Youth Leadership Speakers

What do Gabby Douglas, Freddy Adu and Tiger Woods all have in common? Besides being exceptional athletes, each were groomed from a young age to be the best - leaders in their fields. As countries invest in youth development around the world, we too, must cultivate our children for excellence and positions of importance whenever possible. A wide range of GBS speakers specialize in youth leadership speeches and are a great addition to any middle-age and high school event. To learn more about the list of speakers available for youth leadership development speeches, browse the list below.

Jordan Coleman

2011 Global Teen Leader, actor, author and education activist impacting youth one story and one community at a time.

Jordan Coleman         Jordan is a young man on a mission. At 17-years-old, he's a filmmaker, actor, author, education activist, honor roll student and athlete. He was recently named one the 25 Most Influential People in Our Children's Lives by Children's Health magazine. Jordan won the 2011 Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival HBO Best Feature Film competition with his film Payin’ The Price, a cautionary tale about teen dating violen...


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Tim Carthon

Educator, Author, National Greek Awards™ Founder, Stepping Choreography Trailblazer, Start-Up Business Infrastructure Specialist, Relationship Expert, 'True-Wealth' Consultant

A long-time educator and clinician in elementary, middle, high schools, and college, Tim Carthon is aptly named “The force of the thought-provoking voice” for his amazing ability to help others see things from angles they never knew existed and turn them into a voice for thought-provocation through what he calls the “simpleness of simplicity.”   A hardworking, creative visionary and specialist in the fields of education, college life (male mino...


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Al DuncanAl Duncan is an award-winning youth advocate, publisher, and internationally recognized authority on soft skills who travels the world "Equipping Young Minds For Exceptional Performance.™" As the leading motivational speaker for at-risk youth and troubled young people, Al has delivered Duncan Nuggets®, live and in-person, to over 1 million young people around the world.    He is the owner of three successful business and he is the auth...


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Alimi Ballard

Let your DREAMS be bigger than your fears and your ACTIONS be louder than your words.

ALIMI (“Ali - Me”) BALLARD Alimi can currently be seen recurring as Detective Kevin Crawford in CBS’S 14yr Global Sensation “CSI (VEGAS)”. The 2011 movie season kicked off with Alimi as FUSCO alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson & Vin Diesel in UNIVERSAL’S Summer Blockbuster “FAST FIVE”. Ballard is best known for his portrayal of “Special Agent David Sinclair”, for Six Seasons as a series regular, on Tony and Ridley Scott’s highly successful CBS ...


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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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Kevin Chappell

White House Correspondent for EBONY MAGAZINE, the largest African-American publication in the world.

Kevin ChappellKevin covers the White House and Capitol Hill, including hearings, floor debates, press conferences and events throughout Washington, D.C. for Ebony Magazine.In 2008, during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, he led a team of staffers at Ebony to lay out a journalistic and public relations strategy that proved to be the most important and monumental strategy ever embarked on by the magazine. In addition to in-depth coverage of th...


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Jean Claude Brizard

Senior Advisor at the College Board, and former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and the Rochester NY School District.

Jean-Claude Brizard         Mr. Brizard is currently a Senior Advisor at the College Board focusing on developing the organization’s career readiness initiative as well as working on state and district relationships. He is the former Chief Executive of Chicago Public Schools. Prior to his appointment in Chicago, he was Superintendent of Schools for the Rochester City School District (Rochester, NY). “Every child brings a wealth of talent, gifts ...


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Gwen Webber-McLeod         President 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 ke...


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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 Baccalaureate (IB) d...


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Isiah Anderson

Isiah is a visionary with a passion for change, and is committed to creating opportunities for urban communities to thrive in the areas of economic, education and community revitalization.

Isiah Anderson         Isiah is a man of passion. From his faith, to his family, to his business, he is driven by a passion for change. With more than 20 years of experience in leadership, mentoring, and coaching, Isiah aides his team in developing and implementing programs designed to innovate urban education, create economic opportunities and cultivate community-building partnerships. He is the Managing Officer of Three Cord Inc., a management ...


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Gabrielle Jordan Williams

Award-winning teenage entrepreneur, bestselling 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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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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Rev. Dr. Nicholas Pearce

@KelloggSchool Professor • @ACOGChicago Assistant Pastor • Executive Adviser • Encourager

Rev. Dr. Nicholas PearceDr. Nicholas Pearce is a clinical assistant professor of Management & Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His research examines leadership, organizational values, and organizational change in diverse contexts, ranging from the boardrooms of Fortune 500 corporations, to the halls of power in national governments, to the pulpits of America’s megachurches. His teaching on values-drive...


