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 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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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. 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 American College...


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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 American Pac...


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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 Clinkscales         Keith 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 platform...


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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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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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Melody R. Jones

“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 of America,...


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Dr. Laquita C. Blockson         Dr. 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 ...


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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 realized there w...


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Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders         U.S. AMBASSADOR TO Nigeria & ECOWAS 2007-2010; Republic OF CONGO 2002-2005CEO, FE3DS, LLC       Founder, FEEEDS Initiative      Adjunct Professor, Robert Morris University        Dr. 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 (Nig...


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Jon Gosier

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 Gosier is a 33 year-old investor and computer scientist. He is a serial tech entrepreneur working at the intersection of big data and frontier markets.He 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 bee...


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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 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 ...


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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 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 President of...


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Dr. Edward Summers

Scholar, Educator, Motivational Speaker, and Community Advocate

Dr. Edward Summers           Educator, Scholar, Professor, Motivational Speaker, and Political Scientist      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...


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