Disruption Keynote Speakers

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Disruption keynote speakers are on the cutting edge of taking risks and being independent thinkers. There is no status quo. Disruption keynote speakers use technology, innovation and creativity to shake things up. GDA has the most thought-provoking disruption keynote speakers to suggest for your next event.


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: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 6

Nikolas Badminton

Lead Futurist & CEO, EXPONENTIAL MINDS

Nikolas Badminton grew up with his focus on the future from a very early age to being one of the world’s leading Futurist Keynote Speakers. Read more about his upbringing, education, experience, and some of the projects he became well known for.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Bart Banfield

Pioneer, innovator, and leader in the virtual learning-work environment

Bart is the Superintendent of EPIC Charter Schools, the largest public school in Oklahoma, and among the largest virtual schools in the United States. Since becoming Oklahoma’s youngest public school superintendent at the age of 27, Bart has been a pioneer, innovator, and leader in the virtual learning-work environment.

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Keynotes: 13 Books: 2 Videos: 5

Lisa Bodell

Founder and CEO of FutureThink, Bestselling Author of Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins

Lisa Bodell is an award-winning author and CEO of futurethink. As a futurist and expert on change management, she has helped thousands of senior leaders ignite innovation at Google, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, and more.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Bonin Bough

TV Host, Marketing Exec, Investor and Author

Bonin Bough is one of the foremost-awarded marketing executives, the host of The Cleveland Hustles, and the author of Txt Me (646) 759-1837. He was one of the youngest C-suite executives in a Fortune 50 company, Bonin has spearheaded some of the industry’s largest global marketing campaigns.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 7

Michael C. Bush

Workplace Culture Authority

Michael C. Bush is CEO of Great Place to Work, the global research and analytics firm. Driven by a love of business and an unwavering commitment to fair and equitable treatment, Michael joined Great Place to Work as CEO in 2015, bringing 30 years of experience leading and growing organizations. 

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 4 Videos: 13

Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine, and Bestselling Author Arming Leaders to Confront Disruptive Change and Win

Experience counts! Fortune veteran Geoff Colvin gives audiences critical information and insights they need to win. The rules have changed. Winning demands courage to confront reality faster than the competition. Transformation, innovation, and reinvention are on every leader’s mind. Colvin identifies what top companies and leaders are doing to adapt.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Mick Ebeling

Founder of Not Impossible Labs, CEO and Founder of The Ebeling Group

Most recently named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders, a recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 4

Rocky Garza

You Deserve to be KNOWN

Rocky has walked alongside thousands at Sky Ranch Camp, counseled hundreds as a pastor at Chase Oaks and taken thousands through Identity Mapping™. He guides people to find clarity in who they are, ignites confidence to believe in themselves and helps them find the courage to live it out.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Alex Goryachev

Global Technology Executive - Digitization, Transformation and Innovation, WSJ Bestselling Author

Alex Goryachev is an award-winning global technology executive and a WSJ Bestselling author of “Fearless Innovation". Born innovator, he has a deep understanding of how  business, technology and talent development play together. He can demistify innovation and make it relevant and pragmatic for different audiences.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 8 Videos: 9

Matthew Griffin

WIRED called him “Visionary and Incredible.” World renowned Futurist, disruption, and innovation expert

Described by Ray Kurzwiel's close friends as a "Young Kurzweil" Griffin is a world renowned futurist. Regularly featured in the media including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, Forbes, Telegraph, ViacomCBS, and WIRED, his ability to explain the global cultural and industrial impact of hundreds of disruptive emerging technologies is unparalleled.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 12

Polly LaBarre

Co-author, Mavericks at Work; Co-founder, Management Lab; Founding Writer, Fast Company

Polly LaBarre helps leaders create change-ready cultures that learn almost as fast as change itself. She arms audiences with a maverick manual – tools to break rules, harnessing the human element by inspiring, unleashing, and amplifying creativity, passion, and resourcefulness. Polly unpacks real-life lessons from her research and consulting.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Jeff Leitner

Founder of Unwritten Labs, Social Innovator, Researcher, Author, Teacher

Jeff Leitner is a social innovator, researcher, author, and teacher.  He is a fellow at New America in Washington, D.C., author of See Think Solve: A Simple Way to Tackle Tough Problems, and speaker and facilitator on the organizational and larger social influence of unwritten rules.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 9

Beau Lotto

Neuroscientist, Entrepreneur, and Author of Deviate

To thrive in change, we must let go of assumptions and beliefs that keep us from seeing the world differently. Neurologist and perception science expert, Beau reveals why trading certainty for doubt increases our capacity to adapt, lead, innovate, and thrive in the darkness of “I don’t know.”

