Great School Speakers Bureau

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THE GREAT LIST:  Great School Speakers Bureau's Keynote & Motivational Speakers

As a full-spectrum speakers bureau, Great School Speakers Bureau represents many of the world’s top keynote speakers, motivational speakers, business speakers, preeminent thought-leaders, leadership experts, world-class athletes, award winning celebrities, best-selling authors and cultural icons. If you’re looking for a keynote speaker or motivational speaker, please feel free to contact us and our team will be happy to assist you.

Celia Anderson 

Young Author, Celia Anderson, gives a new face to literature that resonates with this generation. She wowed readers in 2009 with her debut novel, Love, Ocean and again with the sequel Daddy's Home in 2010. In 2011 she was published in Remembrances in Black: Personal Perspectives of the African American Experience at the University of Arkansas, by Dr. Charles F. Robinson and Dr. Lonnie Williams. In this novel, she writes about her personal experience at the University of Arkansas.

Coupling her love for basketball and education, Celia has traveled to over thirty schools throughout the United States to deliver her original school wide presentation G.A.M.E.T.I.M.E (Gaining A Meaningful Education To Insure Maximum Elevation), which motivates students to “get in the game of life”

Marie Elena Cortes

Summer of 2005, Marie Elena Cortés created Kids Write to Know -the power of thinking, a writing club that helps students improve their communication skills by learning about a variety of topics and professions. She incorporates environmental awareness, financial literacy, health, nutrition, culture, history, art, math and music into her lessons. Her special guests make each workshop unforgettable! Her mission is to inspire students to be responsible, knowledgeable and productive citizens.

Marie Elena is a published author of three books: "My Annoying Little Brother", "My First Classroom" and "Neglected by Two Countries". She enjoys sharing her exciting stories, fun presentations and interactive writing workshops at schools, libraries, churches, festivals, and conferences (in state and out of state). 

L. Funderburke

Lawrence grew up in extreme poverty in the Sullivant Gardens Housing projects on welfare in a single-parent home. Abandoned by his father at an early age,  Lawrence’s gravitational pulls were academics, sports, and entrepreneurship to keep his mind away from the “streets.”

A three-time All Big Ten performer, dean’s list student, and magna cum laude graduate in Business Finance at The Ohio State University, Lawrence was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 1994 NBA draft. He played professional basketball for eleven years from 1994-2005, with eight in the NBA and three overseas.

Mr. Fundy is now taking requests to speak at YOUR SCHOOL to promote the MATH AND BASKETBALL CAMPAIGN!

Hill Harper   

Hill Harper is an award-winning actor, best selling author, and philanthropist. Mr. Harper starred on the CBS TV drama CSI: NY from 2004 to 2013. As of March 2013, he joined the USA spy drama Covert Affairs as a new series regular for season four. Mr. Harper is the author of four New York Times bestsellers and he has earned seven NAACP Image Awards for his writing and acting.

Mr. Harper is founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, dedicated to empowering under-served youth through mentorship, educational and motivational programs.

Tim Hampton

Tim Hampton was placed in foster care at an early age, shuffled between friends, family, and strangers and constantly moving every two years since birth. A young Tim lived a painful childhood. Tim yearned for a loving and stable home. Finally, Tim was reunited with his biological mother at the age of 14, only to lose her to a tragic and horrific death two years later. No child should have to endure the pain and suffering Tim experienced as a young child. Yet despite the adversity he lived, he was still able to complete high school in 1992 and enter college soon thereafter majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology. In 1995, Tim gained employment with the Texas Prison system. It was there, he learned about life from a totally different perspective.

Mr. Hampton speaks about his storied childhood and offers ways to overcome even the most bleak situations to get the most out of life.

Antonie Moss 

Dr. Moss is an internationally recognized resource in the fields of college success, internships, job search success, early career advancement and acceleration, and leadership. He has contributed to career development articles, stories, and presentations for career service organizations and media outlets, such as, Cleveland’s Plain Dealer Newspaper, The Urban Business Roundtable, Intern Bridge,, and Fox 8 TV News.

Dr. Moss is the only College Speaker and Career Coach in the country who helps colleges achieve their job placement goals for undergraduate Millennials who want to land dream jobs in an extremely competitive global job market where thousands of talented students graduate each year without being able to find jobs while having high student-loan debt.

Claudia I. Macias

Claudia I. Macias is an education consultant, early childhood professional development leader, author, and radio show host. Claudia, a native Houstonian, holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston and M.S. in Education from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. Her life journey includes teaching, founding and leading an elementary school with KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program), mentoring teachers, and leading workshops for educators and parents.


With knowledge gained from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and with support from published colleagues, Claudia published her first children’s book, I Love You Even When You Cry.

Rhonda H. Radford  

Health Artist & Designer Native Houstonian, visual artist ,fashion designer and  author, Rhonda Radford Adams is well acquainted with expressing her creativity and artistry through a variety of mediums.  Her visual art techniques combine the use of bold chakra colors and ancient ayurvedic symbols. Her work creates harmony between the mind, body, and spirit.  Rhonda uses ancient art forms such as mandalas and fractal geometry as archetypes that provide a spiritual connection between the viewer and her work.  Her original works of art have been published in collections nationally and internationally.  Having visited more than 14 countries around the world, much of Rhonda’s creativity and artwork is inspired by her travels. She believes that each destination brings a powerful opportunity to create healthy experiences that are culturally transcendent.

Shelley Roth

Shelley Roth is an entrepreneur and social media trainer, speaker, consultant and author, helping individuals, organizations and teams improve marketing effectiveness and sales results via social media.

“Shelley is exceptionally well versed in the use and application of social media for business. Shelley is personable, engaging and easy to talk to. You will realize more than you expected or even knew was possible.” - Henderson H. Massage Specialist, Business Owner