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.
Academician, Author, and Media Personality Committed to Raising Awareness of Issues Facing the Black Community
- Academic, Association, Author, Black History Month, Black Social Commentary, Black Student Union , Business School, Civil Rights, College Leadership, College Success, Commencement, Economic Development, Education, Martin Luther King Day, Multicultural Affairs, Race Relations , Women in Society, Womens Empowerment, Young Black Women
- $10,000 - $20,000
- North Carolina
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...
From No House to the White House: One of the People Behind President Obama's Re-election.
Michael Blake Michael 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 Am...
Economic Empowerment - Successful Business Executive with a special insight into the issue of both income and wealth inequality for people of color
William A. Clement Mr. 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 Americ...
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 biography at: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/oliver-mcgee-iii Dr. Oliver has gone viral online with millions of views and social media shares worldwide on breaking news aviation sa...
Thought Leader • Leadership Trainer • Keynote Speaker • Author
Dr. George Benjamin Brooks, Jr. To empower leaders to do great things is the mission of Dr. George Benjamin Brooks, Jr. A spellbinding public speaker, award-winning writer and editor, established social, environmental, economic and civic leader, Dr. Brooks is an expert in aquaponics, transformational leadership, urban agriculture and sustainability. He holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries from the School of Renewab...
Award-winning Educator and Author
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...
“What started out as one mile became a life-long journey. Don’t be afraid to travel that mile!”
Melody R. Jones When asked, "Who is Melody," some would say a humanitarian. Other might say she is the voice fof the voiceless. But if you ask her, she will tell you she is just someone who started on a journey that began as one mile, unsure at times where she was headed, but was not afraid of where the journey would lead her.Armed with tenacity and an unwavering will in making a difference, Melody founded Reaching the Youth o...
America's Financial Sweetheart spreading the good news about financial empowerment!
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 and purpose...
Using his story from the grasslands of Africa to Wall Street, Jeff speaks on succeeding in the face of challenges, student success and unleashing potential.
- Academic, At Risk Youth, Attitude, Black History Month, Black Men , Business Development, Business Executive, Campus Activity, Career, College Leadership, College Motivational, College Success, Corporate Leadership, Economic Development, Personal Development, Student Affairs, Success, Youth Motivational
- $5,000 - $10,000
Dr. Jeff Kaluyu was born in a small poor village in Africa. His biggest dreams as a little boy were those of his grandfather. He dreamed of owning many animals and taking them to the grazing fields to show off the numbers himself. He wanted to be the one to name his cows and goats according to their behaviors and control them, just like his grandfather.As he grew older he realized that his grandfather’s dreams were limited and he was li...
Startup Advisor at StartupExpert.us
Dezmon Landers Dezmon 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 realiz...
Business Ethics and Entrepreneurship Expert
Laquita C. Blockson, Ph.D. Laquita Blockson, also known as the Business Renaissance Guru, is an organizational effectiveness expert who specializes in entrepreneurial ethics, minority- and women-owned businesses, and urban economic development. Laquita serves currently as the Director of the South Carolina Women’s Business Center, under the auspices of the Charleston-based Center for Women and the U.S. Small Business Administr...
Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Sanders - Africa & Nat'l Security Expert
Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders U.S. AMBASSADOR TO Nigeria & ECOWAS Republic OF cONGO; CEO-FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative & FE3DS, LLC Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders is CEO of the FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative and owns FE3DS, LLC which work on economic development, diaspora, human rights, and business strategies for Africa. She is also a Director for Africa-based VGG (an innovative-solutions oriented ICT) and Eurafric Pow...
Jon is a respected blogger, Investor, writer, software developer, serial tech entrepreneur, and designer working at the intersection of data and frontier markets.
Jon Gosier Jon is an investor and computer scientist. He is a serial tech entrepreneur working at the intersection of big data and frontier markets.Jon is the Founder of Appfrica which helps companies do business and invest across Africa. He’s also the founder of Market Atlas has been compared to ‘the Bloomberg terminal’ of Africa, helping private equity firms and hedge funds vet the continent’s financial data.Jon has been liste...
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 Harris Paulo 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 ...
A millennial that found inspiration at nexus of business, community and politics, Cofield has carved a niche for herself as entrepreneur, advocate, etc.
Natalie Cofield A 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 start-up and diversity.A converted management consultant, economic fellow, and economic development director, she currently serves as the President & CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce where she is also the Founding Pr...
Marc is an Associate Fellow and the Director of the Black Worker Initiative at the Institute for Policy Studies (www.ips-dc.org). He is an expert on labor, civil rights, and racial justice issues.
Marc Bayard Marc is an Associate Fellow and the Director of the Black Worker Initiative at the Institute for Policy Studies (www.ips-dc.org). He is the founding Executive Director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University. Marc is a leading expert on racial equity and organizing strategies with extensive experience in building partnerships between labor, faith groups, and civil rights communities.A frequent speaker and soc...
Polymath who is a Scholar of God and Teacher of God.
Denzel D. Burnside III Denzel is a Polymath (Consultant/Activist/Teacher/Creative/Writer/Spiritual Pioneer), born and raised in Miami-Dade county where he graduated from Coral Reef Senior High School in 2001 then later attended FAMU, but returned to finish at Florida International University. He is currently rebuilding his Multi-Media and consulting company DB3 Media, LLC. He working on launching his ministry entitled Ellee’s...
Educator, Scholar, Professor, Motivational Speaker, Political Scientist, and Community Advocate.
Dr. Edward Summers Edward 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 economic development, housing policy, and political processes...
Brother Earl-Poet and Community Activist who specializes in serving at risk youth, expanding our communal economic mindset using Hip Hop to bridge the generational divide.