TED-Talks Keynote Speakers

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TED-Talk keynote speakers prove out how impressive and powerful public speaking is achieved with effective communication. These talented speakers create and inspire with original ideas and experiences. GDA has an impressive roster of TED-Talk speakers on every topic of expertise to share insight at your next event.


Keynotes: 5 Books: 6 Videos: 5

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

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 11

Mariana Atencio Featured

Peabody Award-winning Journalist, Bestselling Author, Entrepreneur, Inspiring Storyteller, and Host/Moderator

Mariana Atencio is an expert who helps leaders in organizations create a culture that is more authentic – where people can be themselves and contribute to the max. Bring her dynamic presence as a speaker, moderator, or host to elevate your program with her award-winning insights and infectious energy.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 12 Videos: 9

Dr. Robert Ballard Featured

Deep Sea Explorer, Discoverer of the Titanic Wreckage, Emmy-winning Documentary Producer

Best known for his 1985 discovery of the TITANIC, Dr. Robert Ballard has succeeded in tracking down numerous significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship BISMARCK, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier YORKTOWN (from the World War II Battle of Midway), and John F. Kennedy’s boat, PT-109.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 2 Videos: 15

Lisa Bodell Featured

CEO of FutureThink; Bestselling Author of "Why Simple Wins"

Lisa Bodell is an award-winning author and CEO of futurethink. As a futurist and expert on change management, she has helped thousands of senior leaders ignite innovation at Google, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, and more.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 2 Videos: 6

Leonard Brody Featured

Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Best-selling Author and a Two-Time Emmy Nominated Media Visionary

Leonard Brody has been hailed as "a controversial leader of the new world order." He has helped in raising millions of dollars for start-up companies, been through one of the largest Internet IPOs in history, and involved in the building, financing, and/or sale of five companies to date.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 6 Videos: 7

David Burkus Featured

Leading Business Thinker; Bestselling Author; Leadership Expert

One of the world’s leading business thinkers, David’s forward-thinking ideas and bestselling books are changing how companies approach leadership, teamwork, and collaboration.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 9

Daryl Davis Featured

Musician, Author, Racial Justice Activist, Compelling Unifier, Klan Whisperer, and Award-Winning Conflict Navigator

Daryl Davis, a Black man, befriended members of the Ku Klux Klan and changed their lives. Over 200 of them gave him their robes and hoods to prove it. Daryl offers communication lessons from that experience. When we talk to our adversaries, fears that drive hate and misunderstanding melt away.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 1 Videos: 16

Amelia Rose Earhart Featured

Around the World Pilot; Podcast Host; Artist; 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: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 5

Mick Ebeling Featured

Founder of Not Impossible Labs, CEO and Founder of The Ebeling Group

Most recently named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders, a recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 1

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.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 3 Videos: 6

Phil Hansen Featured

Internationally-recognized Multimedia Artist, Author, Innovator

Phil Hansen is an international multi-media artist who explores new ways to overcome limitations with innovation and creativity.

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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: 4 Books: 2 Videos: 11

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: 4 Books: 3 Videos: 7

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.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 3 Videos: 7

John O'Leary Featured

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: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 16

Nando Parrado Featured

Survivor & Hero of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571; NYT Best-Selling Author; Portrayed in Oscar-Nominated Film "Society of the Snow" and "Alive"

His is a story that many will recognize, but few have an opportunity to hear first hand. Nando Parrado recounts the extraordinary tale of how he and 15 of his teammates survived for 72 brutal days after their plane crashed into the frozen Andes Mountains 50 years ago.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Don Rheem Featured

Author; TEDx Speaker; CEO of E3 Solutions; Culture Changer

Don Rheem is an author, highly-coveted speaker, and CEO of E3 Solutions, an employee engagement technology company. One of the nation’s principal authorities on leadership science, he travels the globe speaking to business leaders about creating healthy workplace cultures and deepening engagement through the lens of neuroscience.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Alex Sheen Featured

Accountability Expert

World foremost expert on accountability and commitment, Alex is a five-time TEDxTalk speaker, author, podcast host, humanitarian, and Founder of the because I said I would movement. His work has been featured on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, the Steve Harvey Show, CNN, Fox News and more.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 0 Videos: 3

Pamela Barnum

Former Undercover Police Officer & Federal Prosecuting Attorney; Trust Strategist; Nonverbal Communication Expert

Pamela is a former undercover police officer and federal prosecuting attorney. She has spoken to audiences ranging from 50 to 12,000 in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Her recent TEDx Talk, “What Drug Dealers Taught Me About Trust” was viewed more than 200,000 times in the first six months.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 0 Videos: 11

Mallory Brown

Impact Storyteller, Filmmaker, Empathy Speaker

Mallory Brown is a social entrepreneur, adventure traveler, and humanitarian. She is the founder of World Clothes Line. She runs philanthropic campaigns, backpacking around the globe, raising awareness and encouraging a compassionate world.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 2 Videos: 2

Larry Burns

Former General Motors VP of R&D, Mobility Consultant for Google Inc.

