Diversity Speakers

Diversity is a defining element in every community’s structure. Working hard to maintain a respectful society and an accepting environment can help to teach the value of learning from everyone’s unique cultural perspective and build racial tolerance. To spread a message of tolerance for diversity including race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, disability, class, religion, etc. try booking a highly qualified African-American public speaker address these topics at your school, community of business function or event, browse through our selection here at Great Black Speakers.

Dr. Boyce Watkins         Dr. Boyce is one of the most highly sought after African-American scholars in the world. Specializing in financial psychology, educational motivation, and black social commentary, Dr. Watkins has presented his message to millions, making regular appearances on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC News, BET, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Black Enterprise Magazine and many more national media outlets. Brilliant, articulate, an...


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Donna Brazile         Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.Aside from working for the full recovery of her beloved New ...


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Charles Ogletree

Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice; Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Charles Ogletree          Charles is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. Professor Ogletree opened the offices of The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice (http://www.charleshamiltonhouston.org) in September 2005 as a tribute to the legendary civi...


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Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever

Sits on the Board of Directors of the Voter Participation Center, The Women’s Voices Women’s Vote Action Fund, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever           Named to theGrio 100, recognized by the Women's Media Center as one of 30 women making history, and acknowledged by BET as one of the most influential women in Washington, DC, Dr. Jones-DeWeever is a key voice on the needs and condition of women and the African American community. Her policy perspectives have been shared widely in various national and international outlets including CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, TV-ONE, BET,...


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Rebecca Walker

Best-selling author, acclaimed speaker and teacher, and award-winning visionary and activist. Daughter of Alice Walker.

Rebecca Walker          Her intention is to make the world a better place, one conversation at a time. She brings two decades of experience, insight, and innovation to the global conversation about race and gender, art and culture, and politics and power. She engages with audiences through writing and editing books, teaching and speaking at colleges and corporate campuses, blogging, social media, contributing to popular magazines and literary an...


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Angela Benton

The Change Agent Diversifying the Innovation Economy

Angela Benton            Angela is the Founder & CEO of NewME Accelerator. Launched in 2011, NewME’s mission is to accelerate underrepresented entrepreneurs around the world. NewME has received critical acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Inc. Magazine, among others for the work they are doing to ensure the technology entrepreneurship is accessible to women and minorities. Additionally, Angela and the inaugural class ...


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Valorie Burton

Bestselling author, speaker, and life coach dedicated to helping you get unstuck and be unstoppable!

Valorie Burton          Valorie is a bestselling author, speaker, and life coach dedicated to helping people get unstuck and be unstoppable in every area of life. She is the founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute and has served as a Certified Personal and Executive Coach to hundreds of clients in over 40 states and ten countries.For more than a decade, Valorie’s books, speaking engagements, and coaching resources have he...


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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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Keith Beauchamp

Emmy Nominated Producer / Director / Investigative filmmaker who made history unearthing the truth about Emmett Till: bringing justice to victims of injustice.

Keith A. Beauchamp         Emmy Nominated Producer/Director, Keith attended Southern University in Baton Rouge where he studied Criminal Justice with the intention of becoming a Civil Rights Attorney.As a young boy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Beauchamp had his share of run-ins with racism but it wasn’t until an incident where he was assaulted by an undercover police officer after dancing with a white woman at a party that he felt compelled to figh...


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Ellis Cose

One of America’s most prolific and acclaimed authors who speaks a range of topics, from race and generational change to the evolution of the American press.

Ellis Cose         Ellis is one of America’s most renowned journalists and the author of ten commercially published books on issues of national and international concern.A longtime columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine (1993 through 2010) and former chairman of the editorial board and editorial page editor of the New York Daily News, Cose began his journalism career as a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times—becoming, at th...


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Goldie Taylor

Goldie is sought after motivational issue driven speaker! Over her 25yr award-winning career, this journalist, opinion writer has emerged as one of the most powerful voices in public discourse.

Goldie Taylor         Over the course of her 25-year career, award-winning journalist and opinion writer Goldie Taylor has emerged as one of the most powerful voices in public discourse. Today, she is a political analyst and on-air contributor at MSNBC where she focuses principally on social justice issues. Best known for her take-no-prisoners style, Taylor has become one of the nation’s preeminent thought leaders on gun control, domestic violenc...


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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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Marilyn Johnson

Global Ambassador and Retired IBM Executive

Marilyn Johnson         Marilyn was the IBM Vice President, Market Development based in Armonk, New York. In this capacity, she led an organization responsible for developing IBM’s strategy for (and marketing to) businesses owned or operated by Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and Women in the Americas. In 2005 she expanded her mission to include women-owned and women-led businesses in selected markets around the globe; expanding IBM m...


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Nneka Rimmer

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

Nneka Rimmer         As 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 i...


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Dr. Janna Andrews

Medical Expert interested in tackling disparities. Dr. Andrews is a Radiation Oncologist at NSLIJ, and Assisstant Clinical Professor (Radiation Medicine) at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Dr. Janna Andrews         Dr. Janna knew at an early age that she wanted to be a doctor. Raised by her mother, Janna’s academic pursuits were encouraged and supported through her mother’s sacrifice. For her undergraduate degree, Janna attended Princeton University and received a BA in molecular biology. She then went on to attend Temple University School of Medicine, after which she specialized in radiation oncology. At that time, Janna was disc...


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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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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. Wyche         Known 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 w...


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Gwen Webber-McLeod         President and CEO of Gwen, Inc.Gwen Webber-McLeod, M.S., is President/CEO of Gwen, Inc. She has over 30 years experience in leadership development, facilitation, strategic planning and the development of effective coalitions/collaborations. Her clients are CEOs, executive and mid-level managers, and leadership teams in public, private, health care and education sectors. Gwen is a sought after lecturer and conference ke...


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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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Dr. Oliver McGee

HistoryMaker, ScienceMaker, EducationMaker; Teacher, researcher, administrator, and adviser to government, universities, corporations and philanthropy.

Oliver G. McGee III, Ph.D., M.B.A., C.F.R.M.            Dr. Oliver is a HistoryMaker, ScienceMaker-Research, and EducationMaker-Administration at The History Makers - The Nation's Largest African American Video Oral History Collection, see also biography online at: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/oliver-mcgee.         Dr. Oliver has gone viral online with a million views worldwide in less than two weeks, breaking the Missing Malaysia ...


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James Wright

Dynamic and compelling speaker and educator on Diversity and Inclusion, Recruiting and Social Media related topics.

James Wright          With a background in previously managing NBCUniversal’s Talent Acquisition Pipeline Development and the 2012 Diversity Director of The Staffing Management Association of Southern California (SMA), James Wright has a track record of delivering practical, repeatable roadmaps for increasing Diversity in global corporations such as NBCUniversal, Time Warner (AOL), Pepco Holdings, Inc., Verizon / MCI, and respected industry orga...


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Clay Cane

Radio Personality and Award-winning Journalist

Clay Cane         Clay is a New York City-based, radio personality and award-winning journalist. His work covers various topics: pop culture, sexuality, race, religion, social networking and personal branding. Raised in both Washington State and Philadelphia, his diverse racial and socio-economic background has fueled him to consistently deliver edgy commentary, which has garnered a strong following on his social commentary website, ClayCane.net,...


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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 Burke         Daria 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 offici...


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