Excelling in diverse fields such as business, entertainment, and technology, these inspiring speakers are quickly becoming notable names in their field. Consistently challenging the norms of their industries, these men and women are the driving forces behind corporations, social movements, media, and sports teams. They are the speakers to watch in 2019.

Up-and-Coming Speakers to Watch in 2019

1Karamo Brown
Television Host & Culture Expert on Netflix’s “Queer Eye”

Karamo Brown PhotoCan you believe Netflix’s Queer Eye first premiered in 2018? A member of the newest Fab Five, Karamo Brown is the show’s Culture and Lifestyle Expert. Since the premiere, everyone has wanted Brown to share his expertise of how to be the best version of yourself. With the third season of Queer Eye expected in 2019, we are sure Brown will only become more popular.

2Gina Rodriguez
Award-Winning Actress; Star of “Jane the Virgin”

Gina Rodriguez PhotoGina Rodriguez first received critical acclaim for her performance in the CW’s Jane the Virgin. Rodriguez made her switch to the big screen with the 2016 movie Deepwater Horizon where she co-starred with Mark Wahlberg. In 2019, she will star in Miss Bala, solidifying her role as the next big star.

3Yamiche Alcindor
White House Correspondent for “PBS NewsHour”

Yamiche Alcindor PhotoYamiche Alcindor has become a household name because of her role as the White House Correspondent for PBS NewsHour and her extensive coverage of the presidential campaigns of Donald J. Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders. Alcindor also works as a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. She has also written about the legacy of President Barack Obama and works on outreach to voters of color.

4Lucas Hedges
Academy Award-Nominated Actor, Known for “Manchester by the Sea”

Lucas Hedges PhotoSince his breakout role in Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom, Lucas Hedges has starred in countless Academy Award-nominated films. Most notably, he was nominated for his role in the 2015 film Manchester by the Sea. In 2017, Hedges appeared in Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. His most recent role was in Boy Erased, based on Garrad Conley’s memoir of the same name.

5Priyanka Chopra
Actress, Known for ABC’s “Quantico”

Priyanka Chopra PhotoAfter first rising to fame after winning the Miss World 2000 pageant, Priyanka Chopra joined the Indian film industry and became one of the biggest Bollywood stars. Chopra made her Hollywood debut as the lead role in Quantico, which led to roles in American films such as Baywatch and A Kid Like Jake. In 2019, she will appear in the romantic comedy, Isn’t It Romantic, alongside Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth.

More Up-and-Coming Talent:

  • Rachel BrosnahanAward-Winning Actress, Known for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
  • Storm ReidActress, Known for “A Wrinkle in Time”
  • Chris MessinaInventor of the Hashtag 
  • Jenny Fleiss, CEO & Co-Founder of Rent the Runway
  • Emily ChangAuthor of “Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley”
  • Fran HauserVenture Capitalist & Author of “Myth of the Nice Girl”
  • Nafissa Thompson-SpiresAuthor of “Heads of the Colored People”
  • DeVon Franklin, Award-Winning Film Producer & Author of “Produced by Faith”
  • Janel Parrish, Actress, Known for “Pretty Little Liars”
  • Jonathan Van Ness, Hairdresser & TV Personality, Known for Netflix’s “Queer Eye”
  • Antoni Porowski, Chef & TV Personality, Known for Netflix’s “Queer Eye”
  • Tan France, Fashion Designer & TV Personality, Known for Netflix’s “Queer Eye”
  • Bobby Berk, Interior Designer on Netflix’s “Queer Eye”
  • Amal Clooney, Lawyer, Activist, & Author
  • Russ, Hip-Hop Singer, Songwriter, & Record Producer
  • Finn Wolfhard, Actor, Known for “Stranger Things”
  • Michael W. Twitty, Culinary Historian & Author
  • Jay Baer, Founder and President of Convince & Convert
  • Colin Kaepernick, Former NFL Quarterback & Activist
  • Mika Brzezinski, Co-Host of “Morning Joe”
  • Auli’i Cravalho, Actress, Known for “Moana”
  • Mikaela Shiffrin, World Cup Alpine Ski Racer
  • Billie Eilish, Singer & Songwriter
  • Skyler Diggins-Smith, Point Guard for the Dallas Wings & Advocate for Equal Pay
  • Regina King, Emmy Award-Winning Actress
  • Aparna Nancherla, Comedian, Writer & Actress
  • Princess Nokia, Rapper & Founder of the Smart Girl Club
  • Leikeli47, Rapper & Musician
  • Joyce Vance, Former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama
  • BTS, K-Pop Boy Band
  • Timothee Chalamet, Actor, Known for “Call Me by Your Name”
  • Elsie Fisher, Actress, Known for “Eighth Grade”
  • Lakeith Stanfield, Actor, Known for “Get Out”
  • Samra Zafar, Human Rights Activist & Author of “A Good Wife”
  • Cameron Kasky, Activist & Advocate for Gun Control
  • Normani Kordei, Singer, Songwriter & Dancer


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