Inspiration / Achievement Keynote Speakers
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Inspiration and Achievement keynote speakers exude authenticity, perseverance, courage, selfless work, and genuine wisdom. It is a rare keynote speaker who inspires by having a dream, achievement, or through hard work. GDA Speakers can guide you to the perfect inspiration and achievement speaker. Contact us today!
Kristina Wandzilak and Constance Curry Featured
Authors of "The Lost Years"
Kristina and Constance are the authors of The Lost Years; Surviving and Mothers and Daughters worst nightmare. The Lost Years is a brutally honest and gritty story of Kristina’s dramatic descent into addiction and her mother’s desperate attempt to save her.
Joan Brock Featured
Author of More Than Meets the Eye
Joan shares her inspiring story of the sudden loss of her sight then the loss of her husband to cancer. Joan will captivate your audience while sharing the importance of making positive and productive choices in this world of change and challenge.
Kevin Brown Featured
Helping Organizations Create a Culture of HEROES at Every Level
Kevin is passionate about helping people and organizations embrace a philosophy that separates world-class organizations and high-performance people from everybody else - he calls it The HERO Effect®. Kevin inspires and challenges people to show up every day and make a positive difference at work and in life!
Erica Dhawan Featured
Author, Digital Body Language, Collaboration and Innovation Expert
Erica Dhawan is the world’s leading authority on Connectional Intelligence and the Founder & CEO of Cotential. Through speaking, training and consulting, she teaches business leaders innovative strategies that increase value for clients, deliver results and ensure competitiveness.
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
Andy Fastow Featured
Former CFO of Enron and Risk Management, Ethics, HR Speaker
Enron’s former CFO will make observations about how the ambiguity and complexity of laws and regulations breeds opportunity for problematic decisions and will discuss what questions corporate directors and management should ask in order to ensure that their companies not only follow the rules, but uphold the principles behind them.
Gian Paul Gonzalez Featured
Motivational Speaker, Founder and Director of Hope + Future Foundation.
During the New York Giants’ 2011 Super Bowl run, much of their inspiration is attributed to Gian Paul Gonzalez (pronounced John-Paul). Prior to the Giant’s Christmas Eve game with the NY Jets, Gonzalez delivered the now famous “ALL IN” rally cry message during the Giants’ chapel service
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.
Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF (Ret.) Featured
First Woman Thunderbird Pilot, Combat Veteran, Fighter Squadron Commander, White House Fellow & Adviser, and Indomitable Spirit
Nicole Malachowski had a dream: Become an Air Force fighter pilot. She achieved that and more. The first-ever woman on the elite Thunderbirds, Nicole brings audiences profound lessons on leadership, change, trust, culture, and overcoming the odds based her 21-year career and the tickborne illness that cruelly ended it.
Leslie Morgan Steiner Featured
NYT Best-Selling Author, Columnist for The Washington Post, Former Corporate Executive and Domestic Violence Survivor.
Leslie Morgan Steiner is a master of engaging men and women in today's most important women's leadership issues -- parenthood, relationships, and work/family balance.
Nando Parrado Featured
New York Times Bestselling Author, Rugby Legend, Hero and Inspiration for the Movie, Alive
His is a story that many will recognize, but few have an opportunity to hear first hand. Nando Parrado recounts the extraordinary tale of how he and 15 of his teammates survived for 72 brutal days after their plane crashed into the frozen Andes Mountains nearly 50 years ago.
John Register Featured
Paralympian: Embrace the New Normal Mindset
John won the Paralympic long jump silver medal just 6 years after having his left leg amputated. For over 20 years, John has been delivering powerful and impactful presentations that captivate, motivate and teach audiences techniques to overcome any challenge thereby creating a new normal in their own lives.
Shayla Rivera Featured
The Funny Rocket Scientist
Shayla Rivera is a former NASA Rocket Scientist turned Keynote Speaker, Stand-up Comedian and awareness expert with many Television credits. She inspires people from elementary school children to executives in major corporations by sharing what she has learned about awareness and taking risks. She travels worldwide entertaining our troops.
Mel Robbins Featured
Best-Selling Author of the 5 Second Rule, Daytime Talk Show Host, Social Influencer, Tech Entrepreneur, One of the most viewed TEDx videos in the world...
Mel Robbins is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, internationally recognized social media influencer, and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the world.
