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Ericka Dunlap          

Miss America 2004 & International Speaker on Diversity

Ms. Dunlap first rose to national acclaim when she was crowned Miss America 2004 on the iconic runway in Atlantic City. However, that was not the first time she excited headlines. Mere months before, Ericka captured a significant part of history by breaking the color barrier as the first Black woman titled Miss Florida in the 68-year history of the program. Throughout her year of service, Ericka promoted a platform of Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, with which she impacted corporations, universities and communities at large with her message encouraging best practices and the elimination of damaging stereotypical behaviors.

Since the fall of 2013, Ericka has been seen as a judge at The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walk Disney World.

Ericka competed on the CBS Emmy Award-winning series The Amazing Race 15, on which she continued her fight for cultural acceptance with her teammate (husband Brian), exposing the world to the balance of their interracial relationship. She traveled to eight countries in 25 days spanning over 27,000 miles worldwide and become an international television personality.

In addition to her many adventures on television, Ericka continues to deliver keynote addresses and make special guest appearances. Especially for Black History Month, she has composed a poignant lecture entitled The Unique Juxtaposition of Black History: a focus on the Civil Rights Movement. This presentation was specifically designed for diverse audiences and offers insight and inspiration toward the ideals of celebrating Black History Month with an inclusive twist.

Ericka is a dynamic and engaging speaker having delivered over 120 keynote addresses. She uses her humor, candor and charm to captivate audiences.

Speech Topics

Get OUT of the Box!

Nobody is born a bigot! Prejudice is a learned behavior. And it is with this mindset that we are able to make positive changes to our lifestyles and viewpoints that are most affected by our differences. In this discussion, Ericka highlights the frequently untapped areas of diversity to enlighten the audience on how to think outside of the box and gain a better understanding of the need for inclusive behavior. Great for community and corporate training.

Attention to Attitude

It has been proven time and time again that your attitude will determine your actions and your actions will determine your accomplishments! In this presentation, Ericka highlights several keys to maintaining a successful attitude in order to achieve optimal results in your workplace and home-life.

Diversity & Disparities in Healthcare

A specific focus on the disproportion and misconceptions commonly associated with low-income and international patients.

Ms. Dunlap shares gathered information from her many travels and in-depth interactions with diverse audiences the world over. She also highlights experiences of being raised by an RN, her motherFran, who would often enlighten young Ericka on daily interactions with her patients and the importance of giving 100% to the care of the patient regardless of the cultural barriers.


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