Storytelling Keynote Speakers

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Storytelling keynote speakers are experts at telling stories around a narrative, delivering stories to generate connections, intrigue, emotion, interest, empathy, humor and curiosity. GDA is aware of the best and thought-provoking, relational storytelling keynote speakers in the industry. When we tell stories to one another, we can get a sense of what they hope for and what they believe in. No rules, only relationships.


Keynotes: 5 Books: 3 Videos: 9

Ty Bennett Featured

Entrepreneur, Partnership is the New Leadership

As a young entrepreneur, Ty continues to engage his team's focus to grow sales. In his talks, Ty uses the power of influence and storytelling to provide audiences with tangible techniques that will increase their influence and their impact as leaders and as salespeople.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 1 Videos: 5

Molly Bloom Featured

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 3 Videos: 5

Ophira Eisenberg Featured

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. 

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Jack Garcia Featured

New York Times bestselling author of “Making Jack  Falcone” and Undercover FBI Agent

In his 26 years of service with the FBI and as an Undercover FBI Agent in over 100 major Undercover operations, Jack Garcia is best known for his Undercover role as "Jack Falcone," who infiltrated the Gambino crime family in New York for nearly three years.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 4 Videos: 4

Kindra Hall Featured

Strategic Storytelling Advisor

Kindra is a fresh voice in the industry and teaches her audiences to capture attention, close more sales and blow up their brands with strategic storytelling. Through research, case studies, and of course unforgettable stories, your group will be talking about Kindra for years.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 0 Videos: 5

Trish Kendall Featured

Inspirational Speaker and Expert on Creating Belonging and Enduring Success: 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: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 9

Elliot Kotek Featured

CEO & Founder - The Nation of Artists

Elliot is an innovator and content creator who blends technology and empathy to change the world. His 4Ps approach is used to re-center companies in their purpose, and the 50+ honors he's received while working with the planet's biggest names proves that Ideas + Empathy = Impact.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 4

Janine Latus Featured

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: 3 Books: 2 Videos: 10

John Livesay Featured

Helping Sales Leaders Tell Stories to Win Sales; Author of The Sale Is in the Tale

Keynote sales speaker John Livesay, aka “The Pitch Whisperer,” helps sales forces connect with today’s crazy-busy, ultra-savvy buyers by becoming master storytellers with magnetic pitches. Whoever tells the best story gets the sale, and after John speaks, your people will know exactly how to craft irresistible stories.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Matthew Luhn Featured

Creativity Expert; Director; Former Lead Storyteller and Animator at Pixar Studios

Matthew Luhn is a writer, story and branding consultant, creative writing instructor and keynote speaker with over 25 years' experience creating stories and characters formerly at Pixar Animation Studios, The Simpsons, and beyond.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 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: 4 Books: 3 Videos: 4

Ben Nemtin Featured

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Organizational Culture Expert, Co-Founder of MTV's The Buried Life

Ben struggled with depression growing up and was forced to drop out of college. Searching for purpose, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three childhood friends.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 7

Marlon Peterson Featured

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: 6 Books: 0 Videos: 7

David Polinchock Featured

Accomplished Innovator in Media, Technology and Experience

David has been involved in a wide range of experiential advertising programs, the introduction of virtual reality as a marketing tool and city festivals. He was even a Disney performer. He brings all of those experiences to his speaking engagements, which allow him bring his presentations to life.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 1

Rakia Reynolds Featured

Founder and EO at Skai Blue Media

Raki is one of the most sought-after minds in strategic communications, a thought leader, tastemaker, and branding expert. Her guiding principles as an intriguing storyteller focus on distilling equity in messaging gives her the ability to navigate the ever-increasing complex cultural and social media landscapes.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 11

Mark Schulman Featured

World-class drummer for PINK, Foreigner, Billy Idol, Beyonce', Cher & Author

A legend in the music world and currently on tour with P!NK, Mark Schulman is an incredible musician, dynamic performer and a strategic business mind who has parleyed his success on stage into true business success.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Shiza Shahid Featured

Co-founder of Our Place, founder of NowVentures, co-founder & founding CEO of Malala Fund, and TIME magazine's 30 people changing the world

Shiza co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and led the organization as founding CEO. She focused on creating access to high quality education for all children around the world. Shiza launched NOW Ventures in Silicon Valley, the largest Venture Capital Platform in the world.

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Keynotes: 9 Books: 1 Videos: 1

Dr. Rick Stevenson Featured

Filmmaker. Philosopher. Listener.

Rick’s own story is one of diverging experiences and constant change. Yes, he is first a filmmaker, philosopher, author, and listener but he is also a proud imperfectionist and a committed “authentician.” He believes that we own nothing more valuable than our own stories.

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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: 5 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Susan Ershler

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.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Peter Guber

Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment

Founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, the visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports, and new media, Peter Guber is among the most successful executives and entrepreneurs in the entertainment and communications industries.

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Keynotes: 10 Books: 0 Videos: 20

Michaela Guzy

Award Winning Filmmaker, Travel and Human Connection Expert, Recovering Corp Exec, NYU Adjunct Professor, TV Personality

Life looks different for Michaela Guzy since she began OhThePeopleYouMeet to refocus narratives on real people, places + purposes via new media. Michaela is an awardwinning filmmaker, travel+human connection expert AND appears on TVPersonality. Thanks to COVID, she's pivoted to Digital Nomad to document the world reopening safely. 

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Sandra Joseph

History-making Broadway star, a #1 International Amazon Bestselling Author, and Speaker.

Sandra Joseph is a history-making Broadway star, bestselling author, and TEDx speaker. Her legendary run as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera spanned more than 1,300 performances, and earned her the record as the longest-running leading lady in the longest-running Broadway show of all time.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 11

Victoria Labalme

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Hall of Fame Speaker & Performance Strategist

These days we're faced with an ever-evolving landscape. To succeed it’s essential to learn how to adapt to change, develop resilience, express oneself authentically, and collaborate, innovate and take action. Performance Strategist, Victoria Labalme, will show your teams how to come alive and win over the people they serve.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 11 Videos: 1

Patrick Lencioni

Leading Expert on Organizational Health and Executive Team Development

Pre-eminent expert on teamwork and organizational health His book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, has appeared weekly on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list for well over a decade Has consulted to executives teams at leading Fortune 100 companies

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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: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Randy Mayeux

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.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Riaz Meghji

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.

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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: 4 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Libby Spears

Educate Liberate Entertain

Libby Spears is the founder of Bravo cc. As a keynote speaker on communication and leadership topics her goal is to educate for future success, liberate you from dead end practices and entertain you because having fun is a great way to learn!

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Deirdre Van Nest

Deirdre helps financial advisors improve business & build their brands.

Deirdre Van Nest is the go-to expert for financial advisors, leaders, and anyone in a client-facing role, on improving communication skills (one-one-one or with a group). She's a Certified World Class Speaking™ Coach, Certified Fearless Living Coach, and bestselling author of “Fire Your Fear™.”

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