Overcoming Adversity Keynote Speakers

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Adversity keynote speakers have endured challenges with a new perspective and are empowered to tell a different kind of story of transformation and self-empowerment. GDA Speakers has extremely inspiring adversity speakers in topics such as domestic violence, bullying, childhood trauma, and loss.


Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 7

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.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Kim Becking Featured

Keynote Speaker | Change and Leadership Expert | Best-Selling Author

Kim delivers the WOW as an EXPERIENCE maker and MOMENTUM creator. Inspiring. Engaging. Authentic. Laugh-out-loud funny. Highly entertaining. With a rare ability to connect at a deeper level with audiences and provide MOMENTUM for accelerated results.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 3 Videos: 4

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 10

Amelia Rose Earhart Featured

Around the World Pilot, TV Personality, President of Fly With Amelia Foundation

Single-Engine Aircraft Pilot Who Flew Around the World, President of Fly With Amelia Foundation, Namesake of the Original Amelia Mary Earhart

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 20

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.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 4 Videos: 17

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 2 Videos: 8

Liz Murray Featured

Inspirational Speaker and Bestselling Author, Breaking Night

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

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 6

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 2

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.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 1

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”!

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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.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Jim Abbott

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.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 3 Videos: 2

Brooke Axtell

Survivor of Human Trafficking & Domestic Abuse

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

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 7

Robyn Benincasa

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 5

Eric Boles

Leadership and Change Management Expert

Eric's message is all about changing and making a difference. He talks about the concepts and strategies that has seen work in his training and coaching assignments. They are not just theories or nice ideas.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Gary Brackett

High Performance Coach| Speaker| Mentor

Gary Brackett was a walk-on student athlete, to becoming an NFL Super Bowl champion and team captain, to owning multiple brands as a successful entrepreneur, Gary has a proven track record for translating championship-level success across multiple playing fields, teams, and individuals.

 

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 4

Adolph Brown

Founder, President, and CEO of The Leadership & Learning Institute

As a recognized Master Teacher, business leader, educational/clinical psychologist, anthropologist and motivational speaker, his outrageous and energetic outlook will captivate you the minute he walks onto stage.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 2 Videos: 15

David Brownlee

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. 

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Molly Burke

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.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 1 Videos: 10

Scott Burrows

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.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 2 Videos: 8

Regina Calcaterra

New York Times Best-selling Author / Speaker

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

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 4 Videos: 8

Kathryn Childers

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

Kathryn Childers was one of the first five women hired into the Secret Service in 1971 protecting Presidents, dignitaries, as well as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her children. Journalist, philanthropist, and author/publisher followed. Through it all, she became an expert at being scared fearless and shares that courageous journey.  

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Keynotes: 9 Books: 2 Videos: 2

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. 

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 5 Videos: 2

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. 

 

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Michael Crossland

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 8

Dave Davlin

Energizing Events … Inspiring Individuals

Dave injects corporate and association conferences with energy and engagement while delivering a motivating and inspiring keynote presentation.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Stephanie Decker

Inspiring Mom: Lost Both Legs Saving Children From Tornado, Founder of the Stephanie Decker Foundation

Stephanie Decker is the inspiring mother who lost both legs saving her children during a tornado. She also founded the Stephanie Decker Foundation which helps children with missing limbs take part in sports camps.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 8

Jon Dorenbos

Magician, Motivational & Keynote Speaker and NFL Player

Jon Dorenbos has one of the most extraordinary and empowering stories of resilience, forgiveness, and living a life of purpose in the face of unfathomable obstacles. 

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Paul Epstein

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. 

