Social Entrepreneurship Speakers

What do organizations like Partners in Health, Krotchet Kids and Sarvodaya have in common? Each have gained success due to the use of social entrepreneurship, or the use of business skills, creativity and social aptitude to answer our world’s greatest challenges. But where does social entrepreneurship come from? And how do individuals and companies foster smart social entrepreneurship? GBS speakers from several backgrounds ready to speak at your next event; click the list below to learn more about our available speakers.

Angela Benton

The Change Agent Diversifying the Innovation Economy

Angela Benton            Angela is the Founder & CEO of NewME Accelerator. Launched in 2011, NewME’s mission is to accelerate underrepresented entrepreneurs around the world. NewME has received critical acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Inc. Magazine, among others for the work they are doing to ensure the technology entrepreneurship is accessible to women and minorities. Additionally, Angela and the inaugural class ...


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Nikki Woods

Multi-media personality, Social Media/Personal Branding Coach, Motivational Speaker as well as the senior producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Nikki Woods          Multi-media personality, Social Media and Personal Branding Coach, Motivational Speaker and Voice-over artist, NIKKI WOODS is the CEO of Nikki Woods Media where she utilizes her highly specialized skills in social media, content marketing and platform building to serve her clients. Nikki is also the senior producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the most successful syndicated urban radio show in history reaching m...


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Goldie Taylor

Goldie is sought after motivational issue driven speaker! Over her 25yr award-winning career, this journalist, opinion writer has emerged as one of the most powerful voices in public discourse.

Goldie Taylor         Over the course of her 25-year career, award-winning journalist and opinion writer Goldie Taylor has emerged as one of the most powerful voices in public discourse. Today, she is a political analyst and on-air contributor at MSNBC where she focuses principally on social justice issues. Best known for her take-no-prisoners style, Taylor has become one of the nation’s preeminent thought leaders on gun control, domest...


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Dr. Tererai Trent

Partnerships with Oprah Winfrey and Save the Children & One of the most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment.

Dr. Tererai Trent         “She’s my favorite because she symbolizes everything I believe The Oprah Show stands for. Her story encapsulates the essence of every lesson we’ve shared over the past 25 years: Hope; Your thoughts create your reality; Gratitude; It doesn’t matter where you come from; Keep reaching for your dreams: And above all… You have the power.” - Oprah WinfreyRooted in humble beginnings, Tererai grew up in a cattle-herdin...


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Kimberly Bryant

Founder, Black Girls Code; Aspen Institute Fellow; 2015 Apple STEM Partner

Kimberly Bryant            Coming from humble beginnings, Kimberly Bryant is no stranger to hard work. As a young girl, she developed an uncommon passion for math and science which eventually lead her to the prestigious Vanderbilt University where she majored in Electrical Engineering and minored in Math.   Often being the only minority in her classes, she entered the work force in the same predicament. This disconnect continued int...


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Lisa Nicole Bell         Lisa is the personification of what happens when art and commerce collide. A passionate communicator, creative businesswoman, and relentless solution finder, Lisa is a unique hybrid of social change agent, on air personality and behind-the-scenes powerhouse. As an award winning filmmaker, media personality, international speaker, and media entrepreneur, Lisa sits at the helm of a burgeoning empire that includes ...


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Brit Fitzpatrick

CEO of nationally recognized Tech startup MentorMe, Ms. Kentucky International 2015, and Community Organizer

Brit Fitzpatrick         Brit is the Founder & CEO of MentorMe, a technology company that is enabling organizations to create pathways to education and careers through an innovative mentoring platform.A 2014 FOCUS100 Fellow and Points of Light Civic Accelerator alum, Brit has been named one of the top 50 under 40 emerging leaders in social enterprise by the American Express Foundation and recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of “8 Awesome...


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Isiah Anderson

Isiah is a visionary with a passion for change, and is committed to creating opportunities for urban communities to thrive in the areas of economic, education and community revitalization.

Isiah Anderson         Isiah is a man of passion. From his faith, to his family, to his business, he is driven by a passion for change. With more than 20 years of experience in leadership, mentoring, and coaching, Isiah aides his team in developing and implementing programs designed to innovate urban education, create economic opportunities and cultivate community-building partnerships. He is the Managing Officer of Three Cord Inc., a m...


