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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

Mallory Brown

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


Zoe Jackson MBE

FEE CATEGORY * $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.… Full Profile


Paul Shoemaker

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


John Larroquette

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


Susan Ford Bales

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


Tan Le

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


Mike Robbins

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

Author of four books (Focus on the Good Stuff; Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken; Nothing Changes Until You Do; and Bring Your Whole Self to Work), Mike Robbins teaches people how to infuse… Full Profile


Bill Moyers

FEE CATEGORY * Contact for fee schedule
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… Full Profile


Robert Herjavec

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


Jacqueline Novogratz

FEE CATEGORY * Contact for fee schedule
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… Full Profile


Michael Massimino

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


Darren Kavinoky

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

Accomplished trial lawyer, a well-known television host and legal analyst, and a compelling keynote speaker, Darren Kavinoky is a "misbehavior expert" - his own as well as other people's! Darren Kavinoky is the co-creator and… Full Profile


Dan Goods

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

Dan Goods explains his life and career in one sentence: "After doing the dishes, reading bedtime stories to my kids, and spending time with my wife, I work on other creative problem solving projects around… Full Profile


Dewitt Jones

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

One of America's most distinguished professional photographers and photojournalists, Dewitt Jones made his reputation over two decades of photographing global stories for the National Geographic. Graduating from Dartmouth College with a BA in Drama and… Full Profile


Jessica Cox

FEE CATEGORY * $15,000 to $20,000
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… Full Profile


Anne Mahlum

FEE CATEGORY * $10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM District of Columbia, USA

At age 26 social entreperneur, Anne Mahlum launched Back on My Feet, a nonprofit organization that aims to foster self-sufficiency in homeless participants through the discipline and therapeutic empowerment of running. Over the years Anne… Full Profile


Buzz Aldrin

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

The second man to set foot on the moon, the first successful spacewalker, air force combat veteran, holder of a doctorate in astronautics from MIT, inventor of spacecraft docking techniques that were crucial to the… Full Profile


Bethany Hamilton

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


Whitney Johnson

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

Founder and Managing Director of the Springboard Fund, Whitney Johnson is a top investor and leading thinker on driving innovation through personal disruption. As cofounder at startup investment advisor Rose Park Advisors, she co-led an… Full Profile


Allison Massari

FEE CATEGORY * $15,000 to $20,000
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… Full Profile


Amy Van Dyken

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

After an ATV accident left her paralyzed from the waist down, six-time swimming Olympic gold medalist, Amy Van Dyken became more than a sports champion. She became a champion for thousands of people with spinal… Full Profile


Marian Wright Edelman

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM District of Columbia, USA

Marian Wright Edelman has been a pivotal force of justice within the last half century. As founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, she has been one of the nation’s foremost advocates for disadvantaged children, working… Full Profile


Rob Lowe

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

Best known for his acclaimed roles in television’s The West Wing and Parks and Recreation, Rob Lowe prioritizes humanity, humor, creativity, and the importance of relationships in his acting, writing, and philanthropy. As an author… Full Profile


Arun Gandhi

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

Arun Gandhi is a global figure and social activist dedicated to teaching the non-violent philosophy of his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi. He has tirelessly sought to bring a message of light and healing to people caught… Full Profile





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