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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

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


Paul Deegan

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

Paul Deegan is a survivor of the 1996 Mt. Everest fatal “rogue storm” that was the bases of the best-selling book Into Thin Air. Not only did he survive one of the deadliest tragedies to… Full Profile


Annie Duke

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

Championship poker player, Annie Duke draws from her twenty-year poker career and cognitive psychology studies to teach people how to make smart decisions in high stakes situations. From her PhD studies at the University of… Full Profile


Dr. Sampson Davis

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

Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, Dr. Sampson Davis was surrounded by poverty, broken families and drug-related crime. He managed to walk the tightrope between being smart and socially acceptable in a rough neighborhood, and… Full Profile


Scott Parazynski

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

With over eight weeks in space, forty-seven hours on spacewalks and 23,000,000 miles in orbit, astronaut Dr. Scott Parazynski brings an inspirational story and the knowledge he has gained about leadership and team-building back to… Full Profile


Janine Shepherd

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

Janine Shepherd's story reads like the plot of a hollywood movie. A champion cross country skier in training for the winter Olympics, her life was irrevocably altered when she was run over by a truck… Full Profile


Nic Marks

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM United Kingdom

Nic Marks’ work in happiness and wellbeing research methodology is world-renowned. His love of using applied statistics to ground well-being and happiness in hard evidence has led to international acclaim and the realization that “happiness… Full Profile


Charles Best

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

Living proof that one man can, if he is passionate enough, make a difference, Charles Best combines education, philanthropy and technology in all that he does; how many speakers do you know who allow the… Full Profile


Rachael Chong

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

Named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, Rachael Chong is an exceptional young woman who has truly committed herself to making the world a better place through her personal life and the… Full Profile


Ruben Gonzalez

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

When Houston resident Ruben Gonzalez decided to try out luging, he had never even touched snow. Over 30 years later, he is the only winter Olympian to have competed in four Olympics across four different… Full Profile


Don Mann

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

A respected authority on military issues, leadership, teamwork, and reaching peak performance in high-stressed situations, Don Mann is a decorated combat veteran, motivational speaker, endurance athlete and NY Times Best-Selling Author. As a member of… Full Profile


Scott O’Grady

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

After being shot down behind enemy lines, Captain Scott O’Grady was alone and face-to-face with death. The U.S. fighter pilot put his faith and training into action, surviving six excruciating days on the ground in… Full Profile


Dan Millman

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

Championship gymnast Dan Millman’s career took an unconventional turn when he began to ask himself if it were possible to train people in the art of living. The athlete-turned-coach embarked on a decade long journey… Full Profile


Billy Mills

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

Gold medalist, Billy Mills wowed the world when he overtook the world’s highest performing runners in the home stretch of the 1964 Olympic 10,000-meter-dash. Mills, who had been given a 1,000 to 1 shot at… Full Profile


Jim Morris

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

The inspirational story of Jim “The Rookie" Morris' unconventional method of motivating his young athletes is the inspiration for the Walt Disney blockbuster The Rookie and also The Blindside. When he was 35 years old,… Full Profile


Mike Mullane

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

From combat reconnaissance missions over the skies of Vietnam and Space Shuttle missions, to climbing some of the highest peaks around the world, Astronaut Mike Mullane knows what teamwork, leadership and safety are all about.… Full Profile


John Wood

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

Few individuals choose to walk away at the height of their corporate career to dedicate their life to a social cause. At age 35, John Wood did just that—quitting his position as Microsoft's Director of… Full Profile


J.R. Martinez

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

J. R. Martinez has been inspiring, motivating and empowering his audiences with his amazing story of recovery since sustaining severe burns on 34% of his body when serving in Iraq as an infantryman. His career… Full Profile


John Maxwell

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

Named the #1 Leadership and Management Expert in the World” by both Inc. magazine and Business Insider, John Maxwell has made it his life’s passion to develop leaders at every level. The #1 New York… Full Profile





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