Mike Schlappi Featured
If You Can't Stand Up, Stand Out
When Mike Schlappi takes the floor, a dazzling smile greets you. Then, you notice the wheelchair. Mike is defined by what he can do, instead of what he cannot do. Following a tragic accident, Mike has proven that just because “you can’t stand up, doesn’t mean you can’t stand out”!
Peter Sheahan Featured
Founder & CEO Karrikins Group, Bestselling Author, Named Top-25 Most Influential Speakers in the World
Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is known internationally for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. With staff in more than 23 cities across 7 countries, he knows firsthand the challenges of growing a business in these rapidly-changing times.
Alex Sheen Featured
World foremost expert on accountability and commitment, Alex is a five-time TEDxTalk speaker, author, podcast host, humanitarian, and Founder of the because I said I would movement. His work has been featured on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, the Steve Harvey Show, CNN, Fox News and more.
Kristina Wandzilak Featured
Co-founder and President of Full Circle Intervention
Kristina Wandzilak, CAS, BRI-II, co-founder, has been a leader in the addictions industry since 1995. Kristina is highly respected and renowned for her compassionate and effective work.
Ron White Featured
Ron White is without question one of the top Memory Experts in the world. As a two-time national memory champion, Ron will teach audience members techniques to triple their memory, build relationships by recalling names and faces and much more!
Motivational Speaker, Former Major League Baseball Pitcher
The Major League Baseball pitcher who was born with only one hand, Jim Abbott shares with audiences the keys to adapting, persevering and removing obstacles to success.
Dr. Robert Ballard
Deep Sea Explorer, Discoverer of the Titanic Wreckage, Emmy-winning Documentary Producer
“I grew up wanting to be Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic wreckage, Dr. Robert Ballard has succeeded in tracking down numerous other significant shipwrecks.
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.
National Baseball Hall Of Famer, 1989
Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 1989, Bench is considered "Baseball's Greatest Catcher". Over the years, he has maintained balance by using his celebrity status to aid several worthy causes.
Leadership and Teamwork Motivational Speaker, Full-time Firefighter, Adventure Racing World Champion
Robyn Benincasa is an Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero, founder of Project Athena, and author of the bestselling teamwork and leadership book, How Winning Works. Her entertaining keynotes show audiences the foundations of inspired leadership and how to win as a team.
America's Breakthrough Coach
Brian Biro is one of the nation's foremost speakers and teachers of Leadership, Possibility Thinking, Thriving on Change, and Team-Building. He was named one of the UCLA Graduate School of Management’s 100 Most Inspirational Graduates in the history of the school.
Michael Houlihan & Bonnie Harvey
Founders of Barefoot Wines
We started Barefoot, the world's #1 wine brand, in a laundry room with no money and no knowledge of the wine business. We disrupted our industry in spite of huge resistance. Your people will leave entertained and anxious to try out the lessons we learned on their own businesses.
Ambassador of FUN: Live and Virtual Presentations
Tony Brigmon was the face of Southwest Airlines as their "Ambassador of Fun" both internally to employees, and externally to civic groups. Southwest focused on fun because fun created serious results, and Tony brings those proven best-practices and ideas to every event that he speaks to live and virtual.
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.
YouTuber and Spokesperson
Molly openly shares her experiences of bullying, overcoming adversity and embracing diversity, connecting with her audiences at a very personal, emotional, and relatable level. She believes that we all have the strength within us to survive any challenge, and learn how to thrive from those struggles.
Inspirational and Motivational Speaker
Scott Burrows’ unforgettable story of turning a paralyzing setback into a powerful comeback through a clear Vision, a determined Mindset and unstoppable Grit inspires audiences to overcome challenges and put goals into action.
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.
Former Civil Trial Attorney and Director of Life After Innocence
Lawyer-turned-Author-turned-Humanitarian; Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Law School of Loyola University Chicago, Founder & Director of Life After Innocence; Author of 13 books, including Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him (2010)
Business Communication & Human Behavior Expert
Colette Carlson is a human behavior expert and CPAE Hall of Fame motivational keynote speaker who helps leaders and teams change behaviors that impact their relationships, revenue and results. Audiences connect with Colette through her inspiring content, laugh-out-loud humor, and extensive customization.
Celebrity Hypnotist, Team Building, Motivational Expert, Virtual Mental Health Speaker
Unforgettable interactive presentation to energize and empower. Boris Cherniak will keep your group in stitches, while providing valuable tools and information to improve well being and bottom line.
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.
