Diversity Keynote Speakers

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Diversity keynote speakers break barriers with exploring power, gender, race, influence, and proper representation. They address employee engagement, corporate responsibility, overall workplace culture, and human resources. GDA has a roster of diversity keynote speakers that help organizations overcome biases and embrace differences to achieve optimal cultural competence, expansion of values, employee engagement, customer and business reputations.


Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 1

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

America's First African-American Female Combat Pilot

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour went from beat cop to United States Marine Corps combat pilot in three years, flying over the deserts of Iraq. As America’s first African-American female combat pilot, she realized that many people wanted to create breakthroughs in their own lives, they just didn’t know how.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 3

Sewa Beats

Connecting People, Sustaining Impact

Sewa Beats is an international corporate training company that delivers programs in the areas of leadership development and collaboration, all of which involve rhythm and music. With an instrument provided for each participants, our powerful programs are an unforgettable way to unite teams, motivate staff, and deliver corporate messaging!

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Bonin Bough

TV Host, Marketing Exec, Investor and Author

Bonin Bough is one of the foremost-awarded marketing executives, the host of The Cleveland Hustles, and the author of Txt Me (646) 759-1837. He was one of the youngest C-suite executives in a Fortune 50 company, Bonin has spearheaded some of the industry’s largest global marketing campaigns.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 2 Videos: 15

David Brownlee

World's Leading Customer Service Speaker

David Brownlee is the founder and CEO of Pure Customer Service and the number one, best-selling author of Rockstar Service, Rockstar Profits. After being kidnapped at gunpoint, stabbed and released, David has taken his second chance at life and dedicated it to helping others achieve their goals and dreams. 

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Scott Burrows

Inspirational and Motivational Speaker

Scott Burrows’ unforgettable story of turning a paralyzing setback into a powerful comeback through a clear Vision, a determined Mindset and unstoppable Grit inspires audiences to overcome challenges and put goals into action.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Eric Chester

The go-to expert on finding, engaging & keeping great employees who deliver "on fire" performance!

Eric Chester is a trusted source in the global dialogue on workplace culture, employee engagement, and the emerging workforce. He helps business leaders attract, develop and retain top talent that delivers "on fire" performance.

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Keynotes: 0 Books: 0 Videos: 3

Carol Cone

Corporate Social Responsibility and Purpose Branding Expert and Speaker

Carol Cone, CEO of Carol Cone ON PURPOSE, pioneered the field of social purpose in the 1980s, and today is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost social impact experts. Her work has surpassed organizational goals, garnered hundreds of awards, and raised billions of dollars for a variety of outstanding causes.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 7 Videos: 6

Ken Dychtwald

Renowned Visionary of the Age Wave and Longevity in America

Dr. Ken Dychtwald has emerged as North America’s foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, health care, and workforce implications of the age wave. During his career, Ken has addressed more than two million people worldwide in his speeches to corporate, association, social service, and government groups.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 3 Videos: 4

Maddy Dychtwald

National Authority on Women, Aging, & Marketplace Trends

Maddy Dychtwald is a nationally recognized author and leading expert on the changing demographic trends shaping the marketplace, the workplace, and our lives. She has also emerged as an authority on the economic ascent of women and its impact on various industries, including financial services, health care, and consumer marketing.

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Keynotes: 8 Books: 1 Videos: 5

Joe Gerstandt

Diversity & Inclusion Speaker, Author and Advisor

Joe Gerstandt is a speaker, author and advisor bringing greater clarity,
action, and impact to organizational diversity and inclusion efforts.
Joe has worked with Fortune 100 corporations, small non-profits, and
everything in between. He speaks at numerous conferences and summits,
and blogs at joegerstandt.com.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 7

Dima Ghawi

Overcoming Adversity Keynote Speaker and Leadership Coach

Dima draws from 18 years of global corporate experience and the harrowing trials of her journey to establish her unique and empowering consulting company. Dima embraces future leaders, the rebels, and anyone who is ready to shatter limitations, reach their full potential, and become a part of a community for change. 

