Women in Society Speakers
According to the premise of many social theories, “male” and “female”, and “men” and “women” are constructed norms based on mutually accepted traditions and beliefs. There is no doubt that women, in every culture, are dynamic and vital to their community. But the responsibilities and roles of women are indeed changing: how do we, as individuals and society overall, understand and act on women’s place in society? Several GBS speakers are available to discuss new gender trends, norms and challenges at any speaking engagement. Click the list below to learn more about our experts on women in society.
Real life inspiration behind ABC's hit show Scandal
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 he...
Academy award winning actress
Taraji P. Henson Taraji earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress opposite Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She starred in the hugely successful Karate Kid opposite Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan and in Date Night with Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. For her role in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, she received the 2009 Diversity Award for Best Actress. She also stars in the up...
Political Commentator and Chair of the Voting Rights Institute
Donna Brazile Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.Aside from working for the full recovery of her be...
Emmy Award Winning Actress
Lynn Whitfield Growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lynn Whitfield first watched the likes of Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Bette Davis in “All About Eve” from her grandmother’s lap. She loved classic movies and with child-like confidence, she could see no reason she could not become an actress and some day play those same types of roles. Over the course of nearly three decades, the talent of the little girl wh...
Dancer, actor, singer, director, and writer - Star of A Different World
Jasmine Guy Actor-dancer-director Jasmine Guy has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theater and film. She began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Jasmine starred on Broadway in the original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack, and reprised hit productions of Grease, The Wiz and Chicago (as Velma Kelly).After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed ...
Sits on the Board of Directors of the Voter Participation Center, The Women’s Voices Women’s Vote Action Fund, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
- Alpha Kappa Alpha, Association, Black History Month, Black Social Commentary, Black Student Union , Commencement, Diversity, Martin Luther King Day, National Urban League, Professional Development, Race Relations , Women in Business, Women in Media, Women in Society
- $5,000 - $10,000
- District Of Columbia
Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever Named to theGrio 100, recognized by the Women's Media Center as one of 30 women making history, and acknowledged by BET as one of the most influential women in Washington, DC, Dr. Jones-DeWeever is a key voice on the needs and condition of women and the African American community. Her policy perspectives have been shared widely in various national and international outlets including CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, TV...
Beauty Queen Turned Corporate Attorney
Marshawn Evans As one of the nation’s leading experts on the art of maximizing potential, Reinvention Strategist™, Entrepreneur and Entertainment Attorney, MARSHAWN EVANS is Founder of ME Unlimited®, a consulting firm focusing on reinvention, diversity, women’s empowerment, leadership and peak performance strategies. She is founder of ME University® - The Ultimate Business & Branding Bootcamp, the industry’s premiere summit for ...
Undeniable queen of hip-hop who supports worthy projects, events and fundraisers such as AIDS awareness, anti-violence and Rock-the-Vote.
MC Lyte Lyricist, Pioneer, Icon, Inspirational Speaker, Veteran and Entrepreneur describe one of the most prolific and well-respected female Hip-Hop artists of our time: MC Lyte. A pioneer in the industry, she opened the door for future female Hip-Hop artists by daring to do what had never been done while doing something she loved.A role model to women and respected by men everywhere, Lyte never compromises who she is and consis...
- Association, At Risk Youth, Attitude, Black History Month, College Orientation, Commencement, Constitution Day, Domestic Violence, Emancipation Proclamation , Family, Homecoming, Law School, Martin Luther King Day, Women in Law, Women in Media, Women in Society, Womens Empowerment, Youth Motivational
- $10,000 - $20,000
Judge Karen Mills-Francis Judge Karen has a colorful and engaging style that is as distinctive as her bold burgundy robe and her bright blonde hair. As quick to aid the helpless as she is to dismiss the hare-brained, Judge Karen confidently dished out justice to a national television audience with the half-hour syndicated courtroom series, Judge Karen. She is famous for the lines “Stay in your Lane, I know how to Drive”. For fal...
Political Strategist and Author of Black Women Redefined
Sophia A. Nelson Sophia is "redefining" the rules for 21st Century living and success. The award-winning author, journalist, political commentator and former House of Representatives committee counsel is working to change the game for a new generation of Americans in academia, the workplace, interpersonal relationships, and overall persona development. Prior to becoming a freelance journalist and former White House correspon...
Academician, Author, and Media Personality Committed to Raising Awareness of Issues Facing the Black Community
- Academic, Association, Author, Black History Month, Black Social Commentary, Black Student Union , Business School, Civil Rights, College Leadership, College Success, Commencement, Economic Development, Education, Martin Luther King Day, Multicultural Affairs, Race Relations , Women in Society, Womens Empowerment, Young Black Women
- $10,000 - $20,000
- North Carolina
Dr. Julianne Malveaux Recognized for her provocative, progressive and insightful observations, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, an economist, author and commentator, is the President and CEO of Last Word Productions, Inc, a multimedia production company. Described by Dr. Cornel West as “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country”, Dr. Malveaux’s contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their ec...
