Activism / Philanthropy / Civic Engagement Keynote Speakers
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Activism, Philanthropy and Civic Engagement keynote speakers have empowerment through empathy and helping others. Activism, Philanthropy and Civic Engagements speakers are survivors, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and influencers. GDA Speakers is proud to have a world-class roster of activism, philanthropy and civic engagement speakers to inspire your next conference.
Social Entrepreneur and Disruption Expert
Miki Agrawal is a social entrepreneur known for breaking taboos and disrupting the status quo. She co-founded THINX, a high-tech, period-proof underwear brand. She most recently founded TUSHY, a company that is revolutionizing the American toilet category.
Mental Health Advocate
Jennifer Ayers-Moore, sister to Nathaniel Ayers, the subject of the book and film The Soloist, is a passionate, outspoken advocate for the artistically gifted mentally ill. Her journey began over 30 years ago when her charming, intelligent, talented, and handsome brother, Nathaniel, developed schizophrenia.
Actor & Activist
Actor/Humanitarian whose TV career spans MTV to The Sopranos; celebrated Emcee and Guest Speaker for TedX and the United Nations, at Jane Goodall’s National Leadership Retreat; Published Writer for Huffington Post and Lonely Planet; travels across the world hosting the TV Series Bridge the Gap on PBS TV.
Global Keynote Speaker, Interactive Comedian, Event Emcee
Greg Bennick is a speaker and comedian all in one, offering ideas about finding your voice, managing the unexpected, dealing with change, and how to change the world without having a clue. He has a fascinating background, coming from being a corporate keynote speaker AND a punk rock touring musician.
President and Founder, The Posse Foundation
Debbie is the president and founder of The Posse Foundation, a youth leadership development and college access organization that sends teams (Posses) of students from diverse backgrounds to selective colleges and universities.
International HIV/AIDS Activist & Humanitarian
National television programs include Oprah, 20/20, Good Morning America, and “A Conversation with Magic Johnson”. Publications include; New York Times, People, Essence, Ebony. The OWN Network featured Hydeia on “Oprah’s Where Are They Now”, to date Hydeia is one of thee most requested updates.
Impact Storyteller, Global Humanitarian, & Keynote Speaker
Mallory Brown is a social entrepreneur, adventure traveler, and humanitarian. She is the founder of World Clothes Line. She runs philanthropic campaigns, backpacking around the globe, raising awareness and encouraging a compassionate world.
Emmy Award-winning Musician, Philanthropist and Author
As Co-Chair of the NoVo Foundation, with his wife Jennifer, they seek to empower girls and women as the primary agents of change. Buffett’s inspiring New York Times Best-Seller, Life Is What You Make It, has sold nearly half a million copies worldwide.
One of First Women Agents in the United States Secret Service
Kathryn Childers was one of the first five women hired into the Secret Service in 1970 protecting Presidents, dignitaries, as well as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her children. Journalist, philanthropist, and author/publisher followed. Through it all, she became an expert at doing it scared ... and shares that courageous journey.
Original writer of "The Ethicist" for the New York Times
A talk on ethics can be a somber affair, but Cohen delivers his remarks with humor and insight, whether discussing the ethics of business, sports, education, or the dilemmas we each face in our daily life.
Inspiring Mom: Lost Both Legs Saving Children From Tornado, Founder of the Stephanie Decker Foundation
Stephanie Decker is the inspiring mother who lost both legs saving her children during a tornado. She also founded the Stephanie Decker Foundation which helps children with missing limbs take part in sports camps.
Magician, Motivational & Keynote Speaker and NFL Player
Jon Dorenbos has one of the most extraordinary and empowering stories of resilience, forgiveness, and living a life of purpose in the face of unfathomable obstacles.
Amelia Rose Earhart
Around the World Pilot, TV Personality, President of Fly With Amelia Foundation
Single-Engine Aircraft Pilot Who Flew Around the World, President of Fly With Amelia Foundation, Namesake of the Original Amelia Mary Earhart
Visionary Entrepreneur, Founder/CEO of thinkThin®, CEO Pink Talented Angels & LF Advisory, Global Wellness Expert
Lizanne Falsetto is founder of thinkThin®. She is a courageous health & wellness pioneer, foodie, trend spotter, business media commentator, and advisor to the next-generation of entrepreneurs.Lizanne launched The PINK TALENTED ANGELS, designed to bring female leaders and early/mid-stage entrepreneurs together to help one another thrive.
Global Youth Empowerment Expert, Producer, and Social Entrepreneur; Founder and CEO of Count Me In.
Shane Feldman is an internationally recognized global youth empowerment expert, motivational speaker, producer, and social entrepreneur. As Founder and CEO of Count Me In, Shane is the creative strategist and visionary behind the world's largest youth-run organization that has impacted over 10-million youth in over 100 countries.
