As we celebrate the great Black women who impacted our past, we also look to the Black female voices who are shaping our future. The female Black motivational speakers in this list come from a variety of backgrounds and have built successful platforms as bestselling authors, award-winning athletes, famous celebrities, successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, savvy politicians, and top advocates for education, inclusion, and equality. Whether fighting for social justice and civil rights, celebrating Black heritage and history, or uplifting contemporary Black voices, these inspirational women are passionate about sharing their diverse experiences, personal stories, and professional expertise with audiences around the world.
First African-American Woman President of the American Medical Association; Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association & Consultant on Health Service Delivery
America’s First Black Female Combat Pilot, Former Marine & Cop; Author of "Zero to Breakthrough”; and Consultant to Business
Olympic Gold Medalist; Head Coach of the University of South Carolina Women's Basketball & the USA National Team
Change Enthusiasm, Mindset & Leadership Speaker; Disruptive Thought Leader
Olympic Legend, Philanthropist, American Record-Holder in the Long Jump & Founder of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation
Track & Field Athlete, Olympic Champion & 12-Time Gold Medalist at the World Championships
Minister, Attorney, Author & Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Triple Board Certified Physician; Child, Adolescent, Adult & Forensic Psychiatrist; Sought-After Clinician, Consultant & Speaker
Peloton Instructor & Makeup Artist; Founder of SPEAK Instagram Live Series
Most Decorated Gymnast Ever & Record Holder for Most Gold Medals at a Single Olympic Games
Founder of Backstage Capital, Venture Capitalist, Tech Inclusion Activist & Host of "Your First Million" Podcast
WNBA Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist & Author of "Don't Let the Lipstick Fool You;" Coach of Ice-Cube's BIG3 Basketball League
Civil Rights Advocate & Leading Scholar in Critical Race Theory
Undefeated Four-Time World Champion Boxer & Lifestyle Expert; Heart Disease Awareness Advocate
Host, Model, Dancer, Peloton Instructor
Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School & Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
Founder of TransTech Social Enterprises & Actress in the FX Drama "Pose"
President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Former Senior Vice President for Social Justice at The New School
Writer & Social Activist Known for Her Work on Issues of Race & Identity; Author of "So You Want to Talk About Race"
Roboticist & Dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State
Chief Marketing Officer at Autodesk; Former SVP, Head of Global Marketing & Communications at Peloton
Spoken Word Poet, Performing Artist & LGBTQ+ Rights Political Activist
Rocket Scientist, Technologist & STEM Educator
Social Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, Change Agent & Author of "Purposeful Hustle"
Chief Environmental Research Scientist at Environmental Health Research Associates, LLC.
Feminist, Social Activist, Professor & Writer
Academy Award-Winning Costume Designer; Best Known for Her Work on "Selma" & Marvel's "Black Panther"
The NFL's First Black Female Official
Founder & CEO of Youth Equity Platform Chicago Beyond; Star of CNN's Documentary Series "Chicagoland"
Senior Editor at Fortune Magazine & "RaceAhead" Columnist
Co-Host of "CBS This Morning" & Editor-At-Large of O, The Oprah Magazine
Social Justice Leader & Movement Strategist
New York Times Best-Selling Author, Spiritual Life Coach & Host of "Iyanla Fix My Life"
Teacher Educator & Author of "Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain"
Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Gymnast, Former Co-Chair of President Obama's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
Award-Winning Rocket Scientist, Author, Science Journalist & Host of "Answers Unleashed" Podcast
Scholar & Social Justice Advocate
America's Premier Crisis Management Expert; Inspiration for ABC's "Scandal"
Actress, Dean of Fine Arts at Howard University, Advocate for Children, Women's Issues & Fine Arts
Former Co-Host of CBS “The Talk,” NYT Bestselling Author, Award-Winning Journalist & Former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue
Veteran Political Strategist, Best-Selling Author & Former Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Self Care & Wellness Activist, Psychiatrist, Author of "The Courageous Classroom: Creating a Culture for Students to Learn and Thrive"
Former Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Civil Rights Activist & Member of the "Little Rock Nine"
