Womens Empowerment Speakers

Prominent female figures including First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Aung Sang Suu Kyi all share one thing in common: they each show how women can truly change the world. In an ever-changing social and global environment, women’s roles and opportunities are changing – and GBS’s speakers are here to help shape the discussion around women empowerment in the 21st century. Several speakers are available for women empowerment speaking engagements; browse through the list below to see who can be featured at your next event.

Jurnee Smollett Bell

Award-winning actress and activist of rare talent and conviction, speaks on behalf of Artists for a New South Africa, Children’s Defense Fund, and U.S. State Department, to educate people around the world on issues involving HIV/AIDS, Civil Rights, etc.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell          Jurnee is an award-winning actress and activist of rare talent and conviction. She joined the cast of NBC’s critically acclaimed series, “Parenthood,” for its 5th season after co-starring in the most recent series of HBO’s “True Blood”. Jurnee also starred earlier this year in Tyler Perry’s film “Temptation.” The film was Perry’s biggest grossing box-office hit outside of his “Madea” brand.Jurnee was also ...


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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...


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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          A’Lelia Bundles is at work on her fourth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, a biography of her great-grandmother, whose parties and arts patronage helped define the Harlem Renaissance. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walkerwas named a New York Times Notable Book.She is chairman of the board of the National Archives Foundation and a vice chair of Colu...


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Judge Mablean Ephriam          Judge Mablean was born to Robert and Mable Ephriam in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. She is no stranger to achievement. Through hard, consistent and dedicated work, she strives to perform and do her God-given best. Since a child, she has always had that “spirit” of excellence and liberality about her.The ninth of ten children, you could always find her somewhere reading, studying, and asking countless questions...


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Jeannetta Blue

The Marketing Powerhouse specializing in Talent Acquisition & Professional Leadership Development

Jeannetta (Jaybee)  Nickelson      Jeannetta “Jaybee” Nickelson is a Marketing Professional specializing in Talent Acquisition and Leadership Development. After spending the early part of her career as a Recruiting Manager overseeing multiple offices and teams, Jaybee developed an interest in developing “Recruiting Dream Teams” as well as developing leaders to recognize top notch talent.Jaybee is known for her quirky concepts and appr...


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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 ...


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MC Lyte

Undisputed Queen of Hip-Hop: Supporting worthy causes, with special interest in #EducateOURMen, 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.   MC Lyte is a highly sought-after speaker who has over 25 years of experience and wisdom and wh...


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Sanya Richards Ross

4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and American Record Holder, Television Star, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Sanya Richards-Ross          Sanya, star of Sanya’s Gland and Gold on WeTV, is the fastest American woman in history at 400 meters. She became the first American woman in 28 years, and only the 2nd in history, to be crowned Olympic Champion over 400m at the 2012 Games in London. Surging past her competitors in the last 50 meters of the race, Richards-Ross claimed her crown as 400 meter queen in dramatic fashion. The London games also set the st...


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Judge Karen Mills-Francis         Since the fall of 2008, Judge Karen has graced the airwaves as one of TVs most recognizable court show judges. She has a colorful and engaging style that is as distinctive as her velvet robe, vintage brooches , and her bright blonde hair. As quick to aid the helpless as she is to dismiss the fool hardy, Judge Karen confidently dishes out justice to a national television audience in her show, “Supreme Ju...


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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...


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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...


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Wendy Raquel Robinson

Actress, Producer, Director, and Entrepreneur.

Wendy Raquel Robinson         Audiences know Wendy as the sexy and feisty sports manager ‘Tasha Mack’ on BET’s #1 rated scripted series, The Game. This groundbreaking role has earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination for “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series” and three nominations for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.” With another record-breaking premiere and continued rating success, “The Game” has shown its stay...


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Sonja Sohn

Celebrity Servant: lives to fuse her entertainment expertise with her passion for service through empowering troubled youth and struggling families living in marginalized communities.

Sonja Sohn          Sonja Sohn was born and raised in the South, primarily in Newport News, VA, to an African American father and Korean mother during the post civil rights era. After a youth filled with love, struggle and small triumphs, Sohn set her sights on New York City where she lived for two decades, briefly attending various colleges and eventually marrying and raising two daughters before moving to Baltimore in 2003.In her late teens, So...


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Valorie Burton

Bestselling author, speaker, and life coach dedicated to helping you get unstuck and be unstoppable!

Valorie Burton           Valorie is a bestselling author, speaker, and life coach dedicated to helping people get unstuck and be unstoppable in every area of life. She is the founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute and has served as a Certified Personal and Executive Coach to hundreds of clients in over 40 states and ten countries. For more than a decade, Valorie’s books, speaking engagements, and coaching reso...


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Glenda Hatchett

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...


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Rebecca Walker

Best-selling author, acclaimed speaker and teacher, and award-winning visionary and activist. Daughter of Alice Walker.

Rebecca Walker          Her intention is to make the world a better place, one conversation at a time. She brings two decades of experience, insight, and innovation to the global conversation about race and gender, art and culture, and politics and power. She engages with audiences through writing and editing books, teaching and speaking at colleges and corporate campuses, blogging, social media, contributing to popular magazines and l...


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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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Mitzi Miller

Editor-In-Chief of JET Magazine, Award-winning Author and Seasoned Mediamedia Journalist.

Mitzi Miller         Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Mitzi Miller has been at the helm of JET magazine since 2011. Within two short years, her vision of revamping the iconic 62-year-old brand was realized with a successful cover-to-cover redesign, new website launch, improved social media presence, and consistent media coverage of buzz-worthy stories featured in its pages. After majoring in English at Florida A&M Unive...


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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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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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Jane John-Nwankwo  CPT, DSD, RN, MSN, PHN    With more than 10 years as a professional female motivational speaker, Jane can hold any audience sitting straight on their chairs for any length of time! Jane resides in Southern California, but travels internationally for motivational speeches. She is a seminar leader and a published author of more than 50 books including textbooks for healthcare training, fiction for entertainment, books f...


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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; expan...


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Chef Huda

Multi-talented Ambassador for the American Heart Association, Chef Huda was a favorite on ABC’s Show, ‘The Taste’ with Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson.

Chef Huda         Multi-talented celebrity chef, food & entertainment writer, fashionista, good food enthusiast and philanthropist, Chef Huda truly is a modern day Renaissance Woman. She is the CEO of Pretty and Delicious, a full service personal chef and culinary company and creator of the delicious destination for everything food "A Happy Food Place" the blog. With undeniably glam and class, great food and style are truly her gift to ...


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Karrine Steffans

New York Times Best Selling Author described as a radical feminist, her expertise lies in the fields of gender and respectability politics.

Karrine Steffans        Karrine is the New York Times bestselling author of seven titles: Confessions of a Video Vixen, The Vixen Diaries, The Vixen Manual, Satisfaction, and How to Make Love to a Martian published by Harper Collins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, USA, and Steffans Publishing Enterprises, respectively. As well as Decor and the Single Girl and Vindicated, published by BenBella Books.The author and her books have been fe...


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