Greetings Gotham Fam,

It’s officially a new year!

Hopefully, you all had a splendid, well-rested, and HEALTHY holiday. Here over at Gotham, we’re getting back into the swing of things as we set into the reality that is the year 2022.

If you needed a reminder, Black History Month is less than a month away. Have you put any thought into which speaker would present at your next Diversity & Inclusion event?

Of course, we wouldn’t reach out without providing incredible options across various topics and backgrounds. So keep skimming below and check out our highlighted hosts, activists, and award-winning authors (oh my).

Let’s start talking about who you want to amplify at your next DEI event!

Love & LOTS of Lysol,
Gotham Artists




Stepping Up Workplace Diversity 


Carla Harris – Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Managing Director, and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley

As the first African American to join Morgan Stanley’s management committee, Carla Harris shares proven strategies that have helped her succeed and thrive on Wall Street. She has been named to Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance, and Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business.

Janet Stovall – Diversity & Inclusion Pragmatist, Award-Winning Fortune 500 Speechwriter, Social Impact Warrior, and TED Speaker

Ragan Communications Top Women in Communications and a Diversity Champion, Janet Stovall helps companies evolve diversity, equity, and inclusion practices to be more brain-friendly and human. Her TED talk challenging business to get serious about inclusion has nearly 2 million views.  Over 20 years, she developed, implemented, and managed marketing strategies and executive positioning projects for leading U.S. companies and for some of the country’s most influential thought leaders. 

Kaplan Mobray – Best-Selling Author, Motivational Speaker and Career Consultant
Kaplan Mobray is one of the world’s most dynamic and inspirational business speakers. Drawing from his over 15 years of corporate experience as a successful business executive, he has led corporate marketing, advertising, brand development, and workforce diversity initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to his speaking career, Kaplan served as U.S. Diversity Programs Leader at Deloitte. Kaplan also serves on the corporate advisory board of ALPFA, the nation’s largest Latino professional association.


Dare To Dig Beneath The Surface



Mikki Kendall – Writer, Diversity Consultant, and Feminist
Mikki Kendal has discussed race, feminism, education, food politics, police violence, tech, and pop culture at institutions and universities across the country. Her main focal points revolve around intersectionality, policing, gender, sexual assault, and other current events. Her media appearances include BBC, NPR, the Daily Show, PBS, Good Morning America, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, WVON, WBEZ, and Showtime.

Shola Richards – Founder & CEO, Go Together Global & Best-Selling Author

Shola Richards is a dynamic keynote speaker, the best-selling author of Making Work Work and Go Together, he’s an in-demand workplace civility expert and a prolific writer with a passionate worldwide following. His articles and wildly-popular Monday morning “Positivity Solution” email series have been read by readers in over 160 countries, with work featured on the Today Show, CBS This Morning, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Complete Wellbeing India, Business Insider Australia, and more.


How About DEI ON And OFF The Stage?


Mike Africa, Jr – Hip Hop Artist, Writer, Member of MOVE & Black Philly Radical Collective

Mike Africa, Jr., a motivational resilient speaker who pushes his “Never Give Up” message with his dynamic stage performances mixing music in his orations. Mike has shared many stages with activists and celebrities such as Marc Lamont Hill, Tarana Burke, Ramona Africa, Dead Prez, Danny Glover, Michael Franti, Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine, and countless others, tackling issues such as mass incarceration, police brutality, climate change and many other profound issues of the day.

Dr. François Clemmons – African-American singer, actor, playwright, and university lecturer
Perhaps best known as Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’s Officer Clemmon, Dr. François Clemmons made history as the first African American actor to have a recurring role on a children’s television program. In 1973, he won a Grammy Award for a recording of Porgy and Bess; in 1986, he founded and directed the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble; and from 1997 until his retirement in 2013, Clemmons was the Alexander Twilight Artist in Residence and director of the Martin Luther King Spiritual Choir at Middlebury College in Vermont.

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