Darnell Z. Blackburn
Nationally Recognized and Highly Sought-After Speaker and Trainer, CEO of PRAT International LLC
Darnell was born and raised in the City of Detroit and attended Cass Technical High School. Upon graduating from Cass Tech he enrolled at Michigan State University. From there he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. He later earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
Darnell worked in law enforcement for twenty-eight years. Serving as a police officer working as an undercover narcotics investigator and community police officer as well as with the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (referred to as MCOLES). MCOLES is the regulatory agency who sets licensing standards, oversees training for police agencies, as well as develops curriculum for basic police training in the State of Michigan.
Darnell is an adjunct professor who has taught business and criminal justice classes at the community college. He is the CEO of PRAT International LLC, a human resources management consulting company that specializes in inspirational speaking engagements, implicit bias, verbal de-escalation, stress management and other related trainings.
Darnell is a nationally recognized and highly sought after speaker and trainer. He’s been featured as a speaker for Ted x Detroit, the University Phoenix, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and many conferences, graduations, and forums. He has authored several articles and is recognized as a subject matter expert in the area of implicit bias.
Darnell has acted as a Facilitator with the U.S. Department of Justice alongside the previous Attorney Generals Loretta Lynch and Jeff Sessions on police and community relations. He serves on the Macomb County Ethics Board, Leadership Macomb Board and several other committees. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated.
More importantly than any of Darnell’s other accomplishments and accolades he is a husband and father of six awesome children.
2021 TedXDetroit Event Speaker
“Screw the Golden Rule, A Life Lesson on Empathy”
Watch below as Darnell delivers an inspiring message on his life lesson on empathy during the recent 2021 TEDxDetroit event.