About Us

Great Black Speakers Bureau is a speakers’ bureau that helps Universities, Corporations, and High Schools find high quality, African-American speakers for different events.

Our Story

Great Black Speakers is a tale of two brothers, Lawrence & Boyce Watkins, who decided to tread against cultural norms to build a business that uplifts & empowers the African-American Community. Since 2007, GBS’ mission of being an information & inspiration disseminator whose goal is to deliver powerful messages to the masses has been core to who we are. Since our inception, we have served thousands of organizations and speakers to help facilitate important conversations around diversity, business, motivation, and dozen’s of other topics.
The story starts with a phone conversation between Lawrence and Boyce in 2006. At the time, Lawrence was set to graduate with his engineering degree in Louisville, KY while Boyce was establishing himself as a finance professor at Syracuse University. Lawrence was deciding between rotational program job offers from two different Fortune 100 companies, but was hesitant in committing as he knew a traditional engineering job would be a good fit for sustainable long-term happiness. Ever since he was young, Lawrence knew that he wanted to be an entrepreneur and the perfect opportunity to do so was right around the corner.

Lawrence moves to Syracuse, NY to help Boyce build speaking career.

Lawrence & Boyce start Great Black Speakers based off of the success of building Boyce’s career.

First GBS website is launched with 12 speakers. It looks atrocious, but still functional.

GBS books its first speaker for an event.

GBS finally comes out with a respectable website that matches the brand they want to portray.

Lawrence steps down from full time management and GBS hires its first employee.

GBS reaches it’s 100th speaker on the roster.

GBS launches its first subscription platform for up & coming speakers looking for more exposure.

GBS team expands rapidly to start serving a wider base of organizations & speakers.


Our Team

DR. BOYCE WATKINS

Co-Founder

DR. BOYCE WATKINS

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LAWRENCE WATKINS

Co-Founder

LAWRENCE WATKINS

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    DR. BOYCE WATKINS

    Co-Founder

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    DR. BOYCE WATKINS

    Co-Founder

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    DR. BOYCE WATKINS

    Co-Founder

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    DR. BOYCE WATKINS

    Co-Founder

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    DR. BOYCE WATKINS

    Co-Founder

  • DR. BOYCE WATKINS

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    DR. BOYCE WATKINS

    Co-Founder

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    DR. BOYCE WATKINS

    Co-Founder

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    DR. BOYCE WATKINS

    Co-Founder

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Logo Guidelines

The logo should never be placed vertically, outlined or modified in shape or form. Thank you for not embelishing.

Colour Palette

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  • Black

    #000000 CMYK 75, 68, 67, 90

  • Grey

    #000000 PMS 2925 CMYK 75, 68, 67, 90

  • Yellow

    #000000 PMS 2925 CMYK 75, 68, 67, 90

Typography

The logo should never be placed vertically, outlined or modified in shape or form. Thank you for not embelishing.

  • Headline 1 is Haettenschweiler at 60px.
  • Headline 2 is Haettenschweiler at 50px.
  • Headline 3 is Haettenschweiler at 40px.

Paragraphs are in Brandon Grostesque / 22px font.

Buttons & navigation elements use ALL CAPS / Brandon Grostesque font.