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Lillie Jessie

Award-Winning Principal (Retired), Author, Motivational Speaker, & Educational Consultant. Specializes in educational topics related to closing the achievement gap, principal leadership, teacher leadership, parental involvement and student involvement.

Lillie Jessie          Goals: To change perceptions about: Students’, teachers’ and principals’ ability to learn, teach and lead at high levels. Schools’ ability to achieve at exceptionally high levels for students from all backgrounds. Parents’ willingness to be active participants in their children’s education process. Mrs. Jessie is a nationally recognized retired principal of a low-income, diverse school in northern Virginia. She is ...


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Phillip Allen

Invest Mentor & Leaders' Leader, committed to 'participating in the move of God', leading young adults to 'Own' their faith.

Phillip Allen, Jr.Phil is the pastor of “The Vine,” the college/young adult ministry at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch, CA. He is very passionate about inspiring and developing believers to their greatest potential. Discipleship is the foundation of ministry at the Vine. It is through life on life discipleship that God transformed Phil’s life, and his desire to influence a movement towards a culture of discipleship throughout the bo...


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Devin C. Hughes         Award-winning Speaker, Coach, Author & former college basketball player who works with a variety of organizations and teams who have a desire to break down cultural barriers and make communication easier through greater self awareness and understanding of each other.   Devin's own moment of change came the day he graduated from Colgate University. On that summer afternoon in 1991, he sat frozen with regret: he knew wi...


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Khary Cuffe

Empowerment Champion who specializes in internationalization, entrepreneurship, corporate leadership, and multicultural trends and advancement.

Khary Cuffe Khary is co-founder of Heritage Link Brands where he directs fiscal control functions and oversees business development activity and regulatory affairs. He is also Director of Marketing for L’Oreal USA. Prior Cuffe served as a marketer for the Procter & Gamble Company where he was responsible for a global multi-functional team in the creation and development of product and commercial initiatives on Pampers, P&G’s largest brand ($9 b...


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Daniel Trust

Genocide Survivor Speaker for High Schools and Colleges

Daniel TrustDaniel 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 Bassick High School in 200...


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Alison Vaughn

Keynote Speaker, Author & Entrepreneur • Founder & CEO of Jackets for Jobs

Alison Vaughn         A decade of making a difference in the community.Alison Vaughn is an award-winning entrepreneur and co-author of the book, Inspired Style.Making a Lasting Difference, One Jacket at a TimeAlison was deeply moved when reunited after 20 years with a half-sister who was both receiving welfare payments and dying from cancer. Compelled to make her own life a tribute to women like her sister who need a bridge to achieve better live...


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Ayinde Jean Baptiste

Son of the African Diaspora; reclaiming revolutionary black pasts toward revolutionary human futures.

Ayinde Jean-Baptiste Ayinde is neither an entertainer nor the next ‘great black leader’. He is a Sanba, a Kreyol appellation which encompasses poet/ griot/ keeper of memory/ servant of truth. Born in Brooklyn, on Umoja, the youngest child of a hard, demanding love, he was raised in Chicago and Evanston, IL as a member of a large extended family of blood and political relations, and as a master of ceremonies. He has shared his truth in hundreds o...


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Phyllis L. Clark, M.Ed The Inspiration... Inspired by her own two young daughters, her passion for helping girls discover the best of themselves has become Phyllis Clark’s mission in life. Why? Little girls grow up to be young women, young women grow up to be adult women and purpose-driven adult women can move mountains not only themselves but for others. The Experience... An expert on college preparation and scholarship advisor to over 500 u...


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Eddie Francis

Career Coach | Blogger | Award-Winning Mass Media Professional

Eddie is a career coach, blogger, and award-winning mass media professional. A job recruiting consultant with the Dallas-based company Career Resource Services, Eddie also worked with Monster Worldwide’s Making It Count Programs where he spoke to more than a quarter of a million students and parents in 28 states about educational and career achievement. He has dedicated his life to helping college students and job seekers maximize their opportuni...


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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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Asha Castleberry

U.S. foreign policy expert, U.S. military officer, youth advocator and public speaker.

Asha CastleberryAsha is a U.S. foreign policy expert, U.S. military officer, youth advocator and public speaker. Asha is a recent graduate from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs with a concentration in International Security Policy and specialization in the Middle East. Upon her acceptance, Asha received a student fellowship.   Since 2006, Asha has been serving in the U.S. Army Reserves as an adjutant general office...


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