Chancellor's Speaker Series

Overview – As issues of complexity and matters of importance arise within society, it becomes necessary to maintain and facilitate avenues of communication that may offer resolution, solution and sincere reflection. The Chancellor’s Speaker Series at North Carolina A&T State University provides that platform, bringing nationally distinguished guests to Greensboro for campus dialogue on matters of current and abiding importance to the university community and the world. 

The series is part of North Carolina A&T’s commitment to creating an intellectual climate that encourages the creative exchange of ideas. 

Enjoy a list and overview of previous guests and topics.


02/29/2024 - Visionairy Ventures featuring Robert Smith

Continuing the second installment of the spring 2024 Harold L. Martin Sr. Chancellor’s Speaker Series, “Visionary Ventures,” North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will host founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners Robert Smith. Named one of the TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World, Smith will converse with speaker series namesake and N.C. A&T alumnus Martin during the event. The free speaker series event will take place Thursday, Feb. 29, at 5 p.m. in the Alumni-Foundation Event Center, 200 N. Benbow Road.



2/21/2024 - Standin' on Business featuring Issa Rae

Focusing on entrepreneurship and development, the “Standin’ on Business” conversation will provide a tremendous opportunity for students and all attendees to gain insight and tools toward their enterprising goals.

As students are welcomed to campus for the first day of the spring 2024 semester, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is excited to announce the next installment of the Harold L. Martin Sr. Chancellor’s Speaker Series, “Standin’ on Business,” featuring CEO, producer, actress and writer Issa Rae along with alumna Toya Bynum ‘05 as moderator. The event will take place Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m., in Corbett Sports Center.

9/21/2003 - Finding My Own featuring Kerry Washington

A packed house of excited students and university friends welcomed award-winning actor, director, producer and organizer Kerry Washington to the Chancellor’s Speaker Series: “Finding My Own,” Sept. 21, in Harrison Auditorium. The event did not disappoint the excited audience.

"Finding My Own" - N.C. A&T Chancellor's Speaker Series with Kerry Washington


2/16/2023 - “MENtality” featuring Sterling K. Brown

Emmy Award-winning actor and producer Sterling K. Brown quickly captured the attention of students, faculty, staff and friends for the Chancellor’s Speaker Series, “MENtality,” Feb. 16, in Harrison Auditorum. Brown and speaker series moderator Ray Trapp, an alumnus and Research Triangle Foundation Vice President of Strategic Engagement were warmly welcomed to the stage by a crowd  anticipating engaging and informative dialogue.

sterling k brown MENtality chancellor speaker series flyer

10/04/22 Empowered: A Conversation About Women’s Rights featuring Tracee Ellis Ross

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will kick-off the 2022-23 edition of the Chancellor’s Speaker Series in a big way, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m., in Harrison Auditorium. The university will welcome actor, director and producer Tracee Ellis Ross, along with moderator, 1998 alumna Dr. Nicole Rankins for an engaging discussion, “Empowered: A Conversation About Women’s Rights.”

Chancellor's Speakers Series Empowered featuring Tracey Ellis Ross, October 4th 2022 6 p.m.


03/29/22 Building Black Businesses, Featuring Earvin 'Magic' Johnson

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will welcome business mogul and NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson to the Chancellor’s Speaker Series, “Building Black Businesses,” Tuesday, March 29, at 6 p.m. Johnson will deliver a tailored keynote address to a captivated audience of students and community members in Harrison Auditorium, located on the university’s campus.

Magic Johnson Building Black Buisnesses


02/17/22 Building Black Wealth, Featuring Mellody Hobson 

As conversations intensify regarding the nation’s racial wealth gap, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University looks to further educate students through the Chancellor’s Speaker Series, “Building Black Wealth,” Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at 7 p.m. The virtual event will feature financier Mellody Hobson and be moderated by alumna Ebony Thomas ’97.

Mellody Hobson building black wealth banner


11/16/21 Mind Over Matter Featuring Allyson Felix
On the heels of the 2020 Summer Olympics, track and field Olympic medalist and world champion Allyson Felix will discuss the power of a healthy and strong mind, overcoming adversity and brand building. The evening conversation will be moderated by N.C. A&T alumnus, Oscar-wining producer, entrepreneur and multi-hyphenate Terrence J (Terrence Jenkins) ’04. 



03/02/21 Race to Vaccinate, Featuring Kizzmekia Corbett and Tia Mowry-Hardrict 

The Chancellor’s Speaker Series– Race to Vaccinate— will feature NIH’s Kizzmekia Corbett and will focus on the facts and myths of the COVID-19 vaccine as it relates to the African American community. Topics will include the roots of African American skepticism as it relates to health care, the development of the vaccine and how the vaccine works to protect individuals from the virus. This event will collaborate with the Student Health Center. This conversation aligns with goal three of the strategic plan: North Carolina A&T will elevate and expand public service and community engagement to create a premier educational experience that addresses global needs.

