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After over 25,000 votes were cast during the course of 2015, here are your Top25 SPEAKING.com thought leaders for 2016. Congratulations to all these incredibly talented honorees! To see who is currently in the running for 2017, please click here.

  1. Dr. Mark DeVolder

    Known as “The Change Specialist,” Dr. Mark DeVolder has guided some of the most high-stake transitions of recent history, preparing Colombian business leaders for the NAFTA Free Trade Agreement, aiding in the wrap up of the NASA space shuttle program, and coaching multiple companies through mergers and acquisitions. While studies show that approximately only 30% of change initiatives reach their stated goals, DeVolder has a 95% success rate as a…

  2. Allison Massari

    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…

  3. David Avrin

    Known across the globe as the “Visibility Coach,” marketing professional David Avrin is highly sought-after as a speaker, author and executive coach. Audiences across North America and in many business and cultural capitals across the globe (including Singapore, Bangkok, Melbourne, Brisbane, Antwerp, Buenos Aires and London) have enjoyed and benefited from his entertaining, thought-provoking and insightful marketing programs which are rooted in his two decades of experience at the sharp…

  4. Travis Bradberry

    Dr. Travis Bradberry was awarded his BSC in Clinical Psychology by the University of California, San Diego, and holds a dual PhD in clinical and industrial/organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. His specialty is the field of emotional intelligence, in which he is a recognized world leader. He is co-author of the bestselling book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and also the co-founder of TalentSmart, the world’s leading provider…

  5. Danny Crates

    After losing his right arm in a horrific car accident at age 21, Danny Crates became a world record setting Paralympic gold medalist. His impressive sprinting career spanned more than a decade, resulting in multiple honors and titles. As a speaker, he shares his story of creating opportunity out of tragedy, drawing principles that any individual or organization can apply to their own goals and journeys. Prior to his accident,…

  6. Teresa Allen

    Teresa Allen’s approach to communicating with your customers and increasing sales is summed up in the name of her book and her most popular keynote Common Sense Service! An internationally recognized customer service and customer engagement expert, Teresa has presented her highly acclaimed presentations across the U.S. and abroad for over two decades. Audiences rave about Teresa’s down-to-earth, fun and highly interactive presentation style combined with her cutting edge information…

  7. Scott Amyx

    Amyx+McKinsey is a company specializing in strategy and development of wearable technology, of which Scott is founder and CEO. The recognized thought leader in the direction of smart wearable computing, Scott has an unrivalled insight into the development of e-commerce around this particular area of computers and the Internet. Highly sought-after as a speaker at global conferences on wearables and the Internet of Things strategy and innovation, Scott’s views have…

  8. Liz Berney

    For more than two decades Berney Associates, which specializes in organization development and management training, has been working with blue-chip companies and prestigious organizations to help them with organizational change, team building, conflict resolution and interests-based negotiation. Dr. Liz Berney is the president of the company. Amongst her clients have been the American Red Cross, AT&T, the IRS, the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts and the US…

  9. Kevin Mitnick

    Kevin Mitnick was once listed as one of the FBI’s Most Wanted for hacking into the systems of forty major corporations as a challenge. Nowadays he uses his extraordinary IT skills to help Fortune 500 companies and national governments find the loopholes in their networks. Kevin and his Global Ghost Team have never been defeated by any system into which they have been asked to hack, using technical skill and…

  10. Faisal Hoque

    One of the prime forces behind business technology convergence, technological entrepreneur Faisal Hoque began his first business at age 14 assembling stereos from scrap parts and selling them out of his father’s home in Dhaka, Bangladesh so that he could save up money to pursue a college education in the U.S. He’s come a long way since then, having been named one of the “Leaders to Watch in 2015” by…

  11. Jason Hwang

    Jason Hwang, M.D., M.B.A. is an internal medicine physician and Executive Director of Healthcare at Innosight Institute, a non-profit social innovation think tank based in Mountain View, CA. Together with Professor Clayton M. Christensen of Harvard Business School and the late Jerome H. Grossman of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, he is co-author of The Innovator′s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care (McGraw-Hill, January 2009), the American College of…

  12. Stephen Denny

    Stephen Denny is a competitive strategy + marketing consultant, helping emerging brands define their competitive positioning, communication strategies and go-to-market strategies. He is the author of Killing Giants: 10 Strategies to Topple the Goliath In Your Industry. Denny’s consulted and spoken to brands including Jabra, Cocona Inc., Altria, Campbell’s Soup, Gold ‘N Plump Poultry, PNY Technologies, Fuel Cell Energy, American Roamer, Looxcie, Koodo Mobile, Vibram US and others. Prior to…

