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Journalism, Literary and Author keynote speakers are masters of the written word. They have an uncanny gift of using depth and detail and they weave together a visually striking and complex story for an audience. GDA is knowledgeable about the most compelling journalism, literary, and author keynote speakers to provide an unforgettable experience.
Former Commander, USS Benfold and Author, It's Your Ship
Mike Abrashoff took command of the Navy’s near-worst performing ship. In twelve months it became the Navy’s best ship – using the same crew. “I created a culture where people felt safe, empowered, and supported. My crew did the rest.” Mike’s book, It’s Your Ship, sold over 1 million copies.
Dr. Shawn Andrews
Author of the Best-Selling Book, The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Gender Divide
Dr. Shawn Andrews is a keynote speaker, organizational consultant, business school professor, and author of the best-selling book, The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Gender Divide. Dr. Shawn's expertise centers on Leadership, Gender, Emotional Intelligence, Hidden Bias, and Diversity & Inclusion.
Peabody Award-Winning Journalist, Speaker, and Author
Mariana Atencio is a Peabody award-winning journalist, speaker, and author who has traveled around the world to help us discover & celebrate what makes us unique. As the only Latina national correspondent on NBC News, she’s a fighter for diversity, inclusion and authentic storytelling both on and off screen.
Michael (Misha) Auslin
Best-Selling Author on Geopolitics, Wall Street Journal Contributor and Frequent Fox News Commentator
Michael Auslin is a Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A historian by training, he specializes in U.S. policy in Asia and geopolitical issues in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Denver Post's first-ever marijuana editor and founder of news vertical The Cannabist
Ricardo Baca is a 20-year veteran journalist, keynote speaker, TEDx veteran and thought leader in modern media and drug-policy circles.
Author of The Third Door
Alex Banayan is the author of The Third Door. The book chronicles Banayan's five-year quest to track down Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Warren Buffett, Steven Spielberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Maya Angelou and a dozen more of the world’s most successful people to uncover how they launched their careers.
Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist/Author & Political Analyst
In the early 1970s, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and setting the standard for modern investigative reporting, for which they and The Post were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Marketing Expert, Professor, Bestselling Author
Rohit Bhargava is a trend curator and storyteller who has dedicated his career to helping brands and leaders be more influential and believable by embracing their humanity and personality. He is the author best-selling business books on wide ranging topics including business trends to Wall Street Journal bestseller, "Likeonomics."
Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Bestselling Author of Molly's Game (adapted for Oscar nominated film)
Inspirational keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and bestselling author of Molly’s Game (later adapted into an award-winning film of the same name by Aaron Sorkin). Bloom’s memoir chronicles her journey from college student to LA waitress to building and operating the largest and most notorious private poker game in the world.
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.
Litigation Expert/Academic on Emerging Markets and Global Transaction Advisory
Dr. Broadman has been at the forefront of global business and policy decisions over the past three decades. He shares a compelling perspective on opportunities and risks shaping our economic future. Harry has a deep understanding of the global marketplace and its complex spectrum of business, policy and consumer environments.
Motivational Speaker on Mindset, Customer Success, Sales and Leadership
David Brownlee is the founder and CEO of Pure Customer Service and the number one, best-selling author of Rockstar Service, Rockstar Profits. After being kidnapped at gunpoint, stabbed and released, David has taken his second chance at life and dedicated it to helping others achieve their goals and dreams.
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.
Best-selling Author, Sought After Speaker, Professor
David Burkus is a best-selling author, a sought after speaker, and associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. His newest book, Friend of a Friend, offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections
Nationally Recognized Political/Tax Thought Leader, Author, Integral Part of The Washington Update
A colleague of Andy Friedman and an integral part of The Washington Update, Jeff is the industry thought leader that guides domestic clients through the complex and ever-changing political and tax environment and helps international audiences understand United States politics.
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.
