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Ryan Mack

Financial Guru and Founder of Optimum Capital Management, LLC

Ryan Mack         PresidentThe Optimum Capital Management, Inc.Mr. Mack has a life mission to build and develop a durable financial empire geared towards educating his community and beyond.Ryan Mack is graduated from the University of Michigan Business School (ranked number one in the country) with a concentration in Finance. His career in equity markets began in Detroit, Michigan as a stock trader and later as a trader for the largest ...

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Cynthia McKinney

12 years U.S. Congresswoman, 2008 Green Party Presidential Candidate, Fearless in pursuit of truth, and Epitome of leadership and grace.

Cynthia McKinney          Cynthia is available to speak at meetings, conferences, conventions, universities, and more. She brings to her speeches a range of experiences and insight on the issues facing our world today, as well as her Southern warmth and engaging style. Anyone interested in exploring the possibility of having Ms. McKinney speak at your next event is urged to contact her through Great Black Speakers.Cynthia McKinney has ...

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Robert Townsend

Hollywood Iconic Actor, Comedian, and Filmmaker

Robert Townsend         Robert started out as an extra in the classic film “Cooley High” and became one of the most extraordinary forces in entertainment.Townsend made his name with early roles such as corporal ellis in 1984’s “A Soldier's Story.”But when Townsend couldn't find more good roles, he created his own. 1987’s “Hollywood Shuffle” was a statement about Black Hollywood in content and its creation...A cutting satire about African-American...

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Al Duncan         Al is an award-winning youth advocate, publisher, and internationally recognized authority on soft skills who travels the world "Equipping Young Minds For Exceptional Performance.™" As the leading motivational speaker for at-risk youth and troubled young people, Al has delivered Duncan Nuggets®, live and in-person, to over 1 million young people around the world.    He is the owner of three successful business and he...

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Jeannetta Blue

The Brand Building Powerhouse specializing in Marketing & Professional Career Development

Jeannetta Blue (Jaybee)         Jeannetta “Jaybee” Blue is a Talent Acquisition Professional specializing in Recruitment Strategy and the training, development and mentorship of aspiring professionals. After spending the early part of her career in the branding world, Jaybee developed an interest in the enhancement of employment brands, specifically the Recruitment and development of aspiring professionals. Jaybee firmly believes that...

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Marshawn Evans         As one of the nation’s leading experts on the art of maximizing potential, Reinvention Strategist™, Entrepreneur and Entertainment Attorney, MARSHAWN EVANS is Founder of ME Unlimited®, a consulting firm focusing on reinvention, diversity, women’s empowerment, leadership and peak performance strategies. She is founder of ME University® - The Ultimate Business & Branding Bootcamp, the industry’s premiere summit for ...

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Ryan Leslie         Ryan is a cultural powerhouse. As an artist, he has recorded with everyone from Madonna to Jay-z to Beyonce.A Harvard graduate at the age of 19, Ryan arrived in Boston after scoring a perfect score on his SAT tests and matriculating his junior year of high school.Upon graduation, he went on to produce a large number of hits under the guidance of P Diddy. It was during this time that Ryan broke the first internet pop ...

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Early Jackson         Early Jackson is what you would call a statistical anomaly. With a traumatic birth as a premi weighing only one pound and a few ounces, Early was born a fighter. His childhood began with a strong, loving mother and an entrepreneurial father which was picturesque of an average middle class family. The later separation of his mother and father sparked a life that would prove to be the exact opposite. Stepping into po...

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Lauren Maillian

Lauren is an Entrepreneur, Marketer, Startup Investor and Advisor, Best-Selling Author of The Path Redefined and TV Personality. Her multifaceted career spans industries and defies the norm!

Lauren Maillian         Lauren is a former model turned serial entrepreneur; she is the Founder and CEO of LMB Group, a strategic marketing and advisory company, is a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology enabled companies and is the author of the instant bestselling business memoir, The Path Redefined: Getting To the Top On Your Own Terms....

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Keith Wyche

Opens the door to Successful Growth and Transformation!

Keith R. Wyche         With more than 30 years experience earning serious results for some of America’s best known corporations, including Ameritech, Convergys, AT&T, IBM, Pitney Bowes and SuperValu, Keith has risen to become a successful corporate President and one of the highest-ranking African-American executives in the U.S. Keith understands the rules for success, rules he now shares as an author, speaker, and thought leader.Keith knows first...

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Nneka Rimmer

First African-American female partner in the 50-year history of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Nneka Rimmer         As a Partner at BCG, a premier strategy consulting firm, Ms. Rimmer serves as an advisor to corporate senior executives (CEOs, EVPs and C-suite executive teams) providing counsel on a wide range of issues: competitive and growth strategies, go-to-market and trade strategy, leadership/talent development and change management. She also is an advisor to public sector entities, at the local, state and federal level. Ms...

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Kevin Brown

Stand-up Comedian and American Actor

Kevin Brown         aka Dot Com/ Uptown Kevin Brown/ Kevin “Dot Com” Brown /30 Rock Dot Com/ Dot Com Kevin Brown aka Dot Com is a winner of the 15th annual “SAG” Screen Actors Guild Award, for his portrayal of “Dot Com,” in N.B.C.’s “30 ROCK (winner of multiple “EMMY awards” and “GOLDEN GLOBES)”. Dot Com was on 30 Rock for seven seasons starring opposite Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan.Dot Com plays a Bodyguard, Best Friend and...

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Jullien Gordon         Jullien, The PurposeFinder, is the country’s leading voice on purpose and motivation for the millennial generation. He already has 10 years of experience working with millennials as a CEO, coach, and counselor.     Jullien is the Founding Partner at New Higher, a high performance consultancy for organizations, individuals, and teams that want to increase employee performance, motivation, engagement, and retention. He has wo...

