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High Achieving Youth Speakers

Very select few make it to the top of the ladder of successful and even fewer are under the age of thirty. Achieving high standards of success at a young can be very difficult, but when done, very inspirational. That’s why Great Black Speakers is proud to bring you an exceptional line of highly accomplished youth speakers and lecturers. Using stories of experience and personal triumphs is a great way to show your youth audience they too can achieve greatness and become wealthy, well-respected and an inspiration to others. This is what our professional speaking service for high achieving youth provides.

Hill Harper Hill Harper is an award winning actor, bestselling author and philanthropist. Hill is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, and The Conversation. Letters to a Young Brother was named “Best Book for Young Adults” by the American Library Association in 2007.Hill currently stars on the hit television drama CSI:NY as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes. CSI is the most successful television...


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Jordan Coleman

2011 Global Teen Leader, actor, author and education activist impacting youth one story and one community at a time.

Jordan ColemanJordan is a young man on a mission. At 17-years-old, he's a filmmaker, actor, author, education activist, honor roll student and athlete. He was recently named one the 25 Most Influential People in Our Children's Lives by Children's Health magazine. Jordan won the 2011 Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival HBO Best Feature Film competition with his film Payin’ The Price, a cautionary tale about teen dating violence..   ...


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Al DuncanAl Duncan 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 is the auth...


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Lawrence WatkinsLawrence Watkins 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, Co-Founder of Ujamaa Deals, and Principal of Sachs Technologies. Lawrence was born and raised in Louisville, KY to a police officer father and a mother who...


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Dr. Randal PinkettDr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and community servant. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar consulting firm based in Newark, NJ, that specializes in information technology, organizational development, and public policy. Dr. Pinkett was also named the winner of NBC’s hit reality television show, The Apprentice, with Donald Trump. He emerged as on...


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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 BrizardJean-Claude Brizard is currently a Senior Advisor at the College Board focusing on developing the organization’s career readiness initiative as well as working on state and district relationships. He is the former Chief Executive of Chicago Public Schools. Prior to his appointment in Chicago, he was Superintendent of Schools for the Rochester City School District (Rochester, NY). “Every child brings a wealth of talent, gifts a...


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Corvida Raven

A natural pioneer at grasping the rapidly changing landscape of technology, Corvida Raven is known for talking technology in plain English.

Corvida RavenA natural pioneer at grasping the rapidly changing landscape of technology, Corvida Raven is known for talking technology in plain English. Since the age of 19, Corvida has consistently captured the tech world's attention with her award-winning blog, SheGeeks.net. Translating the value of social media services and how to utilize them in tandem with innovative devices and mobile apps is a natural passion for this digital native. Cor...


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Erica NicoleErica Nicole is an accomplished serial entrepreneur, acclaimed small business expert, dynamic speaker, syndicated columnist, philanthropist and Christian thought leader.As a renowned serial entrepreneur, Erica leads a diverse business portfolio across digital media, national speaking, global business development, and electronic equipment industries. Erica is best known by the entrepreneurial community as the Founder and CEO of YFS Ma...


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Sharon Meadows

Passionate Published Author and a Certified John C. Maxwell Speaker, Teacher and Leadership Coach.

Sharon D. MeadowsSharon's professional career began as a software engineer. She earned a B.S degree in MIS from the University of North Carolina. After several years, she realized her passion for working with people was greater than her appetite for developing software.Sharon transitioned to become more people-centric and became an IT Business Analyst/Project Manager. Her extensive business experience of more than 17 years in IT has equipped her ...


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Anne C. BaileyAnne 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 and the Sham...


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Demetrius Darnell WalkerDemetrius Darnell Walker is a native New Yorker. Born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, Demetrius represents not only the merits of higher education, but street knowledge as well. Growing up in New York City, Demetrius was exposed to the struggles of the urban community. Avoiding the common pit falls of fellow friends and family members was a daily battle. An exceptionally gifted student, Demetrius left the city turmoi...


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Kimberly E. Stone Kimberly E. Stone, founder of POSHGLAM.com, is an entrepreneur with a knack for recognizing creative talent and pinpointing successful lines.   POSHGLAM started out as a side venture while Stone attended school. During the growth stages of POSHGLAM, Stone worked as a weekend entrepreneur while working as a Relationship Manager for an IT Staffing Augmentation Firm.   Stone pushed forward with the development of POSHGLAM and ...


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Phyllis L. Clark, M.Ed The Inspiration... Inspired by her own two young daughters, her passion for helping girls discover the best of themselves has become Phyllis Clark’s mission in life. Why? Little girls grow up to be young women, young women grow up to be adult women and purpose-driven adult women can move mountains not only themselves but for others. The Experience... An expert on college preparation and scholarship advisor to over 500 u...


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George A. Olokun"Mr. Opportunity" George is a Personal Life Trainer & Life Catalyst, leading Keynote Speaker, Best-Selling Author, & Visionary Entrepreneur.   George travels all over the Nation and has spoken for the Obama Presidential Campaign, Black Enterprise, Essence, several colleges/universities, a number of k-12 Schools, Fraternal organizations, several civic organizations and a list of major entities.   Many articles have been written...


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Thomas McLaurin

The voice dedicated to helping tomorrow's leaders find their place in society via setting goals and seeing them through to completion.

Thomas N. McLaurinThomas is a very diverse and conscientious person. For over 25 years, he has been an educator, an athletic coach, a professional musician, an actor, voice-over personality, and most importantly, a parent and role model. Born and raised in North Carolina, this oldest child of two educators was always striving to make his mark among his peers. Many times he was the last picked during pick-up ball games. Mainly because many times ...


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Michele Howe Clarke

Inspiration for women and cancer patients

Michele Howe Clarke Learn from a miracle maker how to move from just surviving to powerfully thriving!Michele is an MBA and bestselling author of Face Forward an amazing journey through healing disfiguring head and neck cancer to transformation.Her presentations are packed with resources that can be easily learned and applied to experience great personal breakthroughs.No matter what you are facing, Michele Howe Clarke will help you succeed.