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)
Author of multiple books including Happiness for Beginners
Katherine Center is a novelist—the author of five bittersweet comic novels about love and family, including The Bright Side of Disaster, The Lost Husband, and Happiness for Beginners. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Redbook, InStyle, People, USA Today, Real Simple and others.
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.
Robert B. Cialdini, PhD
New York Times Bestselling Author and most-cited social psychologist in fields of influence and negotiation
Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career conducting scientific research on what leads people to say “Yes” to requests. The results of his research, his ensuing articles, and New York Times bestselling books have earned him an acclaimed reputation as a respected scientist and engaging storyteller.
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.
Author, "When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents"
Jim Comer brings enthusiasm, practical experience and a great sense of humor to help audiences take a new look at tough issues such as caregiving and speaking in public. A Canadian reporter wrote, “Jim Comer is so full of life that he would shine through a solar eclipse.”
David L. Cook, PhD
Top Sports Psychology, Consultant, and Best-Selling Author on the Mental Advantage.
Dr. David L. Cook, top sport and performance psychology expert, best selling author, and award winning film producer. Dr. Cook served as the mental training coach for the San Antonio Spurs for eight years that included their two World Championships.
Transformational Business & Life Strategist and Sales Coach
Gary Coxe's work has been featured on The View, Inside Edition, Fox and Friends and as a regular on Dr. Phil’s show, The Doctors, and The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. Gary draws onpersonal triumphs over tragedy and adversity to help individuals and organizations overcome their own obstacles to success.
Emmy Award-Winning TV Personality
With more than 20 years of experience on-camera as a consumer reporter, news anchor, and talk show host, Katrina has now started her own company as a motivational speaker and media training consultant. She has great stories to tell and will help you be a better storyteller too.
Musician, Author, Compelling Unifier, Klan Whisperer, and Award-winning Conflict Navigator
Daryl Davis, a Black man, befriended members of the Ku Klux Klan and changed their lives. Over 200 of them gave him their robes and hoods to prove it! Daryl offers communication lessons from that experience. When we talk to our adversaries, fears that drive hate and misunderstanding melt away.
Founder + CEO at Deutser | Author | Speaker
Brad Deutser, author of Leading Clarity: the Breakthrough Strategy to Unleash People, Profit and Performance, is the founder, President and CEO of Deutser, an award-winning management consulting firm, that works with leaders to create great companies inside and out.
Leading Authority on Collaboration and Innovation. Bestselling Author. Named “Oprah of Management Thinkers” and Ranked #1 of Top Women Keynote Speakers of 2020
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.
Canadian Comedian, Writer, and Actress
Ophira Eisenberg is a Canadian-born standup comedian and writer. She hosts NPR’s nationally syndicated comedy trivia show Ask Me Another where she interviews, jokes, and plays silly games with celebrities.
Dr. Adam Gazzaley
Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape.
Dr. Adam Gazzaley obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. He is now Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco and the Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology creation and scientific research.
Overcoming Adversity Keynote Speaker and Leadership Coach
Dima draws from 18 years of global corporate experience and the harrowing trials of her journey to establish her unique and empowering consulting company. Dima embraces future leaders, the rebels, and anyone who is ready to shatter limitations, reach their full potential, and become a part of a community for change.
TV & Radio Host, Author, Speaker
Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons is one of the most well‐known pop‐culture icons on the air. In addition to her entertainment and news media background, Leeza is an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness, and caregiving. She is also a wife, mother, businesswoman and New York Times bestselling author.
Positive Communication Expert
Michelle Gielan, a national CBS News anchor turned UPenn positive psychology researcher, is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness. She is partnered with Arianna Huffington to research how transformative stories fuel success.
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.
Organizational Psychologist and the Founding Principal of Alignment Strategies Group
The contagious high-energy, passion and rigor that make Jennifer a successful teacher and advisor to leaders of some of the world’s most prestigious organizations also make her an irresistible, vibrant speaker, inspiring people of all backgrounds to free themselves from difficult dynamics, unleash their own vitality and live conflict-free.
Lee Hausner, Ph.D.
