Inspirational Speakers

Inspiration can be hard to find, but the best place to find it is in someone else. People who come from similar situations to the one you are currently in and have overcome obstacles that challenge you to achieve your current goals proves to you that it can be done! Here at Great Black Speakers we have collected the most highly qualified and profoundly inspirational motivational speakers on every imaginable subject available directly to you. Captivate and motivate your audience with a relevant and in-depth speech on topics such as self-love, academic Improvement and financial growth.

Gabrielle Jordan

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

Gabrielle Jordan         Gabrielle, now age 15, 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 the Year ...


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Chris Broussard

Author and award-winning journalist who specializes in inspiring youth, empowering black men & achieving success God's way.

Chris Broussard         Mr. Broussard is an internationally known NBA analyst and award-winning journalist for ESPN. As a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, he specializes in covering basketball, particularly the NBA. Because of his knowledge of the game and its participants, he makes regular television appearances on ABC and ESPN and has served as an analyst on the network's flagship NBA show, "NBA Countdown,'' alongside basketbal...


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Dr. Ian Smith

Celebrity Medical/Diet Expert, Author, Radio Host & Speaker

Dr. Ian K. Smith         Dr. Smith has served as the medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1’s highly-rated “Celebrity Fit Club,” the creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile?, and a medical contributor on the nationally syndicated television show “Rachael Ray.”Dr. Smith is also the host of his own nationally syndicated radio show “HealthWatch” on American Urban Radio Networks.He is the former medical corresp...


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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 success...


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Jamal Joseph

Panther, Poet, Professor, Prisoner and Oscar Nominee who speaks on activism, creative arts, social justice and personal transformation.

Jamal Joseph            Jamal is a Professor of Professional Practice and former chair of Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. He is the Executive Artistic Director of New Heritage Theater and Films and the Founder of the acclaimed Impact Repertory Youth Theater of Harlem. He is an alum of the Sundance Directing Lab and the Third World Newsreel Film and Video Workshop. He serves on the advisory boards of the Tribeca Film Institute, Imag...


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Sanya Richards Ross

4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and American Record Holder, Television Star, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Sanya Richards-Ross          Sanya, star of Sanya’s Gland and Gold on WeTV, is the fastest American woman in history at 400 meters. She became the first American woman in 28 years, and only the 2nd in history, to be crowned Olympic Champion over 400m at the 2012 Games in London. Surging past her competitors in the last 50 meters of the race, Richards-Ross claimed her crown as 400 meter queen in dramatic fashion. The London games also set the st...


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Sonja Sohn

Celebrity Servant: lives to fuse her entertainment expertise with her passion for service through empowering troubled youth and struggling families living in marginalized communities.

Sonja Sohn          Sonja Sohn was born and raised in the South, primarily in Newport News, VA, to an African American father and Korean mother during the post civil rights era. After a youth filled with love, struggle and small triumphs, Sohn set her sights on New York City where she lived for two decades, briefly attending various colleges and eventually marrying and raising two daughters before moving to Baltimore in 2003.In her late teens, So...


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Michael Taylor         Coach Michael is an entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker and radio show host, who has dedicated his life to empowering men and women to reach their full potential. He knows firsthand how to overcome adversity and build a rewarding and fulfilling life and he is sharing his knowledge and wisdom with others to support them in creating the life of their dreams.He is no stranger to adversity and challenges. He was born in ...


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Dahn Elle Dior Ballard

My Passion is to Empower Moms who might be feeling stressed and overwhelmed to live a whole and Balanced Life. It is possible!

Dahn Elle Dior Ballard         Dahn is a gifted Actress, Writer and Certified Life Coach. Through her Life Coaching, Workshops and Retreats Dahn passionately spreads her message of a ‘Balanced Mom Life” and how it is indeed possible. Dahn believes that the time spent raising our children is so precious not just to their lives but ours as well. We basically spend our “youth” raising our babies. If we don’t find a way to create a balance. They will...


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Lucille O’Neal

Author of Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go

Lucille O’Neal         As the mother of one of the greatest athletes of all time, Lucille O’Neal’s journey is exceptional; but her story reveals that she is more than just “Shaquille O’Neal’s mom.” She is a woman you know; a woman you understand. Perhaps your own journey resembles hers. O’Neal has been a rebellious teen, a single mother, a wife, a college student, a divorcee and, above all, a woman of unique courage.   Acquainted early in life ...


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Dr. Randal Pinkett

Entrepreneur • Speaker • Author • Community Servant

Dr. Randal Pinkett         Dr. Randal has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and community servant. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar consulting firm based in Newark, NJ, that specializes in information technology, organizational development, and public policy. Dr. Pinkett was also named the winner of NBC’s hit reality television show, The Apprentice, with Donald Trump. He emerged as o...


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Jullien Gordon         Jullien, The PurposeFinder, is the country’s leading voice on purpose and motivation for the millennial generation. He already has 10 years of experience working with millennials as a CEO, coach, and counselor.     Jullien is the Founding Partner at New Higher, a high performance consultancy for organizations, individuals, and teams that want to increase employee performance, motivation, engagement, and retention. He has wo...


