Peak Performance Keynote Speakers
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Peak Performance keynote speakers fascinate an audience by being champions. They are adventurers, industry titans, entrepreneurs, global leaders, athletes, and survivors. GDA has a varied roster of top peak performance keynote speakers to spark a powerful, high-energy presentation transforming your audience.
Shawn Achor Featured
New York Times Bestselling Author and Positive Psychology Expert
Shawn Achor is the world’s leading expert on happiness and success topic. His acclaimed TED Talk, The Happy Secret to Better Work, has been seen by more than 20 million people around the world, and he’s shared his insight in his two books, The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness.
Robyn Benincasa Featured
Leadership and Teamwork Expert; 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.
Bill Eckstrom Featured
President & Founder, EcSell Institute; International Keynote Speaker; Author, "The Coaching Effect"
Bill Eckstrom's primary passion is growth - especially how coaches and leaders impact the growth and performance of individuals and teams. This passion inspired Bill to launch EcSell Institute, a research-based organization that works with leaders internationally to help them better understand, measure, and elevate coaching’s impact on performance.
Ryan Estis Featured
Sales & Leadership Expert; Author; Founding Partner, ImpactEleven
Ryan Estis helps companies and individual contributors embrace change and achieve breakthrough performance. Each live event blends original research with compelling stories that move participants to take action. Ryan has 20 years of business experience working with the world’s best brands to initiate change, inspire innovation and deliver growth.
Ankit Fadia Featured
Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company; Artificial Intelligence Expert; Former MTV India Host
Ankit Fadia is an accomplished Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, with first-hand experience of helping organizations accelerate the adoption of advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to unlock business value.
Manley Feinberg Featured
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.
Jason Jones, PH.D. Featured
Organizational Psychologist; International Keynote Speaker; Best-Selling Author; and Executive Coach
Dr. Jones is an organizational psychologist, speaker, author, and executive coach. He has spent 20+ years studying and applying proven neuroscience principles for great employee motivation, performance, and engagement. He is the author of the bestselling book "Activator: Using Brain Science to Boost Motivation, Deepen Engagement, and Supercharge Performance.
Carey Lohrenz Featured
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)
Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D. Featured
Acclaimed Clinical Psychologist & Coach; Author of Get Out of The Red Zone; Positive Psychology Expert
Success starts from within. Whether you want to have a healthy body, booming business, or flourishing relationships, the first step is to rewire your brain and cultivate your peak mindset. Dr. Lombardo teaches practical skills to make lasting transformations in your life.
Michelle Poler Featured
Author, Social Entrepreneur, Branding Strategist & Creator of #100DaysWithoutFear
Michelle Poler is a creative and passionate social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, fear facer, and branding strategist. She is the Founder of Hello Fears, a social movement empowering millions to step outside of the comfort zone and tap into their full potential.
Sara Ross Featured
Chief Vitality Officer at BrainAMPED; Leadership Energy and Emotional Intelligence Expert
Sara Ross is a Speaker and the Chief Vitality Officer at BrainAMPED, a research and strategy firm dedicated to redefining how we succeed at work and thrive in life by sharing brain-based, vitality-enhancing strategies to create healthier, happier, high performing leaders and workplaces.
Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE Featured
Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author, and Global Expert on Leadership and Customer Service
Mark is an international bestselling author and award-winning keynote speaker on leadership, customer service, business growth, and organizational performance. Mark's given more than 3,000 presentations in every US state and in 14 countries.
Mark Schulman Featured
World-Renowned Drummer; Author; Motivator; Expert, The Secrets of Rockstar Performance
Mark Schulman is a monster drummer who has rocked the world's biggest stages with P!NK, Cher, Billy Idol, and more. As a speaker, Mark delivers a rock show disguised as a keynote, inspiring audiences to unleash their inner rockstar.
Bill Walton Featured
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: 39 surgeries and spinal failure. Insightful, funny, and profound, Bill inspires with lessons about winning, losing, teamwork, and overcoming the odds.
