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.
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.
Simon J. Anderson
Futurist | International Keynote Speaker & Consultant | Award-Winning Author
Simon J. Anderson uses his "3A Thinking" approach to help leaders be more future resilient. He shows them how to pay Attention to how fast the world is changing, Anticipate some of the possibilities these changes might create, and lastly, take Action to turn those possibilities into opportunities.
Peabody Award-Winning Journalist, Speaker, and Author
Mariana Atencio is a Peabody award-winning journalist, speaker, and author who has traveled around the world to help us discover & celebrate what makes us unique. As the only Latina national correspondent on NBC News, she’s a fighter for diversity, inclusion and authentic storytelling both on and off screen.
Dr. Robert Ballard
Deep Sea Explorer, Discoverer of the Titanic Wreckage, Emmy-winning Documentary Producer
“I grew up wanting to be Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic wreckage, Dr. Robert Ballard has succeeded in tracking down numerous other significant shipwrecks.
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.
Founder and CEO of FutureThink, Bestselling Author of Kill the Company and 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.
Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Best-selling Author and a 2 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.
Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW
Research Professor & Writer at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
Research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work, Author of five #1 NYT Bestsellers, TEDx Speaker & one of TED’s top 5 most viewed TED talks in the world.
Impact Storyteller, Global Humanitarian, & Keynote 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.
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.
Helping Organizations Thrive In Multi-Generational Workplaces
Jeff Butler has personally addressed over 100 organizations internationally on workplace dynamics issues such as Google, Amazon, LinkedIn, and Wells Fargo. He lives in Boston, MA with his family.
Bestselling Author, Comedienne, Motivational Humorist
Judy Carter is one of America’s top motivational humorists, Judy wields the “power of the punch line,” getting results both nationally and internationally with hilarious and empowering keynotes for government groups, professional associations, and Fortune 500 companies. J
Author of multiple books including Happiness for Beginners
Katherine Center is a novelist—the author of five bittersweet comic novels about love and family, including The Bright Side of Disaster, The Lost Husband, and Happiness for Beginners. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Redbook, InStyle, People, USA Today, Real Simple and others.
Zubin Damania, MD
Innovative Founder of Turntable Health, YouTube Sensation ZDoggMD
Innovative Founder of Turntable Health, YouTube Sensation ZDoggMD (brings awareness to important health topics using parody music videos which receive millions of views)
Musician, Author, 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.
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.
Amelia Rose Earhart
Around the World Pilot, TV Personality, 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
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.
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.
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.
Overcoming Adversity Keynote Speaker and Leadership Coach
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.
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.
Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur
Anne has a master’s degree in organizational communication and has spent the last twenty years working with some of the largest organizations around the globe.
She has become known as a leading expert on communication, leadership, emotional intelligence, and resilience, contributing to Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Fast Company and more.
Entrepreneur, Blogger and “Rejection Proof” Author
Jia Jiang (pronounced Jah Jahng) is an entrepreneur, blogger, TED speaker and an author. is the owner of Rejection Therapy and author. After he left a career in the corporate world to pursue life as an entrepreneur, he was soon confronted with everyone's biggest fear – rejection.
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.
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?
Happiness Expert, Venture Capitalist & Successful Tech Entrepreneur; Author of Happier Now
Nataly found that after reaching the highest corporate levels, she still wasn’t happy. Chasing achievement left her proud but unfulfilled, so she became inspired to figure out how to live a fuller, happier life. In the process, she found the answers each person needs to unlock maximum potential.
Content Chief & Co-Founder of Not Impossible, Executive Director - The Not Impossible Foundation
Elliot is a social innovator with degrees in Law, Science and Storytelling. His particular obsession is collaborating on harnessing technology and science to produce low-cost solutions for our most vulnerable populations then utilizing the power of film and the strength of brands to amplify those stories for true reach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Author of Better Selling Through Storytelling | Helping Sales Leaders Go from Invisible to Irresistible
Many sales teams struggle to be memorable and not seen as a commodity. John Livesay helps sales teams become revenue rockstars by leveraging the power of storytelling to go from Invisible to Irresistible with their ideal clients. His best-selling book is ”Better Selling Through Storytelling".
Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D.
Renowned Psychologist, Best Selling Author, Success Coach
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.
Neuroscientist, Entrepreneur, and Author of Deviate
To thrive in change, we must let go of assumptions and beliefs that keep us from seeing the world differently. Neurologist and perception science expert, Beau reveals why trading certainty for doubt increases our capacity to adapt, lead, innovate, and thrive in the darkness of “I don’t know.”
