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Economic Development Speakers

Our economic development is characterized as progress in our economy, or the qualitative measures of the progress. Economic development usually refers to the adoption of new technologies, transition out of an agriculture-based industry, and modernized improvements in living standards. Here at Great Black Speakers we have organized a range of African-American scholars, field experts and enthusiasts in economic development who are available to speak publicly on such topics by booking through our website. Please browse our selection of African-American economic development speakers available for public appearance below.

Dr. Julianne MalveauxRecognized 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 economic im...


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William Clement

Economic Empowerment - Successful Business Executive with a special insight into the issue of both income and wealth inequality for people of color

William A. ClementMr. Clement is the former President & CEO of Atlanta Life Financial Group, Inc., one of the largest and oldest black-owned financial services company in the country. Founded by an ex-slave in 1905, Atlanta Life is a privately-held financial services company which provides insurance, asset management and investment banking services. Bill was awarded the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation by the American College of Chart...


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Michael BlakeMichael Blake humbly refers to the words of his mother who said that they went “From No House to The White House”.Michael is the National Deputy Director of Operation Vote, which oversees the constituency outreach programs for the Obama For America campaign.Operation Vote oversees all efforts to constituencies including but not limited to: African-Americans, Youth, Women, Hispanic, Faith, Veterans, Jewish, LGBT & Asian American Pacif...


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Keith Clinkscales

A media entrepreneur who has worked with creative endeavors from across the world of sports, music and entertainment.

Keith ClinkscalesKeith is the CEO of Revolt Media, and a partner in a newly launched multi-platform 24-hour music media network founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Keith brings to the network over 20 years of experience growing media enterprises for cross-cultural audiences. Keith is charged with bringing this dynamic void of music television to life while growing the targeted millennial audience through traditional and digital media platforms. Keith...


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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 G. McGee III 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 McGee has gone viral online with a million views worldwide in less than two weeks, breaking the Missing Malaysi...


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Chike AkuaChike Akua 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 reques...


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Dr. Laquita C. BlocksonDr. Laquita, also known as the “Business Renaissance Guru,” is a business/organizational ethics expert as well as an entrepreneurship and urban economic development scholar.  She has extensive experience providing lectures for, facilitating workshops for, and providing guidance to small businesses, community development corporations, executive education programs, affiliates of national nonprofit organizations, and aspiring ...


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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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Dr. Annalise Fonza

Writer, Scholar, Atheist, Ex-Pastor, and Womanist Educating for Community Empowerment and Critical Consciousness

annalise fonza, Ph.D. Dr. Annalise Fonza is an educator in every sense of the word, but she believes that education is not limited to the classroom. She is an ex-United Methodist clergywoman who is now an atheist. A womanist in standpoint and political orientation, she often writes, offers social and political commentary, and she lectures enthusiastically on a diverse range of topics with emphasis on the interconnectedness of race, gender, class...


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Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders U.S. AMBASSADOR TO Nigeria & ECOWAS 2007-2010; Republic OF CONGO 2002-2005; CEO FE3DS, LLC; Founder FEEEDS Initiative, Adjunct Professor Robert Morris University Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders is CEO of the FEEEEDS Advocacy Initiative and owns FE3DS, LLC both which work on economic development and business strategies for Africa. Prior to this, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to several countries (Ni...


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Paulo Gregory Harris

Inventor, activist, artist, author, and advisor, using the old Zulu wisdom of Cohado to usher in the 'Relational Age' of community, and global sustainability.

Paulo Gregory HarrisPaulo is the inventor of Cohado, a tool for reimagining systems, relationships, and self as generators of abundant and sustainable solutions. Paulo is also the President of Collective Cry, Inc., a germinator of Socially Relevant Ventures, and the Director of the Ingoma Foundation, a vehicle for the implementation of economic solutions for communities. His work with Collective Cry and Ingoma is focused primarily on the creation...


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Jon Gosier

Self-made tech entrepreneur and human rights activist.

Jon GosierJon Gosier is a respected blogger, software developer, and designer working at the intersection of open data, human rights, and African development. He is the founder or co-founder of several organizations and initiatives including AfriLabs, Appfrica, Abayima, Hive Colab, MetaLayer and SeedCapitalAfrica. And has held a Executive leadership roles at others including Ushahidi and QuestionBox. In 2012 Jon founded Abayima, a non-profit or...


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Dr. Edward Summers

Scholar, Educator, Motivational Speaker, and Community Advocate

Dr. Edward SummersEducator, Scholar, Professor, Motivational Speaker, and Political ScientistEdward Summers is one of the youngest executives in higher education and a prominent voice on issues such as access to higher education, cost, affordability, management of higher education, developing sound community and government relations programs, and institutional effectiveness and management. He also conducts research on politics, community and econ...


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Natalie Cofield

A millennial that found inspiration at nexus of business, community and politics, Cofield has carved a niche for herself as entrepreneur, advocate, etc.

Natalie CofieldA millennial that found inspiration at the nexus of business, community and politics, Cofield has carved a niche for herself as an entrepreneur, advocate, and speaker on all things diversity and business. A converted management consultant, economic fellow, and economic development director, she currently serves as the President & CEO of the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce in Austin. Her work has spanned continent...


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