The New York Times Bestselling Author, Hall of Fame Speaker, Award-winning Athlete
Dan Clark uses his unique extraordinary life experiences of soaring into space, fighting back from a paralyzing injury that short his football career, and interviewing the world's most successful business gurus, superstar athletes, influential celebrities, and military heroes, to customize every speech to the specific needs of every meeting planner.
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.
Kerry Max Cook
A story of self-empowerment, hope, faith, determination, and never giving up
Kerry Cook is the best-selling author of "Chasing Justice," a facilitator & an expert teaching others overcoming intolerance, hate, and coping and adapting to challenging surroundings and circumstances.
The Water Coolers
Hilarious singing comedy about work delivered by ridiculously talented performers.
The Water Coolers deliver hilarious singing comedy about work delivered by ridiculously talented performers. Your audience will laugh super hard, be energized, relaxed, focused and grateful. You’ll look like a rock star for hiring them.
Childhood Cancer Survivor and Author
He has defied the odds of not only life-threatening cancer as a baby but was the only survivor of a horrific drug trial. He continues the battle to this very day and spending nearly a quarter of his life in hospital, he is a true fighter.
Currently, Courtney is an ultra marathon runner living in Colorado. She holds the women's American record for distance run in 24 hours at 159.3 miles, overall winner of the Moab 240 Mile Endurance Run in 2017.
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.
Dr. Mark DeVolder
The Change Specialist
Dr. Mark DeVolder is recognized as one of today's original thinkers and motivators on transitions. His high-energy, content-rich and humor-filled presentations teach people how to be bold, flexible and innovative in face of constant change.
Todd Dewett, PhD
Inspiring Authenticity in Leadership, Sales, Innovation, Culture, and Customer Experiences
Dr. Dewett is an Inc. Magazine Top 100 Leadership Speaker, TEDx speaker, a decorated professor, and two-time #1 global author for millions through Lynda.com at Linkedin.
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.
Coach for America/SHIFTWHY, Former NFL Player
Joe Ehrmann has been a speaker, author, activist, and coach for more than 35 years. His book, “InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives,” explains how to become a transformational coach, changing lives and society by helping to develop healthy men and women.
Founder, With Enthusiasm Coaching
If you're looking for a speaker who can command a room, infect every single member of the audience with energy and enthusiasm, and empower each and every person listening to grab their superhero cape and charge at success - Keren Eldad - is it.
#1 Bestselling Business Author, Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement and Teamwork Expert
Chester's most requested keynote on culture and leading through change is based on his #1 bestselling book All In. He also frequently speaks on employee engagement, leadership, high performing teams, how leaders and managers can lower uncertainty and overwhelm, as well as leading with gratitude for extraordinary business results.
Former NFL & NBA Business Executive, Leadership & Culture Expert, Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker
Paul speaks about the power of Playing Offense— how purpose helps us push through adversity to unlock greater fulfillment and mastery of our craft. He shows how to become more inspired, impactful, and effective to create a competitive advantage of culture where greatness can be the catalyst for growth.
History-Making Mountain Climber, Business Executive, International Speaker and Bestselling Author
As a history-making mountain climber, business executive and author, Susan
Ershler inspires audiences to challenge their perceived limitations and reach
new heights of business and personal success.
He's One of a Kind!
I’m sure when you hear the name Bob Eubanks, you think of the Newlywed Game. But, why not? TV guide named him one of the top five game show hosts of all time. He’s an eight time Emmy award winner with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Dr. Paul Fedak
Heart Surgeon and Innovator
Dr. Paul Fedak is a cardiac surgeon, innovator, mentor, and academic leader. He is an engaging speaker who uses reflection into the rigorous training and unique challenges faced by performing open-heart surgery and developing novel biomedical innovations to provide useful insights into technical mastery, peak performance, and self-discovery.
New York Times Bestselling Author, Speaker, TV Host
BRUCE FEILER is one of America’s most thoughtful voices on contemporary life. He is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers; the presenter of two prime-time series on PBS; and the inspiration for the drama COUNCIL OF DADS on NBC.
Adventurist, International Keynote Speaker & Best Selling Author
Manley is recognized as an award winning international keynote speaker, business leader, and author. During Manley’s eleven years with Build-A-Bear Workshop, his leadership direction helped take the revolutionary retail concept from 40 stores to over 400 worldwide, realizing revenue growth from 55 million to over 474 million.
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.
#1 NY Times Bestselling Author of Who's Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone
As founder/CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, Keith Ferrazzi works to transform old behaviors that block global organizations from reaching strategic goals into new behaviors that increase shareholder value. Building on the correlation of positive relationships to business success, Ferrazzi 's collaborative coaching and motivation of key constituencies achieves desired business outcomes.
