Black History Moment: Jade Simmons, a Pianist with a Purpose

Talented keynote speaker, emergence expert and rockstar concert pianist, Jade Simmons — is the focus of this Black History Moment! In her keynote presentations, Jade gives powerful insights on how creating a unique leadership brand can inspire the creation of ideas that will have a lasting impact on the world.

Jj-s-emergence-expertade attended Northwestern University for her undergraduate education. While there, she became a co-founder of Boomshaka! — a popular percussion and dance ensemble. Following this, Jade graduated from Rice University’s highly regarded Shepherd School of Music, where she received her masters degree in piano performance. 

As a contemporary pianist, Jade is committed to expanding the boundaries of classical music. Her talents have led her to perform at numerous prestigious locations and concerts, such as New York’s Symphony Space and in Symphony Hall. By repeatedly defying expectations, delivering riveting performances and innovating at every turn, Jade is one of the most versatile concert artists on the scene today.

Currently, Jade goes around the country as a keynote speaker, and covers a wide variety of demographics, from kids to corporate. She speaks on topics like transformative leadership, out-of-the-box branding, and innovation. Her presentations give powerful insights into how creating a unique leadership brand can inspire the creation of ideas that will have a lasting impact on the world. With boundless energy and intellect, Jade Simmons teaches audiences not only how to lead, but how to start achieving beyond what they ever thought possible.

 

For more information on booking innovative leadership speaker, Jade Simmons, for your next event, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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Jones Loflin’s Latest Book: Always Growing, Shows How to be a Strong Leader

Jostatic1.squarespace-1nes Loflin’s newest book, Always Growing, was launched on January 20, 2017!

It’s a leadership book created for both new and “seasoned” leaders. It takes the approach that leaders are gardeners and should focus on growing their people.

Clients are choosing keynotes based on this book for:

  • New leader training
  • Strategic planning
  • Leading change
  • Managing multi-generational teams
  • Staff events

Jones describes his book as “a warm and witty guide to becoming a stronger leader, whether you have been leading for two days or two decades.”

We Jones Loflin Promo Photo 1encourage you to pick up a new copy of Jones Loflin’s book, today! After you read it, share your thoughts on social media using the hashtags: #AlwaysGrowing and #LeadbyGrowing.

Jones Loflin is a global keynote speaker on innovative yet practical workplace challenges and opportunities specific to the critical needs in today’s marketplace. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning, Juggling Elephants. Jones is a leader in solutions for individuals, groups and businesses dealing with lack of engagement, satisfaction and retention and all the tools to support balanced, productive lives.

For more information on booking keynote speaker, Jones Loflin, for one of your events, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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Black History Moment: Kai Kight is a World-Class Violinist Turned Innovator

Today’s Black History Moment is about Kai Kight! He’s a world-class violinist, unique composer, innovator, and entrepreneur. As a keynote speaker, Kai shares captivating stories from his transformation as an artist that inspires and bring audiences to the edge of their seats. 

Akai kightt just three years old, Kai started learning how to play the violin. He studied classical music under the concertmaster of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, in Washington, D.C. His top skills have led him to perform in venues like the White House and the Great Wall of China!

In addition to his musical education, Kai attended Stanford University’s highly regarded d.school to study design and engineering. While he was there, he was introduced to the innovative culture of Silicon Valley. Kai also became a Kleiner Perkins Design Fellow and Mayfield Fellow — which are prestigious programs for students looking to become top engineers, designers and innovators. From these fellowships, Kai got an early start in entrepreneurship.

Currently, Kai composes his own music using an innovative violin style, that blends classical technique with rhythms and textures from popular genres such as hip hop and jazz.

In his spe10373136_822234271173631_8831494893974642597_oaking presentations, Kai’s goal is to “inspire professionals to reach their full creative potential by reimagining and reinventing their resources at hand.” He does this by drawing on experiences from his diverse background, and creating a fresh approach to innovation that makes even the most traditional industries excited and motivated.

For more information on booking innovative keynote speaker, Kai Kight, for your next event, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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Spreading Love on Valentines Day: Why We Love Our President, Esther Eagles!

Vlovealentines Day is a holiday where many people celebrate romantic relationships. But here at Eagles Talent we aren’t an “exclusive speakers bureau.” We celebrate all types of relationships, and love our president and co founder, Esther Eagles!

