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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 once 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 and Nick Vujicic.

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Inspirational Speakers

Gus Kenworthy

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM Colorado, USA

Olympic silver medalist, Gus Kenworthy changed the landscape of sports culture in 2015 when he became the first skier to come out as gay. With over 1.7 million Instagram followers, Kenworthy balances a high-profile life… Full Profile


Lindsey Vonn

FEE CATEGORY * $75,000 and above
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

The most successful race skier in American history, Lindsey Vonn broke record after record during a career that spanned nearly two decades. In addition to winning 3 Olympic medals, 2 World Championship gold medals, and… Full Profile


Diana Nyad

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

* In Association with CAA “I have three messages. One is we should never ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a… Full Profile


Linda Cliatt-Wayman

FEE CATEGORY * $25,000 to $30,000
TRAVELS FROM Pennsylvania, USA

Principal, Linda Cliatt-Wayman turned three of the country’s most dangerous and impoverished schools into successful centers of learning and development. The dedicated educator’s inspirational tale has been featured on TED, ABC’s World News Tonight and… Full Profile


Alex Banayan

FEE CATEGORY * $15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

Searching for a guide on how to create a path to success, college freshman Alex Banayan incidentally trail blazed his own when he sought out interviews from some of the world’s most reputable names in… Full Profile


Magie Cook

FEE CATEGORY * $5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM Florida, USA

Magie Cook started her salsa company with a gift of $800 while she was homeless. Despite no experience in business, she grew Maggie’s All Natural Fresh Salsa’s & Dips into a multi-million dollar company over… Full Profile


Michelle Rhee

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

As a third grade teacher in Baltimore, a member of Teach for America and the founder of StudentsFirst, Michelle Rhee has spent the last 18 years working to provide children with the skills and knowledge… Full Profile


Wasfia Nazreen

FEE CATEGORY * $10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

Wasfia Nazreen is a National Geographic Explorer & Adventurer and the only woman to hold these simultaneous titles. Although she is most known for being the first Bangladeshi and Bengali in the world to climb… Full Profile


Gayle King

FEE CATEGORY * $50,000 to $75,000
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… Full Profile


IN-Q

FEE CATEGORY * $20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

A pioneer of performance poetry, multi-platinum songwriter and National Poetry Slam Champion, IN-Q has moved millions with his unique take on the human experience. On the speaking circuit, the celebrated artist uses that same talent… Full Profile


Giuliana Rancic

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM Illinois, USA

Best known for her fearless interviews with Hollywood's biggest stars, television personality Giuliana Rancic has empowered millions with her relentless spirit as well as her willingness to openly discuss her personal and professional struggles and… Full Profile


Nick Santonastasso

FEE CATEGORY * $20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM Florida, USA

Nick Santonastasso is a medical miracle. Not only is he one of four people alive with the rare genetic condition, Hanhart Syndrome, the inspirational keynote speaker is an internationally known bodybuilder and fitness model -… Full Profile


Louie Schwartzberg

FEE CATEGORY * $25,000 to $30,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

For three decades, award-winning producer, director and cinematographer, Louie Schwartzberg has captivated and inspired millions with his breath-taking portrayals of the subtleties of nature. He is the only cinematographer in the world who has been… Full Profile


Bill Nye

FEE CATEGORY * $75,000 and above
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… Full Profile


Bear Grylls

FEE CATEGORY * $75,000 and above
TRAVELS FROM United Kingdom

One of television's most watched celebrities, Bear Grylls launched a Survivalism Fever that has swept across the world. The former British Special Forces operative is best-known for taking his adventures in the planet's most hostile… Full Profile


Sergey Brin

FEE CATEGORY * $75,000 and above
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

One of the most influential figures in the Digital Age, Sergey Brin is the co-founder of Google. Driven by a desire to organize the world's information so that it could be easily and universally accessed,… Full Profile


Mick Ebeling

FEE CATEGORY * $50,000 to $75,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

Named one of the "50 Most Creative People" in the world, Mick Ebeling specializes in using imagination and technology to win small victories for humanity and inspire others to do the same. His non-profit engineering… Full Profile


Alden Mills

FEE CATEGORY * $15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM Maryland, USA

A former Navy SEAL and the founder of Perfect Fitness, Alden Mills' knowledge of persistence, leadership, and teambuilding is second to none. Mills weaves together his experiences from the elite U.S. military force and the… Full Profile


Ron Garan

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM Texas, USA

When veteran astronaut Ron Garan blasted up into space, his perspective of humanity and all the problems we face changed forever. During his 178 days in orbit and 27 hours and 3 minutes of EVA… Full Profile


Isaac Lidsky

FEE CATEGORY * $20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM Florida, USA

Over the course of 12 years, Isaac Lidsky gradually went blind due to a rare genetic disease. Though he initially viewed his diagnosis as a death sentence, he eventually discovered that although he was losing… Full Profile


Lance Allred

FEE CATEGORY * $10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM Utah, USA

Born hearing impaired and raised in a polygamous commune, Lance Allred started playing organized basketball later than most future pro-athletes; he was in the eighth grade the first time he touched a basketball, the same… Full Profile


Michael Strahan

FEE CATEGORY * $75,000 and above
TRAVELS FROM New York, USA

SuperBowl Champion Michael Strahan recently signed with Fox Sports to serve as a studio analyst on the Fox NFL Sunday Pregame Show. Michael retired from the NFL after completing his 15th season with the NY… Full Profile


Nicole Richie

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


Stephanie Decker

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


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