Young Black Women Speakers

For their beauty, complexity and history, young black women in the U.S. must navigate a special balance between racial and gender- acceptable ideas. But where do our girls learn to be beautiful, strong and beneficent contributors to our communities? GBS speakers with varied experiences and insight can share not only what makes young black women so special, but how best to cultivate their own special capability to reach their full potential. See the list of speakers below available to discuss and address young black women.

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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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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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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Tai Beauchamp

Sought after Media Veteran, Social Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Spelman Alumnus who lives her life for others.

Tai Beauchamp         A media industry veteran and social entrepreneur, Tai has a rare and innate ability to connect with audiences across demographics. It was as a magazine editor that Ms. Beauchamp learned the profound power of media and how to use it to motivate and inspire millions around the world. Becoming a humanitarian taught her the most valuable lesson: “young women and the world-at-large want to be inspired and that inspirati...


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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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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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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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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...


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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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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...


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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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Corvida Raven

A natural pioneer at grasping the rapidly changing landscape of technology, Corvida Raven is known for talking technology in plain English.

Corvida Raven         A natural pioneer at grasping the rapidly changing landscape of technology, Corvida Raven is known for talking technology in plain English.   Since the age of 19, Corvida has consistently captured the tech world's attention with her award-winning blog, SheGeeks.net. Translating the value of social media services and how to utilize them in tandem with innovative devices and mobile apps is a natural passion for this...


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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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Sil Lai Abrams

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 ...


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Erica Nicole         Small Business Influencer • The Voice of Small Business • Influential Women in Digital Media     Erica Nicole is making headlines as a small business expert source by serving up fresh, provocative and insanely addictive behind-the-scenes business know-how.One of the most dynamic, young female serial entrepreneurs of her generation, Erica Nicole is the Founder and CEO of YFS Magazine, a Young, Fabulous & Self-Employe...


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Charreah Jackson

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...


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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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Dr. Raye Mitchell

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...


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Hasani Pettiford

Nation’s authority on male/female relationships, human sexuality, and men's issues.

Hasani Pettiford         For over a decade, award-winning speaker, TV personality, and published author, Hasani Pettiford, has been a recognized authority on human sexuality, interpersonal relationships, as well as, personal growth and development. Hasani has directly impacted the lives of many, as he fulfills his mission to change the way men and women relate to one another, putting them on the path to healthier, more meaningful relati...


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Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder         Dr. Wilder is a sociologist and scholar specializing in diversity, race relations and gender issues. She is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at the University of North Florida. In addition, Dr. Wilder is a member of the doctoral teaching faculty in the Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sp...


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Shannon Leon

Sole proprietor of a Cold Stone Creamery in Atlanta; Co-owner of BreathLes Printing and BreathLes Publishing; Owner of Clover Entertainment, a television and film production investment company.

Shannon Leon          For Ms. Shannon the journey to achieve success as an entrepreneur included an equity partnership in both a Hampton Inn and a Marriot Courtyard property in Atlanta; the sole proprietor of a Cold Stone Creamery in Atlanta; co-owner of BreathLes Printing and BreathLes Publishing, both based in Miami; owner of Clover Entertainment, a television and film production investment company; and several commercial buildings. Ms. Leon is...


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Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas

Author, border crossing scholar, songwriter, and motivator who specializes in education, Black identity, and cultural/community-based spaces.

Dr. Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas         Dr. Douglas is a dynamic and sought-after international speaker, author, songwriter, and scholar who captivates audiences with his unique combination of depth, wit, and practicality. He has lectured and delivered keynotes in Africa, Europe, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and the United States.        Drawing on his international background, Dr. Douglas’ work explores the intersections between identity, communi...


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Candace Reece

Global PR Strategist and Sales Executive • Entrepreneur • Empowerment Speaker • Inspirational Coach • Executive Influencer

Candace Reese         With a reputation for challenging small visions and transforming them into global notoriety, Candace Reese is a nationally-recognized entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. Specializing in corporate and philanthropic strategy management, Reese has a strong track record in exceeding expectations. At the inception of her career, she quickly gained a reputation for her progressive sales and marketing techniques.After...


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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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