Great Black Speakers is a tale of two brothers, Lawrence & Boyce Watkins, who decided to tread against cultural norms to build a business that uplifts & empowers the African-American Community. Since 2007, GBS’ mission of being an information & inspiration disseminator whose goal is to deliver powerful messages to the masses has been core to who we are. Since our inception, we have served thousands of organizations and speakers to help facilitate important conversations around diversity, business, motivation, and dozens of other topics.
The story starts with a phone conversation between Lawrence and Boyce in 2006. At the time, Lawrence was set to graduate with his engineering degree in Louisville, KY while Boyce was establishing himself as a finance professor at Syracuse University. Lawrence was deciding between rotational program job offers from two different Fortune 100 companies but was hesitant in committing as he knew a traditional engineering job would be a good fit for sustainable long-term happiness. Ever since he was young, Lawrence knew that he wanted to be an entrepreneur and the perfect opportunity to do so was right around the corner.