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 Lead Solo Pilot of the Blue Angels
John is the former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, a Sloan Fellow at Stanford School of Business and an expert in the how of high performance teams. His exciting, rare journey inspires awe, triggering individuals to take action and rethink what they believe is possible.
Actor & Son of President Gerald Ford
Steve Ford shares a broad range of inspirational stories, including how the family dealt with Betty Ford's battles with alcoholism and breast cancer, his own successful fight in overcoming alcoholism, and the Nixon Pardon.
Former NFL Pro Bowl Running Back, CEO & Co-Founder of Hustle Clean, Shark Tank Entrepreneur
Undersized & overmatched 5’8” NFL Running Back, 7 teams in 9 years. Went from poverty to peak performance through hard work, grit, perseverance, hope.
Underdog Fan Favorite, ProBowl Player, #65 of 2015’s Top 100 players
Successful entrepreneur; Co-Founder of Hustle Clean featured in Target, Walmart, Kohl's.
Witty, humble, inspiring
Author, Trainer, Consultant, Advancing Women
Co-author of Her Place at the Table and Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It, Carol Frohlinger is an internationally known speaker on the ways women can negotiate with authenticity to achieve their maximum personal and professional potential.
Expert in Coping with the Age of Overload
Juliet Funt is the founder and owner of WhiteSpace at Work, a training and consulting firm that helps organizations, their leaders and employees flip the norms of business in order to reclaim their creativity, productivity and engagement.
New York Times bestselling author of “Making Jack Falcone” and Undercover FBI Agent
In his 26 years of service with the FBI and as an Undercover FBI Agent in over 100 major Undercover operations, Jack Garcia is best known for his Undercover role as "Jack Falcone," who infiltrated the Gambino crime family in New York for nearly three years.
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.
The Power to Survive, Inspiration for the Movie 'Jungle'
Yossi is a master storyteller with an epic story. Lost and alone in the midst of the Amazon rainforest for three weeks, he not only survived, he found new meaning for his life and work. He brings Amazon survival skills to business, igniting the human spirit to overcome rising challenges.
Entrepreneur, Magician, Coach, The Psychology of Illusion
Entrepreneur of the Year, magician and coach, Vinh Giang has built businesses from a very young age. He loves both business and magic; this has led him to discover many common threads between these two worlds.
Hall of Fame Speaker and Bestselling Author
Steve Gilliland’s exceptional combination of sidesplitting humor and his compelling message landed him on eSpeakers 2015 Top 10 list of motivational speakers among 9,000 candidates. Over one million people have heard him speak LIVE and 25 Fortune 100 companies have hired him.
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.
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.
Bestselling Author of The Power of Positive Leadership
Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 16 books including 6 best-sellers.
Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur
Anne has a master’s degree in organizational communication and has spent the last twenty years working with some of the largest organizations around the globe.
She has become known as a leading expert on communication, leadership, emotional intelligence, and resilience, contributing to Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Fast Company and more.
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.
Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment
Founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, the visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports, and new media, Peter Guber is among the most successful executives and entrepreneurs in the entertainment and communications industries.
AwardWinningFilmmaker, Travel+HumanConnectionExpert, RecoveringCorpExec, NYUAdjunctProfessor + TVPersonality
Life looks different for Michaela Guzy since she began OhThePeopleYouMeet to refocus narratives on real people, places + purposes via new media. Michaela is an awardwinning filmmaker, travel+human connection expert AND appears on TVPersonality. Thanks to COVID, she's pivoted to Digital Nomad to document the world reopening safely.
Master of Influence
Each month in the pages of SUCCESS magazine, on his social media platforms and before live audiences of entrepreneurs across the country, Darren Hardy distills the best of the best information and strategies available, mixing in his own street-tested principles of success.
Author of Strategize & Expect to Win, Opera Singer, Morgan Stanley Exec
Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. In August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.
Chef Jeff Henderson
Former Star of The Chef Jeff Project & New York Times Best-Selling Author of "Cooked"
From imprisoned drug dealer to renowned chef, Chef Jeff inspires audiences with his emotional journey of redemption from the streets to the stove. He reveals how lessons from the streets transfer to business, offering unique expertise on interpersonal relationships and managing a diverse workforce.
April Hernandez Castillo
Actor/ Tedx Speaker/ Author of Embracing Me/ Survivor and Advocate for Intimate Partner Violence
April is an actress, author, and speaker. As a survivor of Intimate Partner Violence, April now serves as a role model. Her mission is to educate her audiences about the power of their voice, the effects of abuse, and understanding the components of a healthy relationship.