For over 38 years, Eagles Talent has not only survived America’s toughest economic lows, but remained on top as one of the most in-demand speaker bureaus in the country. Under her leadership, our team has become an extraordinary group of dedicated experts who work together to help meeting and event planners select and book the best (and most appropriate) speakers and entertainers to make every event a soaring success.

EloveEsther was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, by an extremely close-knit, loving family. She originally cut her professional teeth in the corporate world working as buyer for a chain department store. After several years of exclusively representing her husband Gil’s entertainment and speaking career, she began to acquire other talent to represent, and then, in 1979 she and Gil launched Eagles Talent!

When she first began, she operated the business out of her Manhattan apartment with just one assistant. She later purchased an office building, and today we are a thriving staff of 15, in South Orange, New Jersey!

For more information on booking a keynote speaker with our company for one of your events, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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Black History Moment: Sheyann Webb-Christburg, Youngest Civil Rights Activist to March in Bloody Sunday

Ssheyann 1-30-06 012heyann Webb-Christburg is a keynote speaker, civil rights activist, mentor and youth advocate. She is also the co-author of the nationally recognized book, Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days — which was made into a Disney Movie, and was nominated for Best Television Mini Series by the NAACP Image Awards in 2000. Today Sheyann travels all across the country discussing the lessons she gained from the historical movements she experienced.

Born in SWC sitting on Dr. King's lapSelma, Alabama, Sheyann grew up during a time when racial tension, and segregation was prevalent. When she was just 8 years old, she became involved in the historical Civil Rights Movement. In fact, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave her the nickname the “Smallest Freedom Fighter!” Sheyann would often sneak out of her house to attend mass meetings with the activists, and lead the congregation by singing freedom songs. However, she wanted to do more than just attend meetings, and decided to take part in three historical marches: the first attempted march from Selma to Montgomery known as “Bloody Sunday”, the “Turn Around Tuesday March” and the successful march from Selma to Montgomery.

Sheyan301660_10150438650253868_1639168667_nn is widely known for being the youngest civil rights activist to march in Bloody Sunday. Even though she was a young girl at the time, she vividly remembers every detail of it. She recalls being frightened by the hateful things people yelled out at the marchers, and the brutality of the police officers. After that she ran home upset from everything she had witnessed, but that didn’t stop her from participating in other future marches.

As she got older, Sheyann went to a segregated public school in Dallas County, Alabama until her junior high year when she became one of the first blacks to integrate an all white school. What should’ve been a positive thing, turned into a horrific experience for Sheyann. She was pushed down stairs, called bad names, suspended from school and spat on, with nothing done by school administrators.

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B550008_10151391791343772_1250726459_necause of Sheyann’s many encounters with racism and poverty, she has dedicated her life by assisting youth in America. She helps them build their self-esteem, confidence, overcome adversity, and find real purpose in their lives. Her commitment to these goals began when she found KEEP Productions — a non-profit Youth Development and Mentoring Program. In addition to being a professional speaker, Sheyann currently volunteers and works on educational services, history tours, self-esteem workshops, etiquette workshops, and beauty and charm workshops. She also promotes and directs high quality fashion productions. As an active figure in the media, Sheyann has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and been featured on numerous TV networks such as CNN, NBC, BET and other major radio talk shows.

For more information on booking civil rights activist keynote speaker, Sheyann Webb-Christburg, for your next event, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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Stress Management Expert Jones Loflin Explains Why You Need to STOP More in 2017

Now that we’re in the second month of the year, many of us have been busy trying to achieve our New Year’s resolutions. And with new tasks added to our regular routine, it’s easy to feel like you have too much to do. However, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed often, then it’s time to use Jones Loflin’s STOP acronym.

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Why You Need to STOP More in 2017

By Jones Loflin

Innovative Yet Practical Solutions

You can’t make a course correction when you won’t stop to look at the map.

jones loflinWe are barely three weeks into the new year, and I am already hearing so many people saying, “I have so much to do.” And while the holidays certainly gave us some much needed renewal of our energy to get things done, it won’t sustain us indefinitely.

One of the inherent dangers in having so much to do is that you don’t stop to determine what should or shouldn’t get done. You just tackle the task that is most convenient or enjoyable and work as long and as fast as possible, or focus on the task that is screaming the loudest for your attention. This approach is like bailing water from a leaking boat without figuring out how to fix the hole.