Dr. James Maas
Nation's Top Sleep Educator And 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
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.
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.
By his 35th birthday Mike Michalowicz had founded & sold two multi-million dollar companies. Confident that he had the formula to success, he became an angel investor...and proceeded to lose his entire fortune.
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.
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.
Dr. Nick Morgan
One of America’s Top Communication Theorists and Coaches
Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches. He's an expert on storytelling, body language, presentation skills and charisma. He's written three books on communications and frequently appears on CNN as a commentator.
Leslie Morgan Steiner
NYT best-selling author, Columnist for The Washington Post, Former Corporate Executive and Domestic Violence Survivor.
Leslie Morgan Steiner is a master of engaging men and women in today's most important women's leadership issues -- parenthood, relationships, and work/family balance.
International Economist & Author who Analyzes the Macroeconomy and Global Affairs
Dr. Moyo's work examines the interplay of international business and the global economy, while highlighting the key opportunities for investment; capitalizing on her rare ability to translate trends in markets, politics, regulatory matters and economics into their likely impact on global business.
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.
Author, The ICONIST: The Art and Science of Standing Out
Jamie Mustard is an expert on getting through. He is the world’s leading authority on perception in the physical world. Using technology, product engagement, and the creative arts, Jamie consults with leading companies getting their messages, products, brands and ideas to STAND OUT to their desired audiences.
Social Journalist, Author, Humanitarian
Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist and humanitarian. Her personal story is the story of migration and of ganas (determination). Her articles and speeches move people to tears and end in standing ovations.
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.
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.
New York Times Bestselling Author, Rugby Legend, Hero and Inspiration for the Movie, 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 nealry 50 years ago.
#BePrecedential - Writer, Youth Development Expert and Human Justice Advocate
From facing life-in-prison at 19 to preeminent voice in social and criminal justice.
"Everything we were told to believe about justice, violence, crime, race, gender needs to be rethought. And I am here rethinking it all in real time through my words. Why? Prison made me do it."
Keynote Speaker, U.S. Olympian (Bobsled) and former Pro Football Player
Johnny Quinn was cut three times, lost 2.6 million dollars in NFL contracts and blew out his knee. Then he became an Olympian for the United States of America. From an NFL failure to a U.S. Olympian, Johnny’s “what’s next” attitude led him to success he never imagined.
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.
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.
TED Speaker on the Impact of Genomics on Absolutely Everything, Serial Entrepreneur, and CEO
The Genomic Revolution - a whirlwind journey through our deepening understanding of the genome and its dizzying applications in medicine, agriculture, society, and in defining the very nature of what it means to be human. And beyond human.
The Science of Great Leadership
Don Rheem is CEO of E3 Solutions, a provider of employee workplace metrics which allows organizations to build engaged, high-performance cultures. Rheem focuses on using science-backed research to consult with leaders at all levels within an organization.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Futurist, Cybersecurity, Technology and National Security Expert
Described in the Wall Street Journal as "the premier futurist in the national-security environment," Dr. Singer is considered one of the world's leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare, and bestselling author of books on technology and cybersecurity. "Info-tainment" style
Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author, Professor of Innovation, Strategist to the Fortune 1000
An innovation strategist and leadership coach, Lisa Kay Solomon helps leaders develop the ability to build more expansive and creative futures through design-led tools, skills and behaviors. Lisa Kay Solomon believes we all have the capacity to be innovators.
Business Strategist, Innovation + Trend Expert, Technology Futurist
Award-winning professional speaker, bestselling expert on leadership/innovation. Author of Make Change Work for You: 10 Ways to Future-Proof Yourself, Fearlessly Innovate, and Succeed Despite Uncertainty. Leading futurist/trends expert: 600+ outlets from CNN to TIME. Fortune 500 calls "defining figure” and "top trendsetter to follow."
Cyber-illusionist, Tech innovator, Fellow MIT Media Lab
Cyber-illusionist, tech innovator & MIT Media Lab fellow, Marco presents cutting edge ideas and illusions in his keynote speeches and performances for all types of corporate and private audiences.
Speaker and Bestselling Author
Eric Termuende is on a mission to change the way we talk about work and get fulfillment from it. A bestselling author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Eric is co-founder of NoW Innovations.
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.
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 live changing story. How to use trust to change the world.