Fashion Designer and Philanthropist
Abi Ferrin has a passion for empowering women and has been doing so through her eponymous clothing line for 14 years. As a fashion designer, she has had a perfect platform to inspire women, and as a philanthropist she created her company to support women while dressing them.
Best-Selling Author & Screenwriter
Antwone Fisher is an award-winning film and literary writer. Born in an Ohio prison to a teenage mother, Antwone became a ward of the state. He spent two years in a loving foster home, but was subsequently moved and suffered twelve years of abuse at his new foster family.
Former Member of Colombo Organized Crime Family. Current Speaker, author, TV and Film personality.
Michael Franzese is the only high ranking official of a major crime family to ever walk away, without protective custodies, and survive.
Master Pianist, Composer, and World-Renown Performer
In Eric Genius' live performances, he masterfully weaves together his original compositions with touching personal stories, humor, thought-provoking cultural insight and even mini lessons about music. His live shows always consist of stories, lots of humor, and audience interaction.
New York Times Best-Selling Author of Love Does
Author of Love Does, as well as an attorney who founded Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India and Somalia. Bob is a sought after speaker for leadership, church and university events, inspiring influencers to get to the ”do” part of life.
comic, actress, author, and speaker
Katie Goodman is an award-winning comedian, author and speaker. She has been seen on Showtime, Current TV, and TruTV, as well as touring internationally. She is a featured blogger for The Huffington Post, has contributed to O, The Oprah Magazine and is the author of Improvisation For The Spirit.
Lovern J. Gordon
Founder and President of Love Life Now Foundation, Inc.
Lovern is the Founder of Love Life Now Foundation which promotes year-round awareness against DV. She witnessed abuse growing up in her home and is an adult survivor of a 2yr relationship. She has appeared on CBS This Morning, Huff Post Live, Security Brief TV and local TV appearances.
Educator and Founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation
Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an author, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, Erin transformed her students’ lives.
Executive Producer, On Air Talent, Writer, Storyteller, Speaker, Travel, Sustainability, Millennial Mindset, Social Impact Advocate
Michaela Guzy, a former publishing exec who is fearless beyond reason, left her career behind to begin a journey that has since changed her life and touched others. OhThePeopleYouMeet speaks to the wanderlust in us all and ignites a passion for global connections and sustainable and immersive travel.
Founder of Wine To Water & One of the Top 10 CNN 2009 Heroes
The W|W story and a Filter Build provide a tangible experience at corporate events for participants to connect to the world water crisis, make a significant impact, and be part of the solution.
Retired Astronaut & Business Man
Jose Hernandez's talk is an effective motivational talk where individuals leave so inspired, they re-evaluate and upgrade their personal and professional goals in life. He shares a simple yet effective recipe that serves as an effective tool in the empowerment process.
Charlie Rocket Jabaley
Influencer, Hip-Hop Mogul, Motivational Speaker, Athlete and Dreamer
Charlie Rocket inspires those around him. He’s lost 135 pounds. Became vegan. Ran 3 marathons. Reversed the growth of his brain tumor. Became an Ironman. Recently finished his nationally-known Dream Machine bike tour across America. Is currently on the cover of Runner’s World and secured partnership with Nike.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Businessman; Philanthropist; NBA Hall of Famer
Earvin “Magic” Johnson has become one of the most successful African-American businessmen in the world. He is a Major League Baseball owner, an NBA Legend, a 2-Time Hall of Famer, an Entrepreneur, a Philanthropist and a Motivational Speaker.
Brenda Jones Harden
Professor at University of Maryland College Park, Committee of the Board ZERO TO THREE Chair
Brenda Jones Harden, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Jones Harden is a Chair, Committee of the Board of ZERO TO THREE.
Canadian Urban Planner & Cities of the Future Visionary
Jennifer Keesmaat is a Canadian urban planner passionate about creating places where people flourish. Named one of the “most powerful people in Canada." Now a Distinguished Visitor in Residence at the University of Toronto, Keesmaat shares her vision for cities of the future.
Co-Founder Free The Children, Me to We and We Day
Craig Kielburger is an internationally acclaimed speaker, humanitarian, social entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author. He is the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to shifting the world from ‘me’ to ‘we.’
CEO and Founder - Genesis Women's Shelter and Support
For 28 years, Jan Edgar Langbein has been an activist in efforts to end violence against
women. Currently, as CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, Ms. Langbein
oversees Genesis’ internal and external operations as well as funding and community
Monica Lewinsky is a social activist, a global public speaker, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a consultant. She advocates for a safer social media environment and addresses such topics as digital resilience, reputation, privacy, cultivating compassion, overcoming shame and equality.
Rex Lewis-Clack and Cathleen Lewis
Inspirational Mother and Son Featured on 60 Minutes
Born blind, Rex Lewis-Clack was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, and then labeled a musical genius (piano) by the age of 7, when musicologists became astounded by Rex's ability to play back complex piano pieces he had heard only once.
