Personal Development Speakers

Personal development can be described as activities that improve self-identity and self-awareness, develop personal talents and potential, improve your quality of life and realize personal dreams and aspirations. Learn to overcome personal challenges with an African-American personal development motivational speaker listed on Great Black Speakers. Our selection of African-American authors, psychologists, scholars and more are highly qualified and world known for their work with self-help and personal development techniques. Each one has a captivating individual story or constructive educational advice about overcoming obstacles and reaching goals through personal development and becoming content with yourself. Here you can view all of our listed African-American personal development public speakers.

Sonja Sohn

Celebrity Servant: lives to fuse her entertainment expertise with her passion for service through empowering troubled youth and struggling families living in marginalized communities.

Sonja Sohn          Sonja Sohn was born and raised in the South, primarily in Newport News, VA, to an African American father and Korean mother during the post civil rights era. After a youth filled with love, struggle and small triumphs, Sohn set her sights on New York City where she lived for two decades, briefly attending various colleges and eventually marrying and raising two daughters before moving to Baltimore in 2003.In her late teens, So...


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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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Shirley Husar

Conservative Republican Political Consultant Pundit, Barter System Digital Marketing Strategist, Inspirational Entrepreneurship, Real Estate Sales

Shirley Husar         Columnist, Writer, Urban Game Changer, Washington Times Communities and licensed real estate agent, CEO of URBAN GAME CHANGER, Shirley is living in Los Angeles, California. Personally Appointed by the 38th Governor Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger to the position of Governor Appointee Board Member for The Geologists and The Geophysicists for the State of California, she served for 4 years. Served as a California Republican Party...


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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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Jullien Gordon         Jullien, The PurposeFinder, is the country’s leading voice on purpose and motivation for the millennial generation.At the age of 27, he already has 10 years of experience working with millennials as a CEO, coach, and counselor.As the author of two amazing books, The 8 Cylinders of Success: How To Align Your Personal and Professional Purpose and Good Excuse Goals: How To Eliminate Procrastination and Perfectionism Forever, J...


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Vladimire Calixte

Celebrity Therapist, Relationship Expert, Author, Empowerment Speaker, and NYC Therapist at Family Circle and Parents Magazine.

Vladimire Calixte         Passionate about stronger relationships and stronger families.Renowned licensed mental health specialist, celebrity empowerment coach, author, speaker and advocate, Vladimire Calixte, is the founder of Life Rebuilding, located in New York, New York. Through her private practice, she teaches countless clients and celebrities how to overcome low-self esteem, PTSD, trauma, and addictive behaviors that keep them stuck in pai...


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Alicia Bowens

The L.O.V.E. Coach, specializing in empowering teen and single mothers.

Alicia T. Bowens         Born in the south suburbs of Chicago, Alicia learned the meaning of perseverance at a very young age. Although she was an honor student and star athlete, Alicia became a teenage mother during her sophomore year of high school at the age of fifteen. However, she didn’t let having a child at such a young age stop her. Alicia kept up with her classwork while she was out, and returned to school, going on to graduate on time ...


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Andrew Morrison         Andrew is the founder of Small Business Camp – an entrepreneurial training and marketing services firm. The company provides high-impact strategies for entrepreneurs, executives and non-profit leaders. Andrew has trained thousands of entrepreneurs from Hawaii to Nigeria, lectured at Harvard University and appeared on Oprah. Previously he built a multi-million dollar company by providing innovative direct marketing service...


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Early Jackson

Recognized as a Social Activist of Empowerment who brings balance, skill and relevance to people and organizations around the country.

Early Jackson         Early, profoundly recognized as a Social Activist, has been laboring to bring balance, skill, relevance and understanding to people of all nationalities. After effectively overcoming a stretch of drug addictions, Early has highly developed himself to become a successful life coach. As a result Early has had the opportunity to speak at such prestigious institutions as Rider University, The Children's Hospital of The King’s Da...


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Sharon Meadows

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

Sharon D. Meadows         Sharon'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 equi...


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Christiana Bridges

Christiana educates and empowers people to live their very best life with good understanding of the credit system. She is passionate about saving lives though her message.

Christiana “Chris” Bridges         Christiana is an award winning speaker, author and coach dedicated to raising awareness of credit and its impact on our lives. Chris is a Certified Consumer and Business Credit Expert and is recognized to have a strong understanding of positioning credit to gain financial freedom. As seen on FOX and in Forbes Magazine, Chris educates and empowers her clients to live a better life with good credit.She is an autho...


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Bershan Shaw

Highly sought after speaker, author and life coach. Her life experiences and credentials make her the perfect combination to inspire and help people reach their best life.

Bershan Shaw          Bershan wasn’t born a warrior. She became one. Life coach, motivational speaker, multifaceted entrepreneur and two time breast cancer survivor, Bershan has dedicated her life to helping others embrace their inner warrior during life’s most difficult journeys. Bershan’s warrior odyssey began when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Originally from Washington D.C., Bershan received her B.S from Syracuse University ...


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Linda Fondren

Linda transformed her life from poverty and disempowerment to success. Her book, “Shape Up Sisters!” is the practical, inspirational and accessible guide, -a get-healthy prescription for everyday women with jobs, families and real-life obstacles.

