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.


Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 12

Amelia Rose Earhart Featured

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

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 11

Rex Lewis-Clack and Cathleen Lewis Featured

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 8

Liz Murray Featured

Inspirational Speaker and Bestselling Author, Breaking Night

Formerly homeless, Liz Murray transformed her life of despair into an inspiring journey of determination, hope and hard-won success.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 2 Videos: 1

Miki Agrawal

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. 

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 3 Videos: 2

Brooke Axtell

Survivor of Human Trafficking & Domestic Abuse

Brooke Axtell is the Founder and Director of She is Rising, a healing community for women and girls overcoming rape, abuse and sex-trafficking.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 2 Videos: 0

Jennifer Ayers-Moore

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 11

Chris Bashinelli

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.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Greg Bennick

Global Keynote Speaker, Interactive Comedian, Event Emcee

Greg Bennick is a keynote speaker and comedian all in one, offering fun approaches to ideas on community, finding your voice, and using creativity to grow as a team. He has a fascinating background: a comedy juggler and magician since his teens, a philanthropist and global humanitarian, AND an emcee!

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Keynotes: 0 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Hydeia Broadbent

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 6

Mallory Brown

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.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 5 Videos: 4

Dan Buettner

Best Selling Author of The Blue Zones

Dan Buettner is ready to wow audiences with secrets from around the world to live longer, better, healthier and happier lives.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 7

Peter Buffett

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 5

Lauren Bush Lauren

Founder and CEO of FEED Projects

Lauren Bush Lauren is the Founder and CEO of FEED Projects, an impact-driven lifestyle brand with the mission of creating good products that help FEED the world.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 2 Videos: 8

Regina Calcaterra

New York Times Best-selling Author / Speaker

Regina is a NYT best-selling author, speaker and recognized trauma informed attorney.  She co-founded Calcaterra Pollack LLP, a diverse 100% women owned firm early in the pandemic. As a survivor of childhood sexual and physical assault she represents adult survivors of childhood sexual assault and other abuse survivors.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 4 Videos: 8

Kathryn Childers

Women's History Trailblazer: One of First Five Women Special Agents in United States Secret Service

Kathryn Childers was one of the first five women hired into the Secret Service in 1971 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 being scared fearless and shares that courageous journey.  

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Stephanie Decker

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.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 8

Jon Dorenbos

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. 

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Lizanne Falsetto

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Shane Feldman

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.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Abi Ferrin

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.

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Keynotes: 9 Books: 3 Videos: 2

Antwone Fisher

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 5 Videos: 4

Michael Franzese

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Dennis Gillan

Mental Health Advocate

Dennis Gillan is on a mission to reverse the current trends in completed suicides & to seriously reduce the stigma associated with getting help for one's mental health. The audience loves his comback story of surviving the loss of two brothers to suicide.  You will be glad you heard him speak.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 5

Haben Girma, Esq.

Human Rights Lawyer, Author, First Deafblind Graduate of Harvard Law School

The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change.

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Keynotes: 8 Books: 2 Videos: 0

Bob Goff

New York Times Best-Selling Author of Love Does

NYT bestselling author of Love Does, Everybody Always & Dream Big as well as an attorney who founded Love Does, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India & Somalia. Sought after speaker for leadership, church and university events, inspiring influencers to get to the ”do” part of life.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 5

Katie Goodman

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 3 Videos: 6

Erin Gruwell

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.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 8

Doc Hendley

Top 10 CNN Hero, Founder & President of Wine To Water

“My efforts are going to be a drop in the bucket, but if I would have never taken that step because it was too big of problem, then we wouldn’t be anywhere right now.” — DOC HENDLEY 

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 3 Videos: 8

Jose Hernandez

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.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 3

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 4 Videos: 4

Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Businessman, Philanthropist, NBA Hall of Fame

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.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 0

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.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 5

Jennifer Keesmaat

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 0

Chris Kelly

Angel Tech Investor, NBA Team Owner, Employee 25 at Facebook, Privacy and Security Expert, Intellectual Property Lawyer

Chris Kelly is a top business keynote speaker, Privacy and Security Expert, Employee 25 at Facebook, Sacramento Kings Owner, Angel Tech Investor, and Intellectual Property Lawyer. Chris has a long track record of building innovative companies and making the Internet a safer place for kids and adults alike.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 5

Jeff Kirschner

Litterati, Founder & CEO

Litterati is a community that's "crowdsource-cleaning" the planet - one piece at a time.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 3

Jan Langbein

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
education.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Monica Lewinsky

Social Activist

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. 

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 1

Shahir Masri

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. 

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 1

Jennifer McCollum

CEO of Linkage, Leadership Consultant, Speaker, and Executive Coach

Jennifer McCollum is CEO of Linkage, Inc. highly sought-after consultant and speaker, with a deep expertise in Inclusive Leadership and Advancing Women Leaders. She has 20 years of experience building and leading businesses in the leadership space and is a contributing author to Leadership in a Time of Crisis.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 2 Videos: 1

Patricia Moore

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. 

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 2 Videos: 4

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!

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Chris Norton

Motivational Speaker & Former Defensive Back

After a life changing spinal cord injury during a college football game, Chris was given a 3% chance to ever move anything below his neck. He turned that 3% chance into opportunity that led to walking across the stage at graduation and 7 yards down the aisle at his wedding.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Tony Plana

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. 

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 7

Chad Pregracke

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!

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 2 Videos: 12

Jason Redman

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. 

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Dan Reidenberg

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.

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Keynotes: 8 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Angela M. Sanchez

Formerly Homeless, Writer, Cartoonist, Magician, Education Advocate, First Generation Latino College Graduate

Angela M. Sanchez came of age in the Great Recession of the late 2000s and her writing is informed by her experiences. Namely, in 2007, when she was a junior in high school in Glendale, her father, a single parent, lost his job as an architectural draftsman. 

 

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Nick Sarillo

"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.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Shiza Shahid

Co-founder of Our Place, founder of NowVentures, co-founder & founding CEO of Malala Fund, and TIME magazine's 30 people changing the world

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 2 Videos: 2

Timothy Shriver

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 10

Lynn Smith

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.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Pat Smith

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.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 3 Videos: 11

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 2

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.

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Brittany Underwood

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 3

Tom Varano

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'.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 1

Natasha Verma

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. 

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 3

Troy Vincent

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 2 Videos: 11

Bill Walton

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.

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Jimmy Wayne

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 1

Janne Willems

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.

 

 

 

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Darren Woodson

Former Dallas Cowboy, Former ESPN Analyst, 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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