Academic Speakers

One of our main aims as a company is educate audiences all over the world. Our academic speakers do this well and do this for a living. These lecturers talk on a variety of subjects like politics, race relations, business, and law. Academic speakers are perfect for university and community events where a high level of intellectual fortitude is desired.

If you like our academic speakers, you should also take a look at our political speakers and race relations speakers.

Dr. Boyce Watkins         Dr. Boyce is one of the most highly sought after African-American scholars in the world. Specializing in financial psychology, educational motivation, and black social commentary, Dr. Watkins has presented his message to millions, making regular appearances on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC News, BET, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Black Enterprise Magazine and many more national media outlets. Brilliant, arti...


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Dr. Marc Lamont Hill         Dr. Marc is one of the leading hip-hop generation intellectuals in the country. His work, which covers topics such as hip-hop culture, politics, sexuality, education and religion, has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, books, and anthologies. Dr. Hill has lectured widely and provides regular commentary for media outlets like NPR, Washington Post, Essence Magazine, and New York Times and has been a reg...


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Dr. Julianne Malveaux         Recognized for her provocative, progressive and insightful observations, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, an economist, author and commentator, is the President and CEO of Last Word Productions, Inc, a multimedia production company. Described by Dr. Cornel West as “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country”, Dr. Malveaux’s contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their ec...


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Dr. Steve Perry             Dr. Steve Perry’s heart pumps passion and produces positive change. Featured in CNN's Black in America series, Dr. Perry is the most talked about innovative educator on the scene today. Perry is the founder and principal of what U.S. News and World Report has cited as one of the top schools in the country, Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. Capital Prep has sent 100% of its predomin...


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Michael Graves

Change in Order to Survive...The Professional and Personal Challenges of Starting a Business in a Recession

Michael Graves           Please allow me to introduce myself as Michael A. Graves. I am a Business Development and Communications Executive, as well as a Sports Radio Talk Show Host. I am seeking speaking engagements where I can share my story and experience over the past 25 years. My topics center around, how to best monetize the strength of one’s network and personal brand at scale, while overcoming challenges; business, personal, f...


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Ellis Cose

One of America’s most prolific and acclaimed authors who speaks a range of topics, from race and generational change to the evolution of the American press.

Ellis Cose         Ellis is one of America’s most renowned journalists and the author of ten commercially published books on issues of national and international concern. A longtime columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine (1993 through 2010) and former chairman of the editorial board and editorial page editor of the New York Daily News, Cose began his journalism career as a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times—beco...


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Jane John-Nwankwo  CPT, DSD, RN, MSN, PHN    With more than 10 years as a professional female motivational speaker, Jane can hold any audience sitting straight on their chairs for any length of time! Jane resides in Southern California, but travels internationally for motivational speeches. She is a seminar leader and a published author of more than 50 books including textbooks for healthcare training, fiction for entertainment, books f...


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Farai Chideya         Chideya has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, as well as a Senior Writer covering politics and data at ESPN's FiveThirtyEight. Chideya is the author of six books, the first of which was D...


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Dr. Gregory Parks

Gregory is a leading scholar, author, and lecturer on Black Greek-letter organizations (“BGLOs”) and the role of unconscious race bias in contemporary society.

Gregory S. Parks, J.D., Ph.D.         Dr. Gregory is an Assistant Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, where he has taught since the Fall of 2011. He holds an M.A., an M.S., and a Ph.D. (all in Psychology) and a J.D. Professor Parks served as a law clerk on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to The Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to The Honorable ...


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Dr. Janna Andrews

Medical Expert interested in tackling disparities. Dr. Andrews is a Radiation Oncologist at NSLIJ, and Assisstant Clinical Professor (Radiation Medicine) at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Dr. Janna Andrews         Dr. Janna knew at an early age that she wanted to be a doctor. Raised by her mother, Janna’s academic pursuits were encouraged and supported through her mother’s sacrifice. For her undergraduate degree, Janna attended Princeton University and received a BA in molecular biology. She then went on to attend Temple University School of Medicine, after which she specialized in radiation oncology. At that time, Jann...


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David Augustine

Dee-1 uses his experience as a hip hop artist, educator, and survivor from the slums of New Orleans to motivate others to live with Mission Vision and fulfill their life calling.

David Augustine  (Dee-1)          Dee-1 created his own lane in Hip-Hop by making music that motivates anyone on a mission to win the game of life. He is the epitome of soul, swag, and New Orleans—while never shying away from being the voice of the underdog who grinds with a purpose.After graduating from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree, Dee-1, born David Augustine, financed his musical dreams by teaching middle schoo...


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Brandon Maye

Keynote/Motivational Speaker • Author • Philanthropist • Entrepreneur and Former College Football All Ameican

Brandon Maye        You’re GUARANTEED Life-Changing Results!   "What God has for you, no devil in hell can ever take away - Point Blank!! There is no weapon formed against you that shall prosper." - Brandon Maye   Brandon Maye began his life journey with numerous frustrations and hurdles to overcome. He started from humble beginnings and even stood on the threshold of his NFL dream with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brandon beat insurmounta...


