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.
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 ...
Award-winning teenage entrepreneur, best-selling author, inspirational speaker, jewelry designer and philanthropist.
Gabrielle Jordan Gabrielle Jordan 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 and awards under her belt, Gabrielle is creating tidal waves for her creativity and thought-provoking messages. Most recently, Gabrielle Jordan was selected for the first-ever...
Founder of Great Black Speakers Bureau, and Leading Entrepreneurship & Personal Achievement Expert
- 100 Black Men, Alpha Phi Alpha, Black Student Union , Business Development, Business School, College Orientation, College Success, Discovering your Passion, Entrepreneurship, NPHC Fraternities/Sororities, High Achieving Youth, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Networking, NSBE, Personal Productivity , STEM, Technology, Upward Bound, Young Black Men, Youth Entrepreneurship
- $2,500 - $5,000
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 counselo...
Renaissance Woman 2.0 sharing secrets to personal branding, leadership, and business success.
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 ...
From No House to the White House: One of the People Behind President Obama's Re-election.
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 Am...
Founder & CEO of YFS Magazine
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...
Aaron is a 14 year old award-winning filmmaker, author, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and talk show host of “A Few Moments With Aaron”. Aaron is a positive voice for the youth by demonstrating you are never too young to follow your dreams.
Aaron Johnson Aaron is a 14 year old Entrepreneur, Author, Award Winning Filmmaker, Motivational Speaker and Talk Show Host. Aaron is a young man with a big vision. At the age of 9, Aaron began his passion for film making & editing. He started his journey on an Acer laptop using the Windows movie maker software. Aaron progressed to using Sony Vegas, Movie Plus, Hit Film, iMovie, Final Pro X and Adobe Premier CS6. After he mastere...
A Youth Leadership Strategist Encouraging Youth to Get Up, Get Out, & Go Get It!
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 ...
Leader of The Hustle Movement
James Chapman is a serial entrepreneur, nationally recognized speaker, and author of #TheHustle -- published for motivating dream chasers to pursue their goals without ceasing. He manages small business and entrepreneurship initiatives in Detroit and Cleveland under Rock Ventures for Dan Gilbert (Founder of Quicken Loans and Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers). He is the host of PBS television show The Leap, and in 2014 he delivered a T...
How to Win in Business and in Life
Jeff Shirley Jeff graduated from CAU’s Graduate School of Business in May of 1990. In June of 1990, he began his career at Kraft Foods where he spent 11 years in Brand Marketing, Promotions, and eMarketing. During his tenure at Kraft, Jeff marketed some of the company’s largest brands including Oscar Mayer Lunchables, Kraft Miracle Whip and Mayo, Kraft Salad dressing and Log Cabin Syrup. He joined Coca-Cola as the Senior Director...
Startup Advisor at StartupExpert.us
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 realiz...
Author, border crossing scholar, songwriter, and motivator who specializes in Black education, Athletics, Leadership Development, and Black identity/family/ curriculum development
Dr. Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas--"Dr. Ty" Dr. Ty Douglas is a rising star who is inspiring audiences across the globe! The author of three books, including the soon to be released project: “Border Crossing Brothas: Black Males Navigating Race, Place, & Complex Space,” Douglas offers high impact, high energy presentations that draw on his work in college and professional athletics, black male success, black family studies, diversity...
Sakina is a powerful speaker who specializes in youth engagement and arts education, her work touches listeners and readers with its universal themes and interdisciplinary approach.
Sakina Ibrahim Sakina is the author of NAACP Image Award nominated book of Big Words to Little Me: Advice to the younger self, an educator and performer. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and a Masters of Fine Arts from The University of California, Irvine. As a performer she has received awards such as The Dance Outreach, Excellence in Performance Award and Medici Award. ...