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 2 Videos: 4

Heather E. McGowan

Future-of-Work Strategist

Future-of-work strategist Heather E. McGowan helps leaders prepare their people and organizations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. McGowan is the co-editor and author of the book Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently Innovate and a Forbes contributor. Her book, The Adaptation Advantage, was published in 2020.  

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Michael McQueen

Future trends analyst helping business stay ahead of the curve

Michael McQueen speaker is an award-winning forecaster and best-selling author of eight books. With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and maintain momentum.

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Keynotes: 19 Books: 6 Videos: 35

Jamie Metzl

Technology and Healthcare Futurist, Global Affairs Specialist, Science Fiction Novelist, and Genetic Engineering Expert

Named "Top 100 Human Resources Influencers of 2019," Jamie is a fascinating thinker and electrifying speaker. He lectures widely on technology and geopolitics, is an acclaimed scifi novelist and columnist, a regular CNN commentator, and a former white house official. Preparing for geopolitical and technology revolutions is his expertise. 

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Keynotes: 8 Books: 9 Videos: 3

Joseph A. Michelli, Ph.D.

Author, Speaker, Consultant

Dr. Joseph Michelli is an internationally sought-after public speaker, organizational consultant, and a #1 New York Times bestselling business author who has worked with and written about customer-centric organizations such as Airbnb, Starbucks, Zappos, UCLA Health System, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Mercedes-Benz USA.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 12 Videos: 3

Tom Morris

World's Top Public Philosophers and Pioneering Business Thinkers

Philosopher Tom Morris has become one of the most popular keynote speakers in our time on topics of success, motivation, leadership, and change management. He brings the wisdom of the ages to bear on all our most pressing contemporary challenges with deep thought, high energy, and surprisingly great humor. 

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 3

Gregory Offner

Simple Disruption, Significant Results!

Disruption and Creativity are THE most in demand leadership skills.  While most people just talk about disruption, Greg actually "DISRUPTS" the concept with a music infused keynote performance that has audiences screaming for an encore - literally.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Dr. David Ricketts

Innovator, Scholar and Harvard Innovation Fellow

Engaging audiences across the globe on innovation, science and technology, Dr. Ricketts guides and teaches executives, leadership teams and innovators. He helps leaders to understand the untapped value in their market and discover and solve high-impact problems, in order to outperform their competition.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Melissa A. Schilling

Professor of Management at New York University Stern School of Business and Innovation Researcher

Melissa A. Schilling is the Herzog Family Professor of Management at New York University Stern School of Business. Professor Schilling’s research focuses on innovation and strategy in high technology industries such as smartphones, video games, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electric vehicles, and renewable energies.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Marc Sluijs

Founder, DigitalHealth.Network

Marc’s passionate about fostering the digital health ecosystem. He has been advising on digital health strategy and investment through his company Digitalhealth.Network since early 2015, and has been active in digital health since 2010.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 0 Videos: 3

Emilie Sydney-Smith

Corporate Transformation Coach, Award-winning Speaker, Proven Entrepreneur, and Disruption Expert

Emilie Sydney-Smith is CEO of ExO Works. We are entering the era of the highest wealth creation and destruction the world has ever seen. Yet most existing companies are simply iterating on their existing core products and services, many of which will soon be obsolete.

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Keynotes: 10 Books: 15 Videos: 8

Douglas Vakoch, Ph.D.

President of METI–Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, disrupting conventional science as “The Man Who Speaks for Earth.”

Called “The Man Who Speaks for Earth” by The New Yorker, Dr. Douglas Vakoch leads the disruptive scientific project to transmit radio messages into space, in the hope of making first contact with ET.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 3 Videos: 8

Steven Van Belleghem

Customer Focus Expert, Author, Keynote Speaker

Steven is an expert in customer focus in a digital world. He is a popular international keynote speaker. In his keynote presentations, Steven takes his audience on a journey to the world of modern customer relationships in a clever, enthusiastic and inspiring way.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 3 Videos: 13

Mike Walsh

Bestselling Author of The Algorithmic Leader & CEO of Innovation Research Lab Tomorrow

Mike designs companies for the 21st century. With an engaging blend of case studies, global perspectives and cutting-edge research, Mike’s original insights help business leaders understand and unleash their future potential.

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