Business Development Speakers

Great Black Speakers wants to ensure the continual growth and development of your business by providing lectures that will guide you on formulating tasks and implementing strategies for effective results. Our business development speakers are experts in their fields and serve as specialists to better assist you in strengthening your business plan and expanding your marketability.

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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Jeannetta Blue

The Marketing Powerhouse specializing in Talent Acquisition & Professional Leadership Development

Jeannetta (Jaybee)  Nickelson      Jeannetta “Jaybee” Nickelson is a Marketing Professional specializing in Talent Acquisition and Leadership Development. After spending the early part of her career as a Recruiting Manager overseeing multiple offices and teams, Jaybee developed an interest in developing “Recruiting Dream Teams” as well as developing leaders to recognize top notch talent.Jaybee is known for her quirky concepts and appr...


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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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Michael Graves

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

Michael Graves        An exceptionally motivated, sales and marketing professional who has effectively led large and diverse organizations to achieve profitable results and consistently exceed industry growth averages.  A results-driven executive with a proven track record of success; designing, establishing, launching and revitalizing corporate brands by utilizing consumer insights, social media and analytics. A charismatic leader, com...


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Lawrence Watkins         Lawrence is one of America’s leading entrepreneurship and personal achievement experts. His journey has taken him from an ultra-underachiever in high school to a graduate of an Ivy League business school as well as the Owner of Great Black Speakers, Great Pro Speakers, and Co-Founder of Watkins Media Group. Lawrence was born and raised in Louisville, KY to a police officer father and a mother who was a counselo...


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James Lowry

Visionary management consultant and entrepreneur.

James H. LowryVisionary management consultant and entrepreneur James was born to Chicago postal workers William and Camille Lowry. He graduated from the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago and Grinnell College in Iowa. Lowry served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania and Puerto Rico before earning a master's degree in public international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1968, Lowry was McKinsey Consulting's first African American...


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Stedman Graham

Stedman lectures and conducts seminars for businesses and educational organizations worldwide on the topics of identity development and leadership.

Stedman Graham         Stedman has built a strong reputation for helping corporations, organizations, and individuals succeed. He is the Chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm based in Chicago.As an educator and speaker, Graham lectures and conducts seminars for businesses and educational organizations worldwide on the topics of identity development and leadership. Graham considers it’s hi...


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Lenora Billings Harris

Certified Professional Speaker (CSP), Past President of the National Speakers Association, and Current President of the Global Speakers Association.

Lenora Billings-Harris         Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)Diversity and Inclusion is a full-time focus, not just one topic among many for Lenora Billings-Harris. Her ability to transform multifaceted diversity and inclusion concepts into immediately applicable “how to’s” have enabled her to help organizations intentionally create and sustain inclusive work cultures that challenge each individual to accelerate their efforts tow...


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Robert Greene

Venture Capitalist and Incoming President of the National Association of Investment Companies.

Robert L. Greene (Bob)         Robert is an accomplished business executive, investment professional, public servant, and philanthropist with deep expertise and broad experience at transforming opportunities into successes!    Bob is a Principal with Syncom Venture Partners; a leading venture capital firm focused on multistage equity investments in high growth segments of the Media & Communications industry. Bob leads Syncom’s Investor ...


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Deborah Mitchell

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee.

Deborah J. Mitchell         Most recently Deborah was the Executive Producer of Arise On Screen, a 30 minute weekly socially interactive movie review show on Arise TV. The network airs nationally and internationally via SKYTV. Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee...


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Dr. Jason Johnson

Breaking down the tough issues with wit and common sense & bringing the people back into politics

Dr. Jason Johnson         Dr. Jason is a professor, political analyst and public speaker. Fresh, unflappable, objective, and known for his ability to break down complex stories with wit and candor Dr. Jason Johnson is an up and coming voice in political and social commentary.Dr. Jason Johnson is the author the book Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell, which has been featured in Campaigns and Elections magazine and on Na...


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Don Moore

Multicultural marketing evangelist specializing in media, advertising and new business opportunities.

Don Moore         Don has +20 years of experience in a wide variety of business disciplines including digital marketing, sales, traditional broadcast and media marketing, as well as general management of large organizations.    As the former President of Burrell Communications’ Digital Division, a part of the Publicist Group (the third largest advertising holding company in the world), Don managed all aspects of the agency’s digital pr...


