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.

Tim Carthon

Educator, Author, National Greek Awards™ Founder, Stepping Choreography Trailblazer, Start-Up Business Infrastructure Specialist, Relationship Expert, 'True-Wealth' Consultant

A long-time educator and clinician in elementary, middle, high schools, and college, Tim Carthon is aptly named “The force of the thought-provoking voice” for his amazing ability to help others see things from angles they never knew existed and turn them into a voice for thought-provocation through what he calls the “simpleness of simplicity.”   A hardworking, creative visionary and specialist in the fields of education, college life (male mino...


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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 is the au...


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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 that coul...


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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 equipping ...


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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        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, Co-Founder of Ujamaa Deals, and Principal of Sachs Technologies. Lawrence was born and raised in Louisville, KY to a police officer father and a mother wh...


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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 Lone Star Co...


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Kaplan Mobray

Best Selling Author • Motivational Speaker • Career Consultant

Kaplan Mobray         Kaplan is an acclaimed author, thought leader and motivational speaker on topics ranging from personal branding, leadership, networking, public speaking and success.Kaplan speaks to a variety of audiences, including professional organizations, colleges and universities, sales forces, and corporations. His seminars provide real strategies for real results in making the connection between your personal brand and your life outc...


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Jullien Gordon         Jullien, 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, J...


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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 years and is...


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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 Brizard         Mr. 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 ...


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Andrew Morrison         Andrew is the founder of Small Business Camp – an entrepreneurial training and marketing services firm. The company provides high-impact strategies for entrepreneurs, executives and non-profit leaders. Andrew has trained thousands of entrepreneurs from Hawaii to Nigeria, lectured at Harvard University and appeared on Oprah. Previously he built a multi-million dollar company by providing innovative direct marketing service...


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Darrell Bennett

Harvard and Morehouse alum, Darrell Bennett is a nationally-recognized author and adjunct lecturer at ASA College in New York City.

Darrell Jay Bennett Jr., Esquire           Darrell is a Harvard-educated attorney and college professor. He is also the founder and CEO of Bennett Books Global.   Darrell was born and raised in Baltimore City. As a teenager, he moved to Newport News, Virginia. Throughout his childhood, Darrell was a natural leader, serving as student government president in both middle and high school. In 2003, he graduated with the International Baccalaureat...


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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 frequently re...


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Christiana Bridges

Christiana educates and empowers people to live their very best life with good understanding of the credit system. She is passionate about saving lives though her message.

Christiana “Chris” Bridges         Christiana is an award winning speaker, author and coach dedicated to raising awareness of credit and its impact on our lives. Chris is a Certified Consumer and Business Credit Expert and is recognized to have a strong understanding of positioning credit to gain financial freedom. As seen on FOX and in Forbes Magazine, Chris educates and empowers her clients to live a better life with good credit.She is an autho...


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Dr. Pamela McCauley Bush

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 Bush, Ph.D., C.P.E.       Engineer, Educator, Leader & Entrepreneur          Dr. Pamela is a nationally recognized speaker, entrepreneur, author and Full Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida where she leads the Human Factors in Disaster Management Research Team.She previously held the position of Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor of Ae...


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Aishah Tatum         Aishah is a gifted and talented young woman on the rise. When you meet her, you will know that there is something very special about her. Her vibrant personality literally lights up an entire room and her presence is warm and inviting. Growing up in humble beginnings in a single parent household, she was encouraged to be herself, strive for excellence and live a life that the world would remember. Her mother taught her about ...


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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 of too man...


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Dr. Anne Bailey

Anne is an author and motivational speaker committed to “living history and making history;” she specializes in black history, civil rights, diversity issues and educational success for all children.

Dr. Anne C. Bailey         Anne is a writer, historian, and a tenured professor of History and Africana Studies at SUNY Binghamton (State University of New York). In her work, she combines the elements of travel, adventure, history, and an understanding of contemporary issues with an accessible style. Her works range from adult non-fiction to children’s historical fiction, and include African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence...


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Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder         Dr. Wilder is a sociologist and scholar specializing in race relations, gender, and diversity issues. She is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida. In addition to her studies in sociology, JeffriAnne completed a Ph.D. concentration in Women's Studies and gender research.As a black woman and sociologist, Dr. Wilde...


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Karen King, B.A., MCATD         Karen is an instructional designer and dynamic keynote speaker and facilitator helping companies maximize their leadership potential. King shares the unique opportunity today’s market presents to enhance their bottom line while fulfilling the human need to make a contribution to our society and the groups in our lives. Helping teams enhance their communication, conflict resolution, creativity and inclusion skills w...


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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 2006 and earne...


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Ron Thomas

Human Resources Executive focusing on Organizational dysfunction and Career guidance

Ron Thomas        Ron 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 B...


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