Linda Fondren            Linda transformed her life from poverty and disempowerment to success, and went back to her hometown of Vicksburg, Mississippi determined to make her hometown a healthier place after Mississippi was deemed the “fattest state” in the nation for several consecutive year.   In 2009, she spearheaded “Shape Up Vicksburg,” a City Hall-sanctioned weight loss challenge in which she convinced the local hospital to offer free h...


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Kai Dupe         Mr. Dupe has a masters degree in education.  He has been a student of spirituality for 20 years. Mr. Dupé is also a doctoral student at Pepperdine University where he is researching the lack of African American males in computing.  Kai is concerned with the spiritual education of African American males.  He utilizes his education, experience, and skills to educate young people in the science of mind.  He is an advocate for spiri...


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Dr. Will Moreland

America's #1 Leadership Life Trainer, Bestselling Author and a Top Keynote Speaker

Dr. Will Moreland         A father that was in jail, a single mother of two and living in what was considered the worst city in America doesn't sound like a recipe for success. Throw in a low self-esteem, a speech impediment and a sense of hopelessness and you will have the beginning of Dr. Will's journey.Growing up in Compton, California at a time where the drug problem, gang violence and murder rate was at an all time, Dr. Will made a critical ...


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Deya Smith

‘The Go-to- Girlfriend’ Lifestyle & Love Coach, Media Maven, Author & Inspirational Speaker, who teaches on fear, faith, femininity, relationships & women’s empowerment.

DEYA “DIRECT” SMITH         Deya Smith, a former Miss Black USA, and veteran producer for the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) brings her unique skills as a National Correspondent; her passion and knowledge as a Social Activist; her charisma and sense of humor as an Actress, Blogger, Personality, Motivational Speaker, and most recently Author; to the world of multi-media. The TJMS reaches 8 million listeners daily.This best-se...


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Jeannetta Blue

The Business Image Advocate specializing in Personal & Professional Development

Jeannetta Blue (Jaybee)          Jaybee is a Career Coach, Speaker and Writer, referred to by many as the “Woman’s Woman.” She has consulting experience in the Independent Music Industry as well as development and implementation of Branding and Marketing campaigns, Recruiting, Operations and Image Consulting for small business, organizations and movements. After experiencing a major personal lifestyle change stemming from an 80 lb. weight loss ...


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Walter Bond

Mr. Accountability, America's Accountability Leader

Walter Bond          Walter also known as “Mr. Accountability” is recognized as one of the world’s most preeminent thought leaders on training and development with a presentation style that is in a class all by itself. Through his keynotes, training systems, webinars, Tele-seminars, workshops, books and CDs, he travels the world transforming organizations into a culture of accountability. He has shared his messages with hundreds of companies, as...


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Demetria Lucas

Author, blogger, and life and relationship coach Demetria L. Lucas speaks on topics ranging from pop culture and entrepreneurism, to dating/relationships and social media.

Demetria L. Lucas         Affectionately known as “Belle”, is the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life (Atria); the creator of the award-winning personal blog ABelleInBrooklyn.com; and the founder of Coached By Belle, a boutique life-coaching service, where Demetria helps clients solve their dating dilemmas and build healthy long-term relationships.Demetria is also a contributing editor for The ...


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Janice Ferebee

Award-winning Author, Global Female Empowerment Expert, Dorothy B. Ferebee Legacy, & Cancer Survivor, with over 30 years Speaking LIFE to Women & Girls! Recognized by OPRAH & ESSENCE.

Janice Ferebee, MSW, native New Yorker, now living in Washington, DC, passionately “Speaks LIFE,” energizes and inspires audiences in the US and abroad with her special brand of wit, wisdom and humor. As one participant shared, “She is indeed a breath of fresh air. She brilliantly mixes her street knowledge with her wit to successfully empower, educate and inspire.” Janice is an author, coach, consultant, international speaker, global female empo...


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Ron Thomas

Human Resources Executive focusing on Organizational dysfunction and Career guidance

Ron Thomas        Ron is a Chief Human Resource & Administrative Officer currently based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He formerly was Director, Talent and Human Resources Solutions at Buck Consultants (a Xerox Company) and is certified by the Human Capital Institute as a Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS) and Strategic Workforce Planner (SWP).        He has served in senior HR roles with Martha Stewart Living and IBM. He serves on the Harvard B...


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Dr. Michael Anthony

Committed to helping students, people, and organizations maximize the skills and potential needed to create positive change in their environments.

Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D.          Michael currently serves as the Assistant Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Oakton Community College. He is among the youngest Chief Diversity Officers and senior leaders within higher education today. He is the founder and owner of Anthony Creative Solutions, LLC, a diversity and leadership development consulting company. At the age of 30, Dr. Anthony earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and...


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Nomalanga Mhlauli Moses

A businesswoman, Nomalanga serves as the Principal and founder of NOMA UNlimited where she offers success and personal development programs.

Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses         Nomalanga is Mrs. Botswana Earth 2012. She was honored to place as the second runner up at the Mrs. Earth international pageant in August 2012. She is also the first ever Mrs. Botswana World and held the title from 2010 to 2011.          Nomalanga describes herself as a home-schooling blogger wife and mother who is also a social commentator and life strategist. A prolific blogger, Nomalanga is a Sr. Editor and co...


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