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SMG speakers are uniquely diverse, but they all share the same vision, which is to motivate, empower and inspire! Why go anywhere else?

So, when planning your next commencement or big student event, contact SMG Speakers, your one-stop speakers bureau.

What will you plan next?

  • Student Orientation
  • Commencement
  • Lecture Series
  • Black History Month
  • Women's History Month
  • Asian Pacific Heritage Month
  • Campus Activities
  • Debates / Panel Events
  • Hispanic History Month
  • Alumni Weekends / Development Events
  • Martin Luther King (MLK) Commemoration
SMG Talk’s Community Involvement

Signature Media Group Speakers supports and honors Ralph Waldo Emerson’s belief that “The only gift is a portion of thyself.” The SMG team is passionate about giving of ourselves. We show our commitment to preserving and enhancing the quality of life within the communities we serve by providing annual scholarships and sponsorships. We know the importance of education and hope to continue to inspire our youth to accomplish their dreams and maybe one day become one of our speakers on the roster. To see how you can join us in our efforts please contact us via email at info@smgspeakers.com.

“Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cornel West

Cornel West

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. He has written 19 books... Continue »
Pat Riley

Pat Riley

President and former head coach of The Miami Heat, Pat Riley posted 50-plus win seasons in 14 seasons, which is unprecedented in the NBA. Pat concluded his 15th season with a 859-360 career record, a sizzling .705 mark. Having addressed over 500 corporations, associations, and colleges, Pat Riley has gained the respect and admiration of meeting planners nationwide. Pat’s... Continue »
Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson is currently a member of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning drama “Law & Order.” Anderson plays Detective Kevin Bernard opposite Jeremy Sisto as Detective Cyrus Lupo. Anderson has appeared in over 20 films, and his performance on “Law & Order” earned him his second consecutive NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for the 2008... Continue »
Cookie Johnson

Cookie Johnson

Devoted Philanthropist, Successful Business Entrepreneur, Women’s Health Advocate, Child Advocate, Wife of Earvin “Magic” Johnson Cookie serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Magic Johnson Foundation. She addresses the health, social and educational needs of those residing in underserved communities and is involved in the development of the Foundation’s overall goals, objectives and programs. A businesswoman at... Continue »
Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past thirty years, her outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.” Giovanni remains as... Continue »
Amy Hilliard

Amy Hilliard

Amy Hilliard, a native Detroiter and honors graduate of both Howard University and the Harvard Business School, is the founder and CEO of The ComfortCake Company®, makers of “poundcake so good it feels like a hug!™” The Company also produces Sugarless Sweetness®, their proprietary sugar substitute for baking, as well as other baked goods and whole grain pizzas. Launched... Continue »
David Anderson

David Anderson

David Anderson is a riveting speaker for today, whose personal story resonates with his audience. He connects personally by sharing what he has learned – coming from an abusive home with a mother suffering from schizophrenia, navigating the urban life of Chicago, and leaving college to take care of young siblings; all while keeping his eye on Harvard, a... Continue »
Marion Jones

Marion Jones

Marion Jones is one of the most celebrated athletes of our time. After leading the North Carolina Tar Heels to the 1994 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, Marion turned her attention to track and field and was hailed as the “the fastest woman on the planet” for more than a decade. At the 2000 Olympic Games, she became the first... Continue »
Charles D. Ellison

Charles D. Ellison

CHARLES D. ELLISON is Host of “The New School” on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio (Sirius 110, XM 130 and XM 169) and author of the critically-acclaimed urban political thriller TANTRUM. He is the Washington Correspondent for The Philadelphia Tribune and Washington Politics Correspondent for the popular online political news daily Politic365.com. He is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington... Continue »
Sean Armstead

Sean Armstead

Sean Armstead is the co-owner of Phenomenal Fitness, a personal training gym located in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. A former U.S. Marine Corps Captain, Sean has received several fitness-related awards, and has over 15 years of personal training experience. His expertise is further evidenced by the numerous personal training, fitness, and nutrition certifications he holds, which include:... Continue »
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