New York Times Bestselling Author Expert on Resilience, Survival & an Extraordinary Mindset
An award winning humanitarian, journalist and NY Times bestselling author, Amanda Lindhout was abducted and held hostage by teenage criminals in 2008 while researching a story on the millions of people ravaged by two decades of war, drought, and famine. She endured 460 days of unimaginable hardships during her captivity.
Environmental Scientist, Author, and Speaker
Shahir Masri is author of the book, Beyond Debate: Answers to 50 Misconceptions on Climate Change and a contributing writer for The Hill. He co-founded the National Outreach Project "On The Road For Climate Action," empowering everyday people to help solve the climate crisis through community outreach and education.
Scarred for Life Artist and Patient Advocate
Ted Meyer is a nationally recognized artist, curator and patient advocate who helps patients, students and medical professionals see the positive in the worst life can offer. Born with Gaucher Disease, Ted’s personal experience with the disease served as his artistic motivation.
2020 CHANGEMAKER Award, Renowned Gerontologist, and Designer
Patricia Moore is an internationally renowned gerontologist and designer, serving as a leading authority on consumer lifespan behaviors and requirements. For a period of three years (1979-1982), in an exceptional and daring experiment, Moore traveled throughout the United States and Canada disguised as women more than eighty years of age.
Jim Morris, The Rookie
The Inspiration for the Movie “The Rookie”
Jim Morris is the subject of Disney's film "The Rookie." He's the science teacher/coach who made a bet with his baseball team; if they won district he would try out for an MLB team. They did, he did and made it to the major leagues in three months!
Inspirational Speaker and Bestselling Author, Breaking Night
Liz Murray’s life is a triumph over adversity, and a stunning example of the importance of Dreaming Big. As the child of cocaine-addicted parents, was filled with severe challenges. Formerly homeless, Liz Murray transformed her life of despair into an inspiring journey of determination, hope and hard-won success.
Speaker | Author | Producer | Humanitarian
Justin, born into a world-renowned musical family with a 90% hearing loss has the unique ability to capture and captivate his audience with stories calling on reserves of courage, determination and self-belief in order to succeed and sometimes to simply survive.
Kyle and Brent Pease
Ironman Champion Triathletes
Diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy as a child, Kyle Pease had grown up supporting his athlete brothers Brent and Evan from the sidelines. While his condition limited his ability to play sports, it didn't dampen Kyle's passion for them, nor did it stop them from including Kyle in everything.
Marlon went from facing life in prison at 19-years old to being one of the preeminent voices in social and criminal justice. Just seven years since his release, he was named one of America's 100 most influential and inspiring leaders in the Black community by Ebony Magazine.
Former Award-Winning Star of Ugly Betty, Director, and Arts & Education Advocate
Cuban-born Tony Plana is one of the most recognizable Latino actors of stage and screen and has directed, produced, and starred in more than 60 major films. His most recognized role was the character of Ignacio Suarez, the widowed father to America Ferrera’s Ugly Betty.
CNN Hero; Social Entrepreneur
Chad Pregracke embodies how one person can make a difference. Since the age 17, Chad has lead a movement for cleaner water through hard work and by mobilizing thousands of volunteers and corporations to join his cause. His presentation style is authentic, humorous, spontaneous, and inspires people to take action!
Former Navy SEAL Officer, Author of Orange Wounded Warrior Sign at Bethesda Naval Hospital
Jason Redman joined the Navy on September 11, 1992 and spent eleven years as an enlisted SEAL. On September 13, 2007, outside of Fallujah, Iraq, Lieutenant Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire and he was severely wounded in the ensuing firefight.
Suicide Prevention & Teen Mental Health
Daniel J. Reidenberg is currently the Executive Director of SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), a national non-profit agency working to prevent suicide and help suicide survivors and those suffering with depression.
New York Times Best Selling Author of Three Little Words
NYT & International Bestselling author of her memoir Three Little Words (2008), currently being made into a major motion picture; ran for the Florida State Senate, featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Nancy Grace, ABC Primetime
Former NBA Player; NBA Free Agent Activist; Player of the Century
Oscar Robertson forever changed the game of basketball -- on the court and in the courtroom. Generally considered one of the greatest all-around players in the history of the game, he was voted Player of the Century by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Angela M. Sanchez
Formerly Homeless, Writer, Cartoonist, Magician, Education Advocate, First Generation Latino College Graduate
Angela M. Sanchez has written and published the children’s book, Scruffy and the Egg, and currently working on my first young adult novel. She is most interested in urban fantasy and cartoons. When Angela is not drawing, she writes on issues related to social justice and access to higher education.
