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: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 13
Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour Featured
America's First Black Female Combat Pilot; Former Marine & Cop; Author, Zero to Breakthrough; and Consultant to Business
Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour went from beat cop to US Marine Corps combat pilot in three years, flying over the deserts of Iraq. As America’s first Black female combat pilot, she realized many people want to create breakthroughs in their own lives, they just don’t know how. Her mantra: Get Gutsy!
Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 8
Mariana Atencio Featured
Peabody and Gracie Award–Winning Journalist; 3x Emmy Nominee; Best-Selling Author; Viral Tedtalker
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.
Keynotes: 8 Books: 12 Videos: 17
Simon T. Bailey Featured
Breakthrough Strategist, Author, Life Coach, Entrepreneur
Simon T. Bailey is an American speaker, author, life coach and entrepreneur. He is the leader of the SPARK Movement whose purpose is to ignite sustainable transformation in people, individuals, systems, and nations.
Keynotes: 6 Books: 0 Videos: 11
Chris Bashinelli Featured
National Geographic Explorer & TV Host
Actor/Humanitarian whose TV career spans MTV to The Sopranos; celebrated Emcee and Guest Speaker for TedX and the United Nations, at Jane Goodall’s National Leadership Retreat; Published Writer for Huffington Post and Lonely Planet; travels across the world hosting the TV Series Bridge the Gap on PBS TV.
Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 2
Sewa Beats Featured
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!
Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 8
Daryl Davis Featured
Musician, Author, Racial Justice Activist, Compelling Unifier, Klan Whisperer, and Award-Winning Conflict Navigator
Daryl Davis, a Black man, befriended members of the Ku Klux Klan and changed their lives. Over 200 of them gave him their robes and hoods to prove it. Daryl offers communication lessons from that experience. When we talk to our adversaries, fears that drive hate and misunderstanding melt away.
Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 2
Risha Grant Featured
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.
Keynotes: 2 Books: 8 Videos: 9
Matthew Griffin Featured
WIRED called him “Visionary and Incredible.” World renowned Futurist, disruption, and innovation expert
Described by Ray Kurzwiel's close friends as a "Young Kurzweil" Griffin is a world renowned futurist. Regularly featured in the media including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, Forbes, Telegraph, ViacomCBS, and WIRED, his ability to explain the global cultural and industrial impact of hundreds of disruptive emerging technologies is unparalleled.
Keynotes: 7 Books: 0 Videos: 5
Khaliah Guillory Featured
CEO at KOG & Company | Founder at Nap Bar
Khaliah is an energetic speaker who is on a quest to encourage the masses to operate outside of their fears to summon up the unmitigated gall to courageously pursue their passions in life.
Keynotes: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 6
Rebecca Heiss, PhD Featured
CEO of Icueity, Keynote Speaker on Achieving a Fear(less) Mindset
Dr. Heiss unpacks the paradoxes of the way humans think. Her research has been designated “transformative” by the National Science Foundation. She is the founder and CEO of Icueity, a continuous 360 review app providing users ongoing fearless feedback and challenging them to grow in self-awareness.
Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 10
Doc Hendley Featured
Founder & International President of Wine To Water, Top 10 CNN Hero
“My efforts are going to be a drop in the bucket, but if I would have never taken that step because it was too big of problem, then we wouldn’t be anywhere right now.” — DOC HENDLEY
Keynotes: 1 Books: 6 Videos: 8
Daymond John Featured
Founder & CEO of FUBU; Star of ABC's Shark Tank; CEO of The Shark Group, consulting agency
John is CEO/Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales world-wide. He is celebrating his 14th season on ABC TV’s critically acclaimed business reality show Shark Tank, reinvigorating entrepreneurship around the world.
Keynotes: 7 Books: 3 Videos: 6
Sallie Krawcheck Featured
One of the Most Respected Voices on Wall Street, Chair of Ellevate Network, Recognized by Inc. as a Top Female Founder
With a reputation for integrity, independence of thought, a sense of humor and an unrelenting focus on results, Sallie Krawcheck has often been referred to as one of the most successful and influential executives in financial services.
Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 4
Gaby Natale Featured
3-Time Daytime Emmy Award Winning Journalist; Author; Entrepreneur
Gaby Natale is the President & Co-Founder of AGANAR Media. She is the first Latina to win 3 Daytime Emmys® back-to-back (as host and executive producer of her own show) and the the first Hispanic author to be published by HarperCollins’ Leadership division.
Keynotes: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 3
Pauline Nguyen Featured
From Extreme Adversity to Success
Pauline is a best-selling author and award-winning businesswoman and her achievements are even more impressive for her having escaped Vietnam on a boat and survived a Thai refugee camp. She overcame by transforming her approach by re-engineering her beliefs, questioning the status quo and hacking cultural norms.
Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 7
Michelle Poler Featured
Author, 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.
Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 7
John Register Featured
U.S. Paralympian; U.S. Army Combat Veteran; Author
John won the Paralympic long jump silver medal just 6 years after having his left leg amputated. For over 20 years, John has been delivering powerful and impactful presentations that captivate, motivate and teach audiences techniques to overcome any challenge thereby creating a new normal in their own lives.