Crystal Washington Featured
Technology Strategist and Certified Futurist, named one of Forbes' 50 Leading Female Futurists
As a futurist, technology strategist, and author, Crystal works with organizations that want to leverage technology for increased profits and productivity.
Ron White Featured
Memory Expert, U.S. Navy Veteran
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!
Seven-time Tour de France winner, Cancer Survivor, Podcast Host, Endurance Athlete, and Managing Partner, Next Ventures (Venture Capital)
One of the most iconic athletes and recognizable names in the world, Lance Armstong’s incredible journey has a massive impact with audiences. Learn what it takes to be the best, to win at all costs (and then pay the cost).
Former NFL Pro & Motivational Keynote Speaker
JJ Birden helps individuals seize their opportunities in life. JJ was not the biggest, strongest, or fastest guy on the field, but he knew how to seize his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and maximize his success through dedication and hard work.
America's Breakthrough Speaker
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.
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.
Dr. Bob Carr
Professor & Director, Executive Master's Program in Health Systems Administration Georgetown University
Bob is an innovative strategist and creative problem solver. Adept at leading teams on a global scale with budgets that total in the millions, Bob has a proven record of success in developing and executing strategies that improve the health and wellness of employees.
Celebrity Hypnotist, Team Building, Motivational Expert, 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.
Extreme Adventurer; Entrepreneur; Performance Coach and Professor of Leadership
Over the last 20 years, Jamie Clarke has climbed the Seven Summits—including two treks up Mt. Everest—ridden camels across The Empty Quarter of Arabia and created two successful outdoor retail companies, firmly establishing himself as an authority in the business of adventure.
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.
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.
Management Thought Leader; Award-Winning Harvard Medical School Psychologist; Emotional Intelligence Expert
An award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist, Susan has been named one of the world’s most influential management thinkers. She offers unique expertise on cultivating more agile, healthy, resilient, and authentically happy people, families, workplaces, and communities.
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.
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker
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 & Sales Expert; Best-Selling Author
Paul speaks about the power of CONFIDENCE becoming your competitive advantage, insights learned as a 15-year NFL and NBA executive, now leadership and performance advisor to the world’s top brands. He delivers highly actionable solutions on how to play offense and close confidence gaps by making better decisions, faster.
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.
former NFL QB | Authority on Leadership, Leading Change, Accelerating Performance
Dynamic and highly sought-after, leadership expert Tom Flick has delivered over 2,000 presentations to a "who's-who" list of clients, including Microsoft, Starbucks, Google, Boeing, American Express, Amazon, NASA, The Ritz-Carlton Hotels, and the Pentagon.
Devout Pianist; Renowned Peak Performance and Entrepreneurial Mindset Expert
Felipe has 25 years of global management experience and thoroughly understands and relates with audiences. He delivers a powerful learning experience with a piano on stage, inspiring people to aim for extraordinary performance. Colombian, educated in Switzerland and living in the US, Felipe brings a diversity contribution to each event.
#1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author
Adrian's most requested keynote is on culture and managing change, based on his #1 bestselling book All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results, but he also frequently speaks on employee engagement, leadership, generational issues in the workplace, high-performing teamwork and recognition.
VIP Franchise Columnist for Entrepreneur, Hourly Workforce Author, Culture & Performance Expert
Scott helps businesses lead more effectively so they can hire, train and develop their teams into a high-performance workforce. Improving business from the inside out, he co-created an innovative management diagnostic and leadership tool, 30-Second Leadership™, that enhances employee mindset, skillset and performance.
Expert, Connecting Well-Being and Performance; Healthcare Entrepreneur; Bestselling Author; Host, American Express Business Class Docuseries; Visiting Scholar, Harvard Medical School
Suneel Gupta is a bestselling author, Harvard Medical School visiting scholar, and host of the “Business Class” docuseries & podcast. Suneel shows leaders and teams how to avoid burnout and increase creativity, resilience, innovation, and performance.
