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 (Jaybee) Nickelson      Jeannetta “Jaybee” Nickelson is a Branding & Marketing professional specializing in Talent Acquisition. After spending the early part of her career as a Recruiting Manager for a global BPO overseeing multiple offices and teams, Jaybee developed an interest in assisting others in the achievement of both short and long-term goals while also instilling within Professionals the courage to succeed.Jaybee i...


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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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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 Lifestyle & Relationships Editor • International Love & Career Coach • BossBride.com Founder

Charreah K. Jackson knows that love, success and happiness are possible for today's women and men. As an international speaker and ESSENCE Magazine’s Lifestyle & Relationships Editor, she provides love and career insight for the brand's audience of 13 million and hosts events nationally including at the annual ESSENCE Festival.   Charreah is the founder of bossbride.com, a love and career advice site for women. She is a certified fami...


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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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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      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 of the Black Co...


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Shaun Marq Anderson

‘From Janitor to PhD!!’ Scholar Activist with expertise on diversity in sports and leadership communication.

Dr. Shaun Marq Anderson          Dr. Shaun Marq Anderson is a scholar and public intellectual specializing in the areas of sport and social change, corporate social responsibility, and leadership communication. He is one of those rare individuals who rose to success despite a turbulent upbringing. For many black men, the statistics say that those who grow up in low-income, single parent home are destined for failure. But for Shaun, he ...


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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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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. Ty-Ron Douglas

Author, border crossing scholar, songwriter, and motivator who specializes in Black education, Athletics, Leadership Development, and Black identity/family/ curriculum development

Dr. Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas--"Dr. Ty"         Dr. Ty Douglas is a rising star who is inspiring audiences across the globe! The author of three books, including the soon to be released project: “Border Crossing Brothas: Black Males Navigating Race, Place, & Complex Space,” Douglas offers high impact, high energy presentations that draw on his work in college and professional athletics, black male success, black family studies, diversity...


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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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Dr. Kecia Ashley

Dr. Ashley is an author, speaker, trainer and coach who uses the power of motivation, inspiration and affirmation to both add value and move leaders and youth to realize their worth and move from surviving to thriving and from success to significance.

Dr. Kecia M. Ashley        Dr. Ashley comes from a family of educators and has been in the field of education for over 20 years as a teacher, school and district-level administrator, consultant, and college professor. She is originally from Mississippi, but she currently resides in Alabama.Dr. Ashley is the founder of Kecia Ashley Enterprises, Professional Leadership Academy, My Purpose Academy and God’s Daughter which is a non-profit o...


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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 t...


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Joanna de Pena is a rising phenomenon by delivering passionate and inspiring messages to not only feel motivated but to give strength and confidence in todays society to make the appropriate changes to break the current cycle that is keeping them in despair or lost. Growing up as an inner city kid with limited resources, Joanna managed to land a full scholarship to a boarding school, Proctor Academy in Andover, NH – Where she excelle...


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Dr. Shonta Smith

“The Essence of Education” Educator • Author • Professional Speaker • Coach

Dr. Shonta M. Smith         Dr. Shonta Smith is the “Essence of Education”. She has defied the odds. From the slums of inner city St. Louis, she knew early on that there was something more. Dr. Smith knew that life in and of itself was great. She knew that greatness was upon her and that it was her responsibility to be true to herself and do great things. Dr. Smith was blessed early on as she had the opportunity to participate in the vo...


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Lacey Wilson

Positive Thought Leader with an expertise in Strategic Recruiting Initiatives, Interview & Resume Building Techniques, and Team Management & Motivation!

Lacey Wilson            Lacey has overall responsibility for the performance, advertising, application, interview, screening, and selection processes for the Tucson East and West recruiting teams for a fortune 500 corporation.Lacey attended the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ and started her career as a Human Resources generalist where she developed a passion for recruiting. After 10 years in HR and recruiting Lacey accepted the Recru...


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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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