)

Speaking Venues

Keynote Speaker • Workshop Presenter • Webinar Presenter • Panelist • Event Host/MC • Resource/Vendor Table

Schools • Colleges & Universities • Churches • Community Organizations • TV • Radio & Podcast • Digital & Print Publications • Social Media

Features & Publications

(to name a few)

Awards and Recognition

Do you share our passion for helping families break the odds?

let's Talk!

We are currently accepting bookings for 2021. Please email us at info@thestudentnavigator.com (or click the button below) and we will get back with you. We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your organization!

-The Student Navigator

“…I completed my first degree debt-free…Now I’m ready to conquer my next degree!”
India | Atlanta, GA
Debt-Free College Graduate (Georgia Gwinnett College)

let's Talk!

Do you share our passion of educating youth and families about living their purpose and positioning themselves for freedom after graduation? 

Do you want us to be a guest speaker and/or vendor for your upcoming event? We want to get to know your organization!

Community involvement is important to us. We often speak at educational and community events as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, panelist, etc. We also enjoy speaking at venues such as seminars, summits, leadership academies, workshops, after-school programs, panels, media interviews, festivals, and more. 

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-The Student Navigator

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