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Judy A. SmithJudy is the Founder and President of Smith & Co, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Over the last 25 years, Ms. Smith has brought her unique combination of communication skills, media savvy, legal and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and abroad. Ms. Smith honed her skills through her experiences with ...


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Charles Ogletree

Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice; Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Charles Ogletree Charles is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. Professor Ogletree opened the offices of The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice (http://www.charleshamiltonhouston.org) in September 2005 as a tribute to the legendary civil rights ...


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Al DuncanAl Duncan 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 is the auth...


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Rebecca Walker

Best-selling author, acclaimed speaker and teacher, and award-winning visionary and activist. Daughter of Alice Walker.

Rebecca Walker Her intention is to make the world a better place, one conversation at a time. She brings two decades of experience, insight, and innovation to the global conversation about race and gender, art and culture, and politics and power. She engages with audiences through writing and editing books, teaching and speaking at colleges and corporate campuses, blogging, social media, contributing to popular magazines and literary and academi...


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Ron Christie

Author, veteran television and radio political analyst, 2011 Resident Fellow, Harvard University Institute of Politics, Senior White House/Congressional advisor, and Columnist, The Daily Beast.

Ron Christie Ron is Founder and CEO of Christie Strategies LLC, a full-service communications and issues management firm in Washington, D.C. Christie is also the author of three books. His most recent title, Blackwards: How Black Leadership is Returning America to the Days of Separate But Equal was published in September 2012. His two previous books were Acting White: The Birth and Death of a Racial Slur (2010, St. Martin’s Press) and Black in t...


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Mitzi Miller

Editor-In-Chief of JET Magazine, Award-winning Author and Seasoned Mediamedia Journalist

Mitzi MillerBest-selling author and award-winning journalist Mitzi Miller has been at the helm of JET magazine since 2011. Within two short years, her vision of revamping the iconic 62-year-old brand was realized with a successful cover-to-cover redesign, new website launch, improved social media presence, and consistent media coverage of buzz-worthy stories featured in its pages. After majoring in English at Florida A&M University, Miller began...


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Angela Braden

Blind woman seeing her clients to their personal best. Angela's expertise is in motivation, student success, and diversity.

Angela Braden Angela is hailed by many to be one of the most gifted and captivating speakers to recently emerge. Although she lost all her eyesight as a child, she didn't allow her disability to define her destiny. Angela graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelors in Communication Studies, and from Texas Southern University with a masters in Speech Communications. She’s currently a member of the faculty at Lone Star College in ...


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Marilyn Johnson

Global Ambassador and Retired IBM Executive

Marilyn JohnsonMarilyn was the IBM Vice President, Market Development based in Armonk, New York. In this capacity, she led an organization responsible for developing IBM’s strategy for (and marketing to) businesses owned or operated by Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and Women in the Americas. In 2005 she expanded her mission to include women-owned and women-led businesses in selected markets around the globe; expanding IBM market sha...


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Keith Wyche

Known for his signature “straight-shooter” approach, Wyche leverages real examples from his and his colleagues' journeys up the corporate ladder to provide practical strategies for advancing to corporate leadership.

Keith R. WycheKnown as a Turnaround Expert, Keith Wyche is the former President and CEO of ACME Markets (a division of Supervalu), a 113-store, full-service retail and pharmacy chain based in the Philadelphia area with over $2 billion in sales. Most recently, he served as President of SUPERVALU’s 72-store CUB division that is based in Minnesota.Wyche began his career in Sales, Marketing and Management roles with AT&T and IBM. Later he would serv...


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Jullien GordonJullien, The PurposeFinder, is the country’s leading voice on purpose and motivation for the millennial generation. At the age of 27, he already has 10 years of experience working with millennials as a CEO, coach, and counselor. As the author of two amazing books, The 8 Cylinders of Success: How To Align Your Personal and Professional Purpose and Good Excuse Goals: How To Eliminate Procrastination and Perfectionism Forever, Jullien ...


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Debra Langford

CEO of The Langford Company, a business that provides brand activation to the multicultural audience

Debra Langford Debra Langford is the CEO of The Langford Company, a business that provides brand activation to the multicultural audience, Diversity & Inclusion strategies and the development of top tier diverse candidate pipelines through exclusive events. A media and entertainment industry veteran, Langford was most recently the Vice President, Inclusion and Business Diversity, NBCUniversal, joining in 2009, and was responsible for creating, s...


