Khalil Osiris is an international speaker on restorative justice and transformational leadership. An author, educator and activist, he spent 20 years of his life in prison and while there earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University. He transformed his life and emerged from prison with a deep understanding of how to use personal crisis and challenges as opportunities for self-improvement.
He is author of The Psychology of Incarceration, which is taught in over 60 prisons across America. While living in South Africa, Khalil implemented the country’s first criminogenic needs re-entry program, Get Out and Stay Out (GOSO) Africa. On Nelson Mandela Day, July 18th, 2013, the first graduating class of 120 men celebrated their successful completion of the GOSO Africa program.
Khalil hosted the award winning South African TV Show, Each One Teach One. He founded Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Africa, an initiative designed to improve behavioral outcomes for students in every grade. In 2013, Khalil launched the first PBIS Africa program at Vuleka School, a member of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa. In 2015, Discovery Primary Full Service School became the first South African government school to implement School-wide PBIS Africa.
On his return to America Khalil released his new book, A Freedom That Comes From Within which explores how to find your own freedom, irrespective of your history or current circumstances.
Khalil conducts keynote talks and workshops on topics ranging from exponential thinking and transformational leadership to mindful masculinity and restorative justice.