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The speakers’ bureau works closely with a variety of organizations to provide quality African-American speakers to inspire, educate, and motivate audiences. The company is spearheaded by brothers, Lawrence and Boyce Watkins, who were inspired to create a business that uplifts and empowers.
“Since 2007, GBS’ mission of being an information & inspiration disseminator whose goal is to deliver powerful messages to the masses has been core to who we are,” Lawrence said.
Born and raised in the U.K., Tinuoye is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster based in the United States. She is a former News Correspondent for NBC’s African American online news platform theGrio.com. Prior to relocating stateside, Tinuoye was a senior broadcast journalist for the BBC in London. Her work spans countless publications, including Ebony, The Daily Mail, The Voice newspaper, and London’s Evening Standard.
After her time at theGrio, Tinuoye was encouraged to launch UrbanGeekz in 2015. The groundbreaking video-centric online platform is the first-of-its kind digital news platform focused on technology, science, business, and entrepreneurship.
“I’m excited to be joining this illustrious lineup of smart and talented influencers,” Tinuoye said. “I want to inspire people, especially women to follow their passion. My journey as an entrepreneur centers on a big vision, self-belief, and stubborn determination.”
Since its inception, GBS has served thousands of clients to facilitate important conversations around politics, diversity, business, motivation, leadership, and dozens of other topics.
“Since 2007, Great Black Speakers' mission of being an information & inspiration disseminator whose goal is to deliver powerful messages to the masses has been core to who we are."
The Great Black Speakers roster features sought-after experts and celebrities from across the country, including, Daymond John, MC Lyte, ShannonLanier, Terrence Jenkins, Dr. Boyce Watkins, Donna Brazile, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, and Marlon Nichols, among others.
John is best known as an investor on the ABC reality television series Shark Tank. He is also the Founder, President, and CEO of FUBU, an urban clothing line for young men. In 2016, he was named one of the top 10 most booked speakers.
GBS also has an impressive portfolio of innovators and technologists who are making waves within their respective fields. For example, Kimberly Bryant is the founder of Black Girls Code, a nonprofit that introduces girls from underrepresented communities to computer programming.
Business Insider has named the Vanderbilt grad and former electrical engineer one of the “25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology.” Launched in 2011, the nonprofit now has chapters in cities across the United States and even a chapter outside the U.S. in Johannesburg, South Africa. By 2040, Bryant hopes to have reached 1 million girls with her program.
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Main Image: Kunbi Tinuoye moderating a panel at the 500 Startups Summit in Atlanta