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Abi Ferrin

Fashion Designer and Philanthropist

Abi Ferrin has a passion for empowering women and has been doing so through her eponymous clothing line for 14 years. As a fashion designer, she has had a perfect platform to inspire women, and as a philanthropist she created her company to support women while dressing them.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 7

Valorie Kondos Field

UCLA Women's Gymnastics Head Coach

UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field has positioned her Bruins as one of the premier programs in collegiate gymnastics with six NCAA championships.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 5

Captain Chad Fleming

Retired U.S. Army Captain, Highly Decorated War Hero, Amputee

Captain Fleming has been deployed overseas six times with the U.S. Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his TEN deployments overseas Captain Fleming has been wounded in combat on THREE separate occasions (Gun shot wounds and hand grenades).

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 1

Steve Ford

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 3

Justin Forsett

Former NFL 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

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 2 Videos: 1

Carol Frohlinger

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.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 7

Dima Ghawi

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. 

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 2 Videos: 8

Yossi Ghinsberg

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. 

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Dennis Gillan

Mental Health Advocate

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

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 2 Videos: 14

Lovern J. Gordon

Founder and President of Love Life Now Foundation, Inc.

Lovern is the Founder of Love Life Now Foundation which promotes year-round awareness against DV. She witnessed abuse growing up in her home and is an adult survivor of a 2yr relationship. She has appeared on CBS This Morning, Huff Post Live, Security Brief TV and local TV appearances. 

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Anne Grady

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 3 Videos: 6

Erin Gruwell

Educator and Founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation

Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an author, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, Erin transformed her students’ lives.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 3 Videos: 5

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.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 8

Doc Hendley

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

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

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 2 Videos: 9

Jose Hernandez

Retired Astronaut & Business Man

Jose Hernandez's talk is an effective motivational talk where individuals leave so inspired, they re-evaluate and upgrade their personal and professional goals in life. He shares a simple yet effective recipe that serves as an effective tool in the empowerment process.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 2 Videos: 4

Marc Herremans

Belgian Triathlete. Former Ironman to World Champion Para-Triathlon Ironman

Marc is one of the most requested International Motivational Speakers in the world, team-leader of a professional cyclocross team. 

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 3

Charlie Rocket Jabaley

Influencer, Hip-Hop Mogul, Motivational Speaker, Athlete and Dreamer

Charlie Rocket inspires those around him. He’s lost 135 pounds. Became vegan. Ran 3 marathons. Reversed the growth of his brain tumor. Became an Ironman. Recently finished his nationally-known Dream Machine bike tour across America. Is currently on the cover of Runner’s World and secured partnership with Nike.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Shari Karney

"Roar as One" Founder Social Innovator on Resilience, Change, Adversity and Triumph–Speaker for Women's Empowerment

Shari specializes in helping people transform their lives to feel happier, inspired, listened to, respected and understood. You will experience profound results. Devloped a campaign, #Menwithyoutoo  - #MeToo Campaign  is not slowing down anytime soon. Time for good men to stand with your wives, sisters, daughters, co-Wworkers, and friends

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 0 Videos: 6

Trish Kendall

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.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Amberly Lago

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.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Janine Latus

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.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 1

Ben Livingston

Interactive Project Artist, Neon Artist - Combining Salvaged Material of the Past.

Ben Livingston is internationally known as a neon/light sculptor. His current work called "Spirit Houses or Ghost Memory" is traveling exhibit designed to convert the static nature of any museum or art center into a spirit house made of reinterpreted materials from that community’s dynamic past combined with neon. 

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 6

Bob Losure

Former Anchor - CNN Headline News, Emcee and Host, Cancer Survivor

Bob Losure is a CNN Headline News anchor and author of Five Seconds to Air: Broadcast Journalism Behind The Scenes. Losure shares his life story with great fun and panache as he chronicles his Oklahoma roots. 

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Keynotes: 8 Books: 0 Videos: 1

Laurie MacCaskill

Cancer Survivor, Speaker, Motivator

Laurie MacCaskill motivates and inspires audiences by sharing her life-changing experience with one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 4 Videos: 4

Mike Maddock

Founding Partner & CEO of Maddock Douglas, Serial Entrepreneur, Inventor, and Writer

"I empower curiosity within companies and make even our most traditional clients perform like entrepreneurs."

