Youth Entrepreneurship Speakers

Angry Birds, modified ovarian cancer detection methods and even portable toilet seat covers are all examples of a new buzz word in the business world: youth entrepreneurship. Thanks to rapid technology development, collaborative idea sharing and resources from organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation dedicated to youth-led business development, youth entrepreneurship has become more prominent and more competitive. GBS speakers from a range of backgrounds known for cultivating the world’s next successful business owners. To learn more about speakers available to discuss youth entrepreneurship, see the list below.

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 seen in th...


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Lawrence Watkins         Lawrence is one of America’s leading entrepreneurship and personal achievement experts. His journey has taken him from an ultra-underachiever in high school to a graduate of an Ivy League business school as well as the Owner of Great Black Speakers, Great Pro Speakers, and Co-Founder of Watkins Media Group. Lawrence was born and raised in Louisville, KY to a police officer father and a mother who was a counselor for preg...


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William Clement

Economic Empowerment - Successful Business Executive with a special insight into the issue of both income and wealth inequality for people of color

William A. Clement         Mr. Clement is the former President & CEO of Atlanta Life Financial Group, Inc., one of the largest and oldest black-owned financial services company in the country. Founded by an ex-slave in 1905, Atlanta Life is a privately-held financial services company which provides insurance, asset management and investment banking services. Bill was awarded the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation by the American College...


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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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Michael Blake        Michael humbly refers to the words of his mother who said that they went “From No House to The White House”.Michael is the National Deputy Director of Operation Vote, which oversees the constituency outreach programs for the Obama For America campaign.Operation Vote oversees all efforts to constituencies including but not limited to: African-Americans, Youth, Women, Hispanic, Faith, Veterans, Jewish, LGBT & Asian American Pac...


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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 digital nat...


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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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Andrew Morrison         Andrew is the founder of Small Business Camp – an entrepreneurial training and marketing services firm. The company provides high-impact strategies for entrepreneurs, executives and non-profit leaders. Andrew has trained thousands of entrepreneurs from Hawaii to Nigeria, lectured at Harvard University and appeared on Oprah. Previously he built a multi-million dollar company by providing innovative direct marketing service...


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Darrell Bennett

Harvard and Morehouse alum, Darrell Bennett is a nationally-recognized author and adjunct lecturer at ASA College in New York City.

Darrell Jay Bennett Jr., Esquire           Darrell is a Harvard-educated attorney and college professor. He is also the founder and CEO of Bennett Books Global.   Darrell was born and raised in Baltimore City. As a teenager, he moved to Newport News, Virginia. Throughout his childhood, Darrell was a natural leader, serving as student government president in both middle and high school. In 2003, he graduated with the International Baccalaureat...


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Gabrielle Jordan Williams

Award-winning teenage entrepreneur, best-selling author, inspirational speaker, designer and philanthropist.

Gabrielle Jordan Williams         Gabrielle, now age 14, has made a great deal of accomplishments, yet she knows that those accomplishments are only the beginning of her quest to leave a global impact in business, motivational speaking and publishing.With a list of recognitions under her belt including, but not limited to, being the youngest member of the Great Black Speakers bureau as well as receiving awards for being the Young Entrepreneur of ...


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Nkrumah Pierre         Nkrumah is the Managing Director of Business Development with My Business Matches, an online portal that connects buyers and suppliers based on business categories and tracks the business results between buyers and capable/qualified suppliers.Nkrumah spearheads global sales and business development efforts to clients ranging from chambers of commerce and trade associations to multinational investment banks, telecommunicatio...


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State Representative Courtney Allen Curtis          State Representative Courtney Allen Curtis is a Democrat State Representative, who represents St. Louis North County (District 73) including Ferguson in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2012 and re-elected in August 2014. As a native and current resident  of Ferguson, Missouri, Mr. Curtis has been a vocal and vital figure during the un...


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Laymon Hicks         All teens are troubled. It goes with the territory. A part of the “passage.” There is the typical “torment” of wanting to belong, to be the same, to be liked and accepted. Is my nose too big? My height too short? My hair too long? But not everyone belonged to the Brady Brunch. Drugs. Alcohol. Violence. Stress. Depression. Add the words bullying, peer pressure and self-doubt and you’ve entered the real world drama of too man...


