19 Jan Planning for Black History Month 2023
4 Minute Read | Take action and make a change by booking a keynote speaker for your Black History Month events.
Inviting a keynote speaker to join your Black History Month celebrations can positively impact your company’s culture in several ways. Here are three key reasons why you should consider planning your BHM virtual presentations, conferences and events with a professional and knowledgeable keynote speaker:
Commitment to Change
By including a professional and vetted speaker at your events, your organization demonstrates its commitment to diversity and inclusion. By recognizing and celebrating the Black community’s contributions, your organization shows that it values the perspectives and experiences of all its employees and is dedicated to creating an inclusive workplace. When a workplace values its employees and diversity, it sends a powerful message to both current and potential employees, as well as to customers and other stakeholders. But remember, take this action genuinely. Race-baiting is a serious issue in our society.
Educate and Connect
Despite the increase in accessible information, many people have not been exposed to information about the history of Black people in Canada and the United States in depth. A keynote speaker can bridge the gap and help to educate and enlighten employees with personal stories and historical references and provide them with a toolbox of resources. These new insights and perspectives can help to broaden employees’ understanding of the environment around them. Additionally, this new knowledge can lead to great empathy, mutual respect and connection among employees. A speaker is a great conversation starter.
Inspire and Motivate
A curated keynote speaker can provide the necessary inspiration and motivation for employees. Black History Month is a time to reflect on the courage and perseverance of Black individuals in the face of injustice and adversity. The powerful stories of these historical figures and current changemakers remind all employees that we all have the potential to make a positive difference in the world.
Booking a speaker for Black History Month can profoundly impact your company’s culture. Keynote speakers are always guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on your audience. At Talent Bureau, we are proud to work with some outstanding speakers that can help you achieve your desired event outcomes. Here are some showstopping speakers you might want to consider:
Hénoc Muamba – Grey Cup MVP | Mentorship Advocate & Founder of Eagle Vision
Raia “Coach” Carey – Media Maverick | Manager of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at SickKids Foundation
Akim Aliu – Influential DEI Changemaker in the Hockey Community
Celina Caesar-Chavannes – Equitable Transformation & Leadership Advocate | Entrepreneur
Jesse Lipscombe – Co-Founder of #MakeitAwkward | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion
Nicholas Johnson – AI Researcher at MIT | Princeton Valedictorian, Class of 2020
Kardinal Offishall – Music Icon | Judge, Canada’s Got Talent
Omari Newton – Motivational Artist & Inclusion Mentor | Award-Winning Actor
Kwame Osei – Growth Mindset Expert | Co-Founder of Perspective on Mentoring
Anthony Morgan – Racial Justice Educator | Race & Social Affairs Thought-Leader
Takara Small – Leading Voice on Technology | Popular Media Personality
Michael “Pinball” Clemons – Authority on Teamwork | CFL Hall of Famer