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Keynotes: 14 Books: 2 Videos: 20

Mike Massimino

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.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 5

Kyle Maynard

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 4 Videos: 3

Ted Meyer

Scarred for Life Artist and Patient Advocate

Ted Meyer is a nationally recognized artist, curator and patient advocate who helps patients, students and medical professionals see the positive in the worst life can offer. Born with Gaucher Disease, Ted’s personal experience with the disease served as his artistic motivation.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 2 Videos: 4

Jim Morris, The Rookie

The Inspiration for the Movie “The Rookie”

Jim Morris is the subject of Disney's film "The Rookie." He's the science teacher/coach who made a bet with his baseball team; if they won district he would try out for an MLB team. They did, he did and made it to the major leagues in three months!

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Keynotes: 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: 6 Videos: 8

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.

 

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Aimee Mullins

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Sasha Neulinger

Voice For The Kids

Sasha travels nationally as a public speaker, advocating for reforms in child advocacy and child abuse prevention. Sasha's TED Talk has been viewed over 230,000 times, reaching survivors internationally. His autobiographical, feature length documentary, "Rewind"  is set to have its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. 

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Pauline Nguyen

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.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Andre Norman

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.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Chris Norton

Motivational Speaker & Former Defensive Back

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

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 3 Videos: 6

John O'Leary

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.

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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: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 5

Justin Osmond

Speaker | Author | Producer | Humanitarian

Justin, born into a world-renowned musical family with a 90% hearing loss has the unique ability to capture and captivate his audience with stories calling on reserves of courage, determination and self-belief in order to succeed and sometimes to simply survive.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 3 Videos: 8

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 4

Carly Patterson

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.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 7

Marlon Peterson

Transformative & Inspirational

From facing life-in-prison at 19 to preeminent voice in social and criminal justice, Marlon Peterson is captivating.  He is one of the few people to recieve a standing ovation from Chris Anderson, owner of TED TALKS.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 0 Videos: 6

Jeremy Poincenot

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.

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Keynotes: 8 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Mark Pollock

Explorer, Innovator, & Collaboration Catalyst

Mark helps people to build resilience and collaborate with others so that they achieve more than they thought possible.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 3 Videos: 1

Chris Powell

Fitness Expert & Trainer for Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition

Chris Powell, of ”Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition,” exploded onto the fitness, becoming a pioneer for a new hybrid of fitness professionals. “I have devoted my being to developing innovative lifestyles and tools to enrich the lives of others–and each life changed has been a remarkable gift.”

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 7

Chad Pregracke

CNN Hero; Social Entrepreneur

Chad Pregracke embodies how one person can make a difference. Since the age 17, Chad has lead a movement for cleaner water through hard work and by mobilizing thousands of volunteers and corporations to join his cause. His presentation style is authentic, humorous, spontaneous, and inspires people to take action!

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 1

Johnny Quinn

Keynote Speaker, U.S. Olympian (Bobsled) and former Pro Football Player

Johnny Quinn was cut three times, lost 2.6 million dollars in NFL contracts and blew out his knee. Then he became an Olympian for the United States of America. From an NFL failure to a U.S. Olympian, Johnny’s “what’s next” attitude led him to success he never imagined.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Marc Randolph

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Michelle Ray

Leadership & Accountability Catalyst: Acclaimed Speaker and Author of Lead Yourself First!

A former media executive and highly sought-after business speaker, Michelle Ray brings three valuable benefits to every presentation: a) achieve higher engagement and accountability  b) readily embrace new realities at work, in business and in life c) practical and actionable new strategies to manage change and uncertainty in your organization.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 2 Videos: 12

Jason Redman

Former Navy SEAL Officer, Author of Orange Wounded Warrior Sign at Bethesda Naval Hospital

Jason Redman joined the Navy on September 11, 1992 and spent eleven years as an enlisted SEAL. On September 13, 2007, outside of Fallujah, Iraq, Lieutenant Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire and he was severely wounded in the ensuing firefight. 