Speaker, Entertainer, Author, Impressionist, and Corporate Events Headliner
Having delivered hundreds of presentations for front-line and leadership motivation, Jason Hewlett combines message, authenticity and humor with music and impersonations. His talk feels like a show with a message, or a keynote speech with entertainment. A recent, and one of the youngest inductees into the Speakers Hall of Fame.
Expert on How to Fascinate
Your personality has a unique advantage. Once you understand this advantage, people are more likely to listen to you, remember you, and admire you.
Use your Advantages and you’ll fascinate anyone in 9 seconds.
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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 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.
Dr. Willie Jolley
Award-winning speaker and singer, best-selling author and media personality
There are many motivational speakers, and then there is the one, the only, the incomparable Dr. Willie Jolley. He has been described simultaneously as a world-class, award-winning speaker and singer, best-selling author and media personality.
Former National Geographic Photographer
Dewitt Jones is one of America’s top professional photographers. A master of the platform, he combines stories from his years with National Geographic with his extraordinary photographs to teach both creativity and vision. Each year his words and images inspire thousands to ‘Celebrate What’s Right With the World’!
History-making Broadway star, a #1 International Amazon Bestselling Author, and Speaker.
Sandra Joseph is a history-making Broadway star, bestselling author, and TEDx speaker. Her legendary run as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera spanned more than 1,300 performances, and earned her the record as the longest-running leading lady in the longest-running Broadway show of all time.
Award-winning Journalist & Anchor; and Bestselling Author
Award-winning journalist and anchor Katty Kay broadcasts to a global audience from Washington with a fresh perspective on American politics and world affairs. She speaks on current events as well as self-assurance in women and girls, helping them turn thoughts into action. Katty co-authored four NYT bestsellers on the subject.
Inspirational Speaker, From the Pit of Despair to the Peak of Success
As a little girl, Trish’s ability to trust and love were destroyed by the person who daughters trust and love the most. Now, she is proof that true success—enduring success—is choosing, every day, to give all your love and to receive all the love that others give you.
CEO & Founder - The Nation of Artists
Elliot is an innovator and content creator who blends technology and empathy to change the world. His 4Ps approach is used to re-center companies in their purpose, and the 50+ honors he's received while working with the planet's biggest names proves that Ideas + Empathy = Impact.
Workplace Culture Strategist, Doctor of Leadership & Management, Fortune 100 Thought Leader
Jessica guides global, national, Fortune 100 and other organizations across finance, technology, real estate and healthcare industries on creating intentional cultures that accelerate performance. Her Culture Equation - a tested model where strategy combined with 8 tangible and measurable ‘Culture Dynamic Drivers’ empowers your people to deliver consistent results.
Performing Artist & Performance Strategist
Victoria Labalme helps people perform at their highest levels by unlocking their hidden genius. With 20 years in the Performing Arts — from Broadway to comedy, landmark films to high-profile television — her custom-crafted keynotes get people primed, inspired and prepared to tackle their pressing challenges. She delivers stunning results.
Eyes Wide Open
Isaac Lidsky has the ability to speak on several topics based on his life experiences including a retinal degenerative disease that lead to his progressive sight loss and blindness, entrepreneurship, leadership, teams & motivation. Side Note: Isaac played Weasel on NBC's Saved by the Bell.
First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in North America
World’s 1st Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot, Flew Missions Worldwide as a Combat-Mission-Ready United States Aircraft Carrier Navy Pilot; appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, TIME Magazine, Huffington Post, Author of Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck (2014)
Paul J. Long
The FUN Speaker
Paul J Long has provided memorable experiences for organizations across the globe. His concept of Fundamism helps attendees connect to life through FUN while providing tactical behaviors for growth.
Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist and Women's Health Advocate
An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, and women's health & wellness advocate, Joan Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes for more than 30 years. Lunden continues to be one of America’s most recognized, trusted personalities and a sought after speaker throughout the country.
Dr. James Maas
Nation's Top Sleep Educator And Award-Winning Professor
World famous sleep educator gives a dynamic program with incredible take-away value that constantly receives standing ovations. The information provided with audience interaction will increase daytime alertness, psychological mood, productivity, creativity, athletic prowess, general health and longevity
Astronaut, Columbia Professor, Author, Media Personality
An astronaut, the first person to tweet from space, a recurring character on The Big Bang Theory, and a New York Times bestselling author, Mike is currently a Columbia University professor, an Intrepid Museum advisor, a television host, and frequent guest on morning shows, news programs, and late night television.
