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 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 ...


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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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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, 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 counselo...


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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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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...


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Jullien Gordon         Jullien, The PurposeFinder, is the country’s leading voice on purpose and motivation for the millennial generation. He already has 10 years of experience working with millennials as a CEO, coach, and counselor.     Jullien is the Founding Partner at New Higher, a high performance consultancy for organizations, individuals, and teams that want to increase employee performance, motivation, engagement, and retention. He has wo...


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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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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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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 Partner and Vice-President at Cross & Joftus. For more than a decade C&J has been devoted to helping public education leaders achieve outstandingresults.   In addition to current practice areas in school and district improvement, educational leadership, talent management, strategicplanning, school finance, community schools, and education policy, Brizard brings to Cross & Joftus two new ...


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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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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

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 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 Asso...


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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...


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Aja McClanahan

Leading expert on personal finance as a foundation to successful entrepreneurship & purpose-filled living.

Aja McClanahan            Aja hails from Englewood, Chicago. According to many, this is a place where everyone should be poor and no one should prosper. Yet, her family has defied the traditional state of the Black American household by purposely becoming free from debt on both personal and business balance sheets.    Aja’s straightforward, yet personable style inspires others to take stock of their lives to create vision, passion a...


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Andrea Cennington

A passionate voice wittingly serving others as an advocate, empowering and inspiring seamlessly taking listeners on a journey from victim to victorious.

Andrea Cennington, LCSW, PhD (ABD)         Andrea is a pathfinder and a curious renegade for family stability. She passionately explores ways to empower women and children through education. Andrea has successfully overcome many travails of her own including homelessness, being raised in a home of alcoholism and domestic violence, and being the spouse of one with addiction issues. Despite these experiences, she intentionally and purposefully rais...


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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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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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Ron Thomas

International Human Resources Executive focusing on Career Development, Leadership Development, Strategic Workforce Planning & Talent Management. Sought after international speakers with over 25 global speaking engagement from Africa & Middle East.

Ron Thomas        Ron is the CEO, Great Place to Work Gulf, based in Dubai. He formerly was CHRO the RGTS Group in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is a senior faculty member of the Human Capital Institute.     Ron holds certification from the Human Capital Institute as a Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS) and Strategic Workforce Planner (SWP). Prior roles included senior level roles with Xerox HR services, IBM and Martha Stewart Living.Board members...


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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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James Chapman

James is a well-known innovator in both the civic and entrepreneurial community.

James Chapman is a well-known innovator in both the civic and entrepreneurial community. He was nominated for the 2015 White House Demo Day for being Founder of Oil Drop; an online platform and app that gets your oil change delivered. His most recent venture is Workaholics; a collaborative space for entrepreneurs on a membership basis during the day, and open to the public at night for anyone looking to tackle projects and share ideas...


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