Professional Development Speakers

Professional development can be described as the process of striving to obtain the skills, qualifications, and experience that allow you to make progress and grow within your career field. Professional development is crucial to gaining new clientele and creating profit growth within a corporation or for an independent professional worker. Figuring out how to obtain such skills and qualifications requires a professional development plan or professional development consultant. Alternatively, you can hire an African-American public speaker from Great Black Speakers to address your company at a corporate function or consult you individually in creating and planning professional development. We offer a wide range of highly educated and high impact speakers and lecturers what will help boost your professional development.

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever           Dr. Avis is the President of the Incite Unlimited, a Washington, DC-based boutique consulting firm and the Founder of the Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women, a global personal and professional development firm that specializes in helping women of color successfully navigate the challenges of race and gender at work in order to push through to next level career success.Her expertise and perspecti...


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Jeannetta Blue

The Marketing Powerhouse specializing in Talent Acquisition & Professional Leadership Development

Jeannetta (Jaybee)  Nickelson      Jeannetta “Jaybee” Nickelson is a Marketing Professional specializing in Talent Acquisition and Leadership Development. After spending the early part of her career as a Recruiting Manager overseeing multiple offices and teams, Jaybee developed an interest in developing “Recruiting Dream Teams” as well as developing leaders to recognize top notch talent.Jaybee is known for her quirky concepts and appr...


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Van Moody

The People's Scholar - Global expert on exiting or avoiding toxic relationships and building healthy ones across your entire life

Van Moody         A Featured media expert on outlets such as Forbes, Fox News, and Wall Street Journal. Van Moody is an author, motivational speaker and media expert source who advises on matters related to relationships as they pertain to friends, family, significant others and the workplace.Moody is a “People Scholar” who understands the power and potential in developing the “right” relationships and, in kind, he helps individuals, co...


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Early Jackson         Early Jackson is what you would call a statistical anomaly. With a traumatic birth as a premi weighing only one pound and a few ounces, Early was born a fighter. His childhood began with a strong, loving mother and an entrepreneurial father which was picturesque of an average middle class family. The later separation of his mother and father sparked a life that would prove to be the exact opposite. Stepping into po...


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Gala Jackson         Gala Jackson, M.Ed., CLC is an ambitious millennial and entrepreneur. Launching her career, personal brand, and network at an early age, she has earned a seat at the table with college presidents, corporate executives, community leaders, elected officials, recruiters, hiring managers and her most important audience members – millennials.   After more than 8 years as a higher educational professional, Gala is now nat...


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Keith Wyche

Opens the door to Successful Growth and Transformation!

Keith R. Wyche         With more than 30 years experience earning serious results for some of America’s best known corporations, including Ameritech, Convergys, AT&T, IBM, Pitney Bowes and SuperValu, Keith has risen to become a successful corporate President and one of the highest-ranking African-American executives in the U.S. Keith understands the rules for success, rules he now shares as an author, speaker, and thought leader.Keith knows first...


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Eudora Pickett Nelson        Eudora is an international speaker, communication expert and author, whose audiences have fun learning how to manage tough communication, cognitive and executive challenges. A partial list of Eudora's clients include: United Energy Trading Company, Veterans Administration, United Postal Services, International Film Festivals, CA. Bankruptcy Courts and AARP.Eudora is a board certified speech pathologist with ...


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Luvvie Ajayi

Award-winning writer and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism.

Luvvie Ajayi        An eleven-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a respected entertainment and humor blog that covers everything pop culture – from TV, movies and technology to travel, race and life’s random adventures.     Luvvie is a columnist for TheGrio, has contributed her writing to XOJane, EBONY, Clutch Magazine and Uptown Magazine, and has been featured by the Chicago Sun-Times, Africa.com, Essence,...


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Gwen Webber-McLeod, M.S.         President and CEO of Gwen, Inc.    Gwen Webber-McLeod is a frequently sought after lecturer and conference keynote speaker on leadership topics, and is increasingly known for the work she does with emerging minority and women leaders through the concept of the “Unexpected LeaderTM.” The Unexpected Leader is one who bursts on the scene shaking things up because they break the mold of traditional leadersh...


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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, Jann...


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Charreah Jackson

ESSENCE Magazine’s Relationships Editor • National Love & Career Coach • Creator of BossBride.com

Charreah K. Jackson            Charreah knows that love, success and happiness are possible for today's women and men. As ESSENCE Magazine’s Relationships Editor, she provides love and career insight for the publications 11 million readers and hosts events nationally including at the annual ESSENCE Festival. She is a certified family life educator and featured expert on CNN’s Headline News, VH1, WEtv and ABC News. The National Associa...


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Daria Burke

Founder & CEO of Black MBA Women, Speaker, Writer, Lecturer, Advocate for Women, and Independent Strategic Marketing Consultant in New York City, helping luxury, beauty and entertainment clients with a range of marketing initiatives.

Daria Burke         Daria is a luxury marketing and brand strategist. Through Burke Luxe Lab, Daria offers strategic marketing, branding and business strategy services to emerging and established beauty, fashion, retail, design and consumer-driven companies. She brings more than 12 years of experience in developing winning brands and executing successful marketing campaigns across broadcast, print, online.A passionate speaker, writer an...