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Gwen Webber-McLeodPresident and CEO of Gwen, Inc.Gwen Webber-McLeod, M.S., is President/CEO of Gwen, Inc. She has over 30 years experience in leadership development, facilitation, strategic planning and the development of effective coalitions/collaborations. Her clients are CEOs, executive and mid-level managers, and leadership teams in public, private, health care and education sectors. Gwen is a sought after lecturer and conference keynote spe...


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Dr. Patricia Pickles

Dr. Pickles is an educational expert who specializes in improving students' performance and creating schools of excellence.

Patricia L. Pickles (Ph.D.)Dr. Patricia is one of America’s most recognized names synonymous with improving students’ performance and closing achievement gaps. Dr. Patricia has demonstrated her in-depth expertise while serving as a teacher, adjunct professor, principal, superintendent of schools, senior director for the state department of education, and as a consultant. Patricia knows what it takes to dissolve low performing schools and create s...


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Towanna Freeman

Award Winning Author | Life and Career Strategist | Advocate for Teen Girls

Towanna B. FreemanTowanna is one of those rare “Triple Threat Women.” She is an entrepreneur, mother of two, and a military wife. She is a successful life coach, inspirational speaker and advocate for young women. Freeman conducts workshops and conferences where she imparts a life-changing message that presents hope and inspiration. It is her purpose. It is her success. So much, in fact, that she has co-authored an award winning book, Purposeful ...


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Early Jackson

Recognized as a Social Activist of Empowerment who brings balance, skill and relevance to people and organizations around the country.

Early JacksonEarly Jackson, profoundly recognized as a Social Activist, has been laboring to bring balance, skill, relevance and understanding to people of all nationalities. After effectively overcoming a stretch of drug addictions, Early has highly developed himself to become a successful life coach. As a result Early has had the opportunity to speak at such prestigious institutions as Rider University, The Children's Hospital of The King's Dau...


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Lillian Lincoln Lambert

Uses her experiences to show others how to transform challenging circumstances into stepping stones to achievements.

Lillian Lincoln LambertWhen Lillian arrived at the Harvard Business School, (actually she arrived at Radcliffe College graduate dormitory because women were not allowed to live in the accommodations at the Business School), her first thought was “Why am I here!”. Background Born on a farm in the segregated South, at the age of 18 and fresh out of high school, she journeyed to New York City and Washington, DC to seek my fortune. After four years...


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Shaun Marq Anderson

‘From Janitor to PhD!!’ V.Y.Z.I.O.N. Strategist, Speaker, Life Coach, and blacklifecoaches.net contributor helping you go from slump to success!!

Shaun Marq AndersonGrowing up in the rough terrains of Pine Bluff, AR was no easy feat for Shaun Marq Anderson. His formative years were marked by financial and familial struggles, including growing up in a fatherless home and bouts of extreme poverty. As he grew older, he had to deal with times of homelessness as well. With all of these obstacles, he could have easily followed in the path of drug dealing, stealing, prison, or the grave that man...


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Isiah Anderson

Isiah is a visionary with a passion for change, and is committed to creating opportunities for urban communities to thrive in the areas of economic, education and community revitalization.

Isiah AndersonIsiah is a man of passion. From his faith, to his family, to his business, he is driven by a passion for change. With more than 20 years of experience in leadership, mentoring, and coaching, Isiah aides his team in developing and implementing programs designed to innovate urban education, create economic opportunities and cultivate community-building partnerships. He is the Managing Officer of Three Cord Inc., a management company c...


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Dr. David Points

Retired Military Commander and Educator, providing education and promotion services to Military Veterans and Businesses.

Commander David S. Points, JD, LLM, Ed.S., PhD, U.S Navy (Retired) Commander David S. Points is the former Director, Joint Information Bureau, Joint Task Force –160 (JTF -160), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was recalled to active duty February 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He remained Director while the Joint Information Bureau transitioned to U. S. Army and Rhode Island Army National Guard personnel. He was awarded the Joint Service...


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Dr. Christi Griffin

Author of Incarcerations in Black and White: The Subjugation of Black America. She is a retired attorney and leading authority on the impact of crime, mass incarceration and injustice on children, families and the community.

Dr. Christi GriffinDr. Christi Griffin has riveted audiences with the realities of mass incarceration and its impact on children, families and the community. Since founding the non-profit organization, The Ethics Project, she has spoken to educators, students, law enforcement, church congregations, community leaders and non-profit CEO’s on the dangers of ignoring an ever growing system of incarcerations that has ravaged state budgets and closed h...