Inspirational Athlete, Entrepreneur & Author of No Excuses
Despite being born with arms ending at the elbows and legs near the knees, Kyle wrestled for one of the best teams in the Southeast, set records in weightlifting, fought in mixed martial arts, and became the first man to crawl on his own to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Author of the New York Times bestseller, "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less." Host of the, "What's Essential" podcast.
Emerging as one of the most sought after speakers on leadership, peak performance, and business growth, Greg McKeown has trained at hundreds of events across the world including in the U.S., Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway and Singapore.
Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP
Goals & Grit ™ Expert
Caroline is the world's leading expert on Goals & Grit. She helps people get more grit, achieve their goals, and find happiness. A Harvard graduate with a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology fro the University of Pennsylvania, she has authored seven books inclusing Creating Your Best Life and Getting Grit.
Motivational Speaker ● International Best-Selling Author Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology ● Entrepreneur ● Holocaust Survivor
When Dr. Erica Miller shares her stories and wisdom, people can’t help but listen and take them to heart. A five-foot tall dynamo with an effervescent spirit, she has overcome challenges through her life that are difficult to fathom.
Author, Speaker, Career Consultant and founder of the Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute
Ultra High Energy and engaging speaker that teaches audiences tools they can use immediately to elevate their career all while having fun and a positively memorable experience
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!
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.
Mildred D Muhammad
Award-Winning Global Keynote Speaker, Domestic Abuse Survivor, Advocate, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author
Mildred speaks on a national & international platform to discuss her life of terror, abuse and heartache, as the ex-wife of the DC Sniper, all while promoting Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention.
Groundbreaking Athlete, Fashion Icon, Actor, TED All-Star, and Design Innovator
Aimée Mullins revels in the continuous exploration of what is possible—both for herself and those whose lives she touches. Aimée has developed her own unique formula for creating the “invented life,” fashioned from her undeniably unique combination of life experiences.
From Extreme Adversity to Success
Pauline is a best-selling author and award-winning businesswoman and her achievements are even more impressive for her having escaped Vietnam on a boat and survived a Thai refugee camp. She overcame by transforming her approach by re-engineering her beliefs, questioning the status quo and hacking cultural norms.
Roger Nierenberg is the creator of The Music Paradigm. Mr. Nierenberg had lengthy tenures as the Music Director for the Stamford Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida.
Prisoner Turned Philanthropist
Andre’s mission is simple – to motivate others to make a change. Through sharing his life experiences, Andre’s goal is to empower those with a desire to make a change. Andre can be your guide to create the steps for putting your life on the path you seek.
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.
Catalyst for Leadership and Brand Transformation
Phill Nosworthy is an executive advisor, futurist, speaker and author in the subject areas that surround making business and life meaningful. Phill Nosworthy is an executive advisor, futurist, speaker and author in the subject areas that surround making business and life meaningful.
Author of best-selling book, On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life
In 1987, John was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, he created a massive explosion in his garage and was burned on 100% of his body. John was given one percent chance to survive.
Principal/Lead Designer at Oppenheim Architecture
Chad Oppenheim is a Miami-based international architect whose work encompasses all realms of design, ranging from large-scale urban architecture, hotels and resorts, luxury homes to interiors and furnishings. Founded in 1999, Oppenheim Architecture + Design has garnered global recognition for socially and environmentally conscious architecture.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Take The Limits Off, LLC
Mel Parker is the best-selling author of The Parker Principles: 10 Leadership Force Multipliers and is a highly sought after Educator and Motivational Speaker. Mel has conducted dozens of seminars, training sessions and keynotes in the areas of leadership, trust, culture, productivity and success.
The Subtle Art of Happiness and Human Potential
Pasricha delivers a blend of positive psychology trends, strategic frameworks and contagious passion for workplace happiness. He draws on his background leading leadership development for Fortune 10 companies to provide inspiration and tools to generate ideas, stimulate productivity and unlock potential.
Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray
I'll Push You — 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair
Push Inc. founders Justin Skeesuck, and Patrick Gray guide organizations and individuals toward their full potential through the power of relationships. Overcoming life's challenges requires acknowledging our weaknesses, inviting others into our story, and embracing the fact that we cannot do it all on our own.
