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Professor keynote speakers allow us to move beyond the classroom in asking the right questions. Asking a good question requires us to move beyond what previously thought we knew about an issue or a person to explore the difficult and the unknown, the awkward, and even the unpleasant. GDA has many professor keynote speakers to inspire and lead to meaningful and deeper connections.
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.
Author Of ‘What The Best College Teachers Do'
Dr. Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do and its sequel, What the Best College Students Do. Both books are top-selling treatises on higher education and winners of the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize for an outstanding book on education and society.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Industry leader, author of Learn or Die and Humility is the New Smart
Professor Edward D. Hess spent more than 20 years in the business world as a senior executive at Warburg Paribas Becker, Boettcher & Company, the Robert M. Bass Group and Arthur Andersen. Author of 12 books, over 100 practitioner articles dealing with growth, innovation, and learning cultures, systems and processes.
Brenda Jones Harden
Professor at University of Maryland College Park, Committee of the Board ZERO TO THREE Chair
Brenda Jones Harden, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Jones Harden is a Chair, Committee of the Board of ZERO TO THREE.
Commander Mary Kelly
Renowned Economist and Leadership Expert
Mary Kelly, PhD, CDR, US Navy (retired) is a nationally recognized and renowned economist and leadership expert specializing in improving business efficiency and maximizing available resources.
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.
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.
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.
Digital Biology, Scientist, Engineer, and Entrepreneur
Raymond McCauley is a scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur working at the forefront of biotechnology. Raymond explores how applying technology to life “”biology, genetics, medicine, agriculture”” is affecting every one of us. Raymond is Chair of Biology at Singularity University, Co-founder and Chief Architect for BioCurious, the hackerspace for biotech.
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.
2020 CHANGEMAKER Award, Renowned Gerontologist, and Designer
Patricia Moore is an internationally renowned gerontologist and designer, serving as a leading authority on consumer lifespan behaviors and requirements. For a period of three years (1979-1982), in an exceptional and daring experiment, Moore traveled throughout the United States and Canada disguised as women more than eighty years of age.
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).
Dr. David Ricketts
Innovator, Scholar and Harvard Innovation Fellow
Engaging audiences across the globe on innovation, science and technology, Dr. Ricketts guides and teaches executives, leadership teams and innovators. He helps leaders to understand the untapped value in their market and discover and solve high-impact problems, in order to outperform their competition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nicholas J Webb
Top Speaker on Innovation, Healthcare and Customer Experience
Inspire your team to strive for excellence, let Nicholas take you and your audience on an incredible journey through his presentation.
- Awarded over 40 US Patents
- Bestselling Author
- CEO of LeaderLogic, LLC
- WesternU Adjunct Professor and Director of Innovation
David R. Williams
Professor of Public Health and Professor of African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University
Dr. Williams is internationally recognized as a leading social scientist focused on social influences on health. His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which race, racism, socioeconomic status, stress, health behaviors and religious involvement can affect physical and mental health.
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