"Purpose-Driven Culture," Entrepreneur, and Author
CEO Nick Sarillo shares real-life ideas, strategies and processes that can turn any small business into a successful, high-performance organization. Nick’s restaurants serve as a great example of how living your company’s purpose and values creates a world-class culture achieving award-winning customer service, higher margins and an engaged, productive workforce.
First Spanish Woman to Summit Everest. Filmed Everest IMAX documentary during the Everest's Worst Disaster.
Araceli Segarra, the first Spanish woman to successfully summit Mount Everest, as depicted in the IMAX film Everest. In her motivational talks, she describes the insights she gained into various aspects of human nature, and particularly, when humans are pushed to the limits.
Malala Fund Co-founder, Women's Rights Advocate, Mission-Minded Investor, and Cookware Entrepreneur
Shiza co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and led the organization as founding CEO. She focused on creating access to high quality education for all children around the world. Shiza launched NOW Ventures in Silicon Valley, the largest Venture Capital Platform in the world.
Social Leader, an Educator, Author, Film Producer, and Entrepreneur
Chairman, Special Olympics. As part of his passion for promoting the gifts of the marginalized, Shriver has harnessed the power of Hollywood to share stories of inspiration and change. Shriver and his team created exciting new Special Olympics programs in athlete leadership, cross-cultural research, health, education, and family support.
Anchor, HLN (CNN Headline News) On The Story
Lynn Smith has been entrenched in news for two decade. First as a producer at the TODAY show then in front of the camera in local and national news. Lynn gives a unique perspective into the world of effective communication, storytelling and acheiving big things in competitive fields.
TV Persona, Entrepreneur and President & CEO of Emmitt and Pat Smith Enterprises
Pat Smith is a busy wife, mother of 5, Ordained Elder, author, speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Her non-profit, “Treasure You”, inspires women to pursue their second chance in life despite circumstances or setbacks.
Dr. Natalie Stavas
Harvard Doctor, Boston Marathon Hero, Mentor, Runner, International Humanitarian, Speaker
Attending physician at Boston Children’s Hospital and an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; Marathoner whose heroic acts saved multiple lives in the Boston Marathon bombing; Named 2013 Bostonian of the Year; Featured in Runners World, The New York Times, LA Times, The Boston Globe
Dr. Steve Taubman
Empowerment Expert, Results Catalyst, Hypnotist, Humorist
Dr. Steve is an expert at helping people break through mental barriers and harness their subconscious minds for success. Using humor and astonishment, he guides his audience to laugh, gasp, think, and laugh some more, leaving them with powerful tools to transform their work and personal lives.
Rocky (Rock-T) Turner
Author, Speaker, Radio-TV Personality, Former Professional Baseball Player
Professional baseball player turned DJ and radio personality, Rock-T aka Rocky Turner, has a heart to motivate people to stop making excuses and get it done.
International Trade Entrepreneur; Local Social Entrepreneur
The Akola Project is a social business within a non-profit framework that empowers marginalized women to generate income to uplift the lives of their families and communities by employing them to make high-fashion jewelry, handbags and home goods.
Inspirational Speaker/Performance Speed Painter/Entertainer
Emotion Into Art™ is a speed painting show that wows the audience with speed paintings of famous faces, created in minutes, set to loud, powerful music. Some of the pieces are created upside down, then flipped during the process for the 'reveal'.
News Anchor, Cancer Survivor & Founder of the Verma Foundation
Natasha Verma, who is the weekday morning anchor for NBC’s 9NEWS in Denver. In 2017, Verma was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. During her chemotherapy, Verma designed cap wigs made of 100-percent human hair attached to cotton or velvet.
NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations; Co-Founder of A Call To Men
Troy Vincent informs the business of the NFL through the unique lens of his previous roles as a player, a player’s union president, and the Senior Vice President of Player Engagement. Vincent is considered a national leader as an advocate against domestic violence and sexual assault.
Basketball Legend, Broadcaster, Humanitarian, and Survivor
Bill Walton may be the most colorful figure in sports. An ESPN broadcaster, Bill’s college and NBA championship teams are legendary. But chasing the dream took a nightmarish toll: 38 surgeries and spinal failure. Insightful, funny, and profound, Bill inspires with lessons about winning, losing, teamwork, and overcoming the odds.
Inspirational New York Times Bestselling Author & Award-Winning Musician
Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned country music singer/songwriter whose songs and story highlight his mission to bring awareness to kids who age out of the foster system and become homeless.
Founder and Executive Director, Seize Your Moments
Janne's unexpected method and style refreshes audiences worldwide and gets them out their comfort zone. She provides an unique combination of theory and her live changing story. How to use trust to change the world.
Former ESPN Analyst, Former Dallas Cowboy, Entrepreneur, and Speaker
Three-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowl selection Darren Woodson joined ESPN as an NFL analyst in 2005. He appears on NFL Live and SportsCenter, as well as other ESPN platforms throughout the year.
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