Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Great Black Speakers Bureau

I stumbled upon www.GreatBlackSpeakers.com (GBS) while looking for some images relating to "corporate change". What a great find this was! Many of the speakers registered on this site I had the opportunity of seeing in person at BDPA conferences:

  • Willi Jolley - Willie Jolley is America' s Premier Celebrity Speaker- Singer- Author...Inspiring Millions with Music & Motivation!
  • Ephren Taylor - Ephren W. Taylor II is the youngest African-American CEO of any publicly traded company ever
  • Randal Pinkett - Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur and speaker. Dr. Pinkett was also named the winner of NBC's hit reality television show, The Apprentice, with Donald Trump.

GBS Motto: "Shaping Minds One Speech at a Time"


From website

Great Black Speakers was founded in January 2007 by Lawrence Watkins, a 24 year old, successful entrepreneur. Great Black speaker's bureau is committed to providing excellence, reliability, and an elevated measure of integrity on a daily basis.


Great Black Speakers Bureau is a new speakers' bureau that helps universities, corporations, and high schools find high quality, African-American speakers for different events.

GBS has a good search feature that lets you search speakers by Topic or Industry.

GBS also assists African American speakers with the opportunity to increase their exposure. We offer services to help speakers advance, promote and manage their speaking career to achieve future success.

You can get started with a one-time-fee of only $125. GBS will handle the marketing of your services for you.

Want to become a motivational speaker?
To be considered as a speaker for GBS, please email the following info to speakers@greatblackspeakers.com:

  • Biography and Picture (Example here)
  • Speech Topics and Categories (i.e. Motivation, Health, Personal Finance)
  • Recent Video of a speech given in the last 18 months.
  • Current Fee information
  • How many speeches you give per year and how many you would like to give.
  • Your Website URL

In closing

Great Black Speakers is an excellent concept and resource for any company or organization looking to book up and coming to award winning African American speakers. I noticed that there are not many Information Technology speakers listed on the GBS site, perhaps some of the BDPA' s outstanding IT Thought Leaders can fill that Gap? Additionally, I did not see any African American Information Security speakers registered with GBS; I think I can possible build up my work to at least be considered as a featured speaker.

This gives me motivation to build my Though Leadership brand on Information Security & Technology and solving community issues. Stay tuned….


  1. You motivated me to also get busy and update my online brand for future speaking gigs. Asante sana!

    peace, Wayne

  2. @Villager, feels good to know that I can motivate a master orator such as yourself, because you consistently motivate me. Peace!


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