A better approach is to stop. Stop and evaluate that next task or series of activities to see if they are the best choices. And while you are stopped, use this STOP acronym to help you with your analysis:

Is It Strategic?

If most of your actions each day are reactive, reflect on why that is occurring. Are there problems brewing that you’re too busy to see and deal with before they become major distractions? Are you failing to build at least 15 minutes of time in your day to look forward and plan proactive steps toward reaching your goals?

Is It Timely?

For many of your daily tasks there are optimum times for you to undertake the task based on your level of energy, people available (or waiting on you), and consequences if you don’t finish it now.

Is It An Opportunity Best Suited For Someone Else?

The greatest gains to be made in your productivity are often when you choose to have someone else complete all or part of a task. If you don’t have a team to share the load, consider using sites like guru.com to hire experts to help with various projects. And don’t just think delegation of work tasks. Reflect on those activities at home you might hire, train, or ask someone else to do.

Will It Make Me Proud?

Each night I reflect on my day and how I feel about what I accomplished. If I’ve gotten the right things done, I notice a strong feeling of satisfaction. If not, I think about what I should do differently tomorrow. As you think about your next choice of action, is it one that you’ll reflect on at the end of the day and feel a sense of pride? If not, and you have the power to choose, make a different one.

How would stopping help you have a more productive day?

Jones Loflin is a global keynote speaker on innovative yet practical workplace challenges and opportunities specific to the critical needs in today’s marketplace. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning, Juggling Elephants. Jones is a leader in solutions for individuals, groups and businesses dealing with lack of engagement, satisfaction and retention and all the tools to support balanced, productive lives.

For more information on booking keynote speaker, Jones Loflin, for one of your events, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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Four African American Keynote Speakers Who Play a Crucial Role in Education

Today is the first day of Black History Month! This annual observance was first celebrated in 1926 as “Negro History Week.” However, it officially became Black History Month in 1976. This year’s Black History Month theme about the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans.

Here are four well-educated African American keynote speakers, who are experts in finance, politics, medicine and teaching!

1. Brooke Stephensbrooke-stephens

Brooke Stephens is a 20-year veteran of Wall Street, and an expert on financial advice. She is a best-selling author of two books, and has appeared on many national radio shows and television programs. more

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Traveling From: New York
Fee: $5,000 or less exact fee falls within this range
Topics: Business Entrepreneurship, Finance & Insurance, Success Strategies


 

2. Donna BrazileDonna_Brazile_1

Veteran Democratic political strategist, Donna Brazile is a professor, author and television political commentator. She loves working with young people, encouraging them to vote, to run for office, and to work within the system to strengthen it. more

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Traveling From: District of Columbia
Fee: $10,000-$15,000 exact fee falls within this range 
Topics: Politics, African American, Commentators


 

3. Dr. Brian Williamsdr. brian williams

Brian H. Williams, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Burn/Trauma/Critical Care at UT Southwestern. As a speaker, his presentations are centered on the intersection between race, medicine and healthcare resiliency. more

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Traveling From: Texas
Fee: $5,000-$7,500 exact fee falls within this range
Topics: Inspiration, Healthcare Experts, African American


 

4. Dr. Adolph Brownadolph brown

Dr. Adolph Brown is the world’s greatest edu-tainer! As a master teacher, business leader and educational/clinical psychologist — Dr. Adolph entertains his audiences, while challenging them to live and work more positively. more

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Traveling From: Virginia
Fee: $7,501-$10,000 exact fee falls within this range
Topics: Education, Motivational, Diversity and Inclusion


These speakers would be perfect for any kind of event, especially if you’re looking to educate, and inspire your audience.

For more information on booking an African American keynote speaker, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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Who is Scott Greenberg?

Scott scott-greenberg-landscape-tGreenberg is an internationally recognized speaker and business consultant who helps leaders and their teams elevate their performance. He’s known for his discussions on the High-Performance Mindset for Franchises, Leaders, Teams, and Great Customer Service. He was also the owner of two award-wining Edible Arrangements Franchises!


 

About Scott Greenberg

After graduating from UCLA in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree, Scott was awarded with a scholarship to attend graduate film school at New York University. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with cancer after only one semester and returned to California for treatment. Scott defied the odds and successfully beat the disease, which he celebrated by running the Los Angeles Marathon to raise money for cancer research.

