Women in Business Speakers

According to the latest U.S. Census data, women comprised 43.1% of all people working in “management, business and financial operations occupations” in 2011. Like all people, women from varied backgrounds and skill sets can add tremendous value to any finance-related company. Despite the rise in numbers, however, women in business still lack the resources and mentorship to develop and maintain their success in the industry. Fortunately, numerous GBS concentrate on women in business and are available for any school or organization-related speaking engagement. Browse through the list below to learn more about our speakers.

Judy A. Smith         Judy is the Founder and President of Smith & Co, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Over the last 25 years, Ms. Smith has brought her unique combination of communication skills, media savvy, legal and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and abroad. Ms. Smith honed her skills through her experien...


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A’Lelia Bundles

Author • Journalist • Nonprofit Board Chair • Madam Walker descendant. Blends current events, entrepreneurship & history into entertaining, informative mix.

A’Lelia Bundles         Author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles currently is at work on her third book, Joy Goddess of Harlem: The Life and Times of A’Lelia Walker, a biography of her great-grandmother, to be published by Simon and Schuster. She also serves as president and chair of the Foundation for the National Archives, the private partner which provides funds and support for the exhibitions, programs and educational materials of the National A...


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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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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 more than 8...


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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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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, domestic violenc...


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Angela Simmons

Star of 2 Hit MTV reality shows: Run’s House, & hip hop impresario Russell Simmons, the Founder of Def Jam Records

Angela Simmons         Angela and Vanessa Simmons are the stars of 2 Hit MTV reality shows: Run’s House, executive produced by P. Diddy and their uncle, hip hop impresario Russell Simmons, the Founder of Def Jam Records, going strong for 6 years in which America gets an insider’s look at the lives of the family of hip-hop, as well as their own MTV Reality Show Daddy’s Girls chronicling their jet-setting bicoastal lives as they navigate Hollywood ...


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Marilyn Johnson

Global Ambassador and Retired IBM Executive

Marilyn Johnson         Marilyn was the IBM Vice President, Market Development based in Armonk, New York. In this capacity, she led an organization responsible for developing IBM’s strategy for (and marketing to) businesses owned or operated by Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and Women in the Americas. In 2005 she expanded her mission to include women-owned and women-led businesses in selected markets around the globe; expanding IBM m...


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Nneka Rimmer

First African-American female partner in the 50-year history of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Nneka Rimmer         As a Partner at BCG, a premier strategy consulting firm, Ms. Rimmer serves as an advisor to corporate senior executives (CEOs, EVPs and C-suite executive teams) providing counsel on a wide range of issues: competitive and growth strategies, go-to-market and trade strategy, leadership/talent development and change management. She also is an advisor to public sector entities, at the local, state and federal level. Ms. Rimmer i...


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Lenora Billings Harris

Certified Professional Speaker (CSP), Past President of the National Speakers Association, and Current President of the Global Speakers Association.

Lenora Billings-Harris         Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)Diversity and Inclusion is a full-time focus, not just one topic among many for Lenora Billings-Harris. Her ability to transform multifaceted diversity and inclusion concepts into immediately applicable “how to’s” have enabled her to help organizations intentionally create and sustain inclusive work cultures that challenge each individual to accelerate their efforts toward achiev...


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Lauren Maillian Bias         Lauren is the Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding™, a strategic marketing company.A serial entrepreneur, at age 19, Lauren founded a boutique winery that quickly became an internationally recognized award-winning wine brand, making her the youngest self-made winery owner in the country. She served as the Chief Operating Officer of the company from inception through the brand’s acquisition in 2011.Lauren is passi...


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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 business a...


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Debra Langford

CEO of The Langford Company, a business that provides brand activation to the multicultural audience

Debra Langford          Debra is the CEO of The Langford Company, a business that provides brand activation to the multicultural audience, Diversity & Inclusion strategies and the development of top tier diverse candidate pipelines through exclusive events. A media and entertainment industry veteran, Langford was most recently the Vice President, Inclusion and Business Diversity, NBCUniversal, joining in 2009, and was responsible for creating, s...


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Lillian Lincoln Lambert

Uses her experiences to show others how to transform challenging circumstances into stepping stones to achievements.

Lillian Lincoln Lambert         When Lillian arrived at the Harvard Business School, (actually she arrived at Radcliffe College graduate dormitory because women were not allowed to live in the accommodations at the Business School), her first thought was “Why am I here!”. Background Born on a farm in the segregated South, at the age of 18 and fresh out of high school, she journeyed to New York City and Washington, DC to seek my fortune. After f...


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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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Erica Nicole         Erica is an accomplished serial entrepreneur, acclaimed small business expert, dynamic speaker, syndicated columnist, philanthropist and Christian thought leader.As a renowned serial entrepreneur, Erica leads a diverse business portfolio across digital media, national speaking, global business development, and electronic equipment industries. Erica is best known by the entrepreneurial community as the Founder and CEO of YFS ...


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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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Yoli Chisholm

A business “backbone builder” with deep marketing and personal roots. Seeking to motivate in ways that matter delivering measurable transformation to organizations and people striving to excel.

Yoli Chisholm          As a seasoned revenue marketing expert, start-up mentor and intellectual innovator, Yoli Chisholm has been at the bleeding edge and active participant in every digital marketing transformation in the last 20 years.  The daughter of South African freedom fighters, Yoli brings a radical approach and point of view to excellence in business and life. “Scrappy discipline” is her mantra where innovation is the backbone of runn...


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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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Dr. Dawn DeLavallade

Advocate for the Female Breadwinner - the newest category of American woman. Her mission is to advance our society toward a place of acceptance and healing!

Dawn DeLavallade, M.D.         Dawn is a practicing physician and writer based in Orlando, Florida. As a radiologist, Dawn currently enjoys a “virtual” practice by providing radiologic interpretations from her home office for Emergency Room patients across the country. Her decision to choose a career in virtual medicine has allowed Dawn the flexibility to be a dedicated mother despite the demands of her profession.In addition to her commitment t...


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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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