The GDA Speakers Team is committed to providing our clients the ultimate speaker experience. Starting with informative, creative agents to assist with speaker selection, we follow your event every step of the way.
Once you book a speaker, our logistics experts ensure a detailed travel and event itinerary is developed and followed. Down to the accounting and post-event follow up, we want to be your trusted partner. No call or request is too small and we will always be committed to quickly responding to your needs.
GDA Speakers provides value by recommending world-class speakers for events with keen attention to detail from the initial consultation to the final standing ovation.
We picture a world where lives improve one speech at a time.
We have six core values that are the basis of how to conduct ourselves and our business.
- Integrity: We strive to be an ethical partner in all relationships.
- Collaboration: We recognize that to provide maximum value we must first listen and understand your objectives.
- Innovation: We believe in disruption and have invested in a state of the art system to give you every tool needed to manage all speaker related activities.
- Passion: We have a zeal and drive for getting the right message in front of your audience.
- Responsiveness: We operate with a sense of urgency. As a service business, we respond on your timeline.
- Quality: We are committed to accuracy and quality of information.
Gail Davis - Founder & President
As Founder and President of one of the country’s premier speakers bureaus, Gail Davis makes CEOs, authors, educators, inventors, gurus and inspirational luminaries shine. She helms her namesake bureau, which began as Gail Davis & Associates, and has created a company known for its focus on the client.
Julie O'Keefe - Senior Vice President
Julie O'Keefe is Senior Vice President of GDA Speakers. In her role as Senior Vice President, Julie is the company’s leading sales agent and provides insight into all company functions, from operations to speaker relations. Her customer-centric approach and deep speaker relationships are hallmarks of the leadership she brings to the company.
Katherine Moore is the Operations Manager for GDA Speakers. As a distinguished alumna of the University of Texas at Austin coupled with an international career spanning six continents, Katherine oversees day to day operations at GDA Speakers. Through her extensive work in contract negotiation and management, Katherine ensures a flawless experience.
Megan Withers is a Vice President at GDA Speakers. Her high energy and emphasis on building relationships are just a few reasons why her clients are drawn to working with her. With each client, Megan listens to their speaker needs to ensure the best possible speaker is selected to make their event a huge success.
Karen Downing is the Executive Assistant to the President, Gail Davis. With a keen attention to detail, Karen is able to support Gail in all her initiatives, rapidly respond to clients, and ensure a smooth delivery of results.
Christina DeVincenzo is part of GDA’s Event Management team. Christina has a background in event management at a large scale resort property. This along with her customer focused personality and follow through skills ensures GDA delivers a quality experience to both clients and speakers.
Leigh Gathright is GDA's Speaker Relations Manager. Leigh has a background in process efficiency, commercial property, and client services management. Along with her attention to detail, trustworthiness, and relational skills Leigh engages with our clients and speakers in confidence.
Theresa Craddock is the Accounting and Business Affairs Manager for GDA Speakers. She is responsible for all accounting aspects, budgeting and business affairs relationships on GDA’s behalf. Theresa loves to keep the daily business affairs of such a vibrant company on track – as Gail notes, “Every business owner needs a Theresa!”
Kyle Davis has grown up in the family business. After graduating from Columbia University, he worked at several other startups in New York and San Francisco. He produces and co-hosts the GDA Podcast.