Welcome to Collective Speakers.
We are a full service speakers bureau exclusively representing some of the most unique voices in entertainment, education, and activism. With over two decades of experience, we create unforgettable spoken word and lecture events. Our areas of specialty include diversity, social justice, mental health and leadership. Our customer-centric approach to booking has earned rave reviews from trade associations, universities, performing arts centers, and corporate clients.
Michael Arceneaux is the the New York Times bestselling author of I Can’t Date Jesus. He is also a contributor to outlets such as Essence, Complex, New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, among others. He writes about race, sexuality, politics, religion, and Beyoncé.
Blair Imani is the author of Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History. She is also an activist living at the intersection of black, queer, and Muslim identities.
Brittany Packnett is an award-winning national leader in social justice. Cited by President Barack Obama as a leader who's "voice is going to be making a difference for years to come," Brittany is an unapologetic educator, organizer, writer, and speaker.
Common is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy-winning actor and musician. He has acted, produced, been singer and songwriter and is a multi-faceted talent that is constantly impacting the music and entertainment industries.
New and Notable
Lindy West is the NYT Bestselling author of “Shrill” which has been adapted for television. The Hulu original series, starring Saturday Night Live’s Aidy Bryant as a fictionalized version of West, will premiere in 2019.
Samantha McKiver Irby is an American comedian, author, and blogger. She runs the blog bitches gotta eat, where she writes posts about her personal life and events. Irby also co-hosted the live lit show Guts and Glory in Chicago with Keith Ecker until 2015, when the show ended its run.
Parker Molloy is a writer whose work has appeared in places like The Guardian, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, VICE, and The Verge. Currently, she writes about the intersection of culture, technology, media, and politics as editor-at-large at Media Matters for America. I
Yesha Callahan is a culture critic, TV writer, and editor. Yesha cultivates the news, politics, and culture sections at Essence Magazine. She is also known for her reporting work on Boko Haram, missing teenage girls in Washington, D.C., and for speaking to victims of the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Va.