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Shirley Franklin

Shirley Franklin

Keynote Speaker: Executive Board Chair of Purpose Built Communities; Former Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia

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Shirley Franklin Biography

Former two-term Mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs as the Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor of Ethics and Political Values in 2013.

Franklin served as Mayor of the City of Atlanta from 2002 to 2010. She was the first female to hold the post and became the first African-American woman to be elected mayor of any major Southern city.

Her public service career began in 1978 when she served as the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs under Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. She was later appointed as the nation's first woman Chief Administrative Officer or City Manager, where she was responsible for the daily operations of a city with nearly 8,000 employees. She was charged with guiding the development of Hartsfield International Airport, a new city hall, a new municipal court building and 14,000 net housing units.

In 1991, Franklin joined the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) as the top ranking female executive, serving as senior vice-president for external relations. In this position she was instrumental in the development of the Centennial Olympic Park and served as ACOG’s primary liaison with labor unions, civil rights groups, neighborhood and community organizations, and environmentalists.

Franklin was named Governing magazine’s 2004 Public Official of the Year. In 2005, TIME magazine named her one of the top five mayors in the country and U.S. News and World Report named her one of “America’s Best Leaders”. Esquire Magazine named her one of the best and brightest and American City and County Magazine named her Municipal Leader of the Year. In 2005, Franklin received the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. In 2006, she was honored with the Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics’ Ethics Advocate Award. In 2007, Newsweek Magazine named her one of the women to watch in their Women & Power issue.

Franklin also serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Built Communities and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

The Barbara Jordan Visiting Professorship is funded through the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values, an endowment created in 1997 intended to promote training in ethics and values-based decision-making.

Barbara Jordan’s legislative career began with her election to the Texas Legislature in 1966. Jordan’s victory made her the first African-American woman to serve in the Texas Senate and the first African-American elected to that body since 1883. From 1979 until her death in 1996, Jordan served as a distinguished professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, holding the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy.

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Shirley Franklin Videos

2018 Dan Sweat Award: Shirley Franklin
Shirley Franklin: The 2018 MLK Day Address
Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin Meets the Press - YouTube

How to book Shirley Franklin?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Shirley Franklin for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Shirley Franklin, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Shirley Franklin or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Shirley Franklin?

Booking fees for Shirley Franklin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Shirley Franklin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Shirley Franklin?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Shirley Franklin for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shirley Franklin for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Shirley Franklin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Shirley Franklin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Shirley Franklin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Political, Government and Women's Rights. The estimated speaking fee range to book Shirley Franklin for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Shirley Franklin generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Maya L. Harris, Rebecca Walker and Donna Brazile. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Shirley Franklin for an upcoming event.

Shirley Franklin Videos

2018 Dan Sweat Award: Shirley Franklin
Shirley Franklin: The 2018 MLK Day Address
Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin Meets the Press - YouTube
Interview with Shirley Franklin, Chairman and CEO, Purpose Built ...
Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin Named Barbara Jordan ...

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How to book Shirley Franklin?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Shirley Franklin for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Shirley Franklin, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Shirley Franklin or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Shirley Franklin?

Booking fees for Shirley Franklin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Shirley Franklin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Shirley Franklin?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Shirley Franklin for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shirley Franklin for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Shirley Franklin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Shirley Franklin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Shirley Franklin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Political, Government and Women's Rights. The estimated speaking fee range to book Shirley Franklin for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Shirley Franklin generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Maya L. Harris, Rebecca Walker and Donna Brazile. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Shirley Franklin for an upcoming event.

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