Co-Star of "Crazy Delicious;" Host of Discovery+'s "Foodways" & the "Say Yes!" Podcast
Entrepreneur; STEM Advocate; Author; Professor in Department of Industrial Engineering & Management Systems at UCF
Future of Work Expert, Author of "The Creativity Leap", Innovation, Creativity & Leadership Strategy Consultant
Poet, Educator & Best-Selling Author
Head of Youth Engagement & Skills for the Global Business Coalition for Education
Actress & Youngest Talk Show Host in TV History
Physician, Work-Life Integration Researcher & Award-Winning Author
2016 Miss USA, IT Analyst & Army Reserve Officer, Mental & Physical Health Advocate
Author, Self Esteem Coach & Advice Columnist
First African American Woman POW in U.S. War History & Author of "I’m Still Standing"
Integrative Physician, Meditation Teacher, #1 Best-Selling Author, International TEDx Speaker & Founder of EntreVie
Founder & CEO of The Memo, A Career Development Platform for Women of Color; Bestselling Author of "The Memo"
Entrepreneur, Community Activist, Owner & General Manager of St. Louis Surge Professional Basketball Franchise
Civil Rights Leader, Broadcast Executive, Founder, President & CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation
Women's Worth & Wellness Expert, TEDx Audacious Leadership Transformational Speaker
First African-American to Win Olympic Gold Medal for Gymnastics; Author of New York Times Bestseller "Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith"
Inspirational Educator & Survivor; Founder of Finding My Shoes
Founder & CEO of The ActOne Group; The First African American Woman to Own a $1 Billion Brand
Highest Ranking African American Woman in the US Navy
Actress, Author & Domestic Abuse Awareness Advocate
Award-Winning Historian & Writer
Basketball Player for the Las Vegas Aces of the Women's National Basketball Association
Theoretical Physicist & Inventor; President of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; National Medal of Science Recipient
Actress, Youth Advocate & Voting Activist
3-Time WMBA MVP & Olympic Gold Medalist
Tri-Tongue Orator Known for her TED Talk "3 Ways to Speak English"
Senior Director of Government Relations at Visa; Co-Founder of We Said Enough
Comedic Actress, Former "SNL" Cast Member & Celebrity Ambassador for the American Civil Liberties Union
Author, Feminist, Transgender Rights Activist, TV Host & Founder of #GirlsLikeUs
Founding President of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence & Research
Former Juvenile Court Judge & Star of "Judge Hatchett" and "The Verdict"
Internationally Recognized Voices for Quality Education and Women’s Empowerment; Oprah Winfrey's "All-Time Favorite Guest"
Chief Leadership Officer of Levo League
Science Communicator & Molecular Biologist Known as "Raven the Science Maven"; Founder, STEMbassy
Founder & Chairwoman of Douyon Signature; Former International User Experience Researcher at Uber
Actress Known for "A Wrinkle in Time" & "Euphoria"
Professor & Chair of the Department of Engineering Education at Ohio State University; CEO of STEMinent LLC
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet, Former Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress & Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing
Multicultural Diversity Expert & Author
Educator & Founder of LiberatED; Social & Emotional Learning Advocate
Writer, Cultural Critic, Columnist at Slate, Co-Host of "Mom & Dad Are Fighting" Podcast
CEO & Founder of outLoud Inc., Angel Investor and Former Award-Winning Journalist
Founding Director of Arizona State University’s Sidney Poitier New American Film School; Former President of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Former CEO of The Chicago Community Trust; 11th President of Spelman College; Expert on Global Development, Humanitarian & Health Issues
Public Speaker & Motivator; Head of Development for Rainforest Entertainment; Former Editor-in-Chief of Ebony & Jet
Founder & CEO of ReadySet; Co-Founder of Project Include & Expert on Diversity in the Workplace
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Howard University; Co-Founder of Brilliant & Beautiful Foundation
Engineer, Writer & Social Advocate
President of Democracy in Color & Founder of She the People
Co-founder & Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
Senior Fellow at the Economic Security Project & Co-Director of Family Story
Author & Award-Winning Teacher of Financial Education known as “The Budgetnista"
UN Advisor on AI, CEO of AI for the People & Fellow at Stanford
Writer, Diversity Consultant & Feminist
Founder of Turning AI; Technology, Business & Ethics Consultant
Oncologist; Dedicated to Pursuing Equity & Empathy in Oncology Care
Managing Director & Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley
Writer, Lecturer, Feminist, Gender Equality Activist & Founder of Award-Winning Blog MsAfropolitan