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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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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 an...


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Kevin Johnson

Successful entrepreneur and author who specializes in giving people practical steps to achieve greatness in business and life.

Kevin D. Johnson            Kevin, 34, President of Johnson Media Inc. and a serial entrepreneur, has several years of experience leading his multimillion-dollar marketing and communications company that now serves many of the most notable Fortune 100 businesses. As an innovative leader, he has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS, Oprah Radio, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Moreover, he has appeared on ...


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Nkrumah Pierre         Nkrumah is the Managing Director of Business Development with My Business Matches, an online portal that connects buyers and suppliers based on business categories and tracks the business results between buyers and capable/qualified suppliers.Nkrumah spearheads global sales and business development efforts to clients ranging from chambers of commerce and trade associations to multinational investment banks, teleco...


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Melody Jones

“What started out as one mile became a life-long journey. Don’t be afraid to travel that mile!”

Melody R. Jones         When asked, "Who is Melody," some would say a humanitarian. Other might say she is the voice fof the voiceless. But if you ask her, she will tell you she is just someone who started on a journey that began as one mile, unsure at times where she was headed, but was not afraid of where the journey would lead her.Armed with tenacity and an unwavering will in making a difference, Melody founded Reaching the Youth o...


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Tony Drees

The obstacles he has faced define Tony Drees’ character. They’ve been huge, potentially crushing—and on that day in 1991 when an Iraqi Scud missile found its target, nearly fatal.

Transition Expert, Tony Drees Speaks Empowers Student with HOPE & DREAMS! On the eve of the 25th Anniversary of the 1991 Gulf War, celebrated Army combat veteran, Tony Drees, opens up to students, educators & school administrators around the country about what it takes to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds through his STEM-based, interactive & inspirational education presentations.   Tony Drees is a warrior, a father, an industry...


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Donnie P.         Donnie, an entrepreneur and native of Jeanerette, Louisiana, realized early in his professional business career that he was equipped with the necessary drive and determination that would allow him to start businesses—from the ground up—without any money. He used these tools and, immediately upon graduation from Southern University A & M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he established Community Case Management, an ado...


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Jamal Jackson

CEO • Attorney • Consultant • Entrepreneur • Mentor • Community Advocate • Legacy Builder teaching individuals How to create their own success & reach their full potential

Jamal Jackson JD|MBA is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. He is the CEO & Managing Attorney of Jackson Corporate Law Offices and a Co-Founder/Business Consultant of Initiative Consulting Group LLC. Receiving his Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration Degrees from Creighton University in May of 2012, Jamal has worked in the field of legal as well as business consulting for individuals and businesses.At the age of 25 Jamal had ...


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Arthur Milton Porter III

Empowering corporations, organizations, entrepreneurs and leaders to reach their full potential

Arthur Milton Porter III         Arthur is a premier speaker that is guaranteed to inform, entertain and empower your audience. Arthur is the CEO of Kingdom Associates, a firm dedicated to helping others to reach their maximum potential. He is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience of helping thousands of aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to start of grow their businesses. He speaks nationally and internationally on entrepre...


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Aaron Sanders

Entrepreneur, President and Founder of Key Financial Services, LLC, a Southfield Michigan based consulting firm which specializes in business development, taxation and credit defense and restoration.

Aaron L. Sanders, Jr.         For more than 24 years Aaron Sanders along with his talented staff have assisted countless taxpayers to properly prepare and reduce tax burdens, improve and protect personal and business credit while offering legal defenses against IRS levies & garnishment through tax strategies that are geared to reduce personal debt and income tax by promoting, teaching and assisting individuals on starting their own home...


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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. Will Moreland

Leadership Life Trainer, Bestselling Author and a Top Keynote Speaker.

Dr. Will Moreland         Dr. Will is a highly sought after Business and Transformational Leadership Coach. As the Founder and CEO Will Moreland International, LLC, Dr. Will is one of the most provocative thought-leaders and leadership trainers of our time. A noted speaker, best selling author and business coach, he inspires individuals to live their Genius Potential, embrace passion and achieve personal greatness through life harmony. ...


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