Senior Managing Director First Foundation Advisors
Dr. Hausner, an internationally recognized clinical psychologist and business consultant, provides family consulting services. These services include assisting families in learning effective communication and conflict resolution skills, facilitating family retreats, resolving generational issues and increasing personal effectiveness.
Vivacious TV News Anchor, Storyteller and Author
Vicki works with organizations to create a positive work environment -- she's high energy, fun and easy to work with. Our clients tell us that after hearing her, they get stronger teams, happier customers and higher profits.
CNBC Senior Analyst and Commentator, Trailblazing Financial Journalist, Bestselling Author and Financial Professional
A regular CNBC and NBC News contributor, Ron Insana analyzes the forces driving the economy and how they impact your business, industry, and investments. Author of four bestsellers, Insana translates market signals and political maneuvers into actionable information audiences can use to protect what they have and uncover fresh opportunities.
Lead Anchor, BBC World News and Bestselling Author
BBC 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 three NYT bestsellers on the subject.
Sex Therapist; Psychotherapist & Couples Counselor; Policy Analyst; Award-Winning Author
Dr. Marty Klein has been a Licensed Marriage Counselor and Certified Sex Therapist for over 30 years. He has done 37,000 sessions with women, men, and couples, focussing on one set of goals: telling the truth about sexuality, helping people feel sexually adequate & powerful, and supporting healthy sexual expression.
Content Chief & Co-Founder of Not Impossible, Executive Director - The Not Impossible Foundation
Elliot is a social innovator with degrees in Law, Science and Storytelling. His particular obsession is collaborating on harnessing technology and science to produce low-cost solutions for our most vulnerable populations then utilizing the power of film and the strength of brands to amplify those stories for true reach.
Futurist, Founder Delphi Group, Author Ten books, Speaker, Columnist
Tom Koulopoulos is a leading futurist, author of eleven books including Revealing the Invisible; The Gen Z Effect; Cloud Surfing; and The Innovation Zone, and founder of Delphi Group, a Boston-based think tank named one of the fastest growing private companies in the US by Inc. Magazine.
Turning Tragedy Into Triumph
Amberly’s life story of astounding resilience has inspired a revolutionary lesson she offers to the world. She brings unique strategies developed to teach others how to tap into their superpower of resilience and persevere through any challenge.
Speaker on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Her NYT bestseller, If I Am Missing or Dead, is both a love letter to her sister and a call to break the cycle of abuse. Her talks are built on their story, and full of practical action items that help listeners save lives -- maybe even their own.
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.
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.”
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.
Co-founder, First Friday Book Synopsis and Accomplished Keynote Speaker
Randy Mayeux is an accomplished speaker who specializes in conducting Executive Book Briefings and training on presentation skills. He is an Instructor in the Business Leadership Center in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, where he has received the Teaching Excellence Award multiple times.
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.
Heather E. McGowan
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.
Human Connection Expert | Author of Every Conversation Counts
Hosting for brands such as Citytv’s Breakfast Television, CTV News, TEDxVancouver and MTV Canada, during the past two decades Riaz has interviewed thousands of experts and now teaches leaders how to connect authentically and have their messages resonate with clients, customers and co-workers.
CEO - Union Square Hospitality Group
Danny Meyer is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack. Union Square Hospitality Group comprises some of New York’s most beloved restaurants, including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, and more.
Media Executive, Producer, Curator
As a connector, curator, convener, Pat Mitchell elevates women’s stories, ideas and leadership, leveraging her groundbreaking career in media to create opportunities for women and girls to engage with their passions, purpose and power. She is the author of Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World.
World's Top Cyber Security Speaker
Kevin Mitnick is the world's most famous hacker, bestselling author, and the top cyber security speaker. Once one of the FBI's Most Wanted because he hacked into 40 major corporations just for the challenge, Kevin is now a trusted security consultant to the Fortune 500 and governments worldwide.