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Dezmon Landers         Dezmon is a startup entrepreneur, blogger and avid traveler. He specializes in the study and execution of startup businesses and is the founder of Startup Expert, an entrepreneurial advisory service in Atlanta, GA.   Dezmon loves startups and has started 8 technology and service based companies since 2003. Along the way, he's gained an immense amount of knowledge on building startup companies. In 2005, he realized there w...


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Chuck Creekmur         AllHipHop.com co-founder and co-CEO Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur has combined his outstanding journalism skills, artistic talents, and ability to envision the future to establish himself as a trendsetter and trailblazer creating a unique path in Internet content and technology. As a cultural critic and pundit, he's been featured in VIBE, The Source, Complex, GIANT and has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), BET, TVOne,...


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Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders         U.S. AMBASSADOR TO Nigeria & ECOWAS 2007-2010; Republic OF CONGO 2002-2005CEO, FE3DS, LLC       Founder, FEEEDS Initiative      Adjunct Professor, Robert Morris University        Dr. Sanders is CEO of the FEEEEDS Advocacy Initiative and owns FE3DS, LLC both which work on economic development and business strategies for Africa. Prior to this, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to several countries (Nig...


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Ash Kumra

Entrepreneur, public speaker, and ‘Dreamer’ whose purpose is to make the world better.

Ash Kumra         Ash is an award-winning entrepreneur and public speaker most recently recognized by the White House as one of the top 100 young entrepreneurs making an impact for America.Ash is a founder of DreamItAlive.com; an online community dedicated to guiding people to create, believe and live out their dreams using virtual dream boards. Ash has been recognized for excellence in entrepreneurship from institutions and luminaries such as th...


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Daniel Trust

Genocide Survivor Speaker for High Schools and Colleges

Daniel Trust         Daniel is an American motivational speaker and survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide that killed between 800k & 1 million Hutus and Tutsis.         Born and raised in Rwanda, Africa, at the age of 5 years old, Daniel Trust witnessed the killing of his lovely mother Thamari during the civil war in Gisenyi, Rwanda.        Mr. Trust came to the United States as a refugee in 2005 at the age of 15 years old. He graduated from Ba...


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Natalie Cofield

A millennial that found inspiration at nexus of business, community and politics, Cofield has carved a niche for herself as entrepreneur, advocate, etc.

Natalie Cofield         A millennial that found inspiration at the nexus of business, community and politics, Cofield has carved a niche for herself as an entrepreneur, advocate, and speaker on all things start-up and diversity.A converted management consultant, economic fellow, and economic development director, she currently serves as the President & CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce where she is also the Founding President of...


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Steven Washington

Master-Middleman in the business world and passionately teaches audiences around the country how to start a business on a budget

Steven Washington         Steven was born to be an entrepreneur. At the ripe age of eleven, Steven took on his first job working aside a small business owner and it was then that he quickly realized that being an entrepreneur was without doubt exactly what he wanted to do with his life. From that point on, Steven read every book he could find on business, asked numerous questions of every entrepreneur he met, and made every effort possible to one...


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Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche

The Budgetnista; a best selling author, speaker and passionate teacher of fun and engaging, financial empowerment.

Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche          Tiffany is a best-selling author (The One Week Budget), speaker and passionate teacher of engaging, financial empowerment. Her company, CLD Financial Life, specializes in the delivery of fun, financial literacy education.          Tiffany has been a featured speaker at: American Express, Wyndham Worldwide, Princeton University, The United Way and Dress for Success. Her financial tips and advice have bee...


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Cortina Jenelle Caldwell          A native of rural Morganton (North Carolina), Cortina Jenelle Caldwell has always had a passion to serve and connect the surrounding community. After early years of working alongside her grandmother to grow the family catering business, Cortina was intrigued by the power of entrepreneurship.         Continuing on her quest to serve others through hospitality, Cortina’s nine year history in the hospitality indust...


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Eddie Mitchell, Jr.          Founder/Director, TEAM A.N.G.E.L. Mentoring and Youth Development ProgramWhile growing up Ed Mitchell Jr., fondly known as “Lil Ed”, was a regular participant in community based youth program. The program which he involved in, was based on a parallel family model that was both supportive and life changing. The family community programming proved to be instrumental in helping Ed to get through high school and onto col...


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