Dr. K. Candis Best is a passionate advocate of getting people to use their minds to find their genius. An inspiring thought leader in higher education, she has focused her attention on creating a movement around growing genius. Candis has helped hundreds of students and professionals to use their genius minds to leave a legacy through self-leadership and service. She is this creator of the Holistic Leadership model which she used to found Learningateway, a social learning platform for non-traditional students who are at-risk for not completing their academic goals. With “Your Genius Mind: Why You Don’t Need to Be a College Graduate But You Do Need to Think Like One,” Candis is taking the “Growing Genius Minds”movement global. Her perspectives on transforming education have made her an in-demand speaker and expert in crafting educational solutions. But she isn’t just a spokesperson for education, she’s a proud customer. She holds a law degree from Villanova University and is licensed to practice law in the States of New York and New Jersey and before the federal courts of the Eastern District of New York. In addition, she holds masters degrees in business administration and psychology and a Ph.D. in social welfare research and policy development. She holds board certifications in Healthcare Management and as a Human Services Practitioner and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She currently serves as an Associate Professor and the Brooklyn campus chairperson for the departments of Human Services and General Studies at St. Joseph's College. She resides in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, New York.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have a tendency lately to read a lot of non-fiction. Some of the books I've read lately that really stand out are Positivity by Barbara Frederickson, Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright, and Uplifting Service by Ron Kaufman. In fact, I reference the last two in Your Genius Mind. But I do have two non-fiction all time favorites that probably couldn't be more different - Sula by Toni Morrison and the entire Harry Potter series. I'm not sure as an adult I should admit to that last one but J.K. Rowling wrote an incredible series.
What do you read for pleasure?
I wish I had more time to read for pleasure. It seems that most of my reading relates to my passion for improving access to a quality college education.
Your Genius Mind is a passionate and unapologetic statement about the importance of a quality four-year degree. This is a must-read for anyone who is about to start college for the first time, considering a return to college to complete a degree or needs to be convinced about the true value of a college education.