Keynotes: 6 Books: 5 Videos: 3
Vivek Wadhwa Featured
Author, Academic, Speaker, Entrepreneur
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.
Keynotes: 6 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, Bias, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Keynotes: 6 Books: 0 Videos: 3
Former Undercover Police Officer & Federal Prosecuting Attorney; Trust Strategist; Nonverbal Communication Expert
Pamela is a former undercover police officer and federal prosecuting attorney. She has spoken to audiences ranging from 50 to 12,000 in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Her recent TEDx Talk, “What Drug Dealers Taught Me About Trust” was viewed more than 200,000 times in the first six months.
Keynotes: 6 Books: 1 Videos: 3
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.
Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 2
Speaker, Author, Artist
John’s motivational talks celebrate diversity and overcoming obstacles in an engaging and entertaining way. His theme centers around turning negatives into positives and creating solutions while fostering a more inclusive environment where everyone can flourish and be heard.
Keynotes: 6 Books: 6 Videos: 5
Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Life Coach
Valorie Burton, life strategist and international speaker, is CEO of the Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute. Her life-changing message has an intriguing, research-based emphasis in the pioneering field of applied positive psychology - the study of what happens when things go right with us.
Keynotes: 7 Books: 2 Videos: 8
New York Times Best-Selling Author; Recognized Trauma Informed Attorney
Regina is a NYT best-selling author, speaker and recognized trauma informed attorney. She co-founded Calcaterra Pollack LLP, a diverse 100% women owned firm early in the pandemic. As a survivor of childhood sexual and physical assault she represents adult survivors of childhood sexual assault and other abuse survivors.
Keynotes: 5 Books: 0 Videos: 14
Chief Human Resources Officer at Cohesity, Board Member and Advisor
Amy is a senior HR professional and business transformer with expertise in working with startups to Fortune500 enterprises. As a speaker and coach for C-Level executives, Amy focuses on talent as the key driver of business growth. Amy brings research and proven best practices to all of her presentations.
Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 5
Clarke & Carrie Carlisle
Underpinning Good Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
Clarke and Carrie have been delivering leading edge talks since 2010. By sharing their lived experience, they obliterate the stigma that surrounds adverse Mental Health issues, especially addressing them within the workplace.
Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 4
American Urban Revitalization Strategist; Environmental Justice Solutions
Economic revitalizer Majora Carter has made it her life's mission to find sustainable solutions for struggling communities - starting with her own.
Keynotes: 0 Books: 0 Videos: 4
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.
Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 2
World's First & Only Armless Pilot, Black Belt, Scuba Diver, Cyclist, and DE&I Crusader
Jessica is best known for becoming the first armless pilot in aviation history. Her achievement earned her a Guinness World Record medal, invitations from six continents, and featured on tv programs like Ellen, Inside Edition, Fox and Friends, Oprah Winfrey Network, CNN, CBS Evening News, and the BBC.
Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 9
Princess of Sierra Leone. Humanitarian. Educator. Author
Sarah was adopted at one by a loving, white West Virginia couple and raised with little knowledge of her ancestry. As a young adult, Sarah journeyed to Sierra Leone to meet her birth family, discovering she was a mahaloi, child of a Paramount Chief, with the status of a princess.
Keynotes: 8 Books: 9 Videos: 7
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.
Keynotes: 5 Books: 3 Videos: 4
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.
Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 0
Inclusion Strategist; Diversity Champion; Community Builder
With over 15 years of experience in HR and Talent Management within Fortune 500 companies, federal government, and the tech industry, Sherika is a community builder, motivational speaker, and architect of the S.E.E. Movement which focuses on inclusive leadership, diverse teams and the empowering women to achieve their goals.
Keynotes: 3 Books: 2 Videos: 3
Gen Z Activist; Author; Empowerment Speaker; Thought Innovator
Born with an extremely rare form of dwarfism (metatropic dysplasia), Brandon Farbstein has turned his life experience of suffering and victimhood into empowerment and impact. He served as the driving force behind two new laws on bullying prevention and emotional intelligence being taught in all K-12 classrooms statewide.
Keynotes: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 7
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.
Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 5
Haben Girma, Esq.
Human Rights Lawyer, Author, First Deafblind Graduate of Harvard Law School
The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change.
Keynotes: 2 Books: 6 Videos: 6
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.
Keynotes: 9 Books: 0 Videos: 9
International Keynote Speaker
Phil is a firm believer that with the proper motivation, training, and support system, members of any generation are capable of remarkable accomplishments.
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.
Keynotes: 5 Books: 3 Videos: 1
Ryan Jenkins, CSP
Wall Street Journal Bestselling Leadership Author & Speaker | #1 Thought Leader on Team Connection | Generations, Gen Z & Future of Work Expert
Optimize generational dynamics, strengthen team connection, and prepare for the future of work with Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership author and speaker, Ryan Jenkins CSP.
Keynotes: 7 Books: 2 Videos: 3
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.
Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 11
Michelle MiJung Kim
Korean American Immigrant; Award-Winning Author; Activist; Entrepreneur
Michelle MiJung Kim (she/her) is a queer Korean American immigrant woman writer, speaker, activist, and entrepreneur. She is CEO and co-founder of Awaken, where she has consulted hundreds of organizations and leaders from Fortune 500 companies, tech giants, nonprofits, universities and beyond on their equity education journey.
Keynotes: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 8
Workplace Culture Strategist, Doctor of Leadership & Management, Fortune 100 Thought Leader
Jessica guides global, national, Fortune 100 and other organizations across finance, technology, real estate and healthcare industries on creating intentional cultures that accelerate performance. Her Culture Equation - a tested model where strategy combined with 8 tangible and measurable ‘Culture Dynamic Drivers’ empowers your people to deliver consistent results.
Keynotes: 11 Books: 3 Videos: 6
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.
Keynotes: 6 Books: 0 Videos: 10
Motivational Olympic Medalist, American Record Holder, Honor Student, and Breast Cancer Survivor
Chaunté Lowe is the story of determination perseverance and strength. Those who get a chance to encounter her leave inspired and motivated. Her infectious personality is electrifying. You can't help but leave an interaction with her with a winning, "I can do ANYTHING" attitude.
Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 1
CEO of Linkage, Leadership Consultant, Speaker, and Executive Coach
Jennifer McCollum is CEO of Linkage, Inc. highly sought-after consultant and speaker, with a deep expertise in Inclusive Leadership and Advancing Women Leaders. She has 20 years of experience building and leading businesses in the leadership space and is a contributing author to Leadership in a Time of Crisis.
Keynotes: 5 Books: 0 Videos: 9
Keynote, Author, Branding Expert, Millennial and Gen Z 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.
Keynotes: 5 Books: 4 Videos: 2
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.
Keynotes: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 4
Award-Winning Author. Motivational Speaker. Career Consultant
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
Keynotes: 11 Books: 1 Videos: 3
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.
Keynotes: 6 Books: 2 Videos: 1
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)
Keynotes: 18 Books: 3 Videos: 6
Technology and Business Author and Strategy Consultant: AI, Web3, Metaverse and Quantum
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.
Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 4
Social Justice and Diversity Educator and Activist
For almost 20 years, Jess Pettitt has supported and guided diverse audiences to success. Her social justice and diversity curricula as well as her publications, books, and resources are highly regarded and used nationwide. Her background uniquely qualifies her to educate employers on building welcoming, productive, and innovative teams.
Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 2
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.
Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 5
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.
Keynotes: 12 Books: 1 Videos: 3
Crisis Management Expert, Author & Inspiration for the hit TV show Scandal
As the founder and president of Smith & Company, Smith uniquely combines her communication skills, media savvy, and legal and political acumen to serve clients around the world.
Keynotes: 5 Books: 8 Videos: 4
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.
Keynotes: 5 Books: 5 Videos: 3
Howard A. Tullman
Entrepreneur, Futurist, Venture Capitalist, Author
Howard Tullman is an American serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, educator, writer, lecturer and art collector. He currently serves as General Managing Partner of Chicago High Tech Investors, LLC and G2T3V, LLC. He was formerly the Chairman of the Board of The Princeton Review (NYC) and The Cobalt Group (Seattle).
Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 6
Helping individuals and organizations achieve their Unimaginable Potential!
Mark’s experiential programs will be remembered for a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for a motivating keynote, thought-provoking workshop, or the most unique networking session, Mark will have your group leaning in and engaged. He works closely with planners to assure no detail is missed and to exceed all expectations.
Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 1
Purpose Strategy Expert; Former Head of Global Purpose Strategy at Adidas
Kathy created the Global Purpose (corporate social responsibility) strategy for adidas, a 22 billion dollar global company. Now Kathy helps her clients use purpose to stand out in a competitive environment, attract the best talent, gain consumer loyalty, and fully harness the innovative brainpower of their employees.
Keynotes: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 3
Founder, Advisor, Speaker, Author
Frances West is a global advisor working with public, private and non-profit organizations including start-ups to operationalize inclusion as a core business imperative to drive disruptive innovation.
Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 2
David C. Williams
Author; Inventor; Technology Executive at AT&T
As Assistant VP of Automation at AT&T, David leads the largest Robotics Process Automation program worldwide driving billions in savings & revenue. David also received the 2021 Black Engineer of the Year Award, 2022 IT Team of the Year Award, and has been featured on all major media outlets.
Keynotes: 3 Books: 4 Videos: 6
Opens the Door to Successful Growth and Transformation!
Practicing C-Suite executive, speaker & author who helps companies successfully navigate transition, rapid growth & change. Over his career, Keith has been recognized as one of the highest ranking African-American executives in the U.S. and a Board Member of the prestigious Executive Leadership Council.
Keynotes: 5 Books: 2 Videos: 7
Heather R Younger
Caring Leadership & DEI Strategist; Best-Selling Author; Forbes & LinkedIn Contributor
Heather R Younger is the Founder and CEO of Employee Fanatix, a leading employee engagement and consulting firm. She is a sought-after keynote speaker who brings revealing insights to the stage from over 25,000 employee experiences.
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