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Inspirational SPEAKERS

What is the best way to win hearts and minds? The answer is as true today as it was centuries ago: with a deeply affecting tale of the power of the human spirit triumphing over all obstacles. Master storytellers, our diverse roster of inspirational speakers connect powerfully with audiences and spur them to reach greater heights.

Our speakers come from all types of backgrounds, from people with incredible stories of overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to those who have made a huge positive impact on the world. Their personal stories of success, failure, determination, and courage can mean the difference between a meeting your people can’t wait to leave, and one they go home talking about for months afterward with stars still in their eyes.

Whether you’re seeking to reduce employee turnover, retain customers, improve engagement, produce a memorable event, or build high performance teams, our keynote speakers will galvanize your audience, kindling their desire to meet challenges head on and while maintaining a positive outlook.

Some of our most popular inspirational speakers include: Arun Gahdhi, Dr. Scott Parazynski, J.R. Martinez, Diana Nyad and Nick Vujicic.

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Nicole Richie

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$75,000 and above
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

Nicole Richie's role in the reality series The Simple Life alongside Paris Hilton, her best friend at the time, made her an overnight sensation, but also catapulted her into an often tumultuous public life. Learning from her missteps, Richie turned herself around and today is the founder and owner of four successful businesses in addition to being a two-time novelist and the proud mother of two children. Over seven years… Read More


Gayle King

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM
New York, USA

Gayle King is the co-host of CBS This Morning and the Editor-at-large at O, the Oprah Magazine which continues to be a top-selling print magazine after more than a decade in production. Millions look to the three time Emmy-award winning journalist as a model of civility and respect. King entered local television news after a station executive offered her a job based on the professional tone of her voice. Though… Read More


Dan Pallotta

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
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TRAVELS FROM
Massachusetts, USA

Humanitarian entrepreneur, Dan Pallotta is one of the world's most forward voices on philanthropy and innovation. A pioneering leader in social enterprise, he invented the multi-day charitable event industry including the Breast Cancer 3-Day walks and the multi-day AIDS rides. Within the past 10 years, Dan's methods have been responsible for raising billions of dollars for important causes. Dan began reshaping the nonprofit sector at an early age. While in… Read More


Mallory Brown

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM
Michigan, USA

Social entrepreneur Mallory Brown represents a new generation of philanthropy. At age 24, she founded World Clothes Line, an online business that donates one article of clothing for every article sold. Mallory and her numerous success stories are a living testimony that we really can "do well by doing good." As a speaker she takes her philanthropic business philosophy to students, non-profits, and corporate audiences, inspiring them to find inventive… Read More


Zoe Jackson MBE

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM
United Kingdom

Multi-award winning entrepreneur Zoe Jackson MBE, is proof that a young person with passion and determination can move mountains. At age 16, she launched a performing arts company for young people run by young people. Since then she's grown her organization - Living the Dream - into a flourishing dance company, media company, performing arts school, and charity that has enabled thousands of disadvantaged youth to cultivate their talent and… Read More


Paul Shoemaker

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$5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM
Washington, USA

Paul Shoemaker is a mastermind at knocking down the barriers and curtailing social problems. As the Founding President of Social Ventures Partners International and SVPI's former Executive Connector, he's brought together social changers, researchers, and philanthropists in 38 cities and 8 countries to make things happen for almost two decades. In 2011 and 2012, Shoemaker was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential People in the Nonprofit Sector” by… Read More


John Larroquette

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$25,000 to $30,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

Emmy and Tony-award winning actor, John Larroquette uses his personal experience to educate the public on substance abuse and recovery. The iconic stage and television actor from pop culture favorites such as the sitcom Night Court and ABC’s law drama Boston Legal gave up alcohol over 30 years ago when he realized that his severe drinking habit was quickly steering him towards a premature death. Larroquette’s portrayal of narcissistic prosecutor… Read More


Susan Ford Bales

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$5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM
Oklahoma, USA

One of the country’s most beloved advocates on dealing with breast cancer and drug addiction, Susan Ford Bales has touched thousands with her compassion, empathy, and courage to open up on highly personal and difficult topics that affect so many people worldwide. The daughter of Former President Gerald Ford, her family has navigated breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, and drug addiction all while in the public eye. Susan has dedicated… Read More


Tan Le

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

One of the science world’s most successful and influential CEOs, Tan Le started her incredible life journey as a refugee facing a high probability of death on a treacherous trip across the pirate infested China South Sea. Today, Ms. Le is the founder and CEO of the bioinformatics firm, EMOTIV, where her groundbreaking work in technology and artificial intelligence is making it possible to control electronic devices with something as… Read More


Bill Nye

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

Mechanical engineer and television personality Bill Nye got a generation of Americans hooked on science. A master of “edutainment”, Nye became a household name in the 1990s thanks to his fast-paced PBS children’s show Bill Nye the Science Guy, in which he translated science into fun hands-on experiments and demonstrations throughout 100 episodes. During its five year run, Bill Nye the Science Guy received 18 Emmy Awards for writing, performing,… Read More


Mike Robbins

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

Author of three books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, and his latest, Nothing Changes Until You Do, Mike Robbins teaches people how to infuse their lives and businesses with authenticity and appreciation. He has strengthened and inspired teams at Google, Wells Fargo, Twitter, Gap, eBay, Charles Schwab, Adobe, Chevron, Citibank, the US Department of Labor, Stanford University, the San Francisco Giants, and many… Read More


Robert Herjavec

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$30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM
Ontario, Canada

One of North America’s most respected businessmen, Robert Herjavec is most recognized for his role as a dragon on Canada’s Dragon’s Den and a shark on the U.S. Shark Tank. Off screen he is the founder and CEO of the Herjavec Group, one of the largest and most profitable information technology companies in Canada. At age 8 Robert and his family arrived in Canada from communist Yugoslavia with a single… Read More


Bill Moyers

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
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TRAVELS FROM
New York, USA

For over four decades Bill Moyers has been public television’s most visible intellectual. One of the most impactful journalists of our time he has witnessed and nurtured some of the greatest social movements of the past 50 years starting from his days as President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Press Secretary. Known as “America’s conscious,” Moyers was one of the key architects of the Great Society, a series of social programs created… Read More


Jacqueline Novogratz

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
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TRAVELS FROM
New York, USA

Jacqueline Novogratz’ philanthropic vision has helped the poor with transformative services throughout the world. As founder and CEO of Acumen, Jacqueline has invested in companies serving over 123 million customers living in poverty in developing nations. During her career in international banking, Jacqueline founded a micro-finance institution in Rwanda, which led to the foundation of a philanthropy workshop and a leadership program at the Rockefeller Foundation. Her numerous honors, including… Read More


Michael Massimino

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM
New York, USA

The real-life astronaut who inspired George Clooney’s role in the film Gravity, Michael Massimino and his crews traveled higher and faster than any other astronauts in the 21st century. Mike faced life-threatening challenges as he repaired the Hubble Space Telescope during its last servicing mission. As well as being the last person to work inside the Hubble Telescope, he also became the first person to send a tweet from space.… Read More


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