In 2005, he built his first of two Edible Arrangements franchises in Los Angeles. By applying the principles he discusses on stage, his company won the Edible Arrangements “Best Customer Service” and “Manager of the Year” awards out of more than 1,000 franchises worldwide.

Now as a professional keynote speaker, Scott continues to captivate his audiences with his high-energy presentations. His diverse client list includes top companies like Nike, Merrill Lynch, the U.S. Air Force and more. He’s presented in all 50 U.S. states, as well as in Canada, Ecuador, Jamaica, Aruba, Croatia and Saudi Arabia.

 

Speaking Reviews:

“He really did his homework to understand our brand. Scott was able to connect to the franchisees at a deep level, and brought the kind of third party credibility that we needed to inspire everyone…Scott was a an absolute ‘10 out of 10’!” — Honey Dew Donuts

“From start to finish, your presentation was a great combination of sentiment, humor and motivation. You were extremely personable and your interaction with the crowd really put all of us at ease… Your session was very heartfelt and unlike any other I’ve attended before, and I would immediately recommend you to any colleague of mine.” — CBRE

“I was onsite for Scott’s presentation. He was phenomenal! He spent time with our attendees at our welcome reception, he interviewed our program committee, he spent some time chatting with opening session sponsor. His talk was engaging and funny. Our attendees are still talking about how wonderful his presentation was. We even had one of our executive level attendees say Scott was the best keynote ICE has booked, but also the best keynote he’s ever seen. A big thank you to Scott and the Eagles Talent team.” — SmithBucklin for Institute for Credentialing Excellence

For more information on booking Scott Greenberg for one of your events, check out his page on our website or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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🎊Wishing Our Director of Marketing, Alexis Washington, Happy Birthday!🎉

January 27, 2017 is a special day for all of us here at Eagles Talent — it’s the birthday of our amazing director of marketing, Alexis Washington!

O_7a5b6cb87cfb99ccd050bc477ca08bc6cmsmeAlexis has been an important member of our company for over five years now. Her hard work, creative ideas, charming personality and hilarious humor continues to light up our office everyday! For all that you do, we want to say, “Happy Birthday Alexis!”

As the real person behind our LiveChat, Alexis has helped countless clients get the perfect speakers for their events. Alexis is also our “woman behind the camera” because she captures all of our office adventures, and speaker visits on Snapchat and Instagram. In addition to all that, she’s the mastermind behind our unique newsletters that get sent out every month. 

If you’d like to receive our email campaigns with interactive and up-to-the-minute bureau information, sign up for our newsletter with the latest material to help you in your search for the perfect keynote speaker.

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Celebrating Australia Day with Top Three Australian-Born Keynote Speakers!

Similar to Columbus Day here in America — Australia Day, celebrates the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships. Fortunately the meaning and the significance of this holiday has changed over the years, today it celebrates a diverse society and landscape of the nation. With schools closed and people given the day off, residents all over participate in fun community events like barbecues and fireworks. There are also official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies to welcome new members of the Australian community.

 

Janine Shepherd

Jajanine-shepherdnine Shepherd grew up in Dural, New South Wales, Australia, and became a national champion skier for the country. After getting traumatically disabled in an accident, Janine had to give up her skiing career. However, she didn’t let this accident define her and went on to become a commercial pilot and flight instructor. She has also been recognized with her country’s highest honor, The Order of Australia. Now as an author and international keynote speaker, Janine inspires her audiences and is a voice for women with disabilities.


 

Vinh Giangvinh giang

Born in South Australia, Vinh Giang started from humble beginnings with his Vietnamese refugee family. His speaking career began after he won a competition that required contestants to speak on stage for 15 minutes, but he did 30. From that moment on, Vinh has continued to make a name for himself, and delivers his keynote speeches in a unique way, with magic tricks as a metaphor for the message he wants to convey.


 

Nicholas Wymanwyman1

Nicholas Wyman was born in Australia, and has made a good name for himself in the country. He was named Australian Apprentice of the Year in 1988, and went on to captain Australia’s gold medal-winning Culinary Youth Team. Currently, Nicholas is a speaker, and CEO of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation — which develops mentoring programs for corporations and places people in apprenticeship and training programs globally.

For more information on booking a keynote speaker, check out www.eaglestalent.com or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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