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Inspire your audience with a keynote speech from one of the famous African American keynote speakers on our roster. Leading Authorities speakers bureau represents the best and brightest black motivational speakers, media personalities, well-known political strategists, members of Congress, authors, and more. We connect Fortune 500 companies, leading professional organizations, and civic groups with the most sought-after speakers, and our roster of African American talent celebrates the importance of diversity within modern society. Don't wait to secure your motivational speaker for Black History Month. Our most celebrated speakers are in high-demand during this time of the year.

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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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Mom, Wife, Boxing Champion, Elite Athlete, Fitness & Nutrition Expert, TV...

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Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness & nutrition expert, TV host, cooking enthusiast, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand and mother of two. The daughter of late beloved global icon and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali, she is a four-time undefeated boxing world champion, whose stellar record includes 24 wins (21 of which were "knockouts") and zero losses. Laila is heralded as the most successful female in the history of women’s boxing.
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Diversity & InclusionEntrepreneurshipHealth, Happiness, & WellnessInspiration & MotivationPeak PerformanceGrowthAthletes & CommentatorsMediaAfrican American SpeakersAuthorsFemale Speakers
Jonathan Capehart, Journalist and Television Personality

Journalist and Television Personality

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Jonathan Capehart is a journalist and television personality who has worked as a policy advisor to Michael Bloomberg’s campaign, a national affairs columnist, and was a member of the Daily News editorial board which won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. He currently writes for The Washington Post’s PostPartisan blog and is a contributor for MSNBC.
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Diversity & InclusionPoliticsModeratorEmcee & Master of CeremoniesMediaPolitical AnalystsAfrican American Speakers

Former U.S. Trade Representative & 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, US 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 & InclusionEconomic OutlookFinance Policy & RegulationPoliticsPolitical LeadersAfrican American Speakers
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Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management & Senior Client Advisor At Morgan...

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Carla Harris is Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She was Chair of the Morgan Stanley Foundation from 2005 to 2014, and sits on the boards of several community organizations. In August 2013, Carla was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She is a gospel recording artist and a popular public speaker who gives impactful career guidance to corporate audiences based on her book, “Expect to Win.” Carla joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 after completing an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Inspiration & MotivationLeadershipOvercoming AdversityBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsAfrican American SpeakersAuthorsFemale Speakers
Shellye Archambeau, Former CEO of MetricStream

Former Chief Executive Officer, MetricStream

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Shellye Archambeau is the former CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based, Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC) apps company that helps organizations around the world improve their business performance. Under Archambeau's leadership, MetricStream has grown into a recognized global market leader with nearly 1,500 employees worldwide. The company has received many awards and recognition for growth, product innovation, and customer success, and has been consistently named a leader in GRC by leading independent analyst firms. Shellye is a sought-after speaker who has presented on GRC issues to Fortune 500 corporations, members of Congress, and associations including Institute of Internal Auditors and NASDAQ. In April 2013, she was named the “#2 Most Influential African American in Technology” by Business Insider.

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InnovationBusiness StrategyGrowthBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsCEOsAfrican American SpeakersFemale Speakers
Amy Holmes, Acclaimed Political Commentator and Host of PBS' Show “In Principle”

Acclaimed Political Commentator & Host of PBS' In Principle

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Amy Holmes is a familiar face with an unconventional voice in political news. As an on-air political analyst, Amy dissects and debates the issues of the day, appearing regularly on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and PBS. She is the host of the PBS weekly program In Principle, and the former host of the daily MSNBC morning show Way Too Early. In addition to working with TheBlaze and MSNBC, she co-hosted The Washington Times and Talk Radio Network's America’s Morning News, a nationally-syndicated morning radio show heard coast-to-coast by over 1.5 million listeners daily.

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PoliticsMediaPolitical AnalystsAfrican American SpeakersFemale Speakers

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 SpeakersAuthors
Donna Brazile, Renowned Political Strategist and Commentator & Former Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee

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


Invite The Top Black Motivational Speakers To Your Event


Keep audiences talking long after your event with the experience our African American speakers bring to the stage. As the top black motivational speakers in the industry, these men and women are engaging, insightful, and favorites of audiences.

The best part is the speakers we represent are the perfect fit for a variety of events and budgets. Need an African American female motivational speaker for a women’s business event? Happy to help. What about a black political strategist with the know-how to steer candidates to success? Problem solved. Interested in securing a top black motivational speaker or inspirational speaker? We've got you covered. And before you even ask—yes, we can fill your Black History Month speaker lineup with some of the most celebrated black history experts and keynote speakers.

At Leading Authorities speakers bureau, we’ll help you secure the perfect speaker for your program and be there every step of the way to ensure you pull off an unforgettable and successful event. Our team of seasoned professionals, which offers more than 20 years of experience in the speaking and meeting planning industry, works with you one-on-one to find the perfect keynote speaker. Whether you’re searching for black women on innovation, inspiration, or leadership or a famous African American figure, we’ll find a speaker that matches your budget, audience, and goals. And to make it even better, we handle all the logistics and event add-ons.

Browse through our top African American keynote speakers listed above and click on any of the speaker's photos to see their individual speaker profile pages and read more about their expertise and speaking topics.

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