Legendary Golf Instructor & Author of "The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods"
Legendary Golf Coach, Hank Haney, reveals clear and passionate guidelines on reaching and achieving success. He has applied his coaching to tour championship players Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara.
Heidi Hanna, PhD
Best-Selling Author, Speaker and Consultant on Stress Mastery, Brain Based Health and Performance
Dr. Hanna provides a grounded, realistic approach to integrative neuroscience, teaching and facilitating dynamic and engaging conversations about all things related to making brains work better. She can also assist with programming to energize your meeting through workouts, nutrition planning and meditation breaks.
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.
Innovation, Transformational Leadership, and Exponential Growth Thought Leader
Sterling is an internationally-recognized thought leader and top-rated keynote speaker on innovation, transformational leadership and exponential growth. His keynotes share meaningful strategies to drivechange delivered with the inspiration to leave attendees in action
Expert on How to Fascinate
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Sales and Leadership Female Keynote Speaker on Focus, Connecting, Attention and Productivity
Neen James is a leadership expert who delivers high-energy keynotes presentations that challenge audiences to leverage their focus and pay attention to what matters most at work and in life.
"Selling Without Selling," Former Stockbroker, Economist, and TV Host
As a former economist, stockbroker, and TV host, Mark creates an event with audience appeal, a memorable impact and an effective message. Mark focuses on the art of persuasion and the powerful opportunities available to each individual.
NYT Best-selling Author, Entrepreneur, Forbes Contributor, a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation
Diana Kander is a New York Times Bestselling Author of All In Startup, entrepreneur, innovation consultant, and keynote speaker for Fortune 1000 companies who asks some big questions. What causes big, household brands to lose relevance with their customers and go out of business?
Former Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer, Elite Leadership Expert, Best-Selling Leadership Author, 35+ Years Leading in Disruptive Environments
Marc is a former U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer and turnaround CEO leading in disruptive environments for 35+ years. He's a rare blend of expertise, engagement, and battle-tested, proven experience in Elite Leadership, evangelizing that what the world needs isn't more management systems - it needs more leadership.
Thomas A. Kolditz
Retired Brigadier General, Author, and Executive Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders
Thomas Kolditz is a leadership expert, retired Brigadier General, author, and Executive Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. He weaves his personal experiences and abilities as a soldier, skydiver, and scholar into the first-hand study, analysis, and practice of leadership in dangerous circumstances
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.
Employee Engagement and Workplace Culture Expert
Far too many people are suffering through bad experiences at work. I was one of them. After years of frustration, I discovered that it didn’t have to be this way. That is when I realized my calling: to make work human.
Inspiring Workplace Cultures Rooted in Values, Passion and Risk-Taking
Ryan an best-selling author, esteemed executive coach, and a highly sought-after transformational speaker. Reaching over 50,000 people every month, Ryan's words have the power to transform lives. Each year, he dedicates his expertise to the growth of over 25,000 leaders, from Fortune 100 corporations to professional sports teams.
U.S. Air Force Fighter Pilot; Author; Content Creator
Hasard was named Top Instructor Pilot of the Year' for the Air Force's largest F-16 Combat Wing and empowers audiences on decision making, leadership skills, and staying resilient in the face of adversity through his experiences as a former fighter pilot.
Ted Ma is an international keynote speaker, author, and leadership strategist who works with leaders to increase their influence and impact by creating a culture of mentorship so they can attract, develop, and retain great employees.
Dr. James Maas
Nation's Top Sleep Educator, Chancellor of the United Institute, 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
Author, Creator, Core Values Activist, Speaker & Organizational Culture Expert
Passionate and engaging, Brant encourages audiences to discover their Black Sheep Values® and move forward with deliberate intention. His interactive and entertaining ways of defining what matters most enable audiences to develop the skills necessary to perform at the highest level.
Inc. 500 CEO, Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, Navy SEAL
Alden Mills is the Inc. 500 CEO of Perfect Fitness, founder of multiple businesses, bestselling author of Be Unstoppable and Unstoppable Teams, a three-time Navy SEAL platoon commander, nationally recognized rower, and keynote speaker on a mission to help 100 million people Be Unstoppable.