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 3 Videos: 2

Adrian Gostick

#1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author

Adrian's most requested keynote is on culture and managing change, based on his #1 bestselling book All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results, but he also frequently speaks on employee engagement, leadership, generational issues in the workplace, high-performing teamwork and recognition.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 1

Risha Grant

Diversity Done Differently

Risha Grant 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. She is also the founder & CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 3 Videos: 6

Erin Gruwell

Educator and Founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation

Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an author, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, Erin transformed her students’ lives.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Ryan Jenkins

Speaker, Trainer, Author, Next Generation Expert

Ryan has been speaking professionally as a Millennial and Generation Z keynote speaker for over six years for clients big and small, nationally and internationally.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Frans Johansson

Author of The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World

Frans Johansson is the bestselling author of The Medici Effect and The Click Moment. He has spoken to audiences worldwide about intersectional innovation and success, and has founded a software startup, a healthcare firm, and a hedge fund. He is the founder and CEO of The Medici Group. (50 words)

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Keynotes: 9 Books: 4 Videos: 4

Daymond John

Founder and CEO of FUBU; Stars in business reality TV show, Shark Tank

A young entrepreneur, industry pioneer, highly regarded marketing expert and a man who has surpassed new heights of commercial and financial success are just a few ways people have described Daymond John.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 5 Videos: 7

Katty Kay

Lead Anchor, BBC World News America and Bestselling Author

Washington, D.C.-based BBC World News America anchor Katty Kay brings a fresh and global perspective to the reporting of American politics and global affairs. When she’s not busy making sense of the news, Katty writes bestselling books on women and confidence - helping them turn thoughts into action.

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Keynotes: 10 Books: 3 Videos: 1

Lynne Lancaster

Generational Expert and Keynote Speaker

Lynne Lancaster is one of today’s most sought-after generational experts and keynote speakers. She knows what makes Traditionalists, Boomers, Generation Xers, Millennials, and Gen Z tick, and brings her original research, insights, humor, and practical tips to audiences eager to solve the generational puzzle.


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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 11

Nicole Malachowski

First Woman Thunderbird Pilot, Combat Veteran, Fighter Squadron Commander, White House Fellow & Adviser

Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) was a jet fighter pilot, but her story is much more than that. The combat veteran and first-ever female Thunderbird pilot lost her distinguished 21-year career to devastating tick-borne illnesses. Nicole’s inspiring story of overcoming the odds inspires audiences to rethink their challenges and prevail

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Keynotes: 9 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Cam Marston

Expert on the Generations

Cam Marston is the leading expert on the impact of generational change and its impact on the marketplace. He explains how generational characteristics and differences affect every aspect of business, including recruiting, retention, management, motivation and sales and marketing. Marston’s presentations are informative, engaging, humorous and tailored to his audience.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 6

Karen McCullough

Keynote, Author, Branding Expert, Social Media Enthusiast, Gen X and Y Evangelist

Karen is a motivational business speaker AKA Millennial evangelist. Karen helps organizations /leaders cut through the generational stereotypes and get back to reality by leveraging their team’s strengths, enriching the work environment, and driving better results. Karen creates customized programs that hit the mark and are great fun.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 3 Videos: 3

Kelly McDonald

Consumer Trends, Marketing and Sales Expert

Kelly McDonald is the creator of “How to Give Exceptional Customer Service,” the #1 selling business video series in the U.S. for over 3 years, Kelly is best known for her work in the areas of customer service.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 4 Videos: 1

Albert Mensah

Ambassador of Opportunity, Personal Development, Dream Builder, and Inspirational Speaker

Originally from the impoverished African nation of Ghana, Albert Mensah has emerged to become an internationally-recognized motivational speaker, corporate consultant, and coach.

