Being an entrepreneur can be uniquely taxing, so being a Black entrepreneur in America can be that much more difficult. Because of this, it’s important to seek out training, counsel, and inspiration from people that understand this specific plight. With that being said, check out this list of 5 motivational speakers that provide great insight and inspiration for practicing Black entrepreneurs and business owners.
Business mogul and inventor Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene is considered to be a chief leader in the equity crowdfunding space. To her credit, she has founded 5 successful cash flow positive companies since 2001, including Flat Out of Heel and PopCom. In 2019, Dawn became the first female founder globally to raise a secure token offering (STO) of over $1M using equity crowdfunding. The former technology major has made several impressive lists such as Forbes Next 1000, INC Magazine’s 100 Top Female Founders, and 2020 OBWS Black Entrepreneur of the Year. Watch one of her interview’s here.
As one of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers, Les Brown is known for his dynamic personality. In addition to his many social justice awards, the former Ohio Democratic State Representative is a highly-sought-after resource in professional circles for Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, non-profit and community leaders. His acclaimed audio series, “Choosing Your Future,” remains his all-time bestseller for its acclaimed impact worldwide. Brown has made it his mission to train and breed successful business leaders over the last 3 decades. Learn more about Les Brown at his official website.
Most known for his recurring role on the popular show “Shark Tank”, Daymond John shot to prominence in the early 1990’s as his self-made clothing brand FUBU took off in the fashion world, making him an instant pillar in the Black business culture. Since then he has focused his efforts on helping connect entrepreneurs and small business owners worldwide. Learn more about Daymond John at his official website.
Omar Johnson is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and marketing innovator in the art of building world-class brands. As a former Apple VP and founder of marketing firm Opus United, Johnson is widely known for his work as CMO at Beats by Dre, and was named a “Brand Genius” by Ad Week. Notably, under Johnson’s tenure, Beats became the #1 premium headphone brand in over 25 countries. Business Insider also named him one of the “Most Innovative CMOs.” Most notably he was also voted to the “Top 100 Black Thought Leaders” by BlackList100 in 2020.
5. Lisa Nichols
Best-selling author, speaker and personal business coach Lisa Nichols is a celebrated motivational speaker who has inspired millions through her seminars and her role as a featured teacher in The Secret. She is the founder of Motivating the Masses and CEO of Motivating the Teen Spirit, LLC.
In addition to being one of the world’s most-requested motivational speakers, she is also a decorated media personality and one of the most respected black women in the global business world.