  13. Orvel Ray Wilson

    Tell him your 3 top sales challenges and he will give you 50 Guerrilla tactics that you can use to counter them right now An award-winning keynote speaker and best-selling author, Orvel Ray addresses sales meetings, dealer meetings, trade shows, association conventions and small-business groups. His specialty is unconventional sales and marketing tactics that build business. His programs draw standing ovations and rave reviews from audiences worldwide. A Certified Speaking…

  14. Mark Thompson

    CEO and co-founder of Virgin Unite Mentors (VUM), the network established by Sir Richard Branson for coaching and entrepreneurial innovation, Mark Thompson’s expertise in coaching leadership for senior executives is unequaled. In addition to his position at VUM he is a Founding Patron of Virgin Unite’s Entrepreneurship Centre and Program Chairman for the Board of Governors of the Hesselbein Leadership Institute and the John F. Kennedy Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership.…

  15. Simon Mainwaring

    Simon Mainwaring is the founder of We First, a leading brand consultancy that provides purpose-driven strategy, content, and training that empowers companies to lead business, shape culture, and better our world. Simon shows companies how to define, frame and share the story of their good work in ways that build their brand reputation, customer community, and social impact. We First training includes keynote speeches, corporate workshops, and an annual Brand…

  16. Daymond John

    Marketing and branding expert Daymond John drew his inspiration and his first successes from the hip-hop scene in his native community of Hollis, Queens, New York. Starting out simply making hats for himself and his friends, he has become a fashion icon, branding expert and one of the most in-demand motivational speakers in North America. Realizing that his community’s lifestyle was not well represented in the marketplace, Daymond started FUBU…

  17. Lisa Ling

    Host, Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN Journalist, Author, Correspondent, National Geographic Explorer Journalist Lisa Ling travels around the world, bringing attention to stories that often go unreported. As the field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News’ Nightline and National Geographic’s Explorer, Ling has reported from dozens of countries. As host of Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN, Ling takes viewers along for…

  18. Muhammad Yunus

    Professor Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his revolutionary work in establishing the Grameen Movement; this movement, based on micro-finance for the rural poor, combines capitalism and social responsibility and has transformed the lives of millions across the world. In his home country, Bangladesh, he has had an unparalleled influence on rural development and politics. His ideas on village government (Gram Sarkar) were officially adopted…

  19. Joseph Stiglitz

    Winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, Joseph E. Stiglitz is one of the world’s most noted economists and a thought leader on globalization and international business. In addition to his individual Nobel Prize, he was lead author of the Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the current president of the International Economic Association and has been named by TIME…

  20. Vicki Hess

    Vicki Hess, RN, is your go-to resource for improving employee engagement in healthcare. Whether you work in a hospital, health system or your members or customers work in healthcare, Vicki brings a unique view and powerful tools to transform engagement, one employee at a time. She has more than three decades of experience in business and health care that she brings to her keynotes on workforce and leadership development. Vicki…

  21. Kevin Harrington

    Known as the original Shark on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank Kevin Harrington is an internationally acclaimed speaker, coach, celebrity entrepreneur and one of the most successful business experts of our time. He has launched over 500 products and businesses, generating more than $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic celebrities such as: Jack Lalanne, Tony Little, George Foreman, Billy Mays, the Hilton Family, the Jenner Family and the Kardashian…

  22. Robert Laszewski

    Widely regarded as the “go-to guy” for all healthcare matters by the Washington media, Robert Laszewski is president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, Inc., the Washington DC policy and marketing consultancy he founded. Prior to this he had two decades of experience in the insurance industry, nearly half of them as a CEO. Robert is a major player in the national debate on healthcare and his opinions have been…

  23. O’Shea Report

    Tim and Kris O’Shea are former corporate professionals in sales, training and human relations who left the corporate world to become writers and comedians. They both trained with The Second City theater company at their satellite division in Denver, Colorado. They are accomplished improvisers, stand-ups and comedic actors who have worked with cast members from Whose Line Is It Anyway and Saturday Night Live. The O’Sheas have presented to organizations…

  24. Liz Wiseman

    Liz Wiseman is president and founder of the leadership research and development firm, Wiseman Group, which operates out of Silicon Valley. Her services have been employed by some of the true global giants in business such as Apple, Nike, PayPal and Twitter. On the Thinkers50 rankings she is recognized as being one of the ten most significant leadership thinkers on the planet. Liz, the holder of a Bachelor’s degree in…

  25. Carey Lohrenz

    The first ever female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, Carey Lohrenz brings her experience of fast-moving, dynamic environments, where poor decision-making can lead to catastrophe, to the world of business strategy. Carey combines fascinating stories of her time in service with messages about high-performing teams and a culture of learning that is based on the very best industry practices. Audiences from Fortune 100 businesses have reveled in…