Best-selling Author, Entrepreneur and Former C-Suite Executive
Confidence is the one thing that will change everything for you. Confidence is not given it's created. After a 20-year climb in Corporate America and claiming her spot in the C-suite, Heather Monahan knows how to create confidence and she will teach you and your team how too.
Blake Michelle Morgan
Customer Experience Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Author
Blake Morgan is a leader in customer experience. She is a keynote speaker and customer experience futurist and author of two books on customer experience. Her second book is called “The Customer Of The Future: 10 Guiding Principles For Winning Tomorrow’s Business” (HarperCollins).
Leslie Morgan Steiner
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.
Mildred D Muhammad
Award-Winning Global Keynote Speaker, Domestic Abuse Survivor, Author, Advocate
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.
Author, The ICONIST: The Art and Science of Standing Out
Jamie Mustard is an expert on getting through. He is the world’s leading authority on perception in the physical world. Using technology, product engagement, and the creative arts, Jamie consults with leading companies getting their messages, products, brands and ideas to STAND OUT to their desired audiences.
Partha Nandi, M.D., F.A.C.P.
TV Show Host, Bestselling Author, Practicing Physician
The host of the EMMY Award Winning TV show Ask Dr. Nandi, Dr. Partha Nandi is a globally recognized physician, bestselling author, and dynamic keynote speaker. His approach blends traditional and unorthodox health principles from the East and West, delivering stunning results for both patients and organizations.
Social Journalist, Author, Humanitarian
Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist and humanitarian. Her personal story is the story of migration and of ganas (determination). Her articles and speeches move people to tears and end in standing ovations.
Judge on ABC's Shark Tank
Kevin O’Leary’s impressive reputation has been built upon his entrepreneurial vision, investment smarts and drives to succeed. In addition to being one of the Dragons, O’Leary is the co-host of BNN’s SqueezePlay, the host of BNN’s O’Leary Live, and a ‘Shark’ on the ABC show, Shark Tank.
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.
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.
American-Peruvian Business Author, Speaker and Strategy Consultant
Global executives have come to appreciate Edgar Perez for his wide-ranging insights on how they can better position their organizations for success through strong leadership and a comprehensive approach that links business strategy and disruptive technologies.
#BePrecedential - Writer, Youth Development Expert and Human Justice Advocate
From facing life-in-prison at 19 to preeminent voice in social and criminal justice.
"Everything we were told to believe about justice, violence, crime, race, gender needs to be rethought. And I am here rethinking it all in real time through my words. Why? Prison made me do it."
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.
CEO, Author and Fraud Expert
Terry Rich is a successful CEO, international speaker, author and recent CEO of the Iowa Lottery, a $350 million enterprise. Earlier, he was President and CEO of Rich Heritage Inc., a national marketing and television production company which produced shows for HBO, ESPN and Comcast, among others.
Educator and One of the Country's Foremost Authorities on Understanding Children and Teenagers
Mike Riera, Ph.D., is one of the country's foremost authorities on understanding children and teenagers. The cornerstone of his philosophy is the essential shift for parents, from managers in their teenagers' lives to consultants.
An Expert in Teamwork, Emotional Intelligence and The Powers of Appreciation and Authenticity
He has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to reach new levels of awareness and productivity, both personally and professionally. Mike teaches people important techniques that allow them to be more grateful, appreciative, and authentic with others and themselves.
Bob Rotella, Ph.D.
World's Foremost Sports Psychologist, Golf Guru, Author and Peak Performance Expert
Dr. Bob Rotella, Ph.D. known internationally for his work in applied sports psychology and consistently recognized as the world’s premier sports psychologist dedicating his career to helping business leaders, sales executives, coaches, athletes, and professionals use their minds and attitudes to take them to the top of their chosen professions.
Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company
Robert Safian is editor-in-chief and managing director of the influential, award-winning business magazine Fast Company and its digital and live-event affiliates. He oversees all editorial operations and plays a key role in guiding the enterprise’s advertising, marketing and consumer-engagement efforts.
