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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Motivational Speaker on Mindset, Customer Success, Sales and Leadership
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Classical Music's "No. 1 Maverick"
How do you get to be named Classical Music's "No.1 Maverick" ? By repeatedly defying
expectations, delivering riveting performances and combining passion and innovation at
every turn. Called a "musical force of nature", Jade Simmons is easily one of the most
exciting and versatile artists on the scene today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- 22 Artificial Intelligence
- 25 Big Data
- 70 Branding / Marketing
- 118 Business
- 142 Business Growth / Strategy / Trends
- 43 CEO
- 139 Change Management / Organizational Change
- 105 Communication
- 14 Conflict Resolution
- 64 Corporate Culture & Governance
- 26 Corporate Social Responsibility
- 76 Customer Relations
- 20 Disruption
- 3 Distribution / Supply Chain Management
- 44 Diversity
- 33 Emotional Intelligence
- 89 Employee Engagement
- 105 Entrepreneur
- 31 Ethics / Values
- 59 Futurists / Trends
- 6 Hospitality
- 54 Human Resources / Workforce Issues
- 52 Influence
- 158 Innovation / Creativity
- 28 IT
- 277 Leadership
- 34 Management
- 40 Moderator / Facilitator
- 18 Negotiation
- 22 Networking
- 32 Productivity
- 0 Real Estate
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- 88 Sales
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- 34 Storytelling
- 19 Stress Management
- 18 Sustainability
- 127 Teamwork / Teambuilding
- 84 Thought Leader
- 9 Trust / Honesty
- 69 Virtual
- 62 Work-life Balance