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Ashley Rhodes-Courter

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

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Keynotes: 10 Books: 4 Videos: 3

Randy Ross

Renowned Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author, Craftsman of Culture & Hope

A master of cultural transformation, Dr. Ross helps untangle the biggest challenges facing today's business leader, tomorrow's workforce and the future marketplace. Providing practical wisdom and needed hope, Randy will enliven your event by both challenging and encouraging your audience with his powerful message.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 4

Dr. Michelle Rozen

America's Leading Expert on Leading Change

Dr. Michelle Rozen, PhD is a game-changing, revenue- building, performance-boosting change expert, keynote speaker, and highly respected authority on the psychology of change. She is an author, a Huffington Post contributor, and a frequent guest on media outlets such as NBC, ABC, FOX News, CNN and many more media outlets.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Laurie Rubin

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.

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Keynotes: 8 Books: 2 Videos: 3

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. 

 

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 2 Videos: 5

Eric Saperston

Leadership, Innovation & What It Takes To Be Extraordinary

"What It Takes To Be Extraordinary" Eric's keynote address talks about his journey cold-calling the most powerful people in the world and taking them out for coffee. His presentation explores the common traits, motivating factors and core beliefs which enable everyday people to produce extraordinary lives.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 3

Sebastien Sasseville

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Janine Shepherd

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.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 2 Videos: 4

Elizabeth Smart

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.

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Brad Snyder

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 6 Videos: 1

Tom Sullivan

Blind Entertainer, Author, Athlete, Actor & Producer

Tom Sullivan lives and works by “Sullivan’s Rules.” Invented by his dad, Porky Sullivan, so young Tommy could play baseball with the neighborhood kids, “the rules” became the cornerstone by which the adult Tom came to live his life.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 3 Videos: 5

Sean Swarner

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.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 2 Videos: 9

Anthony Trucks

Foster Child, Former NFL Player, American Ninja Warrior, Entrepreneur, and Motivational Speaker

Former Foster Child, NFL Player, Competitor on American Ninja Warrior, Author, Life Coach and Entrepreneur, Anthony says, you have a VAST amount of potential inside of you but you'll never reach it until you close your identity gap by making an identity shift so you can Make "Shift" Happen.

 

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Rocky (Rock-T) Turner

Author, Speaker, Radio-TV Personality, Former Professional Baseball Player

Professional baseball player turned DJ and radio personality, Rock-T aka Rocky Turner, has a heart to motivate people to stop making excuses and get it done.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 4

Lt. Col. Rob "Waldo" Waldman

New York Times Bestselling Author, Hall of Fame Speaker

Waldo Waldman is a combat decorated fighter pilot, executive coach, and the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Never Fly Solo. He helps organizations build collaborative cultures of trust, courage and commitment in order to adapt to change, break performance barriers, and overcome adversity.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 2 Videos: 11

Bill Walton

Basketball Legend, Broadcaster, Humanitarian, and Survivor

Bill Walton may be the most colorful figure in sports. An ESPN broadcaster, Bill’s college and NBA championship teams are legendary. But chasing the dream took a nightmarish toll: 38 surgeries and spinal failure. Insightful, funny, and profound, Bill inspires with lessons about winning, losing, teamwork, and overcoming the odds.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 3 Videos: 11

Jimmy Wayne

Inspirational New York Times Bestselling Author & Award-Winning Musician

Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned country music singer/songwriter whose songs and story highlight his mission to bring awareness to kids who age out of the foster system and become homeless.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 2 Videos: 5

Damon West

M.S. in Criminal Justice with a Life-Sentence on Parole, Addiction, Recovery and Behavioral Health Advocate

Damon West, M.S. Criminal Justice, is a motivational speaker and best-selling co-author (with motivational speaker Jon Gordon) of The Coffee Bean: A simple Lesson to Create Positive Change. His first book was, The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World. 

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 1

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".

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