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How Can Event Planners Diversify Their Roster Of Speakers?

by Ashley Jones Slayden
How Can Event Planners Diversify Their Roster Of Speakers?

The demographics of the workforce are changing at a rapid pace. Diversity and inclusion within the workplace has never been more important to the health and success of your company.

Transforming culture, valuing diversity, and better understanding our differences isn’t just for the human resources department. It can be challenging to build a conference or program agenda that aligns with the diversity of your audience. At Leading Authorities speakers bureau, we are very proud to represent some of the most talented and unique speakers who bring fresh and diverse perspectives to the stage captivating and engaging audiences across the country and around the world. Our goal is to help clients curate a list of speakers that balance the stage with differing age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, skill sets, experiences, and abilities. Let Leading Authorities help diversify the roster of speakers for your next conference or meeting.

We've compiled a quick list of dynamic and in-demand keynote speakers that can bring diversity to your next event stage for you to consider.


  1. Kristin Beck
  2. Ana Navarro
  3. Shon Hopwood
  4. Jonathan Capehart
  5. Donna Brazile
  6. Chris Gardner
  7. William McNulty
  8. Mika Brzezinski

Keep reading to learn more about each of these nine dynamic and diverse keynote speakers and click through to view their individual speaker profile pages linked below to find out more about their speaking topics and expertise and to watch video footage from their recent keynote talks.

KristIn Beck

Former US Navy SEAL & Decorated Civil Rights Activist

Kristin Beck is a transgender, retired United States Navy SEAL, who served for more than 20 years in the Special Operations Forces fighting international terrorism. Today, Kristin spends most her time fighting for civil rights and ending discrimination towards the LGBT community. Raw, impactful, and candid, Kristin’s presentations focus on determination, leadership, leading millennials, acceptance, diversity, inclusion, and advocacy. She talks about why the key to success lies in determination, and how you’ll never be handed something great without working for it. See more on Kristin.

Ana Navarro

Republican Strategist & Political Contributor On CNN, ABC News, and Telemundo

Ana Navarro is a well-known Republican strategist and a political analyst for CNN, CNN en Español, ABC News, and Telemundo. Ana describes herself as Nicaraguan by birth, American by choice and Miamian by luck. Ana is admired on both sides of the political aisle for her outspoken, candid and “straight shooting” approach. Humorous and honest, her presentations focus on the latest hot button issues in politics including immigration policy, upcoming elections and advocacy. See more on Ana.

Shon Hopwood

Associate Law Professor at Georgetown University Law Center & Criminal Justice Reform Advocate

Shon Hopwood is a big believer in second chances. Shon’s story is unlike most, as his starts with serving an 11-year sentence for bank robbery in a federal prison. Shon is now an Associate Law Professor at Georgetown University, but he credits the opportunity to practice law to being given a second chance, learning from failure and overcoming hurdles in the criminal justice system. See more on Shon.


Revered Journalist and Television Personality

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart is a member of The Washington Post editorial board, writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog, and hosts the Post’s “Cape Up” podcast. One of the most-influential LGBT people in media, Capehart is known for his thought-provoking commentary on the major political and cultural news items of the day, including the big issues at the heart of conversations about diversity and inclusion. See more on Jonathan.

Donna Brazile

Renowned Political Strategist & Former Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC)

Donna Brazile is best known as a veteran political strategist, political commentator, columnist, author, adjunct professor at Harvard, and former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Donna was the first African American woman to manage a national presidential campaign and knows a thing or two about overcoming diversity. An expert on political and socioeconomic issues, she sits on the board of the Professional Diversity Network and looks at why expanding the circle of opportunity for minorities helps everyone succeed and how diversity is the key to success both in the board room and in Washington, DC. Her southern charm, big personality, and hilarious anecdotes make her an instant audience favorite. In fact, Oprah’s O magazine chose her as one of its “20 remarkable visionaries” and Washingtonian named her one of its “100 most powerful women.” See more on Donna.

Chris Gardner

Best-Selling Author & Inspiration for the Film, The Pursuit of Happyness

Chris Gardner is best known as the man and true story behind the hit movie, The Pursuit of Happyness. In the movie, Chris is played by Will Smith but in real life, Chris is just as charismatic, if not more. Chris shares his story of overcoming diversity, homelessness and eventually becoming a successful stock broker, CEO, and entrepreneur. Inspirational and motivational, Chris’ presentations highlight the power of determination, goal setting, taking risks, and leadership. See more on Chris.


Co-Founder of Team Rubicon & Founder of Team Rubicon Global 

William McNulty is the co-founder Team Rubicon and the founder of Team Rubicon Global, a non-profit that pairs military veterans with the opportunity to continue to serve when disaster strikes. Members of Team Rubicon deploy to provide relief to areas around the world that are impacted by human crises and natural disasters. William shares inspirational stories of giving veterans purpose by embracing their skill sets, providing meaningful work and thinking outside the box to solve every day problems as a team. See more on William.


Co-Host of MSNBC's Morning Joe and Best-Selling Author of All Things at Once, Knowing Your Value, and Grow Your Value

Mika Brzezinski has now found her voice as the co-host of Morning Joe, but it wasn’t always so easy. In a powerful, funny, and moving presentation from a woman who has faced ups and downs and literal tumbles on her career trajectory, Brzezinski cites personal stories from her quest to find a work-life balance alongside tools and techniques for success at home and on the job no matter who you are. See more on Mika.

rEADY to Diversify Your Next Event?

If you want to learn more about any of these keynote speakers or check their fees and availability for upcoming speaking engagements, please contact our team today.

We can also compile a customized list of speaker recommendations tailored for your specific event and we'd love to share more of our fresh, innovative, and fun ideas about how to diversify your next event, meeting, and conference.

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