Juan Pablo Montoya Montoya
World Famous F1 Racing Driver
Juan Pablo Montoya Roldán (born September 20, 1975) is a Colombian race car driver known internationally for participating and winning in Formula One and CART race competitions.
Senior Distinguished Architect for Emerging Technologies at Syniverse Technologies. Founder and President, The Humanized Internet. President of the VETRI Foundation. CTO, Cisco (2012-2016)
Monique is President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet, a non-profit organization focused on providing digital identity for those individuals most underserved, blockchain is certainly a potential mechanism for this billion people challenge.
Dr. Romie Mushtaq, M.D.
Brain Doctor, Speaker on Stress Management & Workplace Wellness Expert, Chief Wellness Officer
Dr. Romie is a board-certified physician, award-winning wellness speaker, Chief Wellness Officer at Evolution Hospitality, and the founder of “brainSHIFT at Work.” She brings together over 20 years of authority in neurology, integrative medicine, and mindfulness to not just transform workplace mental health, but create cultural change.
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.
Olympic Gold Medalist, Member of USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame
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.
U.S. Olympian Johnny Quinn
Your audience deserves an experience, not a speech. Give your team the gift of an engaging speaker!
Don’t leave your audience frustrated with a speaker that cannot connect. As a U.S. Olympian, Johnny's speeches are supercharged with powerful and relatable content. Give your audience the gift of an engaging and entertaining speaker!
Author & Researcher on Improvement of Human Health & Well-Being
Tom Rath is an author and researcher who has spent the past two decades studying how work can improve human health and well-being. His 10 books have sold more than 10 million copies and made hundreds of appearances on global bestseller lists.
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.
Hindu Priest; Entrepreneur; Former Monk
Dandapani is an internationally renowned and highly sought-after speaker who is revolutionizing the business world with his practical and simple systematic approach to balancing work/life challenges. His talks offer attendees understanding of how the mind works so they can create sustainable changes in their personal and professional lives.
Leadership, Building a Development Culture
Dean Savoca, a 25-year veteran of the performance develoment industry, guides businesses on building a development culture. Simply put, Dean helps leaders coach their people.
Peak Performance & Front Row Experience Expert; Author
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.
Media Expert, Anchor Alum NBC/MSNBC/CNN, Podcast Host
I help CEOs/Thought Leaders/ Experts articulate their vision to gain credibility and visibility through the media and video to significantly increase business. My 20 years as a journalist at TODAY, NBC News, MSNBC, and CNN has allowed me to help thousands to get their story told in a powerful way.
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.
Alan Stein, Jr.
Performance Coach, Consultant, Speaker and Author
Alan delivers high-energy keynotes and interactive workshops to improve performance, cohesion and accountability. He inspires and empowers everyone he works with to take immediate action and improve mindset, habits and productivity.
Best Selling Author; TV Host; Founder of the 100things Movement
Driven by a passion to see others achieve, Sebastian Terry’s one-of-a-kind story has organically become a powerful catalyst for personal and organizational transformation.
Off-Balance On Purpose
Dan Thurmon believes the reason that people struggle with change is they think they have to compartmentalize their life and keep everything in balance. What if instead of resisting uncertainty, we leaned into it?
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.
Dr. Brynn Winegard
Award-winning Professor, Speaker, and Expert in Business and Brain Sciences
Dr. Winegard is an award-winning professor and expert in business-brain sciences. She specializes in explaining everyday work and life phenomena using the secrets of brain science, all with aim of making her audiences happier, healthier, wealthier, and more successful.
Heather R Younger
Heather Younger is the Founder & CEO of Employee Fanatix, a leading employee engagement and consulting firm.
Heather R Younger is the Founder and CEO of Employee Fanatix, a leading employee engagement and consulting firm. She is a sought-after keynote speaker who brings revealing insights to the stage from over 25,000 employee experiences.