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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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Tina Lifford

Stars as Renee Trussell on NBC’s hit series, Parenthood, and also as Evelyn Lancaster in the VH1 hit Single Ladies.

Tina Lifford         The Artist        With more than 15 years as a working Hollywood actress, Tina Lifford is recognizable around the industry to say the least. She currently stars as Renee Trussell on NBC’s hit series, Parenthood, and also as Evelyn Lancaster in the VH1 hit Single Ladies. Over her career Tina has achieved a number of notable accomplishments, among them: becoming the first black female series lead (since Diahann Carroll) in the ...


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Debra Langford

CEO of The Langford Company, a business that provides brand activation to the multicultural audience

Debra Langford          Debra is the CEO of The Langford Company, a business that provides brand activation to the multicultural audience, Diversity & Inclusion strategies and the development of top tier diverse candidate pipelines through exclusive events. A media and entertainment industry veteran, Langford was most recently the Vice President, Inclusion and Business Diversity, NBCUniversal, joining in 2009, and was responsible for creating, s...


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Lillian Lincoln Lambert

Uses her experiences to show others how to transform challenging circumstances into stepping stones to achievements.

Lillian Lincoln Lambert         When Lillian arrived at the Harvard Business School, (actually she arrived at Radcliffe College graduate dormitory because women were not allowed to live in the accommodations at the Business School), her first thought was “Why am I here!”. Background Born on a farm in the segregated South, at the age of 18 and fresh out of high school, she journeyed to New York City and Washington, DC to seek my fortune. After f...


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Gregg Riley         Gregg is a growth, leadership and performance expert who has led people and organizations to success for over 30 years. A retired Army Colonel, Gregg delivers high impact, insightful presentations that leaves audiences energized, informed, inspired, mesmerized and ready to take positive action. He is quickly becoming one of the most sought after motivational speakers around.Gregg produced world-class results serving as an Army...


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Detavio Samuels

Advertising Executive • Best Selling Author • Voice of Millennial Generation

Detavio Samuels          At the age of 33, Detavio is one of the advertising industry’s youngest executives and has helped some of the world's biggest companies (including Walmart, Chrysler LLC, NBA and Johnson & Johnson) build their brands and connect to consumers. Currently Detavio operates as the President of GlobalHue-Detroit, the nation's leading multicultural advertising agency, where he leads teams to develop crossover strategies and ide...


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Darnyelle Jervey

Leading Business Optimization Strategist, Best-Selling Author and Award-Winning Business Coach.

Darnyelle A. Jervey, MBA          For more than a decade, Darnyelle has been capturing attention and keeping it as soon as she opens her mouth. Recently hailed as a cross between Bishop T.D. Jakes and President Barack Obama, when Darnyelle takes the stage, people take notice. Her contagious energy and enthusiastic nature makes her a crowd favorite, she consistently receives 4.5 (out of 5) or higher ratings when she finishes leaving her audience ...


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Alicia Bowens

The L.O.V.E. Coach, specializing in empowering teen and single mothers.

Alicia T. Bowens         Born in the south suburbs of Chicago, Alicia learned the meaning of perseverance at a very young age. Although she was an honor student and star athlete, Alicia became a teenage mother during her sophomore year of high school at the age of fifteen.      However, she didn’t let having a child at such a young age stop her. Alicia kept up with her classwork while she was out, and returned to school, going on to graduate on ...


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Sil Lai Abrams

NABJ award-winning writer, Inspirational speaker, domestic violence awareness & prevention activist & advocate, and relationship expert for the online version of EBONY Magazine.

Sil Lai Abrams         Starting from more than humble beginnings, NABJ award-winning writer and domestic violence advocate Sil Lai Abrams has overcome addiction, mental health issues, domestic violence and a ninth grade education to arise triumphant through the use of the nine step self-help methodology called the Self Empowerment Principles In Action (SEPIA) Process which she created and described in her first book No More Drama: 9 Simple Steps ...


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Rohan Murphy

Entrepreneur • Inspirational Athlete • Motivational Speaker

Rohan Murphy         Rohan, who lost his legs at birth, started to wrestle his freshman year of high school. After a successful high school wrestling career he went on to wrestle at Penn State University. In addition to wrestling, Murphy is also an accomplished powerlifter, competing in international competitions all over the world representing the USA.      Rohan has been featured in publications such as ABC news, Sports Illustrated, and many ...


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Ash Cash

Speaker, Author, Personal Finance Expert and Financial Literacy Advocate.

Ash Cash         Ash is a Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Financial Expert and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom.      Ash’s life story reads like an urban “rags-to-riches” classic. A native of Harlem, NYC, Ash grew up in St. Nicholas houses, one of the most dangerous housing projects in New York City. In an era plagued with gangs, drugs and murders, most people growing up in this environment were des...


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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-EmployedTM brand,...


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