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Former United States Secretary of Transportation
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Anthony Foxx is the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation and the former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. As Secretary of Transportation, he led an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a budget of $70 billion. Sec. Foxx was responsible for overseeing American air, maritime, and surface transportation and ensuring that America maintained the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world.
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Former Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Renowned...
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Political strategist Donna Brazile is the former interim chair of the DNC, as well as the former vice chair for civic engagement and voter participation at the DNC, an adjunct professor, best-selling author, syndicated columnist, and television commentator. She was also the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign. Her southern charm, big personality, and hilarious anecdotes make her an instant audience favorite. Oprah’s O magazine chose her as one of its “20 remarkable visionaries” and Washingtonian named her one of its “100 most powerful women.” Brazile is known for her ability to analyze the political climate and attract supporters, and she addresses this and the political mood of the country.
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Diversity & InclusionPoliticsMediaPolitical AnalystsAfrican American SpeakersFemale SpeakersDuos
Former U.S. Trade Representative and Political Insider
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Ambassador Ron Kirk is the former United States trade representative (USTR) who was a pivotal member of the president’s economics team. With nearly 20 years in politics, he has been a Dallas mayor, U.S. Senate candidate, a lawyer with international reach. Boisterous and entertaining, Kirk analyzes the current political environment and offers audiences a glimpse behind the curtain in Washington and into what the president is really thinking. He also addresses trade, jobs, the economy, and doing business in China.
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Diversity & InclusionPoliticsPolitical LeadersAfrican American Speakers
Social Media Marketing Strategist
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Crystal is well known for her ability to take complex Web and social media topics, and make them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people and small business owners. She owns CWM Enterprises, a social media instructional brand aimed at training everyone from Gen Y's to Baby Boomers in strategically using social media.
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Relationship BuildingSalesSocial Media & Social NetworkingAfrican American SpeakersFemale Speakers
Founder of FUBU & Star of Shark Tank
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Daymond John is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, and he has received over 35 awards including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year, Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, and Ernst and Young's New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award. His marketing strategies and ability to build successful brands has made him a highly influential consultant and motivation speaker. In 2009, he joined the cast of ABC's entrepreneurial business show Shark Tank.
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BrandingNegotiationDiversity & InclusionEntrepreneurshipInspiration & MotivationMarketingRetailBusiness StrategyRisk-TakersBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsCEOsAfrican American SpeakersBusiness Authors/Strategists
Inspiration for the Film, The Pursuit of Happyness
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Chris Gardner is the owner and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC. Conquering grave challenges to become a successful entrepreneur, Gardner is an avid motivational and inspirational speaker, addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles. He is great for groups looking for a speaker who has “walked the walk” and accomplished things that no one else thought they would be able to do. He is also a passionate philanthropist whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations and discusses commitment and fatherhood.
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Diversity & InclusionInspiration & MotivationOvercoming AdversityRisk-TakersBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsAfrican American Speakers
Decorated Army Commander and New York Giants Honorary Captain
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Greg Gadson is an active duty Colonel in the United States Army and the current Garrison Commander of the U.S. Army Fort Belvoir. Although a bilateral above-the-knee amputee, he has not been defeated by unfortunate circumstance; instead, his life is a portrait of courage in the face of great adversity. He speaks on teamwork, leadership, and overcoming adversity.
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Inspiration & MotivationTeamworkOvercoming AdversityMilitary LeadersAfrican American Speakers
Former Communications Director of the Democratic National Committee
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Mo Elleithee is a nationally-recognized Democratic political and communications strategist, with nearly two decades of experience on political campaigns at all levels of government. Elithee is the former communications director of the Democratic National Committee and served as senior spokesperson and traveling press secretary for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.
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PoliticsMediaPolitical AnalystsAfrican American Speakers
Technology Strategist
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Larry Irving is the president and CEO of the Irving Group, a consulting firm providing strategic advice and assistance to international telecommunications and information technology companies, foundations and non-profit organizations. In his speeches he addresses different facets of technology and telecommunications with an emphasis on the intersection of politics, policy, and technology.
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Cyber SecurityTechnologyAfrican American Speakers

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