Lawrence D. "Larry" Burns is the former corporate vice president of Research and Development for General Motors. Burns oversaw GM's advanced technology, innovation programs, and corporate strategy. Within GM, he personally championed vehicle electrification, “connected” vehicles, fuelcells, bio-fuels, advanced batteries, autonomous driving, and a series of innovative concept vehicles.

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Keynotes: 6 Books: 2 Videos: 3

Jeff Butler

Helping Organizations Thrive In Multi-Generational Workplaces

A speaker who is a researcher but also practioner. Learn from the demographic you are looking to attract/work with in your organization.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 4 Videos: 3

Susan Cain

Chief Revolutionary of Quiet Revolution

Susan Cain is the Chief Revolutionary of Quiet Revolution LLC and the New York Times bestselling author of Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 5 Videos: 2

Judy Carter

Motivational Humorist and Stress Reduction Expert

As interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, and over 100 TV appearances, Judy Carter is one of America’s top motivational humorists, and stress reduction experts. With hilarious and empowering keynotes showing how we can all use our sense of humor to deal with burnout and lighten up.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Tiffany & Leon Chen

Founders of Tiff's Treats

Tiff's Treats started after Tiff stood Leon up on a date. She baked him a batch of warm cookies and they started the nation's FIRST warm cookie delivery concept. They have raised $100 million in funding and grown it to a valuation in the hundreds of millions of dollars. 

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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: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 2

Patti Dobrowolski

Visual Thinker + Change Activator

Visual goal setter Patti Dobrowolski captivates and inspires audiences using the business leadership tool of the future: Drawing Solutions.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 2 Videos: 9

Tiffany Dufu

Leadership Luminary, Founder & CEO The Cru, Author of DROP THE BALL

Named to Entrepreneur’s 100 Powerful Women and Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Tiffany is founder of The Cru. Launch team member to Lean In, CLO to Levo, and Former President of The White House Project. Featured in The New York Times, ESSENCE, O, The Oprah Magazine, and on NPR.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 1 Videos: 8

Dima Ghawi

Developing Leaders To Meet The Demands Of the Global Workforce And Helping Organizations Engage Diverse Teams

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: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 7

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 comeback story of surviving the loss of two brothers to suicide.  You will be glad you heard him speak.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 1 Videos: 5

Haben Girma, Esq.

Human Rights Lawyer, Author, First Deafblind Graduate of Harvard Law School

The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change.

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Keynotes: 7 Books: 3 Videos: 7

Rahaf Harfoush

Digital Anthropologist; New York Times Best-Selling Author; Member of the UN's Advisory Body on AI

Rahaf Harfoush is a strategist, digital anthropologist and author who focuses on the intersections of emerging technology, innovation and digital culture.

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Keynotes: 8 Books: 0 Videos: 4

Daniel Hulme

CEO & Founder of Satalia; Techno Activist; Leading Artificial Intelligence Expert

Daniel Hulme is a leading expert in artificial intelligence and emerging technologies, and is the CEO of Satalia, an award-winning company that provides AI products and solutions for global companies such as Tesco and PwC. He speaks on the topics of AI, ethics, technology, innovation, decentralization and organisational design.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 5 Videos: 10

Dr. Willie Jolley

Award-winning speaker and singer, best-selling author and media personality

There are many motivational speakers, and then there is the one, the only, the incomparable Dr. Willie Jolley. He has been described simultaneously as a world-class, award-winning speaker and singer, best-selling author and media personality.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 5

Jeff Kirschner

Litterati, Founder & CEO

Litterati is a community that's "crowdsource-cleaning" the planet - one piece at a time.