First American Woman to Win Gold at a fully attended Olympic Games
A true expert on success, fulfillment, overcoming setbacks, facing fear and taking risks, Carly has inspired thousands of people by sharing her unique story of dedication and hard work. Carly shares in her keynotes how she redefined success through three principles she learned as a championship-level gymnast, and in the tumultuous years that followed.
World Blind Golf Champion
Jeremy advises organizations on making key shifts with overcoming adversity. Jeremy inspires audiences all over the country, spreading his story of overcoming adversity and encouraging others to gain perspective in their own lives. Through losing his eyesight, Jeremy learned the importance of interdependence.
Breakthrough Presentations, Olympian, NY Times Bestselling Author
Vince Poscente is a blast of energy, a wellspring of innovative content and flat-out funny. He is an expert in helping people speed through uncertainty towards extraordinary outcomes, while delivering an unforgettable experience with his engaging stories, practical takeways and videos.
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!
Top Technology and Motivational Speaker, #1 Bestselling Author & Futurist
Often called a Digital Dale Carnegie, Erik Qualman is the author of multiple bestsellers including Socialnomics: How social media transforms the way we live and do business. He is the producer of the "Social Media Revolution" videos, the most-watched social media video series in the world.
Dr. Nido Qubein
Dr. Nido R. Qubein is an accomplished university president and a nationally recognized author, speaker, and leader. He is also chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company and serves on the boards of several national organizations.
Netflix Co-Founder, Executive Mentor, and Angel Investor.
Founder of Netflix. An inspiring and experienced speaker. Draws from nearly 4 decade as an entrepreneur, in order to inspire and entertain audiences ranging from Fortune 500 CEOs to students. Focuses on Innovation, Creativity, Disruption, and Entrepreneurship.
Extreme Athlete - Ran 52 Marathons in 52 Weekends
Dane Rauschenberg is the extreme athlete who successively ran a certified marathon every weekend in 2006- 52 in total. Dane has quickly become a sought-after motivational speaker for not only races of all distances, but also universities, corporations and businesses nationwide looking for someone to create a spark.
World's Funniest Guitar Virtuoso
Expert on personal development & human potential, Mike Rayburn delivers his bold, actionable content using guitar and comedy to illustrate and anchor his message. There is literally nothing like this anywhere.
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.
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
Critically acclaimed author, songwriter, and singer
Laurie Rubin, blind mezzo-soprano and author provides audiences with a "transformative experience" in which she encourages people to dig deep to realize their dreams through life stories and music.
Top Innovation Expert ,Technology Pioneer and New York Times Best-Selling Author
Former Chief Solutions Officer from Yahoo! New York Times bestselling author of 5 books. And a 5 year faculty member at the Global Institute of Leadership Development. The Financial Times referred to his innovation/collaboration insights as a “force multiplier.”
Athlete | Change Management and Leadership Expert | Author
Sébastien Sasseville empowers leaders to lead with purpose and inspires organizations to embrace change. An endurance athlete, his extraordinary accomplishments include summiting Mount Everest, completing the mythical Sahara race, and running across Canada are made even more impressive by the fact that he lives with Type 1 Diabetes.
Mark Scharenbroich, CSP, CPAE
Author of "Nice Bike" Emmy award winner, Hall fo Fame speaker
It's all about Making Connections. Are your people fully connected to the mission, each other and the customer? Strong connections are vital in our lives, yet in today’s “virtual world” it is often difficult to make meaningful connections.
David Meerman Scott
Business Growth Strategist and WSJ Bestselling Author of Eleven Books, Latest is Fanocracy
Fandom is not just for celebrities, it’s rocket fuel to grow business, too. A big shift is underway. People are overwhelmed by superficial online communication – longing for true human connection. Business strategist David Meerman Scott, author of Fanocracy, shows how top companies are harnessing passionate fans to grow.
A Broken Body isn't A Broken Person
Deepak Chopra calls Janine a Change Agent. Maria Shriver calls her an "Architect of Change." Her spellbinding, inspirational keynote blends the talent of a consummate storyteller with a message of resilience, defiance, acceptance and human potential.
Hall of Fame Business Keynote Speaker
Hall of Fame business speaker Marilyn Sherman has spent years motivating and inspiring audiences to get out of their comfort zone and get a front-row seat in life. If you're looking to engage your audience with a speaker delivering strategies for peak performance, you'll love Marilyn.
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Award-winning Storyteller, Podcaster and Former Monk
Jay is on a mission to share timeless wisdom of the world in an accessible, relevant and practical way. He has produced over 400 viral videos which have surpassed more than 8 billion views. His book, Think Like a Monk, sold over 1 million copies in the first few months.
