Discover some of the most unique voices.
Discover some of the most unique voices.
These artists are on the cutting edge of today’s most vital coversations.
Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy-winning artist, actor and activist, Common continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles, and continued success at the box office.
Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning actor, writer, and producer Taraji P. Henson quickly rose to fame after her breakout performance in the critically acclaimed film HUSTLE & FLOW. She recently wrapped her iconic run as “Cookie Lyon” in Fox’s hit musical drama EMPIRE, which has earned her three Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a Critics Choice Award, and three BET Awards. Prior credits include the Academy Award-nominated film HIDDEN FIGURES, Tyler Perry’s ACRIMONY and THE FAMILY THAT PREYS,…
Chuck D is the leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, the author of two critically acclaimed books, and a political activist, publisher, radio host, and producer. Chuck D has been featured on and/or interviewed in over fifty documentaries on music, technology, politics, and race; he has appeared in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. He has also been a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League,…
Brittany Packnett Cunningham is an activist, educator, writer, and leader at the intersection of culture and justice. She is an NBC News and MSNBC contributor. Brittany is a former elementary teacher, education executive and former Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. Harvard fellow. She was a member of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force and the Ferguson Commission. Brittany’s forthcoming book, We Are Like Those Who Dream, is due to hit shelves in 2021. Brittany has graced the cover of…
Michael Arceneaux is the New York Times bestselling author of the 2018 memoir I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé. His latest release is the upcoming essay collection, I Don’t Want To Die Poor. Both books are published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Kimberly Jones is a former bookseller that now hosts the Atlanta Chapter of the popular Well Read Black Girl book club, as well as the infamous, viral sensation the YA Truth or Dare author panel at the Decatur Book Festival. She has worked in film and television with trailblazing figures such as Tyler Perry, Whitney Houston, and 8Ball & MJG. Currently, in addition to writing YA novels, she is a director of feature films and cutting-edge diverse web series. She also…
Blair Imani is a critically-acclaimed historian, social activist, public speaker, educator, and influencer. She is the author of two historical books Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018) and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream (2020). The New York Times praises Blair Imani’s unique “brand combining progressive lessons with vibrant visuals and a perky, quirky delivery.” Her work centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community. As an Influencer and historian, semi-retired organizer, and public…
Noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. Rev. Sekou’s music is a unique combination of North Mississippi Hill Country Music, Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul, and Pentecostal steel guitar.
We prioritize speakers who give voice to topics often ignored by the mainstream.
In the pursuit of justice, these activists and entertainers are fighting for human rights around the world. Inequalities exist in every sector and in every nation. These courageous speakers shine a light on racism, ageism, sexism, heterosexism, and ableism. Sharing stories from the front lines, our roster of justice crusaders…
Addiction does not discriminate based on age, race, or socioeconomic status. These speakers are working to make treatment accessible and recovery possible. From the ravages of alcoholism to the devastation of the opioid crisis, the impact of substance abuse and related mental health battles costs not only dollars but lives.…
With rapidly changing demographics, the world is becoming more diverse.The human condition is improved when we hear from underrepresented voices. Diversity is more than just boxes checked on an application or census form. The intersectionality of social identities contributes to discrimination and disadvantages for anyone with one or more marginalized…
Throughout history, people around the world have faced violence and discrimination because of who they love, how they present themselves, or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity should never lead to inequality or abuse. These artists work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender peoples’ rights. Collectively, they seek…
Racial equity can only be achieved when identity no longer predicts outcomes. With so many of our systems lacking justice, as well as common sense, striving for merely racial equality is insufficient. Organizations must consider a myriad of factors (socioeconomics, geography, culture) in order to level the playing field. Those…
When in-person events are not possible, these artists adapt their content for cyber keynotes, workshops and breakout sessions. These are not standard lectures simply delivered online; these are programs tailored for new platforms and emerging technology. Going virtual requires an increased level of customization. The following artists will work with…
We believe in the power of the spoken word. We know great stories, well told, can inspire hearts and minds.
The GrioBrittany Packnett Cunningham talks forms of protests in ‘Amend: The Fight for America’
Good Morning AmericaYoung activist is on a mission to continue MLK’s legacy
MediumThe Cinnamon Roll Year- Death, birth, and refined carbohydrates. Author Sara Benincasa
WUNCFrank Stasio’s Fondest Shows: Meet Bree Newsome, Who Removed South Carolina’s Confederate Flag
AdvocateHeather Matarazzo & Shannon Purser on Playing Lesbian Icons in Equal
Harvard Political ReviewMeet the Fellows: An Interview with Brittany Packnett Cunningham
Dynamic Individuals Working for the Greater Collective
Alencia Johnson leads at the intersection of social justice and culture change, cultivating over a decade of experience marrying cultural cornerstones — activism, politics, corporate and entertainment — together to achieve justice. As Founder and Chief Impact Officer
of 1063 West Broad — a social impact agency specializing in the intersection of culture, impact and purpose — Alencia connects brands, organizations and people to mission driven solutions.
She has worked for the presidential campaigns of President Barack Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and was a senior advisor to now President-elect Biden’s campaign. Alencia has also held national roles at Planned Parenthood and GEICO — leading efforts in each organization
to address systemic issues facing marginalized communities through brand, engagement and narrative strategies. At Planned Parenthood, she was the architect behind the “Stand With Black Women” branding and framework.
