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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 that could drive ...


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Sophia A. NelsonSophia 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 correspondent and political colum...


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MC Lyte

Undeniable queen of hip hop who supports worthy projects, events and fundraisers such as AIDS awareness, anti-violence and Rock-the-Vote

MC LyteLyricist, 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 consistently displays tha...


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Tai Beauchamp

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

Tai BeauchampA 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 inspiration can start out as...


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Shaun Robinson

Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Author, and Host of Access Hollywood

Shaun RobinsonEmmy Award-winning journalist and author Shaun Robinson is the weekend co-host and correspondent for the syndicated entertainment news show, "Access Hollywood”. Shaun is also the author of the new book, “Exactly As I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Today’s Girls on What it Takes to Believe in Yourself”. Born out of Shaun’s passion to help girls be more comfortable in their own skin and become tomorrow’s leaders, “Exac...


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Dr. Julianne MalveauxRecognized 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 economic im...


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Hydeia BroadbentAt 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 27, Hydeia spends her time spreading the message of HIV/AIDS a...


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Lisa Nicole BellLisa 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 and media ...


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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 RavenA 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 digital native. Cor...


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Gwen Webber-McLeodPresident 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 keynote spe...


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Maimah Karmo

Inspirational, motivational speaker, non-profit development, women's health, empowerment expert, leadership, community activism, single mothers, self esteem, young black women and author.

Maimah KarmoMaimah is the Founder of Tigerlily Foundation and an eight year survivor of breast cancer, who recently received the Congressional Black Caucus Leadership in Advocacy Award for her work with young women and breast cancer.In 2009, she spoke on Capitol Hill, alongside Representative Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, now Democratic National Committee Chair, to introduce the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARL...


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Sil Lai Abrams

Inspirational speaker, domestic violence awareness & prevention activist, and relationship expert for the online version of EBONY Magazine.

Sil Lai Abrams Truth in Reality Founder & CEO, Sil Lai is a NABJ award-winning New York City based writer, inspirational speaker, and domestic violence awareness activist. Truth in Reality is a grassroots media advocacy organization whose mission is to change the way Black women and interpersonal violence are portrayed on reality television. Sil Lai has appeared on ABC, FOX, BET, Court TV, and TruTV as an expert on relationships and domestic vi...


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Erica NicoleErica Nicole 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 Ma...


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Charreah Jackson

ESSENCE Magazine's Relationships Editor and National Dating Coach providing insight and skills for succesful relationships

Charreah K. JacksonCharreah is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), and has traveled the country speaking on the power of relationships in our lives. She provides interactive workshops and individual coaching to help men and women define their personal goals and a strategy to get there.  Charreah is the relationships editor at ESSENCE magazine and a featured relationship expert on VH1, WEtv, the Huffington Post and BET. Her passion and excit...


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Nneka Rimmer

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

Nneka RimmerAs 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 is current...


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Jacqueline Wade

Afrocentric Empowerment, Afrocentric Perspectives for Social Chane, Lasting Black Liberation, Social Change, Afrocentric Activism, Afrocentric Womanism

Jacqueline E. Wade, Ph.D.   Dr. Jacquelineis a scholar, educator, lecturer, trainer, program administrator, organizational manager, and consultant. She is a retired Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at Middle Tennessee State University, in Murfreesboro, TN, but continues to teach at MTSU on a part-time basis. Her part-time teaching duties are required courses focusing on cultural diversity and the development of cultural comp...


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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, DiGiorno,...


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Tiffany Reynolds

You Got Me Stuck! Unclog Yourself -- Igniting talented leaders who feel stuck In deciding their next career move

Tiffany Reynolds’ slogan says it all. "You Got Me Stuck!"“Unclog Yourself” Igniting talented leaders to leap from stuck to unstoppable in landing their careerTiffany Reynolds is a published author and highly experienced success coach. As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Trainer and Speaker, Tiffany can offer workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding leader's personal and professional growth through study and practical applicati...


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Anjuelle Floyd

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Mother-Daughter Relations and Dreams.

