Honoring 2019’s Top African American Keynote Speakers for Black History Month
After the Civil Rights movement focused Americans on the subject of the contributions of African Americans to history and culture, 1976 marked the beginning of the annual celebration we continue to recognize each February. 30 years later, BigSpeak Speakers Bureau would like to recognize the following African American keynote speakers for their contributions to the speaking industry, in business, leadership, inspiration, and empowerment.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson is universally known for his 13 year career in the NBA. Earvin Johnson, Jr. is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises which was formed in 1987. Through strategic investments, partnerships and endorsements, Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE) provides products and services that particularly focus on ethnically diverse urban communities. Johnson is also Vice President and part owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. Speaking to audiences as an athlete, an entrepreneur, and an HIV survivor, Magic Johnson’s presentations are captivating and inspiring.
Daymond John is the personification of the American Dream. From his humble beginning on the streets of New York, to a self-made multimillionaire with over $4 billion in global product sales, and a starring role on the ABC business reality TV show Shark Tank, Daymond John continues to set standards of excellence while expanding his interests in fashion, branding, marketing, consulting, entertainment and beyond. An industry leader, best-selling author and ground breaking entrepreneur, he has evolved into a highly sought after business and motivational speaker.
Vernice “Flygirl” Armour
Known simply as FlyGirl, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour went from beat cop to combat pilot in three years. Within months of earning her wings, she found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. After serving two tours overseas, she had become America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour is a battle-tested speaker and ignites audiences with a dynamic spark that can’t be extinguished.
Jade Simmons is a top experiential keynote speaker, rockstar concert pianist, best of SXSW performer, and classical music’s No.1 Maverick. She delivers stunning MainStage keynote presentations that potently combine music, virtuoso performance and riveting storytelling to speak into the hearts, minds and goals of a company’s most valuable resource…their people.
Risha Grant is is diversity personified. From her race, gender and lifestyle choices, to being a young, small business owner and tackling economic issues, every area of her life intersects diversity. As a national speaker, Risha uses passion, knowledge and humor to empower attendees to increase their bottom line by giving them tools to get rid of their bias.
Simon T. Bailey
Renowned speaker and author Simon T. Bailey is the leader of the “brilliance” movement – helping more than 1 million people find their brilliance, shift their thinking and produce sustainable results. He is the former sales director of the world-renowned Disney Institute and founder of Brilliance Institute, Inc. Having served hundreds of Fortune 500 companies and over 1000 organizations on six continents, the ‘hilariously engaging’ and ‘tactically insightful’ Mr. Bailey understands the frustrations and opportunities that professionals encounter.
The amazing story of Christopher Gardner’s life was first published as an autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, and became a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller. Chris Gardner was also the inspiration for the movie The Pursuit of Happyness. Always hard working and tenacious, a series of adverse circumstances in the early 1980’s left Chris Gardner homeless in San Francisco, the sole guardian of his toddler son. Unwilling to give up Chris Jr. or his dreams of success, Gardner climbed the financial industry ladder from the very bottom.
A Stanford All-American, 5 time NFL All-Pro, and All-Star front line competitor, Brian Holloway was the 6’7″ powerhouse at the core of the 1985 New England Patriots Super Bowl team. After retiring from the NFL, he was hired by the Baltimore Ravens as a motivational speaker, coach and mentor before they became world champs at Super Bowl XLVII. Today, Brian Holloway is America’s #1 requested team building speaker and renowned corporate trainer, mobilizing companies and organizations in search of peak productivity, helping them achieve new levels of excellence.
Les Brown is one of the nation’s leading authorities in understanding and stimulating human potential. As a renowned motivational speaker, author and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message, teaching audiences how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Les Brown has learned from his own life and one he is helping others apply to their lives.
Willie Jolley is America’ s premier celebrity speaker, singer and author… inspiring millions with music and motivation! Willie Jolley is truly a renaissance man; an award winning speaker, singer, bestselling author, national media personality and national columnist… all in one!
One of the featured teachers of The Secret, Lisa Nichols’ powerful message of personal empowerment has helped thousands of people make significant, positive changes in their lives. Groups from corporate executives to teenagers have been motivated by Lisa Nichols’ inspiring presentations, and she’s been honored worldwide for her passion and drive.