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Keynotes: 10 Books: 5 Videos: 3

Mathew Knowles

Author, Professor, Lecturer, Public Speaker, Entrepreneur, Music Executive, Artist Manager, Fighter and Male Breast Cancer Survivor

Dr. Knowles is widely recognized in the entertainment industry for his effective approach in developing and promoting award-winning artists. As a pioneer for African American success in the corporate world, Dr. Knowles intimately understands the need to empower the community by sharing his knowledge.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 0 Videos: 5

Daniel Kraft, MD

Physician, Scientist, and Entrepreneur

Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician, scientist, entrepreneur, inventor and innovator who speaks on how rapidly developing technologies are and will impact the future of healthcare and medicine.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 0 Videos: 5

Monica Lewinsky

Social Activist

Monica Lewinsky is a social activist, a global public speaker, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a consultant. She advocates for a safer social media environment and addresses such topics as digital resilience, reputation, privacy, cultivating compassion, overcoming shame and equality. 

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 2

Isaac Lidsky

Eyes Wide Open

Isaac Lidsky has the ability to speak on several topics based on his life experiences including a retinal degenerative disease that lead to his progressive sight loss and blindness, entrepreneurship, leadership, teams & motivation. Side Note: Isaac played Weasel on NBC's Saved by the Bell.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 0 Videos: 5

Anne Mahlum

Serial Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Investor

Anne Mahlum is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist and investor who has created $100M of net worth by investing in herself. She is the Founder of [solidcore] and Back on My Feet.

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 1 Videos: 4

Riaz Meghji

Human Connection Expert | Author of 'Every Conversation Counts'

“Quiet Quitting” and “Rage Applying” are common terms for a familiar problem: a lack of meaningful human connection. 

Drawing from years of experience interviewing countless leaders, human connection expert and author Riaz Meghji helps audiences build meaningful connections and trust, so they can collaborate effectively and out-care their competition.

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Keynotes: 5 Books: 7 Videos: 6

Mike Michalowicz

Author & Entrepreneur

Mike Michalowicz is the entrepreneur behind three multimillion-dollar companies and is the author of several business books, including Profit First, Clockwork, The Pumpkin Plan and his newest book, All In. Mike is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal and business makeover expert for MSNBC. 

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Keynotes: 3 Books: 0 Videos: 9

Kim Miles

TEDx Speaker, High Energy in High Heels

High energy in high heels: Kim Miles is a highly sought-after emcee, TEDx speaker, creative collaborator and event strategist. She partners with her clients to deliver content to audiences in unexpected, entertaining ways. Want to laugh while learning? Look no further: if Oprah and Ellen had a love-child, that's Kim.

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 7 Videos: 1

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP

Goals & Grit ™ Expert

Caroline is the world's leading expert on Goals & Grit. She helps people get more grit, achieve their goals, and find happiness. A Harvard graduate with a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology fro the University of Pennsylvania, she has authored seven books inclusing Creating Your Best Life and Getting Grit. 

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Keynotes: 4 Books: 0 Videos: 15

Aimée 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: 1 Videos: 2

Roger Nierenberg

Symphony Conductor

Roger Nierenberg is the creator of The Music Paradigm. Mr. Nierenberg had lengthy tenures as the Music Director for the Stamford Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida.

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Keynotes: 12 Books: 3 Videos: 4

Kristen Race, Ph.D.

Neuroscientist & Mindfulness Expert

Kristen Race, Ph.D has created brain-based mindfulness programs used by businesses, schools and families worldwide. Her programs provide simple mindfulness strategies and tools that are designed to create resiliency towards stress. Her dynamic and accessible presentation style makes her a great fit for all audiences.

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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: 8 Books: 5 Videos: 3

Mike Robbins

An Expert in Teamwork, Emotional Intelligence and The Powers of Appreciation and Authenticity

He has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to reach new levels of awareness and productivity, both personally and professionally. Mike teaches people important techniques that allow them to be more grateful, appreciative, and authentic with others and themselves.

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Keynotes: 1 Books: 5 Videos: 5

Patrick Schwerdtfeger

Futurist Leading Authority on Technology Trends

As a leading expert in technology trends and a recognized authority on global business trends, Patrick Schwerdtfeger's work focuses on providing insights into the technological forces driving the transformation of businesses around the world.

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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: 5 Books: 1 Videos: 3

Stosh Walsh

Inviting Individuals and Organizations to Greater Courage

Most people and organizations see the world as it is and react. This impactful presentation redefines courage as an invitation to envision the world as it could be, then create it Stosh's presentations invite individuals and organizations to live with greater courage and create the best world they can envision.

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Keynotes: 2 Books: 1 Videos: 1

Janne Willems

Founder and Executive Director, Seize Your Moments

Janne's  unexpected method and style refreshes audiences worldwide and gets them out their comfort zone. She provides an unique combination of theory and her life changing story. How to use trust to change the world.

 

 

 

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