The Persistence Coach
Clarence M. Lee, Jr. MD, MBA Dr. Lee is an author, speaker, physician-executive, and entrepreneur. He serves as a Center Medical Director for U.S. HealthWorks an occupational medicine and urgent care service provider in Sacramento.Prior to taking this position Dr. Lee served as an active duty Air Force Officer at Beale AFB in the 9th Aerospace Medicine Squadron where he held the rank of Captain and the position of Flight Surgeon...
Founder of Top Notch Scholars Inc., Keynote/Motivational Speaker, Author and Leadership Coach
- Academic, At Risk Youth, Black Student Union , Career, College Motivational, College Orientation, Community Outreach, Education, Entrepreneurship, Family, Leadership, Motivational, Personal Development, Professional Development, Religious, Success, Womens Empowerment, Youth Entrepreneurship
- $5,000 - $10,000
Joanna de Pena is a rising phenomenon by delivering passionate and inspiring messages to not only feel motivated but to give strength and confidence in todays society to make the appropriate changes to break the current cycle that is keeping them in despair or lost. Growing up as an inner city kid with limited resources, Joanna managed to land a full scholarship to a boarding school, Proctor Academy in Andover, NH – Where she excelle...
Nationally acclaimed social entrepreneur, humanitarian, author, and founder of TeamHappy.org, a NGO that provides educational resources to prepare the next generation for innovative leadership.
Happy Johnson Johnson is a nationally acclaimed leadership speaker and bestselling children’s author.He drove an Emergency Response Vehicle in New Orleans post-Katrina and is the Co-Founder of Team Happy Foundation. Established in 2005, the mission of THF is to inspire the next generation of first responders through mentorship, entrepreneurial training, literacy and civil rights advocacy. The displacement of youth after the stor...
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 Pr...
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 possi...
Jeremiah (10) and Joshua West (7) are young social entrepreneurs who teach other kids how to give, save and be wise spenders. They also teach kids how to be Change Agents within their communities.
Jeremiah & Joshua West 10 year old Jeremiah West and 7 year old Joshua West are young entrepreneurs with a two-fold mission: improving childhood literacy and teaching their peers how to give, save, and spend their money wisely. These dynamic brothers wrote a book entitled Champions of Change: Live to Give when they were only 6 & 8 years old. The book has received all 5 star reviews on Amazon and they have sold over 5,...
The Budgetnista; a best selling author, speaker and passionate teacher of fun and engaging, financial empowerment.
Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche Tiffany is an award-winning teacher of financial empowerment, and is quickly becoming America's favorite financial educator. The Budgetnista specializes in the delivery of financial literacy, and has served as the personal finance education expert for City National Bank. Since 2008, The Budgetnista has been a brand ambassador and spokesperson for a number of organizations - delivering fi...
Educator, Social Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Community Activist who loves to empower children, families and their communities. The goal is to implement Economics, Entrepreneurship & Empowerment.
Dr. Leslie Grace is becoming a leading expert in the area of increasing the financial capabilities of Young America , their Families and community through her organization “Elements of the Community”, which provides educational, media relations, financial literacy and entrepreneurship programming for communities. She has taught hundreds of children and adults how to open their own businesses and manage their finances. She is a d...
Award-winning Educator specializing in engaging youth, empowering women, and leadership through cultural enrichment and education.
Dr. Nathalie C. Lilavois Dr. Lilavois has been an educator for twenty five years in a variety of teaching and administrative capacities. As a classroom teacher, she taught at the primary level for ten years. During that time, she also worked as a certified reading specialist, focusing on early literacy. Dr. Lilavois completed her undergraduate degree in elementary education and advanced study in the Teaching of Writing at Hofstra...
Financial Wellness Advocate, Investor, Entrepreneur, and Teacher.
Charisse Amanda (Conanan) Johnson Charisse is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) charterholder, an entrepreneur, writer, speaker and wealth expert, bridging the gap between the Baby Boomer and Millennial generations. She has pursued a life of purpose by investing in financial markets, teaching, building businesses, and stepping out on faith. Through The Charisse Amanda Group, Charisse provides personal finance edu...