Angela M. Sanchez
Formerly Homeless, Writer, Cartoonist, Magician, Education Advocate, First Generation Latino College Graduate
Angela M. Sanchez has written and published the children’s book, Scruffy and the Egg, and currently working on my first young adult novel. She is most interested in urban fantasy and cartoons. When Angela is not drawing, she writes on issues related to social justice and access to higher education.
Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Bestselling Author of "Known"
Mark Schaefer is a globally-recognized keynote speaker, educator, business consultant, and author. Mark has worked in global sales, PR, and marketing positions for more than 30 years and provides consulting services as Executive Director of Schaefer Marketing Solutions.
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.
Legendary Former Director of Communications Strategy at Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Former director of communications for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, he played an active role in one of the most celebrated turnarounds in corporate history. He is widely known as one of the business world’s most outspoken and provocative thought leaders.
Business Humorist/Corporate Host
Greg Schwem is more than a comedian. He is a motivational business humorist. That means he will make your audience laugh at themselves while also delivering business tips and insights guaranteed to send an audience away motivated and feeling good about themselves and their profession.
Futurist Leading Authority on Technology Trends
As a leading expert in technology trends and a recognized authority on global business trends, Patrick Schwerdtfeger's work focuses on providing insights into the technological forces driving the transformation of businesses around the world.
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.
Geopolitical & Geo-Economic Strategist - Expert in Global Affairs and American Politics
John is a geopolitical strategist and diplomacy coordinator to the Department of State, sharing his insights into U.S. and global geopolitical trends, intelligence and strategies before high-stakes decision makers and opinion leaders at investor, business and government conferences, forums and events.
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.
U.S. Paralympic Athlete; Retired U.S. Navy Officer
Brad is blind. As a part of his rehabilitation process Brad returned to the pool, and after a few months of training earned a spot on the US Paralympic National Team for swimming. At the 2012 Paralympics, he competed in seven events, earning two Gold medals and one Silver medal.
Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, and Woman-Entrepreneur Advocate
A successful serial entrepreneur and investor in many startups, Jonathan is Chairman and co-founder of Geekwire.com, one of the tech sector’s top news sites, and Chairman and Founder of PicMonkey, the world’s most fun and popular photo-editor.
Advocate for Marijuana Policy, Homelessness Prevention Advocate, Addiction, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Recovery
Most Americans think marijuana is harmless, even healthy. Many have never heard it is associated with adult schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and suicide. Heidi's brother was a homeless drug addict with schizophrenia who went to jail eighteen times. They wrote a book together to warn teenagers about the risks of marijuana.
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.
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.
Author, Academic, Speaker, Entrepreneur
Called “Silicon Valley’s most provocative voice” for his ideas on technology trends, globalization, U.S. competitiveness, and the future, Vivek Wadhwa’s work puts him at the heart of where innovations are being developed that will change the very way in which we work and live.
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.
Leah Weiss, PhD
Author; Stanford Professor and Researcher; Expert on Burnout, Mindfulness, Soft Skills, Compassion, Self-Compassion, and Purpose
A founding faculty member of the Dalai Lama’s Compassion and Cultivation Program at Stanford University, Leah Weiss, PhD, MSW is a lecturer at Stanford Business School, researcher and meditation expert. She has dedicated her life to teaching people how to leverage research-based mindfulness.
Bryan K. Williams
Purpose-Driven Customer Service Excellence
Dr. Bryan K. Williams is a keynote speaker, consultant, and author, who is a noted authority on service excellence and leadership effectiveness. His passion is to serve others so they may better serve the world.
Legendary Pulitzer Prize-Winning Investigative Journalist Associate Editor, The Washington Post and Author, 19 Bestsellers
The most influential investigative reporter of our time, BOB WOODWARD gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein uncovered the Watergate scandal. Woodward doesn’t take sides – he's firmly non-partisan. His tough-but-fair reporting seeks to shine a light on the inner-workings of Washington because democracies die in darkness.