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Career Speakers

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 become an i...


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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 ac...


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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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Marshawn EvansAs 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 equipping entrepren...


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Damien Dante Wayans

Actor, Director and Producer

Damien Dante WayansWayans was born in New York City; he is the nephew of iconic uncles: Keenan, Damon, Shawn and Marlon Wayans.Damien began his career in 1987 in Eddie Murphy's concert film Eddie Murphy Raw. He later acted with his uncle Damon Wayans in the movie “Major Payne”, which led to television roles in such primetime series as “New York Undercover”, “NYPD Blues” and “House MD” among others. Working on critically acclaimed shows at a young...


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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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Kevin Brown

Stand-up Comedian/American Actor; Emcee

Kevin BrownKevin Brown aka Dot Com/ Uptown Kevin Brown/ Kevin “Dot Com” Brown /30 Rock Dot Com/ Dot Com: Kevin “Dot Com” Brown was a winner of the 15th annual “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”) and was on 30 Rock, the award winning comedy from its inception to the final episode Jan 31, 2013 (7 seasons) starring opposite Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin an...


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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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Jean Claude Brizard

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

Jean-Claude BrizardJean-Claude Brizard is currently a Senior Advisor at the College Board focusing on developing the organization’s career readiness initiative as well as working on state and district relationships. He is the former Chief Executive of Chicago Public Schools. Prior to his appointment in Chicago, he was Superintendent of Schools for the Rochester City School District (Rochester, NY). “Every child brings a wealth of talent, gifts a...


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Dr. Antoine Moss

BlackEnterprise.com Contributor & America's Top Authority on Internship Mastery & Early Career Achievement

Dr. Antoine MossAs 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 The Plain Dealer Newspaper, Fox 8 TV News, and WERE News Radio 1490. Most notably, he’s a currently weekly contributor for BlackEnterprise.com’s Career Section where he writes articles that help to advance the careers o...


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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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Daria Burke

Founder & CEO of Black MBA Women, Independent Strategic Marketing Consultant in New York City, helping luxury, beauty and entertainment clients with a range of marketing initiatives including Brand Strategy, Marketing Communication, etc.

Daria BurkeDaria Burke is a luxury marketing and brand strategist, speaker, speaker and writer. Her passion for women in business leadership inspired her to create Black MBA Women, the first diversified media platform that delivers content, community and career development events for black women from top-tier business schools. Black MBA Women has earned features in Black Enterprise, LUCKY Magazine and the Philadelphia Tribune, and is an official ...


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Nneka Rimmer

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

Nneka RimmerAs 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. Rimmer is current...


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Tiffany Reynolds

You Got Me Stuck! Unclog Yourself -- Igniting talented leaders who feel stuck In deciding their next career move

Tiffany Reynolds’ slogan says it all. "You Got Me Stuck!"“Unclog Yourself” Igniting talented leaders to leap from stuck to unstoppable in landing their careerTiffany Reynolds is a published author and highly experienced success coach. As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Trainer and Speaker, Tiffany can offer workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding leader's personal and professional growth through study and practical applicati...


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The Pruitte Twins

The IT Factor™ - Identical twins Marla and Marcia are life motivators, coaches, dream architects and experts at ‘gab’, but most importantly, they are dreamers.

Marla Pruitte and Marcia Pruitte ColemanIdentical twins Marla Pruitte and Marcia Pruitte Coleman are life motivators, coaches, dream architects and experts at “gab”, but most importantly, they are dreamers. The twins believe every person should be empowered to be authentic in their experiences, and express them according to how they feel. They love to travel and conduct workshops, seminars, vision board experiences and motivational speaking. Thei...


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Bertrand Gervais

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

Bertrand GervaisBest Selling Author, Speaker, CEO of Success Mentor Education Entrepreneur.com 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 student achievement with a message...


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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 BurtonTouted 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 role, Karmetri...


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Dezmon LandersDezmon 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 were thing...


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Ron Thomas

Human Resources Executive focusing on Organizational dysfunction and Career guidance

Ron ThomasRon Thomas is a Chief Human Resource & Administrative Officer currently based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He formerly was Director, Talent and Human Resources Solutions at Buck Consultants (a Xerox Company) and is certified by the Human Capital Institute as a Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS) and Strategic Workforce Planner (SWP). He has served in senior HR roles with Martha Stewart Living and IBM. He serves on the Harvard Business ...


