College Success Speakers

Having great academic success in a college program relies on personal success strategies for academic performance, goal setting, time-management and self-motivation skills. These skills are not easy to learn if they do not naturally occur and can take inspiration to actually implement. The best way to motivate and inspire the students enrolled in your college institution to be successful in every aspect of their academic performance is hiring an African-American public speaker from Great Black Speakers. We have the most exclusive range of African-American scholars, journalists, humanitarians and other experts available to speak on a variety of college success topics at your institution’s next student lecture or function.

Al Duncan         Al 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...


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Judge Mablean Ephriam          Judge Mablean was born to Robert and Mable Ephriam in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. She is no stranger to achievement. Through hard, consistent and dedicated work, she strives to perform and do her God-given best. Since a child, she has always had that “spirit” of excellence and liberality about her.The ninth of ten children, you could always find her somewhere reading, studying, and asking countless questions...


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Marshawn Evans         As 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 ...


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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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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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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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Early Jackson         Early Jackson is what you would call a statistical anomaly. With a traumatic birth as a premi weighing only one pound and a few ounces, Early was born a fighter. His childhood began with a strong, loving mother and an entrepreneurial father which was picturesque of an average middle class family. The later separation of his mother and father sparked a life that would prove to be the exact opposite. Stepping into po...


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Gala Jackson         Gala Jackson, M.Ed., CLC is an ambitious millennial and entrepreneur. Launching her career, personal brand, and network at an early age, she has earned a seat at the table with college presidents, corporate executives, community leaders, elected officials, recruiters, hiring managers and her most important audience members – millennials.   After more than 8 years as a higher educational professional, Gala is now nat...


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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 Lo...


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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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“The most prolific African American Filmmaker of this generation, that 90% of African Americans have never heard of...”          JANKS MORTON is a groundbreaking international and award winning Documentarian. As founder of iYAGO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, LLC, he states “the company came into existence to reflect both the conscious and unconscious soul of Black America". JANKS MORTON has been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 ye...


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George Hegamin

Retired NFL Superbowl Champion turned NFLPA Senior Manager: Coach, Motivator and Mentor.

George Hegamin         For more than 15 years, George has utilized his experience as an NFL athlete and Super Bowl Champion to successfully coach, motivate and mentor student-athletes, entrepreneurs and sales teams alike.   Born in the rough inner city of Camden, NJ, George is the walking billboard for motivation and perseverance. He walked on to his high school football team as a junior and was able to parlay that into successful caree...


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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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Andre R. Fields, Ph.D.Dr. Andre Fields received his Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. Dr. Fields currently serves as a psychologist and assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College. As an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity, Dr. Fields purposefully merges theory, science, and practice to capture and explain the insidious impact of racism, stigma, and discrimination ...


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Chike Akua         Chike is an award-winning educator and author who is known for his dynamic, interactive, riveting and revealing presentations that leave everyone inspired, uplifted, and transformed.Ebony magazine selected him as one of its "50 Leaders of Tomorrow," a distinction he is, no doubt, living up to today. Chike Akua is one of the most sought after speakers at colleges, universities, and educational conferences.His most fre...


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Floyd Keith

A motivational, inspirational and entertaining speaker who will inspire his audience to realize their full potential on a personal and professional level by “Planned Positive Attitude”.

Floyd Keith  Biography       Floyd Keith has accumulated forty-five years of service and expertise in the sports profession; with 24 of those years in high level management.  He is currently the CEO of PPA (Planned Positive Attitude) Professional Services; providing services in professional development, life skills coaching, diversity and inclusion and motivational speaking.  Previously, Floyd served 12 years as the Executive Director ...


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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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DaVita Garfield

Embracing my purpose to use my experiences to inspire and encourage others to live on purpose and to be successful without apology.

DaVita Garfield        DaVita attributes her many experiences and obstacles she has overcome during her amazing life journey to walking into her God given purpose and passion of supporting other women on purpose. Her most recent significant experience began in 2012 with a multitude of sudden and unexplained changes in her health. Through stress, depression, frustration and at times anger, she began her fight to reclaim her health and he...


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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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Nigel Williamson

A Driven Young man who went from being a High School Dropout to a High School Valedictorian and helps others to craft their journey to overcome, succeed and achieve results.

Nigel Williamson        After more than 18 years of working with students, Nigel Williamson has decided to provide a special space where students can get 1 on 1 attention and tutoring. Having been a beneficiary of mentoring, coaching, and tutoring, Nigel understands the importance of that individualized time.Growing up in Guyana, South America, Nigel was educated with the belief that every student deserves attention. After a challenging...


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Marlon Haywood

Marlon specializes in civic engagement, leadership, mentorship of young black men, expression of faith, education, and self-empowerment.

Marlon Haywood           Marlon was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in the Englewood area. Never one to let his environment dictate his future, he attended Northern Illinois University (NIU). Marlon received his Master’s Degree in Adult & Higher Education and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies from NIU. Currently, Marlon is a Doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at Roosevelt University.   Marlon’s ...


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Bethanee Epifani Bryant

Ms. Bryant points audiences to a valid, unchanging Source of foundational truths that will help them live their best lives by helping them to discover and develop a strong sense of who they are.

Bethanee Epifani Bryant         Bethanee Epifani [ee -pif -uh-nee], a 2010 graduate of Loyola Marymount University, is the ultimate communicator, with a great interest in inspiring today’s young people to discover their gifts and live their best lives. She works as a Motivational Speaker, Toastmaster Youth Coordinator, Poet, and Youth Mentor. She invigorates her audiences as she shares vital life principles of self-love, self-determinat...


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Laymon Hicks         All teens are troubled. It goes with the territory. A part of the “passage.” There is the typical “torment” of wanting to belong, to be the same, to be liked and accepted. Is my nose too big? My height too short? My hair too long? But not everyone belonged to the Brady Brunch. Drugs. Alcohol. Violence. Stress. Depression. Add the words bullying, peer pressure and self-doubt and you’ve entered the real world drama ...


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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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