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Keynotes: 9 Books: 0 Videos: 3

Kaplan Mobray

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, CAREER CONSULTANT, FOUNDER OF THE KAPLAN MOBRAY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Ultra High Energy and engaging speaker that teaches audiences tools they can use immediately to elevate their career all while having fun and a positively memorable experience

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Keynotes: 15 Books: 4 Videos: 2

Jacob Morgan

Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, & Futurist

Jacob is a globally recognized keynote speaker, best-selling author, and futurist. He literally wrote the book on the future of work and employee experience.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 5

Sonia Nazario

Social Journalist, Author, Humanitarian

Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist and humanitarian. Her personal story is the story of migration and of ganas (determination). Her articles and speeches move people to tears and end in standing ovations.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 2 Videos: 1

Dale Partridge

Serial entrepreneur, Founder of Sevenly.org, expert in branding, marketing, & social media

Serial entrepreneur, Founder of Sevenly.org, expert in branding, marketing, and social media; featured on FOX News, NBC; in INC Magazine, Mashable, MSN Money, Forbes, the Los Angeles Times and on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine; Author of the upcoming book People over Profit (2015)

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Keynotes: 12 Books: 2 Videos: 2

Edgar Perez

American-Peruvian Business Author, Speaker and Strategy Consultant

Global executives have come to appreciate Edgar Perez for his wide-ranging insights on how they can better position their organizations for success through strong leadership and a comprehensive approach that links business strategy and disruptive technologies. 

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Shayla Rivera

The Funny Rocket Scientist

Shayla Rivera is a former NASA Rocket Scientist turned Keynote Speaker, Stand-up Comedian and awareness expert with many Television credits. She inspires people from elementary school children to executives in major corporations by sharing what she has learned about awareness and taking risks. She travels worldwide entertaining our troops.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Laurie Rubin

Critically acclaimed author, songwriter, and singer

Laurie Rubin, blind mezzo-soprano and author provides audiences with a "transformative experience" in which she encourages people to dig deep to realize their dreams through life stories and music.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 6 Videos: 1

Libby Sartain

Human Resources Thought Leader From Southwest Airlines and Yahoo

Libby’s keynote has an empowering message: HR can lead our organizations through the competitive marketplace by treating workers more like consumers and less like employees. Stories and strategies for the new world of work and what that means for HR in the future prepare audience for the impending brain drain.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 3 Videos: 1

Lyn St. James

Retired Professional IndyCar Driver

Lyn St. James is a change agent, not just in sports, but someone who makes people think differently about themselves and about others. Her accomplishments on and off the track intrigue people and her style is engaging and inspiring.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 7 Videos: 4

Bruce Tulgan

Founder & CEO, RainmakerThinking, Inc.

Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 0 Videos: 5

Mark Valenziano

Inspiring personal greatness to lift organizations to new heights.

Mark explores six avenues to building confidence, infusing optimism, and reinforcing the whys and hows of adaptability. The result is individuals who are inspired, focused & aware, and companies that can more smoothly transition in to their future.

Mark customizes his programs to meet your specific goals.

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Keynotes: 8 Books: 5 Videos: 3

Vivek Wadhwa

Renowned Technology Entrepreneur & Academic

Called “Silicon Valley’s most provocative voice” for his ideas on technology trends, globalization, U.S. competitiveness, and the future, Vivek Wadhwa’s work puts him at the heart of where innovations are being developed that will change the very way in which we work and live.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 2

David R. Williams

Professor of Public Health and Profess of African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University

Dr. Williams is internationally recognized as a leading social scientist focused on social influences on health. His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which race, racism, socioeconomic status, stress, health behaviors and religious involvement can affect physical and mental health.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 4

Keith Wyche

Opens the Door to Successful Growth and Transformation!

Gain solutions on organizational transition resilience and career development from a results-driven, practicing c-suite executive. Keith pulls stories from his exceptional record of leading successful transformation initiatives in industries undergoing rapid change including technology, manufacturing, outsourced services, and grocery retail. Author of Good Is Not Enough and Corner Office Rules.

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