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Derek Anderson, Sr.

I Refuse to Allow Someone's Negative Opinion of me to become My Reality

Derek L. Anderson, Sr.Derek is a screen writer, producer, inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist who continues to expand his brand with various projects in the works such as an autobiography, Life Changing speaking engagements, and numerous film ventures.Derek is a man of integrity and character who lives his life with Love and LOYALTY. Career:Kentucky High School Basketball All-Star• 1996 - Won National Championship with The University of Ke...


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Tina Hawkins Mason

The Woman Motivator bringing Passion, Heart and Drive

Tina Hawkins MasonBeing one of the many who walked around with less than perfect credit, there came many life lessons and experiences with having bad credit. To tell you a little about myself, I found myself after 13 yrs. within the Corporate Hospitality Management Industry, with a job that didn't fulfill me, with a passion to do more with my life and a yearning to be a blessing to others. Deciding to step out on faith and grow my business. With...


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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 products that improv...


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Tiphani MontgomeryWhen 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 drinks & hustled ti...


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Nika Beamon

Television Producer, Writer, Esteemed Journalist and Author

Nika C. BeamonChanneling your independent spirit is the theme of Author Nika C. Beamon's top selling book: I Didn't Work This Hard Just to Get Married: Successful, Single Black Women Speak Out. It, along developing positive self esteem and learning to define your own expectations about life, relationship and career, are topics the veteran journalist talks about when she speaks to women of all ages throughout the country. Her main themes: you can ...


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Kimberly E. Stone Kimberly E. Stone, founder of POSHGLAM.com, is an entrepreneur with a knack for recognizing creative talent and pinpointing successful lines.   POSHGLAM started out as a side venture while Stone attended school. During the growth stages of POSHGLAM, Stone worked as a weekend entrepreneur while working as a Relationship Manager for an IT Staffing Augmentation Firm.   Stone pushed forward with the development of POSHGLAM and ...


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Alison VaughnAward-winning entrepreneur, Inspired Style co-author, and sought-after speaker Alison Vaughn knows what it means to step out in faith to make a lasting and beautiful impact on her community of Detroit, Michigan and to touch lives and self esteem in a profound way.Today, she guides audiences to achieve inspired, timeless style, while demonstrating through her words and actions that beauty flows from within. Listeners are routinely bro...


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Melanie Bonita

#1 Amazon Bestselling Author and Award-winning Inspirational Speaker, helping people to get more determined to achieve their dreams.

Melanie BonitaMelanie is a #1 Amazon Bestselling author, award-winning international inspirational speaker, faith coach, praise dancer and gospel fitness instructor. She's on a mission to help people get more determined, dedicated and driven to achieve their dreams and destiny. Her "Daily Dose Series" show others how to maximize their life and achieve their dreams by using daily strategies to get there. Melanie Bonita started being a very determ...


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Deborah L. ParkerDeborah is a seasoned facilitator, motivational speaker, army veteran, cancer survivor, trainer, author, and coach with a wealth of experience on a variety of workplace issues. She has encouraged audiences to use their "gifts and wits" in creating winning foundations for their professional and personal goals.Results, Wisdom, MotivationTaking adversity as the route to “never count yourself out!” is also a part of Deborah’s inspi...


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Lincoln Stephens

Muckracker. Motivator. Mentor. Former advertising executive turned industry activist and talent futurist.

Lincoln StephensLincoln Stephens is a former Advertising Account Management Executive (Carol H Williams, Martin Retail, and TracyLocke) turned activist, muckraker and entrepreneur. In his professional career, Stephens has worked with top brands such as Frito Lay, Quaker, Pepsi, Cadillac, Hummer, Chevrolet, and Coca-Cola. Born in Dallas, Texas, Lincoln is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he received a Bachelor’s in Journali...


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Mike Ambassador Bruny

A boundary crosser who helps people walk into conferences and get greeted like Norm from the TV show Cheers

Mike Ambassador BrunyMike is a speaker, certified life coach and author who works with conference bound professionals with a lot to offer, but who have a hard time making connections in big groups. He helps save time and money by teaching how to build relationships that will move businesses and personal goals forward. His signature phrase, “Hashtags to Handshakes”, reminds us all that building contacts through social media can pay off tremendousl...


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