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Overcoming Adversity SPEAKERS

From “We Shall Overcome” to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to “Shake It Off,” our cultural lexicon is rife with rhetoric on facing tough times. We represent a team of Speakers on Overcoming Adversity that add substance to the songbook, having charged head-on into some of the most insurmountable and unimaginable obstacles ever encountered, and not only survived, but thrived.

The ability of our inspirational speakers to reframe and adjust perspective becomes even more salient when a culture of fear and complacency is prevalent in the workplace, and employees become limited more by attitude than perceived lack of opportunity.

Our Overcoming Adversity Speakers won’t just lift you up and over, but carry you further, going beyond motivation with the ability to ignite and inspire that inner fire in your audience as well as sustain and maintain the drive to succeed throughout your organization, long after the keynote concludes.

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Overcoming Adversity Speakers

Stephanie Decker

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
Indiana, USA

Stephanie Decker became a national hero after she saved her children, shielding them from the falling debris of their collapsing house with her own body while a freak tornado engulfed their small Indiana town. Though she lost both legs, her spirit and determination remained unbroken. The admired mother has continued to inspire the country through her remarkable recovery and her relentless advocacy to create opportunities for children and adults with… Read More


John MacLean

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
Australia

A role model and inspiration for audiences around the world, John MacLean is the first wheelchair athlete to finish the Ironman World Championship, the first wheelchair athlete to be inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame, and the first wheelchair athlete to swim the English Channel. John uses his remarkable story, athletic triumphs, and philanthropic heart to motivate others to bend their challenges into successes. John's promising rugby career was… Read More


Kathy Bates

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.
$50,000 to $75,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

One of the greatest actresses of her generation, Kathy Bates has brought numerous roles to life on screen and onstage that no other performer could pull off. In recent years, she has also demonstrated she is one of the greatest humanitarians of her generation, fully embracing her role as national spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, whose mission is to fight lymphatic disease and lymphedema - a condition… Read More


Allon Raiz

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.
$10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM
South Africa

When things got tough, Allon Raiz rethought his failing business and turned it into the most successful business incubator in South Africa. Today Raizcorp is one of the few profitable business incubators in the world, and hailed by the U.S. government as a model for Africa while Allon, its founder and CEO, is one of only 15 recognized global experts in the area of fostering entrepreneurship. Allon currently supports over… Read More


Paul Shoemaker

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
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


Phil Hansen

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.
$10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM
Minnesota, USA

When Phil Hansen’s dedication to his art led to permanent nerve damage and a shaking hand, he turned a limitation into a creative catalyst that took his art to new heights. Hansen’s skillful use of unconventional materials from matches to hamburger grease has attracted the attention of high-end clients such as Disney, the Grammy Awards, and the Rockefeller Foundation. A gifted communicator, his interactive programs have invigorated creative spirits across… Read More


Dr. Joseph Maroon

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.
$25,000 to $30,000
TRAVELS FROM
Pennsylvania, USA

Internationally sought neurosurgeon, Dr. Maroon has contributed decades of groundbreaking research to the treatment and prevention of concussions and other neurotraumatic conditions. His innovative techniques for treating brain injuries, tumors, and spinal conditions have received international attention in the world of medicine and become routine procedures across the globe. The medical legend and his life-saving work are depicted in the 2015 sports film Concussion, starring Will Smith with actor Arliss… Read More


Ronan Tynan

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.
$25,000 to $30,000
TRAVELS FROM
Massachusetts, USA

Singer, physician, athlete, and inspirational speaker Dr. Ronan Tynan is no stranger to adversity. The renown “Irish Tenor” and Paralympics gold medalist has been referred to as “one of the inspirational stories you’ll ever hear.” Born with a birth defect in his lower limbs, Tynan’s legs had to be amputated below the knee at age 20 when an auto accident caused serious complications. Just weeks after the operation, he was… Read More


Meredith Baxter

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.
$15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

The star of numerous acclaimed comedic and dramatic roles in television and movies, Meredith Baxter offers an inspiring story of courage, hope, self-acceptance and happiness to millions dealing with drug abuse, domestic abuse, and cancer. Best known for portraying Elyse Keaton on the classic NBC sitcom Family Ties, she has also become a major force in the LGBT equal rights movement after coming out publicly on The Today Show in… 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


Jessica Cox

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
Arizona, USA

Despite being born without arms due to a birth defect, Jessica has lived an otherwise normal life. After overcoming her self-esteem issues, Jessica earned a degree in psychology and got her airline pilot’s certificate. Earning her pilot’s certificate also earned her meetings with heads of state, an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records, and even a meeting with the Pope. Putting an emphasis on the way we think… Read More


Bethany Hamilton

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

One of the world’s most influential surfers, Bethany Hamilton was attacked while surfing at the age of 13 by a 16-foot-long tiger shark that severely severed her left arm. Bleeding profusely she had to paddle 30 minutes to reach shore in order to get medical help and save her life. After losing 60% of her blood and undergoing multiple surgeries, she returned to the water a month later, seizing her… Read More


Aaron Beam

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.
$10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM
Alabama, USA

Since 2009, Aaron Beam has impacted the lives of thousands of students and business people with his personal story of how a few poor seemingly minor ethical decisions led him and many of his HealthSouth coworkers down a slippery slope of fraud to a scandalous trial and prison. His compelling story and honesty brings a humanity to the HealthSouth scandal, moving audiences to realize that fraud isn’t just a crime… Read More


Allison Massari

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.
$10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

After surviving two horrific car accidents, artist and entrepreneur Allison Massari braved an excruciating recovery that forever changed the way she viewed life and happiness. She has since then become one of North America’s leading speakers in “personal development” and “motivation,” teaching hundreds of audiences the self-disciplinary techniques she implemented to manage change, find inner peace, and come alive again. In 1998 Allison’s car was hit at 60 MPH damaging… Read More


Meredith Vieira

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
New York, USA

*Meredith Vieira only accepts speaking engagements in the New York area. Meredith Vieira is an award-winning news correspondent, anchor, editor, television personality and philanthropist. She won five Emmy Awards for her work as a correspondent on CBS News magazines 60 Minutes and West 57th. As a correspondent, she has covered presidential elections, high-profile trials, crime, human-interest stories and much more. Vieira served as a co-editor on 60 Minutes for two… Read More


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