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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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Jonathan Beatty

The “Chief Bookman” specializing in social entrepreneurship, education, motivation, and social justice.

Jonathan Beatty          Jonathan is a highly rated corporate analyst turned social entrepreneur and early childhood education advocate. His journey has taken him from a trailer park to graduating with honors with both his B.B.A. and M.B.A. by the age of 23. He is now the Founder and Chief Bookman of Servonta, an educational apparel startup that donates a new book to a child in need with every product sold.Jonathan was born and raised i...


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Jeff Shirley        Jeff graduated from CAU’s Graduate School of Business in May of 1990. In June of 1990, he began his career at Kraft Foods where he spent 11 years in Brand Marketing, Promotions, and eMarketing. During his tenure at Kraft, Jeff marketed some of the company’s largest brands including Oscar Mayer Lunchables, Kraft Miracle Whip and Mayo, Kraft Salad dressing and Log Cabin Syrup. He joined Coca-Cola as the Senior Director...


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Selena Cuffe         Selena is the President and CEO of Heritage Link Brands, LLC, the largest company in North America dedicated to importing and marketing wine produced by indigenous Africans. With wines that have been featured by media outlets including TIME and PBS, the company’s South African portfolio has won industry accolades from the International Wine Challenge, Decanter Magazine, and Wine Spectator, among others. Customers include hous...


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Karen Haynes

As an ordained minister & military verteran Karen empowers others to maximize their potential and affect positive change in their lives.

Karen Haynes            Karen is an Ordained Minister and Military Veteran. She completed more than 20 years of honorable service in the United States Marine Corps. Ms. Haynes speaking career began while she was a recruiter in Shreveport LA. She inspired youth in the black communities to dream of a fantastic future. Ms. Haynes was born in St. Louis, Mo. She was an army dependent.   During her childhood she overcame a learning disabi...


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Demetrius Darnell Walker         Demetrius 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 turmoil to s...


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Evita Turquoise Robinson          Evita graduated from Iona College in 2006 as her undergrad Commencement Speaker, and now holds a Board of Director position with their Alumni Association.   Since her first taste of Europe at the age of twenty-one, Evita Robinson (Evie), has been to over twenty countries and lived on three different continents, including France, Japan, and Thailand. After a year and a half of traveling around the world...


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Jeremiah & Joshua West

Jeremiah (10) and Joshua West (7) are young social entrepreneurs who teach other kids how to give, save and be wise spenders. They also teach kids how to be Change Agents within their communities.

Jeremiah & Joshua West             10 year old Jeremiah West and 7 year old Joshua West are young entrepreneurs with a two-fold mission: improving childhood literacy and teaching their peers how to give, save, and spend their money wisely.    These dynamic brothers wrote a book entitled Champions of Change: Live to Give when they were only 6 & 8 years old. The book has received all 5 star reviews on Amazon and they have sold over 5,...


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Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche

The Budgetnista; a best selling author, speaker and passionate teacher of fun and engaging, financial empowerment.

Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche            Tiffany is an award-winning teacher of financial empowerment, and is quickly becoming America's favorite financial educator. The Budgetnista specializes in the delivery of financial literacy, and has served as the personal finance education expert for City National Bank.   Since 2008, The Budgetnista has been a brand ambassador and spokesperson for a number of organizations - delivering fi...


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Dr. Leslie Grace

Educator, Social Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Community Activist who loves to empower children, families and their communities. The goal is to implement Economics, Entrepreneurship & Empowerment.

Dr. Leslie Grace is becoming a leading expert in the area of increasing the financial capabilities of Young America , their Families and community through her organization “Elements of the Community”, which provides educational, media relations, financial literacy and entrepreneurship programming for communities.       She has taught hundreds of children and adults how to open their own businesses and manage their finances. She is a d...


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Dr. Nathalie Lilavois

Award-winning Educator specializing in engaging youth, empowering women, and leadership through cultural enrichment and education.

Dr. Nathalie C. Lilavois        Dr. Lilavois has been an educator for twenty five years in a variety of teaching and administrative capacities. As a classroom teacher, she taught at the primary level for ten years. During that time, she also worked as a certified reading specialist, focusing on early literacy. Dr. Lilavois completed her undergraduate degree in elementary education and advanced study in the Teaching of Writing at Hofstra...


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