“The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.” — JFK

Margot Jordan, photographer

Margot Jordan, photographer

Speaking Engagements

You can schedule me for gatherings to talk about specific or general ideas, perspectives and lessons learned from my work and experiences.

I have presented to dozens of groups and organizations, including corporations, foundations, nonprofits, faith-based congregations and cultural and arts institutions, as well as conferences and creative civic forums such as Pecha Kucha and TEDx.

My speaking style is engaging as I strive to lead audiences to insight while sharing facets of my exploration and discovery of myself, communities and the world. My aim is to ensure that everyone leaves energized, grasping new knowledge and equipped to begin shifting ideas into action.

“I would recommend heartily Valaida Fullwood as a speaker. We had her as our opening keynote speaker at the 2013 North Carolina Statewide Conference for the Nonprofit Sector, Nonprofits Making The Difference. Valaida was a pleasure to work with and understood what our goals were for the conference and its participants. She used her social media channels to help us publicize the offering to staff and board leaders in nonprofits and to build buzz about her session and the conference.” 

Trisha Lester, Vice President, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits      

“A compelling and thought-provoking speaker, Valaida provides an intimate perspective on giving in the African American community. Her presentation is deeply affecting, inspiring both traditional giving and consideration of new points of entry, all the while underscoring the importance of being a change agent in the community.”

Keva Womble
, Philanthropic Advisor, Arizona Community Foundation

“In February 2013, celebrated its 6th anniversary with a live event hosted by JPMorgan in New York City. I selected Valaida to serve as the opening  speaker and moderator for a discussion with philanthropist and author Christina Lewis Halpern. In her introduction, Valaida captured the audience’s attention with rich stories and imagery of African American giving. During the discussion portion, she asked poignant questions to the featured speaker while keeping the audience engaged and closed the event with an original poem, garnering a standing ovation.” 

Tracey Webb
, Founder and Publisher,

Valaida presenting during TEDxCLT 2013, photography by Deborah Triplett

Valaida presenting during TEDxCLT 2013, photography by Deborah Triplett

From leading multimedia and interactive workshops to creating experiences for group reflection and learning to participating in panel discussions, public talks and presentations are some of the ways I connect and share with people and organizations. I also take part in interviews for print, broadcast and digital media and a variety of forums.

To extend an invitation for a keynote address, presentation, workshop or media interview, please email valaida[at]

Topics include, but are not limited to, my experiences and perspectives on:

  • Collaborating across race, ethnicity and culture
  • Collecting stories and developing, publishing and marketing the book Giving Back
  • Reframing portraits of philanthropy for a richer picture of generosity and community
  • Starting a giving circle and participating in collective giving
  • Traveling and exploring the world
  • Using storytelling and the arts to inspire social change
  • Working in the realms of social innovation, philanthropy, community building, education and the arts
  • Writing

Recent speaking engagements and participation in interactive forums:

Schedule of upcoming Giving Back book events can be found here.

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