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Walter Bond

Mr. Accountability, America's Accountability Leader

Walter Bond Walter Bond also known as “Mr. Accountability” is recognized as one of the world’s most preeminent thought leaders on training and development with a presentation style that is in a class all by itself. Through his keynotes, training systems, webinars, Tele-seminars, workshops, books and CDs, he travels the world transforming organizations into a culture of accountability. He has shared his messages with hundreds of companies, associ...


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Valerie Coleman Morris

Valerie Coleman Morris is your guide to a deep and emotionally intellectual understanding of individual financial responsibility from cradle to grave.

Valerie Coleman MorrisValerie Coleman Morris, a former CNN domestic and international correspondent/anchor is considered a northern California Bay Area native when it comes to television news. She began her career in the early 70s in San Francisco at KRON-TV as a reporter and then KGO-TV as a long time anchor.Valerie was an Air Force kid who lived in England, France, Scotland and Japan by the time she was a junior in high school. She’s a graduate...


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Johnel BarronIt's a game called, 'Life' - and Johnel Barron has the proven, winning approach to reach into the wandering souls of today's youth.  Affectionately referred to as "Mr. B", this powerful speaker, consultant, and mentor is changing the dynamics for how teens across the country define "personal success".   Often mistaken as a college student himself, Johnel has the ability to connect with teens and parents with a strong voice of reaso...


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Rev. Dr. Nicholas Pearce

@KelloggSchool Professor • @ACOGChicago Assistant Pastor • Executive Adviser • Encourager

Rev. Dr. Nicholas PearceDr. Nicholas Pearce is a clinical assistant professor of Management & Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His research examines leadership, organizational values, and organizational change in diverse contexts, ranging from the boardrooms of Fortune 500 corporations, to the halls of power in national governments, to the pulpits of America’s megachurches. His teaching on values-drive...


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Dr. Michael Anthony

Committed to helping students, people, and organizations maximize the skills and potential needed to create positive change in their environments.

Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D. Michael currently serves as the Assistant Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Oakton Community College. He is among the youngest Chief Diversity Officers and senior leaders within higher education today. He is the founder and owner of Anthony Creative Solutions, LLC, a diversity and leadership development consulting company. At the age of 30, Dr. Anthony earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organiza...


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Cassandra Owens

Dynamic speaker who inspires her audiences with humor, hard facts, while tackling issues that most people find controversial

Cassandra Y. Owens Cassandra is a one of a kind, dynamic, speaker. She inspires her audiences with humor, hard facts, while tackling issues that most people find controversial. Cassandra demonstrates sound moral concepts, while teaching proper ethics and providing road maps for moral edification, which provides encouragement and motivation for her listeners. Cassandra's views and acumen are secured in experience ranging from educator, counselo...


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Robert Moore

Retired United States Marshal and author, The President's Men: Black United States Marshals in America

Robert MooreThe Author of “The Presidents Men: Black United States Marshals in America”, The Honorable Robert Moore, retired United States Marshal is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield, with a Master Degree in Public Administration. Marshal Moore was appointed by President Clinton in 1994-2002 to the position of United States Marshal for the Central District of Illinois. He is an accomplished writer, an inspiring motivational...


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Dana Rondel

Founder and Lead Minister of Wisdom In New Dimensions (WIND) and Founder of Partners In Goodwill Publications & Media.

Dana RondelDana is an extraordinary and magical writer, speaker, artist, spiritual advisor and community leader. She is the author of children’s books, novels, short stories, anthologies, essays, poetry and The Sunshine Letter. Dana is also the Founder and Minister of Wisdom In New Dimensions (WIND) Foundation, Spiritual Center and Temple, a panoptic church focused on building stronger ecumenical communities. She is also the Founder, Lead Writer ...


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Charlie Hardy

The educator who was an eye witness to one of the most defining moments in the quest for equality.

Charlie E. Hardy, President & CEOCentre For Excellence, LLC EducationJuly 2005, Master of Arts Degree, Organizational Management, University of Phoenix1996 Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow, Washington, DC1972 Registered Representative National Association of Securities DealersMay 1962, Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education, Alabama State UniversityMay 1958, High School Diploma, Booker T. Washington High School, Montgomery, ALCareer E...


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Phillip Allen

Invest Mentor & Leaders' Leader, committed to 'participating in the move of God', leading young adults to 'Own' their faith.

Phillip Allen, Jr.Phil is the pastor of “The Vine,” the college/young adult ministry at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch, CA. He is very passionate about inspiring and developing believers to their greatest potential. Discipleship is the foundation of ministry at the Vine. It is through life on life discipleship that God transformed Phil’s life, and his desire to influence a movement towards a culture of discipleship throughout the bo...


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