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Empowerment Speakers

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Padma Lakshmi

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM New York, USA

Emmy-nominated Padma Lakshmi may be best-known for her role as host on Top Chef, but offscreen she has had far reaching influence as a societal changemaker. Lakshmi is the co-founder of The Endometriosis Foundation of… Full Profile


Risha Grant

FEE CATEGORY * $10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM Oklahoma, USA

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. Her interest in societal isms… Full Profile


Jaz Ampaw-Farr

FEE CATEGORY * $20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM United Kingdom

As a teacher, speaker, and “resilience ninja”, Jaz Ampaw-Farr is a catalyst for change. Hailed as “the British Oprah” for her contagious empowering energy, Jaz was born into a despairing environment of poverty, abuse, and… Full Profile


Magie Cook

FEE CATEGORY * $5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM Florida, USA

Magie Cook started her salsa company with a gift of $800 while she was homeless. Despite no experience in business, she grew Maggie’s All Natural Fresh Salsa’s & Dips into a multi-million dollar company over… Full Profile


Amelia Rose Earhart

FEE CATEGORY * $10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM Colorado, USA

One of the youngest women to fly around the world, Amelia Rose Earhart dedicated years to fulfilling her dream of retracing the epic 1937 flight of her namesake, aviation icon, Amelia Mary Earhart. Her 2014… Full Profile


Michelle Rhee

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

As a third grade teacher in Baltimore, a member of Teach for America and the founder of StudentsFirst, Michelle Rhee has spent the last 18 years working to provide children with the skills and knowledge… Full Profile


Wasfia Nazreen

FEE CATEGORY * $10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

Wasfia Nazreen is a National Geographic Explorer & Adventurer and the only woman to hold these simultaneous titles. Although she is most known for being the first Bangladeshi and Bengali in the world to climb… Full Profile


IN-Q

FEE CATEGORY * $20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

A pioneer of performance poetry, multi-platinum songwriter and National Poetry Slam Champion, IN-Q has moved millions with his unique take on the human experience. On the speaking circuit, the celebrated artist uses that same talent… Full Profile


Naomi McDougall Jones

FEE CATEGORY * $10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM New York, USA

Award-winning actress, writer, and producer Naomi McDougall Jones is one of the most prominent figures steering the "Women in Film Revolution." Her viral TED Talk, "What It's Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood" has… Full Profile


Tyra Banks

FEE CATEGORY * $75,000 and above
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

Throughout her entire career, Tyra Banks has broken barriers and smashed glass ceilings. Despite hearing the words “You can’t” time and time again, she became an iconic model, television star, and accomplished entrepreneur who now… Full Profile


Nicole Richie

FEE CATEGORY * $75,000 and above
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

Nicole Richie's role in the reality series The Simple Life alongside Paris Hilton, her best friend at the time, made her an overnight sensation, but also catapulted her into an often tumultuous public life. Learning… Full Profile


Stephanie Decker

FEE CATEGORY * $5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM Indiana, USA

Stephanie Decker became a national hero after she saved her children, shielding them from the falling debris of their collapsing house with her own body while a freak tornado engulfed their small Indiana town. Though… Full Profile


Casey Gerald

FEE CATEGORY * $25,000 to $30,000
TRAVELS FROM New York, USA

As CEO and Co-founder of MBAs Across America, Casey Gerald has spent his recent years helping young entrepreneurs use their businesses to solve their communities' problems and revitalize the nation at a grassroots level. Named… Full Profile


Courtney Martin

FEE CATEGORY * Contact for fee schedule
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

Described as “one of our most insightful culture critics and one of our finest young writers,” Courtney Martin is a storyteller, feminist, social problem solver, and a provocative speaker. She is the author of six… Full Profile


Hugh Evans

FEE CATEGORY * Contact for fee schedule
TRAVELS FROM New York, USA

Co-founder and CEO of Global Citizen, Hugh Evans is on a mission to end extreme poverty in the world by 2030. His organization's flagship event, the Global Citizen Festival recruits millions to the war against… Full Profile


Connie Duckworth

FEE CATEGORY * $15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM Illinois, USA

Business strategist Connie Duckworth transferred her skill set from Wall Street to war-torn Afghanistan. The retired Partner and Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs, & Co. set up Arzu Hope Studios, a rug-weaving co-op, to give… Full Profile


Alfred Edmond Jr.

FEE CATEGORY * $20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM New York, USA

Alfred A. Edmond Jr. is the Senior Vice President and Executive Editor-at-Large of Black Enterprise, one of the many platforms where he has built recognition as a leading authority on finances, entrepreneurship, leadership, mentorship, and… Full Profile


Mike Robbins

FEE CATEGORY * $25,000 to $30,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

Author of four books (Focus on the Good Stuff; Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken; Nothing Changes Until You Do; and Bring Your Whole Self to Work), Mike Robbins teaches people how to infuse… Full Profile


Allison Massari

FEE CATEGORY * $15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

After surviving two horrific car accidents, artist and entrepreneur Allison Massari braved an excruciating recovery that forever changed the way she viewed life and happiness. She has since then become one of North America’s leading… Full Profile


Greg McKeown

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

Author of the bestseller Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown is one of today’s most distinguished voices in business thought leadership known for his techniques for leading a more meaningful and successful life.… Full Profile


Gabor George Burt

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM Michigan, USA

As an expert on overstepping boundaries, Gabor George Burt helps companies expand and succeed by teaching them how to eliminate perceived limitations. He provides an informative, step-by-step framework for re-imagining self-imposed limits in his book… Full Profile


Tavis Smiley

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

One of the most influential philanthropists and human rights activists to come out of media, Tavis Smiley is a driving force for political justice, youth empowerment, and the end of poverty. He is the author… Full Profile


Jean Chatzky

FEE CATEGORY * $25,000 to $30,000
TRAVELS FROM New York, USA

Jean Chatzky has a talent for making difficult subjects understandable. A financial guru and business journalist, Jean is currently the financial editor of NBC’s The Today Show and the Director of Education for Savvymoney.com. Inspired… Full Profile


Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

FEE CATEGORY * $20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM Georgia, USA

It's all about the “Breakthrough Mentality": using it, Vernice “Fly Girl" Armour flew from beat cop to Marine Corps pilot in just three years and on the way became the USMC's first African American female… Full Profile


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