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Celebrate Juneteenth with Inspirational Speakers

June 12, 2024

In 2021, June 19th became the federal holiday known as “Juneteenth.”

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved men and women were finally told they were free, two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The holiday now celebrates African American freedom and achievement while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic, and global perspective, the events of 1865 are commemorated and we are reminded that while change may happen slowly, it is possible.

These insightful inspirational speakers use their unique stories along with historical examples to illustrate how we can all better understand the important lessons of Juneteenth. Sharing narratives about self-discovery, leadership, and perseverance, these remarkable leaders leave audiences enlightened and inspired.

Contact us to learn more about hosting these exceptional thought leaders.


DeMaurice Smith

Executive Director, National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)

Relevant Speech Topics:

• The New Workplace: Everyday Issues of Free Speech, Politics, and Social Justice in the Office

• Power Forward: The Need to Improve Race and Gender Leadership in Sports




Allen West

Former Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas; Distinguished Conservative Thought-Leader; Highly Decorated Military Veteran

Relevant Speech Topics:

• Conservatism in the African American


• Provocative Politics: A Candid Discussion with One of the Country’s Most Distinguished Conservative Thought Leaders



Carla Harris

30+ Year Wall Street Veteran, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, Public Speaker, Author of “Lead to Win”

Relevant Speech Topics:

• Carla’s Pearls: Tools for Maximizing Your Success

• Leadership: Currency, Change, & Creating

A Powerful Presence


Misty Copeland

The First African American Female Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre

Relevant Speech Topics:

• Building Success and Finding Hope from the Ground Up: American Ballet Theatre

• The Importance of Giving Back, Social Justice and Determination






Cassandra Worthy

Founder and CEO, Change Enthusiasm® Global

Relevant Speech Topics:

• Engineering a Resilient and Inclusive Culture: Practical Tools to Nurture High-Level Workforce and Customer Engagement

• C.H.A.N.G.E. Traits ®: Exploring the critical skills for inspired leadership through change



DeEtta Jones

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Expert; Author; Strategist

Relevant Speech Topics:

• EDI: Contemporary Trends and Expectations

• Inclusive Leadership Practices

• Equity-Driven Organizational and Cultural Transformation


Ashley Allison

Veteran Democratic Political Strategist, Adjunct Professor, Author, Syndicated Columnist

Relevant Speech Topics:

• Corporate Racial Equity/DEI

• A Seat at the Table: Building Lasting Coalitions

• Building Winning and Sustainable Teams



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