The Race to Vaccinate Speaker Series


10/28/2020 - "The Power of Your Vote", featuring Chance the Rapper

The third installation of the “Power” series, featured indie recording artist and activist, Chance the Rapper, who directly addressed issues relating to policing in the black community, being an advocate for change, voter suppression, the importance of having a voting plan and compelling others to exercise their vote.


9/23/2020 - "The Power of Your Voice", featuring Amanda Seales

The second conversation in the “Power” series, “The Power of Your Voice,” featuring actress and activist Amanda Seales, focused on how to use the indistinguishable power of one’s own voice. Seales discussed discovering personal voice through educational experiences, overcoming being misunderstood and using that power to evoke effective change.


8/25/2020 - "The Power of Privilege", featuring Don Lemon

  • Beginning the “Power” series, veteran news anchor and correspondent Don Lemon, spoke to the campus community regarding “The Power of Privilege.” The conversation touched on privilege in relation to racial discrimination, wealth disparities, economic disenfranchisement, cultural privilege and colorism.

4/14/2020 - "Mind Over Matter", featuring Taraji P. Henson (postponed)

  • Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this conversation has been postponed for a later date.

10-03-2019 - "Love the Skin You're In," featuring Riley, Cox, and Ross

  • The “Love the Skin You’re In,” conversation with actresses Amber Riley and Laverne Cox (also an activist) and model Shaun Ross elevated the need for self-love and others. Guests encouraged students to tell their own story, know their worth, celebrate themselves and more.

4-25-2019 - "Artistic Revolution", featuring Chloe x Halle, Loretta Devine, Jasmine Guy

  • Artists and actresses Chloe x Halle, Loretta Devine and Jasmine Guy elaborated on “Artistic Evolution,” discussing inspiration, mentorship, breaking barriers, public opinion, reinvention and more.
4-11-2019 - “Living Your Best Life", featuring TD Jakes
  • Master communicator, multidimensional businessman and international thought leader T. D. Jakes spoke to a crowd of over 2,000 painting a picture of the ancestors who paved the way for students to discussing a pathway to “Living Your Best Life.”

9-18-2018 - "Self-Expression and Sports", featuring Jemele Hill

  • Veteran sports journalist and correspondent Jemele Hill led an exceptional conversation focusing on “Self-Expression and Sports,” including the conscious role of athletes, the boundaries of social media and life after sports.

9-15-2018 - "Relationship Goals", featuring Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Lance Gross, Rebecca Gross, Tatyana Ali, Vaughn Rasberry

  • Focusing on healthy relationships, celebrity couples Boris and Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe, Lance and Rebecca Gross and Tatyanna Ali and Vaughn Rasberry pulled from personal experiences to discuss relationship challenges, trust and communication, intimacy and more.

4-26-2018 - "Greatness", featuring Common

  • Award-winning artist, author and activist Common, addressed how to draw upon hard work to achieve “Greatness,” and to allow it to design a pathway for success and cultivate the same in others. Common also held a small group discussion with young men from various campus organizations.

3-21-2018 - "The Power of Men", featuring Larenz Tate, Joseph Sikora and Michael Rainey, Jr.

  • “The Power of Men” featuring Starz “Power” series actors Larenz Tate, Joseph Sikora and Michael Rainey, Jr. focused on the important and vital role men play in mentoring and empowering other young men in society.
11-16-2017 - "Women in STEM" featuring Valerie Jarrett
  • Long-time advisor and confidant to former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People,” Valerie Jarrett spoke with several female students regarding women’s issues, particularly in relation to “Women in STEM,” and the importance of comprehensive gender, racial and educational equality.
9-12-2017 - "Women's Issues", featuring Angela Rye, Gabrielle Union and Lisa Ling
  • A captive audience filled Harrison Auditorium as political strategist Angela Rye, actress, advocate and brand ambassador Gabrielle Union and global news correspondent Lisa Ling expressed thoughts on the multi-faceted components of women’s issues from education to sexual assault and violence to empowerment.
4-27-2017 - "Building Your Empire", featuring Daymond John
  • Entrepreneur and TV personality Daymond John of ABC’s popular “Shark Tank” series kicked off the Harold L. Martin Sr. Chancellor’s Speaker Series. As part of John’s appearance, three students were selected to present their business plans to him, Chancellor Martin and former Board of Trustee member Janice Bryant Howroyd in a Shark Tank-like review. John also keynoted a discussion about his career and keys to success.