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Nkrumah Pierre         Nkrumah is the Managing Director of Business Development with My Business Matches, an online portal that connects buyers and suppliers based on business categories and tracks the business results between buyers and capable/qualified suppliers.Nkrumah spearheads global sales and business development efforts to clients ranging from chambers of commerce and trade associations to multinational investment banks, teleco...


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Floyd Keith

A motivational, inspirational and entertaining speaker who will inspire his audience to realize their full potential on a personal and professional level by “Planned Positive Attitude”.

Floyd Keith  Biography       Floyd Keith has accumulated forty-five years of service and expertise in the sports profession; with 24 of those years in high level management.  He is currently the CEO of PPA (Planned Positive Attitude) Professional Services; providing services in professional development, life skills coaching, diversity and inclusion and motivational speaking.  Previously, Floyd served 12 years as the Executive Director ...


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Shaun Marq Anderson

‘From Janitor to PhD!!’ V.Y.Z.I.O.N. Strategist, Speaker, Life Coach, and blacklifecoaches.net contributor helping you go from slump to success!!

Shaun Marq Anderson         Growing up in the rough terrains of Pine Bluff, AR was no easy feat for Shaun Marq Anderson. His formative years were marked by financial and familial struggles, including growing up in a fatherless home and bouts of extreme poverty. As he grew older, he had to deal with times of homelessness as well. With all of these obstacles, he could have easily followed in the path of drug dealing, stealing, prison, or the grave...


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Donnie P.         Donnie, an entrepreneur and native of Jeanerette, Louisiana, realized early in his professional business career that he was equipped with the necessary drive and determination that would allow him to start businesses—from the ground up—without any money. He used these tools and, immediately upon graduation from Southern University A & M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he established Community Case Management, an ado...


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DaVita Garfield

Embracing my purpose to use my experiences to inspire and encourage others to live on purpose and to be successful without apology.

DaVita Garfield        DaVita attributes her many experiences and obstacles she has overcome during her amazing life journey to walking into her God given purpose and passion of supporting other women on purpose. Her most recent significant experience began in 2012 with a multitude of sudden and unexplained changes in her health. Through stress, depression, frustration and at times anger, she began her fight to reclaim her health and he...


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Andre Norman

Inspirational life story of gang leader sentenced to over 100 years in prison who changed his life direction, got out of prison and now inspires audiences that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and follow your dreams!

Andre Norman         From being one of the most feared prison gang leaders in the United States to becoming one of the nation’s most dynamic agents of change, Andre Norman has been speaking and inspiring corporate professionals throughout the country and across the globe. He launched his program, Project Footprints, in 1999 to teach corporate audiences how focus, purpose, resilience and effective planning can overcome even the most daun...


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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 com...


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Amanda Miller Littlejohn

A life and business coach who empowers you to build your brand, pursue your passions and package your genius for the world.

Amanda Miller Littlejohn         Amanda is an idea oven, brand problem solver, and creative powerhouse working at the intersection of public relations, journalism, marketing and social media. A former print journalist and a writer first by training and passion, Amanda uses her unique storytelling lens and new media skills to help her clients uncover and subsequently share better brand stories. Through her signature coaching programs, we...


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Ron Thomas

International Human Resources Executive focusing on Career Development, Leadership Development, Strategic Workforce Planning & Talent Management. Sought after international speakers with over 25 global speaking engagement from Africa & Middle East.

Ron Thomas        Ron is the Managing Director, StrategyFocused Group-MENA, based in Dubai. He is also a senior faculty member and representative of the Human Capital Institute [ hci.org ] covering the MENA region He was formerly CEO of Great Place to Work-Gulf and former CHRO based in Riyadh. Ron holds certifications from the Human Capital Institute as Global Human Capital Strategist [ GHCS ], Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS), St...


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Dr. Anne Bailey

Anne is an author and motivational speaker committed to “living history and making history;” she specializes in black history, civil rights, diversity issues and educational success for all children.

Dr. Anne C. Bailey         Anne 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 t...


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Sheri Riley

Wife, Mother, Daughter, Entrepreneur, and Empowerment Speaker who empowers high achievers to stop spending 100% of their time on 10% of who they are.

Sheri Riley         Sheri is a wife, mother, daughter, and entrepreneur and we all know this is not easy, but she’s figured out how to make it simple. As an Empowerment Speaker, Personal Development/Leadership Coach, and Life Strategist, she works with high achievers to make choices that lead to less stress, more clarity, and internal peace. With her 9 Exponential Living Principles, she helps herself and others to stop spending 100% of ...


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Marc Anthony Bowman

Qualified, results driven “Coach for Success in your Career Path”.

Marc Anthony Bowman          Marc is a Human Resources Professional with an MBA in Business Administration/Human Resources, combined with years of solid, successful, proven human resources experience in a generalist role. Marc is also a Professor of Human Resources Law. Marc is a highly accomplished Senior Human Resources Professional with extensive experience in HR strategy and operational planning with a focus on change management and...


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