Diversity and Inclusion Keynote Speakers

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Diversity and inclusion keynote speakers break barriers by 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 and inclusion 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: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Dr. Shawn Andrews

Author of the Best-Selling Book, The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Gender Divide

Dr. Shawn Andrews is a keynote speaker, organizational consultant, business school professor, and author of the best-selling book, The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Gender Divide. Dr. Shawn's expertise centers on Leadership, Gender, Emotional Intelligence, Hidden Bias, and Diversity & Inclusion.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 5

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: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Mariana Atencio

Peabody Award-Winning Journalist, Speaker, and Author

Mariana Atencio is a Peabody award-winning journalist, speaker, and author who has traveled around the world to help us discover & celebrate what makes us unique. As the only Latina national correspondent on NBC News, she’s a fighter for diversity, inclusion and authentic storytelling both on and off screen.

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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: 6 Books: 1 Videos: 3

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: 6 Books: 1 Videos: 7

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: 3 Videos: 4

Eric Chester

The go-to expert on finding, engaging & keeping great employees.

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: 3

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: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 6

Jason Harris

Professional Keynote Speaker on Leadership & Trust | USAF Command Pilot | USAF Instructor

Jason Harris is a motivational speaker, consultant, and certified character coach who values dedication, service and excellence. As a decorated combat veteran, Jason brings unique perspectives gained from his battlefield experience to your organization, empowering you to unleash the untapped potential of your employees. 

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 3 Videos: 5

Chef Jeff Henderson

Former Star of The Chef Jeff Project & New York Times Best-Selling Author of "Cooked"

From imprisoned drug dealer to renowned chef, Chef Jeff inspires audiences with his emotional journey of redemption from the streets to the stove. He reveals how lessons from the streets transfer to business, offering unique expertise on interpersonal relationships and managing a diverse workforce.

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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: 5

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: 2 Books: 4 Videos: 4

Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Businessman; Philanthropist; NBA Hall of Famer

Earvin “Magic” Johnson has become one of the most successful African-American businessmen in the world. He is a Major League Baseball owner, an NBA Legend, a 2-Time Hall of Famer, an Entrepreneur, a Philanthropist and a Motivational Speaker.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 5 Videos: 10

Katty Kay

Lead Anchor, BBC World News America and Bestselling Author

BBC anchor Katty Kay broadcasts to a global audience from Washington with a fresh perspective on American politics and world affairs. She speaks on current events as well as self-assurance in women and girls, helping them turn thoughts into action. Katty co-authored three NYT bestsellers on the subject.

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Keynotes: 10 Books: 3 Videos: 6

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: 20

Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF (Ret.)

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

Nicole Malachowski had a dream: Become an Air Force fighter pilot. She achieved that
and more. The first-ever woman on the elite Thunderbirds, Nicole brings audiences profound lessons on leadership, change, trust, culture, and overcoming the odds based her 21-year career and the tickborne illness that cruelly ended it.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 7

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: 9 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: 9 Books: 0 Videos: 3

Kaplan Mobray

Author, Speaker, Career Consultant and 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: 11 Books: 1 Videos: 1

Mel Parker

President and Chief Executive Officer, Take The Limits Off, LLC

Mel Parker is the best-selling author of The Parker Principles: 10 Leadership Force Multipliers and is a highly sought after Educator and Motivational Speaker. Mel has conducted dozens of seminars, training sessions and keynotes in the areas of leadership, trust, culture, productivity and success.

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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: 15 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: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 7

Michelle Poler

Social Entrepreneur, Branding Strategist & Creator of #100DaysWithoutFear

Michelle Poler is a creative and passionate social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, fear facer, and branding strategist. She is the Founder of Hello Fears, a social movement empowering millions to step outside of the comfort zone and tap into their full potential. 

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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: 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: 6 Books: 0 Videos: 6

Mark Valenziano

Blind Speaker 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: 3 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 Professor 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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