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Dr. Tashni Dubroy

Dubroy has managed a meteoric career path working as a professor, university administrator, business visionary and co-owner, non-profit co-founder, and one of the nation's youngest college president.

Dr. Tashni Dubroy         Dr. Dubroy is Shaw’s 17th president. Dubroy, a Shaw graduate, is the third alumnus, third female and the second youngest person to serve as Shaw’s president.Dubroy, 34, began her career as a research scientist at BASF, the world’s leading chemical company. She quickly ascended the ranks, receiving two promotions in two years. She served as a global technology analyst and procurement manager at the company, wher...

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TJ Haygood

Award Winning Entrepreneurer & Small Business Owner, WEN Master, and Inspirational/Interactive Speaker.

TJ Haygood "My personal and professional passion is to use my God given talents every day to serve small businesses and individuals in the workplace who struggle to find a balance between who they are, who others want them to be, and who they really want to be deep down inside.  The art of being should be as easy as breathing, but often it is not.  I am a WEN Master inspiring others to be a master at helping ourselves and others "Work t...

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Jean Claude Brizard

Senior Advisor at the College Board, and former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and the Rochester NY School District.

Jean-Claude Brizard            Mr. Brizard is Partner and Vice-President at Cross & Joftus. For more than a decade C&J has been devoted to helping public education leaders achieve outstandingresults.   In addition to current practice areas in school and district improvement, educational leadership, talent management, strategicplanning, school finance, community schools, and education policy, Brizard brings to Cross & Joftus two new ...

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Daria Burke

Founder & CEO of Black MBA Women, Speaker, Writer, Lecturer, Advocate for Women, and Independent Strategic Marketing Consultant in New York City, helping luxury, beauty and entertainment clients with a range of marketing initiatives.

Daria Burke         Daria is a luxury marketing and brand strategist. Through Burke Luxe Lab, Daria offers strategic marketing, branding and business strategy services to emerging and established beauty, fashion, retail, design and consumer-driven companies. She brings more than 12 years of experience in developing winning brands and executing successful marketing campaigns across broadcast, print, online.A passionate speaker, writer and lecturer...

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Gala Jackson            Gala Jackson, M.Ed., CLC is an ambitious millennial and entrepreneur. Launching her career, personal brand, and network at an early age, she has earned a seat at the table with college presidents, corporate executives, community leaders, elected officials, recruiters, hiring managers and her most important audience members – millennials.       After more than 8 years as a higher educational professional, Gala...

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Ryan Kilgore

Every Person has a Passion, Every Passion has a Purpose, Every Purpose has a Person.

Ryan Kilgore         Ryan, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has been masterfully playing the soulful sounds of the saxophone since age 10. A fourth generation sax player, Ryan’s musical career has afforded him the opportunity to travel the world to accompany renowned artists such as Stevie Wonder and legendary producers/writers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Ryan’s musical inspiration came from his grandfather, Ester Betterson, who was not onl...

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Dr. Antoine Moss Contributor & America's Top Authority on Internship Mastery & Early Career Achievement

Dr. Antoine Moss           As a nationally recognized resource in the fields of internships, early career achievement, leadership, and motivation; Dr. Moss has contributed to career and empowerment articles and stories for media outlets like Forbes, The Plain Dealer Newspaper, Fox 8 TV News, and WERE News Radio 1490. Most notably, he’s a currently weekly contributor for’s Career Section where he writes articles that help to ad...

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Dr. Dawn DeLavallade

Advocate for the Female Breadwinner - the newest category of American woman. Her mission is to advance our society toward a place of acceptance and healing!

Dawn DeLavallade, M.D.         Dawn is a practicing physician and writer based in Orlando, Florida. As a radiologist, Dawn currently enjoys a “virtual” practice by providing radiologic interpretations from her home office for Emergency Room patients across the country. Her decision to choose a career in virtual medicine has allowed Dawn the flexibility to be a dedicated mother despite the demands of her profession.In addition to her co...

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Amanda Miller Littlejohn

A life and business coach who empowers you to build your brand, pursue your passions and package your genius for the world.

Amanda Miller Littlejohn         Amanda is an idea oven, brand problem solver, and creative powerhouse working at the intersection of public relations, journalism, marketing and social media. A former print journalist and a writer first by training and passion, Amanda uses her unique storytelling lens and new media skills to help her clients uncover and subsequently share better brand stories. Through her signature coaching programs, we...

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Bertrand Gervais

I teach students and young adults to build relationships that build dreams.

Bertrand Gervais          Best Selling Author, Speaker and CEO of Success Mentor Education calls him a “Power Mentor” and USA Today says he is one of the top young leaders in the country.He has collaborated with the hit ABC TV show Shark Tank, the White House, and is a guest columnist for Forbes, all before the age of 30. Bert Gervais, a.ka. The Mentor Guy, is America’s number one speaker on mentorship and stude...

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Ron Thomas

International Human Resources Executive focusing on Career Development, Leadership Development, Strategic Workforce Planning & Talent Management. Sought after international speakers with over 25 global speaking engagement from Africa & Middle East.

Ron Thomas        Ron is the Managing Director, StrategyFocused Group-MENA, based in Dubai. He is also a senior faculty member and representative of the Human Capital Institute [ ] covering the MENA region He was formerly CEO of Great Place to Work-Gulf and former CHRO based in Riyadh. Ron holds certifications from the Human Capital Institute as Global Human Capital Strategist [ GHCS ], Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS), St...

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