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.
Best-selling author and founding leader of the Conscious Capitalism Movement
The world is changing and human beings are evolving rapidly. Business-as-usual will no longer work. Raj’s inspiring and original research shows that companies rooted in higher purpose and built on love and care outperform dramatically financially while creating many kinds of value for all stakeholders, including society and the planet.
Abduction Survivor & Founder of Elizabeth Smart Foundation
The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth’s example and life now is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event.
First Cancer Survivor to Summit Everest, Author, Performance Coach Adventurer, World Record Holder
With only one functioning lung, a prognosis of fourteen days to live, and being in a medically-induced coma for a year, Sean Swarner is the first cancer survivor to stand on top of Mt. Everest. Sean has broken through defined human limitation to redefine the way the world views success.
Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney
Decorated Combat Pilot Turned Fortune 50 Executive
Kevin is the only pilot to have landed a plane successfully with the 2 engines ripped off the left wing during a night combat mission in Desert Storm. He motivates and inspires audiences to have confidence under pressure. He describes how to lead when the heat is on.
Patrick J. Sweeney II
Fear Guru, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Ultra-Athlete, Cancer Survivor
Innovation is a rarity; so is a speaker who is a combination of Tim Ferris and Richard Branson. A world-class athlete who applied sharable principles to business, dominating his field and changing lives. In more than 20 talks for Young President's Organization he's rated 9.7 out of 10.
Entrepreneur, Author, Host and Inspirational Speaker
James Taylor is an in-demand keynote speaker and internationally recognized leader in business creativity and innovation. For over 20 years, he has been advising CEO’s, entrepreneurs, educators, governments, leaders, writers and rockstars on how to build innovative organizations, unlock creative potential, and increase productivity.
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.
Blind Speaker inspiring personal greatness to lift organizations to new heights.
Mark explores six avenues to building confidence, infusing optimism, and reinforcing the whys and hows of adaptability. The result is individuals who are inspired, focused & aware, and companies that can more smoothly transition in to their future.
Mark customizes his programs to meet your specific goals.
U.S. Men's Gymnastics Gold Medal Winner
Peter Vidmar, the highest scoring American gymnast in Olympic history, is a powerful and entertaining speaker. Peter discusses the three components of a perfect score in gymnastics - Risk, Originality and Virtuosity (ROV) - and how these principles apply to success in business and life.
World's Authority on Highly Collaborative Relationships That Drive Innovation; Faculty University of Tennessee
Kate Vitasek is an international authority for her award-winning work on highly collaborative business relationships. She is the author of seven books and has been featured on Bloomberg, CNN International, NPR, and Fox Business News. Kate is a master "edutainer" and is fabulous at customizing speeches and workshops.
Motivational Artist, The Warhol of Wall Street
Erik is one of the most sought after speakers on the corporate lecture circuit on creativity and innovation. His keynote has been described as an "epic audience experience" He speaks over 100 times a year and his sought after graffiti artwork has raised millions of dollars for charity.
Lt. Col. Rob "Waldo" Waldman
Combat veteran, New York Times Bestselling Author, Hall of Fame Speaker
Waldo Waldman is a Hall of Fame Speaker, decorated fighter pilot, executive coach, and author of the New York Times & Wall Street Journal Bestseller Never Fly Solo. He helps organizations build collaborative cultures of trust, courage and resilience in order to adapt to change, break performance barriers, and overcome adversity.
Inviting Individuals and Organizations to Greater Courage
Most people and organizations see the world as it is and react. This impactful presentation redefines courage as an invitation to envision the world as it could be, then create it Stosh's presentations invite individuals and organizations to live with greater courage and create the best world they can envision.
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.
Mark Whitacre, Ph.D.
When Good Leaders Lose Their Way
Mark Whitacre is an Ivy League Ph.D. and the highest-ranked executive of any Fortune 500 company to become a whistleblower in US history, and is responsible for uncovering the ADM price-fixing scandal in the early 1990's. His message will greatly impact you about doing the "right thing".
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.
National Speaker/Workplace Expert/Author/Emcee/Humorist
Joel encourages organizations to CELEBRATE, LAUGH and PLAY to increase productivity, success and innovation. Joel invites audience members to participate in hilarious improvisational skits to demonstrate his messages on collaboration, change, leadership, and innovation. Joel is hilarious, interactive and delivers powerful messages. Very few speakers can do all three.