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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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Dr. Pamela McCauley

Award-winning Educator, Expert Engineer, Leadership-Innovation-Diversity Specialist who inspires students and professionals to pursue STEM education and careers, even in the face of great adversity.

Pamela McCauley (formerly Bush), Ph.D., C.P.E.       Engineer, Educator, Leader & Entrepreneur         Dr. Pamela McCauley is an ergonomics and biomechanics expert, a dynamic keynote speaker, a popular author, and an award-winning professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida where she serves as Director of the Ergonomics Laboratory. Dr. McCauley is currently on ass...


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Tori Soudan

Owner and Designer of luxury brand, Tori Soudan Shoe Collection • International business/finance expert • Alumna of Spelman College

Tori Soudan         “There are two moments in a woman’s life when her style will make an impact on others – the moment she walks into a room and the moment she walks out. In both instances her shoes will be of great significance.” - Tori SoudanExceptional artisanship, striking patterns and a radiant display of colors are the marks of a Tori Soudan shoe.Born with an entrepreneurial spirit and an eye for the exquisite, Tori intuitively fe...


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Dr. Stacie Gregory

An engineer and researcher who empowers women and other underrepresented groups to pursue STEM degrees, while informing society why inclusion and equity in engineering matters.

Dr. Stacie Gregory        Dr. Gregory is the founder and Vice President of Research at Engineers for Equity, mission-driven organization focused on fostering equity and inclusion in engineering.   Stacie earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Utah State University. Her doctoral research applied Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality frameworks to critically examine effective intervention strategies to reduce the negative consequ...


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Rev Sharon Risher

Sharon has been very outspoken about the nation’s gun laws and is one of the national spokespersons for the grassroots advocacy groups Everytown and Moms Demand Gun Sense.

Rev. Sharon Washington Risher        Rev. Sharon was catapulted into the limelight after the Charleston, S.C. shooting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17th, 2015. Her beloved mother and the church’s sexton, Mrs. Ethel Lee Lance, was killed along with eight others, including two cousins and a childhood friend. Since that horrific tragedy, Sharon has been very outspoken about the nation’s gun laws and is o...


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Dr. David Points

Retired Military Commander and Educator, providing education services to Military Veterans, Public & Charter Schools, Colleges, Universities and Businesses.

Commander David S. Points, JD, LLM, Ed.S., PhD, U.S Navy (Retired)          Dr. Points was a Multicultural Education adjunct professor in Wayne State University’s Department of Education, Teacher Education Division while completing his PhD. He has recently served as the Director, First Year Experience and an Associate Professor of Education, in the Education Department at Lane College, a HBCU located in Jackson, Tennessee.   Dr. Poin...


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Dr. Eugene Stovall

Dr. Stovall delights audiences with trends in public education, political insights on restorative justice and marketing strategies.

Dr. Eugene Stovall      Speaker with numerous radio, TV and personal appearances.   Advocate for restorative justice using his research on the Swedish Ombudsman gained when studying at the University of Lund in Sweden.   A recognized authority on Frank Yerby, the black novelist who created the literary genre known as the costume novel, Stovall receivied his PhD in Political Theory from the Political Science Department at the University ...


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Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder         Dr. Wilder is a sociologist and scholar specializing in diversity, race relations and gender issues. She is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at the University of North Florida. In addition, Dr. Wilder is a member of the doctoral teaching faculty in the Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sp...


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Elwood Watson         Elwood is a Professor of History, Gender Studies and African American Studies at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Elwood Watson is a professor, public speaker and op-ed writer. Blunt, provocative and always keepin’ it real, and known for his pull no punches, take no prisoners approach when speaking to the public or writing his on point columns, his “tell it like it is” approach has gained him a loyal and steady...


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Karmetria Dunham Burton

Karmetria is best recognized personally for living her mantra: be Inspired. be Motivated. be Informed. ‘Go over it, go around it, go under it, but NEVER give up. You have to SHOW UP, everyday!’

Karmetria Dunham Burton         Touted as one of the Top 25 Women Impacting Diversity by DiversityPlus Magazine over the past two years, and recently named 2013 Woman of Excellence by the Atlanta Daily World, Karmetria Burton is igniting an inspirational fire among women AND men in the corporate world. The Houston, Texas native currently serves as General Manager - Strategic Programs with Delta Air Lines.In her challenging professional ...


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Dr. Jeff Kaluyu

Using his story from the grasslands of Africa to Wall Street, Jeff speaks on succeeding in the face of challenges, student success and unleashing potential.

Dr. Jeff Kaluyu was born in a small poor village in Africa. His biggest dreams as a little boy were those of his grandfather. He dreamed of owning many animals and taking them to the grazing fields to show off the numbers himself. He wanted to be the one to name his cows and goats according to their behaviors and control them, just like his grandfather.As he grew older he realized that his grandfather’s dreams were limited and he was li...


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Garrett Johnson

A 21st century innovator who specializes in technology, politics, education and sports.

Garrett Johnson         Garrett is CEO/co-founder of SendHub, a venture-backed startup based in Silicon Valley. He previously served as professional staff on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where his oversight portfolio included Afghanistan, Pakistan and Haiti. Johnson was graduated magna cum laude in three years with a double major in Political Science and English. Johnson was named an academic All-American in 2005 and 200...


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