Anjuelle Floyd Anjuelle is a wife of thirty-two years, mother of three, abstract painter, and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Mother-Daughter Relations and Dreams. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Keeper of Secrets ... Translations of an Incident (2007,) and three novels, The House (2010,) Seasons in Purdah (2012,) and When the Drum Major Died (2014.)Anjuelle's short stories and novels turn on the dynam...


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Dr. Raye Mitchell

Entertainment attorney, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, author and social entrepreneur founder of I C HOPE

Dr. Raye MitchellDr. Raye is an entertainment attorney, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, author and social entrepreneur founder of I C HOPE: The Making a New Reality Foundation. Dr. Mitchell is the Executive Producer of G.U.R.L.S. Rock Power TV (www.youtube.com/newhopenewreality), an Internet based TV program providing inspiration, training and leadership content for women and girls of color and G.U.R.L.S. Rock Global Leadership Summits (www.g...


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Hasani Pettiford

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

Hasani PettifordFor over a decade, award-winning speaker and author Hasani Pettiford has been a recognized authority on human sexuality, interpersonal relationships and 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 more meaningful relationships.   As the founder and president of Touch & Agree Family In...


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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 LeonFor 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 a member ...


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Candace Reece

Global PR Strategist and Sales Executive; Entrepreneur and Public Speaker

Candace ReeseWith 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 several years...


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Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder is a sociologist and scholar specializing in race relations, gender, and diversity issues. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Florida.  She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida. In addition to her studies in sociology, JeffriAnne completed a Ph.D. concentration in Women's Studies and gender research.  As a black woman and sociologist, Dr. Wilder is very passio...


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Selena CuffeSelena 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 household nam...


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Nomalanga Mhlauli Moses

A businesswoman, Nomalanga serves as the Principal and founder of NOMA UNlimited where she offers success and personal development programs.

Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses Nomalanga is Mrs. Botswana Earth 2012. She was honored to place as the second runner up at the Mrs. Earth international pageant in August 2012. She is also the first ever Mrs. Botswana World and held the title from 2010 to 2011. Nomalanga describes herself as a home-schooling blogger wife and mother who is also a social commentator and life strategist. A prolific blogger, Nomalanga is a Sr. Editor and contributor at Your...


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Cassandra Owens

Dynamic speaker who inspires her audiences with humor, hard facts, while tackling issues that most people find controversial

Cassandra Y. Owens Cassandra is a one of a kind, dynamic, speaker. She inspires her audiences with humor, hard facts, while tackling issues that most people find controversial. Cassandra demonstrates sound moral concepts, while teaching proper ethics and providing road maps for moral edification, which provides encouragement and motivation for her listeners. Cassandra's views and acumen are secured in experience ranging from educator, counselo...


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Tiphani MontgomeryWhen I was 12, they told me I was stupid — and prescribed ‘smart pills’ (aka, Ritalin) to wrestle my brain into a state of submission. I fed them to my Rottweiler. They worked like a charm.   When I was 21, they told me I’d never amount to anything — so I took my baby daughter, moved to a new state, self-published a book of poetry, and sold 2,500 copies in less than a month…from behind the bar where I mixed drinks & hustled ti...


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Kimberly E. Stone Kimberly E. Stone, founder of POSHGLAM.com, is an entrepreneur with a knack for recognizing creative talent and pinpointing successful lines.   POSHGLAM started out as a side venture while Stone attended school. During the growth stages of POSHGLAM, Stone worked as a weekend entrepreneur while working as a Relationship Manager for an IT Staffing Augmentation Firm.   Stone pushed forward with the development of POSHGLAM and ...


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Alison VaughnAward-winning entrepreneur, Inspired Style co-author, and sought-after speaker Alison Vaughn knows what it means to step out in faith to make a lasting and beautiful impact on her community of Detroit, Michigan and to touch lives and self esteem in a profound way.Today, she guides audiences to achieve inspired, timeless style, while demonstrating through her words and actions that beauty flows from within. Listeners are routinely bro...


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