For all of your spring and fall programming needs, here are just a few speakers who resonate with college audiences, providing discussions on every topic of interest.

From Gaypril (LGBTQ+ celebrations in April) to commencements, mental health awareness, back to school talks, and everything in between, these speakers will make a splash at your next event. Plus, many of them are the authors of bestselling books and are perfect for common read programs or simply adding book signings to make your event extra memorable.

More Great Speakers For College Programming

ASHLEY AKUNNA: Owner, Creator and Host of The Grapevine

CRISTELA ALONZO: Standup Comedian, Writer & Actress; First Latina to Create, Produce, and Star in a Network TV Sitcom, Cristela; Social Advocate

DESHAUNA BARBER: Miss USA (2016); Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve; President and CEO of the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN); Inspirational Voice for Survivors of Bullying, Sexual Abuse and Loss

SARAH BROOM: New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Yellow House; National Book Award Winner

MISHA EUCEPH: Trailblazing Pakistani-American Podcast Host; CEO of Dustlight Productions

MISSY FRANKLIN: 5-Time Olympic Gold Medalist; 4-Time World Record Holder; First Woman to Win 11 World Championship Titles; Youngest-Ever Recipient of the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award

JACLYN JOHNSON: Powerhouse Entrepreneur and Investor; Founder and CEO of Create & Cultivate; Bestselling Author of WorkParty

CHESLIE KRYST: Miss USA (2019); Civil Litigation Attorney and Diversity Advisor for North Carolina-based law firm, Poyner Spruill; Emmy Award-Nominated Correspondent

MARSAI MARTIN: Actor and Star in ABC Emmy-Nominated Hit Series Black-ish; Youngest Executive Producer in Hollywood History for the Film Little; Winner of 9 NAACP Image Awards and 2 BET Awards

ADAM MET: 12X Platinum Award-Winning Musician with the band AJR; Executive Director and Founder of Sustainable Partners, Inc.; U.N. Development Advocate

TYLER OAKLEY: LGBTQ+ Vlogger & Influencer; Social Rights Advocate; Pop Culture Phenomenon

NNEKA ONUORAH: Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker; Television Producer; Activist

CANDACE PARKER: WNBA Champion, WNBA Finals MVP & Two-Time WNBA MVP; Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist; Renowned Broadcaster

ASHLY PEREZ: Viral BuzzFeed Writer, Producer, Director, and Actress

IDDRIS SANDU: Social Application Technologist; Architectural Technologist; Creator of the First Smart Retail Store, The Marathon Store, with Nipsey Hussle; Product Consultant to Google, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and more

CAROLINE RANDALL WILLIAMS: Award-Winning Poet; Scholar; Activist

JACQUELINE WOODSON: Bestselling Author of more than 30 books for adults, young adults & children; Hans Christian Andersen and Newbery Awards Winner; Recipient of the MacArthur Fellow "Genius Grant"

MAYSOON ZAYID: Comedian, Writer and Disability Advocate; Princeton University Arts Fellow for 2021-23; Author of the inspirational memoir Find Another Dream; Co-Founder & Co-Executive Producer, New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest