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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 ColemanJordan 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 violence..   ...


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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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Tim Carthon

'The force of the thought-provoking voice'

Tim CarthonTim Carthon is a long-time educator and a young, hardworking, creative visionary. He 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 specialist in the fields of education (youth and collegiate), Greek fraternities and sororities, re...


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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 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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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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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 AndersonIsiah 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 company c...


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Gabrielle Jordan Williams

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

Gabrielle Jordan Williams Gabrielle Jordan, now age 14, is the owner of Jewelz of Jordan, a booming jewelry business, which she started at the age of 9. Her modern jewelry is made of gemstones and precious metals, which create classic pieces and represent her desire to develop a sense of ageless beauty and elegance. In addition to her jewelry line, Gabrielle has taken her experience in business and her passion for inspiring others to publish th...


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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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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. HughesSpeaker, 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 without a doubt that he h...


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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 Trust, now 23, 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 Hig...


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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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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

Black Greek Life Advocacy • Social Media Awareness for High School & College Students

Eddie FrancisEddie is a Black Greek life and HBCU advocate. He also presents on social media responsibility to high school and college students. Eddie is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where he has served as a chapter president on both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as a campus advisor. He is the Greek life contributor for HBCULifestyle.com and blogged for the H.O.P.E. Scholarship. Eddie advocates for HBCUs through re...


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Thomas McLaurin

The voice dedicated to helping tomorrow's leaders find their place in society via setting goals and seeing them through to completion.

Thomas N. McLaurinThomas is a very diverse and conscientious person. For over 25 years, he has been an educator, an athletic coach, a professional musician, an actor, voice-over personality, and most importantly, a parent and role model. Born and raised in North Carolina, this oldest child of two educators was always striving to make his mark among his peers. Many times he was the last picked during pick-up ball games. Mainly because many times ...


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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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Brandon Espinosa

The Millennial who is trying to create educational equity for all youth

Brandon EspinosaBrandon is a social entrepreneur and the Chief Operating Officer at Practice Makes Perfect, Inc.He is originally from and currently resides in the Bronx, NY. Brandon graduated as Valedictorian from Saint Raymond High School for Boys and was a first generation college graduate. Brandon most recently worked as an Educational Outreach and Engagement Manager for The National Society of High School Scholars. While he was there, he led...


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