Why NOW Is The Time For Nando

Gail Davis, 25 September 2023

While I have always thought having Nando Parrado as an event’s keynote speaker was a good idea anytime, I can truly say NOW is the best time. Let me tell you why.

GDA Speakers was built on my relationship with Nando. He has been here every step of the way over the last 25 years. It is no coincidence that he remains our most booked speaker with over 300 bookings. Nando’s story endures the test of time and continues to be one of the greatest survival feats in history with timeless takeaways and inspiring messages of hope and resilience. 

A NEW film has been produced depicting the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 rugby team’s miraculous story of survival called Society of the Snow. Directed by Oscar nominated director J.A. Bayona, the film debuted as the closing film for Venice Film Festival and received the longest standing ovation at the festival of nearly 10 minutes! Spain has officially selected Society of the Snow as its entry for the Best International Feature Film category at the 2024 Oscars. The movie is set to premiere in theaters and be released on Netflix in early 2024. Check out the teaser video below.

There is a reason this story lives on and what a privilege it is to hear it firsthand from the true hero, Nando Parrado. When I met Nando in 1995, he had virtually no interest in being a keynote speaker. Yet as our relationship developed, he began to trust me and truly see the impact of sharing his story. Having a front row seat to the impact he has made on audiences around the world has been a remarkable highlight of my career.

With all the buzz around the 50th anniversary, we have many clients who’ve previously had Nando on their stage and are now requesting him to return and share his story again. The explanation is simple: there is no other story that shares such a dramatic example of the power of leadership, teamwork, and the human spirit.

Whether it’s your first time learning of Nando Parrado or you’re bringing him back for an encore presentation, this is the year to book him to speak at your next event and bring lasting impact to your audience.