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           An authoritative voice on race, gender, politics, and the production of positive social change, Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever is widely regarded as one of the most engaging and informative political and social commentators in the US. Currently serving as the Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women, the nation’s oldest organization devoted to the advancement of both civil rights and women’s rights, her...


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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, couples and ...


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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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Keith Wyche

Known for his signature “straight-shooter” approach, Wyche leverages real examples from his and his colleagues' journeys up the corporate ladder to provide practical strategies for advancing to corporate leadership.

Keith R. Wyche         Known as a Turnaround Expert, Keith Wyche is the former President and CEO of ACME Markets (a division of Supervalu), a 113-store, full-service retail and pharmacy chain based in the Philadelphia area with over $2 billion in sales. Most recently, he served as President of SUPERVALU’s 72-store CUB division that is based in Minnesota.Wyche began his career in Sales, Marketing and Management roles with AT&T and IBM. Later he w...


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Gwen Webber-McLeod         President and CEO of Gwen, Inc.Gwen Webber-McLeod, M.S., is President/CEO of Gwen, Inc. She has over 30 years experience in leadership development, facilitation, strategic planning and the development of effective coalitions/collaborations. Her clients are CEOs, executive and mid-level managers, and leadership teams in public, private, health care and education sectors. Gwen is a sought after lecturer and conference ke...


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Darnyelle Jervey

Leading Business Optimization Strategist, Best-Selling Author and Award-Winning Business Coach.

Darnyelle A. Jervey, MBA          For more than a decade, Darnyelle has been capturing attention and keeping it as soon as she opens her mouth. Recently hailed as a cross between Bishop T.D. Jakes and President Barack Obama, when Darnyelle takes the stage, people take notice. Her contagious energy and enthusiastic nature makes her a crowd favorite, she consistently receives 4.5 (out of 5) or higher ratings when she finishes leaving her audience ...


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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 Association of Profess...


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Daria Burke

Founder & CEO of Black MBA Women, Independent Strategic Marketing Consultant in New York City, helping luxury, beauty and entertainment clients with a range of marketing initiatives including Brand Strategy, Marketing Communication, etc.

Daria Burke         Daria is a luxury marketing and brand strategist, speaker, speaker and writer. Her passion for women in business leadership inspired her to create Black MBA Women, the first diversified media platform that delivers content, community and career development events for black women from top-tier business schools. Black MBA Women has earned features in Black Enterprise, LUCKY Magazine and the Philadelphia Tribune, and is an offici...


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Lauren Young

Millennial CEO • Three-Time Award-Winning Author • International Speaker

Lauren Young             Lauren is the CEO and Founder of Freshly Baked Communications, LLC (FBC), a brand marketing strategy + creative writing firm with two locations in the Chicagoland area. After interning at the age of 19 at the headquarters of Kraft Foods, Lauren was offered a full-time position in the Consumer Marketing and Insights department. She worked on the brand messaging and marketing strategy for brands such as Oreo, Oscar Mayer,...


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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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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, telecommunicatio...


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Darcel Dillard Suite

Full Circle Consultant specializing in relationships, family, youth, organizational psychology, and motivational/behavioral changes targeting overall mental wellness.

Darcel Dillard-Suite, M.S.         Darcel is a professional journalist, author, executive coach and motivational speaker. She is a founding member and co-president of Full Circle Health, PLLC and Executive Director of the not for profit, Full Circle Life Enrichment Center. As co president of Full Circle, Darcel oversees new project acquisitions; and develops community programs and partnerships.Before joining Full Circle, Darcel spent over 15 year...


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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 daunting chall...


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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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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 the Silence...


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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 a top nationally recognized expert on personal branding. She is an idea oven, brand problem solver, and creative powerhouse working at the intersection of public relations, journalism, marketing and social media. A former full-time 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...


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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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Khary Cuffe

Empowerment Champion who specializes in internationalization, entrepreneurship, corporate leadership, and multicultural trends and advancement.

Khary Cuffe         Khary is co-founder of Heritage Link Brands where he directs fiscal control functions and oversees business development activity and regulatory affairs. He is also Director of Marketing for L’Oreal USA.Prior, Cuffe served as a marketer for the Procter & Gamble Company where he was responsible for a global multi-functional team in the creation and development of product and commercial initiatives on Pampers, P&G’s largest bran...


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LeRoy Thompson         There are plenty of motivational speakers out there but there are precious few MOTIVATING speakers! You definitely want someone engaging who can capture the hearts and minds of your audience, right? But when you also have a speaker whose energy, empathy, and experience ignites people into action, well then that’s an event to remember. Rocky Thompson is exactly that MOTIVATING speaker everyone is looking for. The core of hi...


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Cherese Jackson

If you're ready to take your organization from worry to WOW, I am ready to empower you!

Cherese L. Jackson         Direct, witty, and relevant are just a few words to describe the incredible gift resident in Life Coach Cherese Jackson.       Drawing from traumatic situations in her past and the power of focus to overcome them, Cherese seems to cut directly to the issues at hand whenever she speaks. Having traveled extensively as a developer of Non-Profit & For-Profit organizations and churches she has always seemed to find herself a...


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Deborah L. Parker         Deborah is a seasoned facilitator, motivational speaker, army veteran, cancer survivor, trainer, author, and coach with a wealth of experience on a variety of workplace issues. She has encouraged audiences to use their "gifts and wits" in creating winning foundations for their professional and personal goals.        Results, Wisdom, Motivation       Taking adversity as the route to “never count yourself out!” is also a...


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Sharon Frame

Your Focus & Follow Through Coach. I help people master laser-focused techniques to re-frame their self-image & create guaranteed success.

Sharon Frame         Sharon is a Former CNN Anchor/Author/Trainer and Empowerment Speaker whose core mission is to help clients claim their “space” on the planet, re-frame their self-image and create the life they desire and deserve. She does that through her international travels as an Empowerment Speaker and with her “Focus And Follow Through” Power Focus Coaching.She has conducted “follow-through” seminars and keynotes for small businesses, co...


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Mike Ambassador Bruny

Run The Point (Take Action) from where you are, with what you have.

Mike Ambassador Bruny         A boundary crosser who helps people walk into conferences and get greeted like Norm from the TV show Cheers.I’m a speaker, certified life coach and author who creates and works on projects designed to empower people.His latest project is called, “Brand Inside a Brand,” which helps working professionals have more impact, more connections and more opportunities by building a personal brand. These are not people who are...


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