Alencia has been recognized by Harvard University with a “Woman of the Year” award, EBONY Magazine’s “Power 100” list of influential African Americans and PRWeek’s “40 Under 40” list and more. She serves on the Warner Music Group and the Blavatnik Family Foundation’s
Social Justice Fund board of directors and was appointed to the Virginia Council on Women by Governor Ralph Northam.
Alencia is a sought-after thought leader and cultural critic featured on MSNBC, BET, NPR, Washington Post, ESSENCE, Glamour and more.
Ali Stroker received the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as ‘Ado Annie’ in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! In doing so, she became the first actor or actress in a wheelchair to win a Tony Award.
Amy Nelson is the founder and CEO of The Riveter, a modern union of women and allies. A graduate of Emory University and the NYU School of Law, Amy practiced corporate litigation with a focus on high-profile First Amendment matters for over a decade in New York City and Seattle. She also served on President Obama’s National Finance Committee where she co-chaired Gen44, the under 40 fundraising arm of the campaign. Additionally, Amy previously worked with President Carter’s The Carter Center.
From the board room, to film/TV sets and even the Obama White House, Angelica Ross is a leading figure of success and strength in the movement for transgender and racial equality and a current star in Ryan Murphy’s hit FX series Pose which was renewed for a second season.
Widely considered a feminist icon, Grammy winner Ani DiFranco is the mother of the DIY movement, being one of the first artists to create her own record label in 1990. While she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has embraced punk, funk, hip hop, jazz, soul, electronica and even more distant sounds. Her collaborators have included everyone from Utah Phillips to legendary R&B saxophonist Maceo Parker to Prince. She has shared stages with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, Greg Brown, Billy Bragg, Michael Franti, Chuck D., and many more. Her most recent album Binary was released in June 2017 on Righteous Babe Records and her memoir No Walls and the Recurring Dream was released in May 2019 by Viking Books.
Anthony Ervin is a four-time Olympic medalist, claiming the title of fastest person on the planet both in 2000, as well as 16 years later when he won the Olympic title in the 50-meter freestyle at the Rio 2016 Games.
Antonio A. Saunders is the Vice President of Program at Teach For America, shaping the strategy for leadership development and organizational learning for 13 regions, while also leading enterprise level diversity, inclusion and equity programming. Antonio is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from Coach Training Institute, one of the world’s largest training programs in business management and leadership development.
April Reign practiced law for over 15 years, with an emphasis on campaign finance law and reform, but her life took an unexpected turn when her commentary on the lack of people of color represented in the 2015 Oscars nominations compelled her to tweet a now-famous hashtag: #OscarsSoWhite.
Change is hard. Change is disruptive. Change is necessary.
After two decades in the speaking industry, we knew it was time for a change. We believe in the power of the spoken word. We know great stories, well told, can inspire hearts and minds. We maintain that one person, with nothing more than a microphone and a mission, can expand our world view and our capacity for empathy.
The professional speaking circuit, despite it’s considerable capability to do good, has become stagnant. We’ve grown weary of speakers with similar stories, derived from similar places of privilege, delivering speeches that yield little more than inspirational quotes for a coffee mug. We have seen firsthand that the most powerful orators are the ones that make us a bit uncomfortable.
In 2018, Collective Speakers was founded with an unwavering commitment to offer an alternative to existing speaker bureaus. The world is evolving more rapidly than ever. We are solely interested in promoting artists that make positive contributions to this transformation. The status quo is no longer acceptable. There is enormous potential for a more just society if we amplify the voices that have been marginalized for so long.
While our roster features radical thought leaders, activists, and trailblazers, we do still offer all the essentials required by meeting planners and talent buyers. We have a savvy core of industry veterans who understand that attention to details still matter. We are a full service speakers bureau, and we provide 24/7 support – from the first brainstorming session to the inevitable standing ovation. As we remain client centric in our approach to customer service, we also have embraced emerging technology. As virtual events have become the new normal for many, we have the tools and experience to deliver a first class production. When the occasion calls for a live performance, we ensure the travel and logistics are handled with precision so there are no unpleasant surprises.
The changing demographics of our world has created space for new conversations. While we represent an eclectic and diverse group of artists, our core focus is on areas of justice. While many speaker bureaus offer a broad range of subjects, we have narrowed our programming to the issues that we feel matter most urgently. We prioritize speakers who give voice to topics often ignored by the mainstream, including education, racial justice, gender equality, mental health, and LGBTQIA+ inclusivity.
We also believe we can make a difference by weaving social impact into our revenue structure. Through our partnership with PLUS1, we are proud to announce that one percent of all agency revenue will go to organizations working towards equity, dignity, and access to justice. Currently, these donations will be shared with Crisis Text Line, Equal Justice Initiative, College Track, and The Trevor Project.
In a short period of time, we have already established a loyal following as a resource for theaters, universities, trade associations and corporate clients. While we wish our commitment to compassionate dialogue wasn’t still considered so revolutionary, we are glad it’s contagious.
We aren’t chasing hashtags…we are pursuing justice. We look forward to collaborating with you as we work towards the greater collective.