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.

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, committed to ...


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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 counselor for preg...


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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 toward achiev...


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Lauren Maillian Bias         Lauren is the Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding™, a strategic marketing company.A serial entrepreneur, at age 19, Lauren founded a boutique winery that quickly became an internationally recognized award-winning wine brand, making her the youngest self-made winery owner in the country. She served as the Chief Operating Officer of the company from inception through the brand’s acquisition in 2011.Lauren is passi...


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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 Rela...


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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 National Pu...


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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 practice. His r...


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Darnyelle Jervey

Leading Business Optimization Strategist, Best-Selling Author and Award-Winning Business Coach.

Darnyelle A. Jervey, MBA          For more than a decade, Darnyelle has been capturing attention and keeping it as soon as she opens her mouth. Recently hailed as a cross between Bishop T.D. Jakes and President Barack Obama, when Darnyelle takes the stage, people take notice. Her contagious energy and enthusiastic nature makes her a crowd favorite, she consistently receives 4.5 (out of 5) or higher ratings when she finishes leaving her audience ...


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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 CNN freque...


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Yoli Chisholm

A business “backbone builder” with deep marketing and personal roots. Seeking to motivate in ways that matter delivering measurable transformation to organizations and people striving to excel.

Yoli Chisholm          As a seasoned revenue marketing expert, start-up mentor and intellectual innovator, Yoli Chisholm has been at the bleeding edge and active participant in every digital marketing transformation in the last 20 years.  The daughter of South African freedom fighters, Yoli brings a radical approach and point of view to excellence in business and life. “Scrappy discipline” is her mantra where innovation is the backbone of runn...


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Keith Hammond

Pastor, Author, Speaker, Teacher, uses his past as a platform to show others how to overcome obstacles to growth. He has a plethora of personal, professional, and practical experiences to pull from.

Pastor Keith Hammond          PASSION   • Pastor | Author | Speaker | Teacher   • Training, Motivating, Coaching, Lecturing   • Helps people face and overcome obstacles to growth          PASTORAL   • Pastor of Gospel and Grace Christian Church [GospelandGrace.org]   • 18 years leadership in church and ministry under two pastors   • Serves in numerous and varied roles in the Body of Christ   • Educated, gifted, skilled, and anointed to preach, ...


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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 a voice for 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 of America, I...


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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, telecommunicatio...


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Dr. Will Moreland

America's #1 Leadership Life Trainer, Bestselling Author and a Top Keynote Speaker

Dr. Will Moreland         A father that was in jail, a single mother of two and living in what was considered the worst city in America doesn't sound like a recipe for success. Throw in a low self-esteem, a speech impediment and a sense of hopelessness and you will have the beginning of Dr. Will's journey.Growing up in Compton, California at a time where the drug problem, gang violence and murder rate was at an all time, Dr. Will made a critical ...


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Jeannetta Blue

The Business Image Advocate specializing in Personal & Professional Development

Jeannetta Blue (Jaybee)          Jaybee is a Career Coach, Speaker and Writer, referred to by many as the “Woman’s Woman.” She has consulting experience in the Independent Music Industry as well as development and implementation of Branding and Marketing campaigns, Recruiting, Operations and Image Consulting for small business, organizations and movements. After experiencing a major personal lifestyle change stemming from an 80 lb. weight loss ...


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Dr. Laquita C. Blockson         Dr. Laquita, also known as the “Business Renaissance Guru,” is a business/organizational ethics expert as well as an entrepreneurship and urban economic development scholar.  She has extensive experience providing lectures for, facilitating workshops for, and providing guidance to small businesses, community development corporations, executive education programs, affiliates of national nonprofit organizations, and ...


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Dezmon Landers         Dezmon is a startup entrepreneur, blogger and avid traveler. He specializes in the study and execution of startup businesses and is the founder of Startup Expert, an entrepreneurial advisory service in Atlanta, GA.   Dezmon loves startups and has started 8 technology and service based companies since 2003. Along the way, he's gained an immense amount of knowledge on building startup companies. In 2005, he realized there w...


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Kaneisha Grayson         Kaneisha is an entrepreneur, writer, and speaker who provides practical tips for achieving one’s dreams despite the odds. She founded her business “The Art of Applying” to coach non-traditional applicants as they apply to top MBA and other graduate programs. She uses the power of effective storytelling to propel people to achieve their most audacious goals and dreams. Kaneisha Grayson has been featured on MBAPodcaster as ...


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Cassandra Gaines         Cassandra is a recognized and celebrated tourism executive in the state of Oklahoma. Presently, she holds the positions of Muskogee Civic Center Director; Muskogee Multi-Cultural Tourism Coordinator; and Manager of The Roxy Theater, a historic and beloved Muskogee landmark.      In 2008, Cassandra founded the National Soul Food-Cook Off, a local, regional and national competition to showcase the best soul food chefs in co...


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Garth Vickers

Motivational Speaker,Wealth Coach, Tax Professional, Financial Expert, Entrepreneur, Educator & Author, “The Wealthy State Of Mind”.

Garth Vickers          Jamaican born from a humble beginning, renowned motivational speaker, educator, and author of “The Wealthy State of Mind,” Garth Vickers’ aka The Transformer.   His mission to discover the truth beyond the walls of his classroom as a child, has made him the information seeking and passionate man he is today. He has been called “The Transformer” because of his determination to uplift people and help them create a financial ...


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Thomas Gambrell

Your Business Success Coach, Time Management and Peak Performance Guru • Co-Author of 'Success on God’s Terms: How to THINK, SPEAK and PERFORM to SEE the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth'

C. Thomas Gambrell        Thomas is an eminent speaker, trainer and business success coach. He provides success strategies coaching and learning management consulting services to solve training delivery, knowledge transfer and information exchange problems for business owners, member associations, corporations, not-for-profit organizations and public sector clients.       As a professional success coach, C. Thomas Gambrell addresses audiences thr...


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Jon Gosier

Jon is a respected blogger, Investor, writer, software developer, serial tech entrepreneur, and designer working at the intersection of data and frontier markets.

Jon Gosier         Jon Gosier is a 33 year-old investor and computer scientist. He is a serial tech entrepreneur working at the intersection of big data and frontier markets.He is the founder of Appfrica which helps companies do business and invest across Africa. He’s also the founder of Market Atlas has been compared to ‘the Bloomberg terminal’ of Africa, helping private equity firms and hedge funds vet the continent’s financial data.Jon has bee...


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Zuhairah Washington

Entrepreneur and business professional with technology, finance, and product/business development experience in global markets.

Zuhairah Washington          I am an entrepreneur and seasoned business professional with over a decade of technology, finance, and product/business development experience in global markets including London, Dubai, New York, and Washington, DC working with Fortune 500 companies, vc-backed startups, and government and non-profit organizations.       I am passionate about leveraging technology to build profitable, innovative, and disruptive produ...


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Tiphani Montgomery         When I was 12, they told me I was stupid — and prescribed ‘smart pills’ (aka, Ritalin) to wrestle my brain into a state of submission. I fed them to my Rottweiler. They worked like a charm.         When I was 21, they told me I’d never amount to anything — so I took my baby daughter, moved to a new state, self-published a book of poetry, and sold 2,500 copies in less than a month…from behind the bar where I mixed drin...


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