Casey J. Cornelius


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about Casey

Casey J. Cornelius has emerged as a leading national voice on the topics of personal development and healthy masculinity. A proud fraternity man and member of his chapter’s Hall of Fame, Casey travels the country helping organizations and individuals maximize their greatest potential. He serves as a "SpokesMo" (their word, not his) for the November Foundation and was recognized by NASPA this year with their Innovative Initiative Award for his signature program Be The Man.


Born in Cincinnati, he holds a Bachelors, two Masters degrees and a 4.0 in his doctoral studies despite once being advised “college isn’t for everyone.” He now resides in Michigan with his wife and daughter and in his spare time is a dedicated practitioner in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Be The Man: A Movement for Healthy Masculinity


America is worried about college men. They point to issues of poor conduct, declining academic success, and a lack of positive male role models and use words like problematic, dangerous, and toxic to describe behavior.


The problem has been identified; now is time for a movement toward a solution!


Casey J. Cornelius has emerged as a leading national voice on the topic of healthy masculinity.  His signature program, Be The Man, works to engage men in a meaningful dialogue about these issues and proposes a path toward a healthier form of manhood.  After seeing campuses and organizations grapple with persistent concerns and daily headlines, Casey decided to act.


The program (keynote, workshop or retreat) addresses four main topics:


  • Current issues (where we are)

  • Socialization of masculinity (how we got here)

  • Relationships (who matters)

  • The "Be The Man" Challenge (where we can go)


Campuses and organizations across the nation have worked with Casey to create environments and experiences to better engage men. Be The Man is the beginning of a discussion and Casey is ready to lead it.

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Investigate current issues facing college men
  • Identify how their relationships with others and themselves are impacted by the stigma of the “bad man”
  • Consider how their daily choices influence other’s perceptions
  • Develop strategies to positively challenge other men to be better
Ideal Audiences
  • Men’s Development Groups
  • Fraternities
  • Athletes
  • First Year Experience

  • Keynote
  • Workshop
  • Retreat

Imperfect Ally


“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”


The world needs more allies, so why aren’t more people stepping forward to serve this important role? Casey J. Cornelius, a recognized leader on personal and organizational development, believes too often we are limited by our fear of not being good enough, perfect enough, to help others.


We must get past the idea that we have to be a perfect in order to be an ally.


In his newest ground-breaking program, Imperfect Ally, he challenges individuals and groups to use their power and voice to help those who need it most even if it means doing so imperfectly. Leaning on principles of social psychology, including the concept of social distance, Casey demonstrates how we can effectively identify and mitigate our biases through purposeful daily choices.


The goal of this program is to break down perceived barriers and also develop the type of mindset and group culture that allows allyship to flourish. Through storytelling and relevant examples, Casey will show how this is actualized using the acronym CARE: concern, awareness, respect, and empathy. 


Audiences will be challenged to consider two central questions:


What can I do to be a better ally for those who need me?

What can I do to help build and empower others to be allies?


The answers to these have never been more important.  

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Develop an understanding of allyship as it relates to daily actions
  • Consider how bias and perceptions of distance limit our ability to help others
  • Explore how concepts of concern, awareness, respect, and empathy allow us to be better allies
  • Accept that the “perfect ally” is an impossible goal and that mistakes and missteps are essential for growth
Ideal Audiences
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Diversity and Inclusion Programming
  • Athletes
  • First Year Experience
  • Keynote
  • Workshop

(re)Claiming Control: A Simple Solution for Leadership Complexity


Who has time to lead? 



It’s nearly impossible to turn dreams into action when you are bombarded with requirements and deadlines, unexpected crises, interpersonal drama, and all the other things out of your control.  You have big ideas for your group, but it’s hard to take even the first necessary steps. 


The noise and distraction is overwhelming. And in a blink of an eye, you’re turning the notebook over to the next person.


What if you could gain more control over the trajectory of your organization? In his new 3-6 hour leadership training retreat, Casey Cornelius helps leaders reduce stress and gain control by focusing on the foundational issues that matters most—recruitment, retention, and remembering (and consistently applying) organization values. Casey’s formula shows you how to focus your team toward your most critical objectives and avoid getting bogged down in distractions. 

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Evaluate their leadership goals and the factors most-likely to derail their success
  • Investigate the "Three R's" of leadership control
  • Identify ways to maximize personal/organizational potential through purposeful choice-making
  • Develop a strategy to enhance leadership control starting today
Ideal Audiences
  • Leadership Training/Organizations 

  • Fraternity and Sorority Life

  • Residence Associations

  • Student Government

  • Men's Organizations 

  • Keynote
  • Workshop
  • Retreat
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