World-renowned poet and thought leader on black social commentary
Nikki Giovanni Nikki is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past thirty years, her outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.”Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil righ...
Former Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County Georgia Juvenile Court and star of The Judge Hatchett Show.
Judge Glenda A. Hatchett A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, where she was an Earl Warren Scholar, Hatchett completed a prestigious federal clerkship in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. She then spent nearly 10 years at Delta Air Lines, where she was the airline’s highest-ranking woman of color worldwide. As Senior Attorney, she represented Delta in labor/personn...
Award-winning Performer, Writer, Producer, and Director.
T’Keyah Crystal Keymah Performer, writer, producer, director, T’KEYAH CRYSTAL KEYMÁH is her name personified: a prism of energy and vision, known worldwide for her acclaimed work on TV’s In Living Color, Cosby, and That’s So Raven. Keymáh voiced Bumblebee on Teen Titans and Trixie’s mom on American Dragon. Stage credits include Love Letters (w/ David Alan Grier), her critically acclaimed one-woman show, Some of My Best Friends: A Collect...
Best Selling Author, Custodian of the Cultural Consciousness Award recipient, inducted into Black Hall of Fame in 1998
Phyllis Yvonne-Stickney Phyllis has longevity and staying power in the industry. She has been at the vanguard for many of the improvements to the Theater and Arts Festivals that are presented annually such as THE NATIONAL BLACK THEARER FESTIVAL THE ANTIONAL BLACK THEATER FESTIVAL THE SHADES OF BLACK THEATER FESTIVAL THE URBAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL, THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL among other contributions. She is a born leader. An ...
Author of Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go
Lucille O’Neal As the mother of one of the greatest athletes of all time, Lucille O’Neal’s journey is exceptional; but her story reveals that she is more than just “Shaquille O’Neal’s mom.” She is a woman you know; a woman you understand. Perhaps your own journey resembles hers. O’Neal has been a rebellious teen, a single mother, a wife, a college student, a divorcee and, above all, a woman of unique courage. Acquainted earl...
International HIV/AIDS Activist & Humanitarian
Hydeia Broadbent At birth, Hydeia Broadbent was abandoned at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas where Patricia and Loren Broadbent adopted her as an infant. Although her HIV condition was congenital, she was not diagnosed as HIV-positive with advancement to AIDS until age three. The prognosis was that she would not live past the age of five. Now at the age of 30, Hydeia spends her time spreading the me...
Allison Samuels Allison has spent the last 18 years as a writer for Newsweek magazine and now also writes for its sister site The Daily Beast. For nearly two decades Samuels has covered sports, entertainment, fashion and politics for the weekly publication and continues to focus a great deal on the impact of race in the worlds of sports, politics and Hollywood. Samuels has interviewed and written extensively about the likes of First Lady ...
NABJ award-winning writer, Inspirational speaker, domestic violence awareness & prevention activist & advocate, and relationship expert for the online version of EBONY Magazine.
Sil Lai Abrams Starting from more than humble beginnings, NABJ award-winning writer and domestic violence advocate Sil Lai Abrams has overcome addiction, mental health issues, domestic violence and a ninth grade education to arise triumphant through the use of the nine step self-help methodology called the Self Empowerment Principles In Action (SEPIA) Process which she created and described in her first book No More Drama: 9 Simple Steps ...
Award Winning Author • Life and Career Strategist • Advocate for Teen Girls
Dr. Towanna B. Freeman Towanna is a successful life coach, inspirational speaker and advocate for young women. Freeman conducts workshops and conferences where she imparts a life-changing message that presents hope and inspiration. It is her purpose. It is her success. So much, in fact, that she has co-authored an award winning book, Purposeful Action, 7 Steps to Fulfillment, which reveals a seven-step method for identifying and...
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...
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 co...
Entertainment attorney, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, author and social entrepreneur founder of I C HOPE
Having been honored with the prestigious Jefferson Award, the United States’ Nobel Prize for public service, Raye Mitchell is an award-winning humanitarian, Harvard Law School lawyer turned entertainment producer, tech developer, and social entrepreneur. Raye Mitchell retired from the practice of law to become fully engaged and devote her impressive skills to her passion and purpose in philanthropy and volunteerism work. Her vision is...
Founder of The Art of Applying and CEO of Crazy Girl Nation
Kaneisha Grayson Kaneisha is an entrepreneur, writer, and speaker who provides practical tips for achieving one’s dreams despite the odds. She founded her business “The Art of Applying” to coach non-traditional applicants as they apply to top MBA and other graduate programs. She uses the power of effective storytelling to propel people to achieve their most audacious goals and dreams. Kaneisha Grayson has been featured on MBAPodcaster as ...