Our Team


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.

Our Mission

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. 

Our Vision

We picture a world where lives improve one speech at a time.

Our Values

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.

Read more: Gail Davis - Founder & President

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.

Read more: Julie O'Keefe - Senior Vice President

Katherine Moore

Katherine Moore is the Operations Manager for GDA Speakers. With an international career spanning six continents, Katherine is able to provide rapid responses to clients, negotiate contracts, and ensure a flawless experience. 

Megan Withers

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.

Julie Nelson

Julie Nelson is a Sales Associate at GDA Speakers. She has over 20 years of meeting and event industry knowledge and experience working with leading Entrepreneurs', high-level CEOs, Presidents and Family Business owners through her work with the EO, YPO and WPO organization. Julie's desire to go above and beyond on every detail ensures a perfect program for you and your attendees. 


Christina DeVincenzo

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

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. 

Cecily Carrera

Cecily Carrera is the Business Affairs Manager at GDA Speakers.  She supports every aspect of the company in making sure we have detailed processes that are streamlined in order to run an efficient organization.  She also holds her CPA and supports GDA in our financial strategy.


Kyle Davis

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.

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