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.