Professor Keynote Speakers

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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.


Keynotes: 3 Books: 3 Videos: 4

David Burkus

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

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 3

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. 

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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: 7 Books: 9 Videos: 2

Edward Hess

Professor at University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Professor Edward D. Hess spent more than 30 years in the business world. His current research focuses on the Darden Growth/Innovation Model, the challenges of managing private company growth, growth systems and behaviors.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 0

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.

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Keynotes: 10 Books: 7 Videos: 4

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.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 2 Videos: 1

Patricia Moore

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. 

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Keynotes: 8 Books: 2 Videos: 4

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).

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Dr. Henry Kasonde Musoma

Director of Development (Global Engagement), Academic Affairs, Texas A&M Foundation

Dr. Musoma seeks to facilitate transformational change through intentional, courageously honest dialogue. His personal mission is to educate, excite and empower leaders for leadership. 

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 2 Videos: 1

Kristin Neff

Human Development and Culture Program, Dept. of Educational Psychology, UT Austin

Kristin Neff got her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. During post-doctoral work she decided to research self-compassion. The scale she created to measure self-compassion was published in 2003 and is now being used by hundreds of researchers worldwide.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 2

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 6 Videos: 2

Mike Riera

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.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 7 Videos: 2

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 3 Videos: 1

Mark Schaefer

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.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 3 Videos: 4

Tony Wagner

Expert in Residence, Harvard Innovation Lab

Tony is the foremost spokesperson in America on the topic of how schools and corporations must adapt to the challenges of the innovation era.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 8 Videos: 7

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

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 0

David R. Williams

Professor of Public Health and Profess 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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