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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

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


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


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 * $15,000 to $20,000
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


Dan Millman

FEE CATEGORY * $20,000 to $25,000
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


J.R. Martinez

FEE CATEGORY * $25,000 to $30,000
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


Kyle Maynard

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

Two-time ESPN Espy winner, Kyle Maynard did not let a birth defect deter him from becoming a gifted athlete. The Mixed Martial Arts competitor, who was born without arms or legs, has inspired millions worldwide… Full Profile


Catherine McCarthy

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

Performance expert, Catherine McCarthy helps senior leaders bring out the best in their teams by breaking the paradigm of heavier workloads and longer hours. Over the course of 20 years, she’s designed courses and coached… Full Profile


Matt McFadyen

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

From rowing through the Northwest Passage to surviving the 50-foot-wave that toppled his ship, explorer Matt McFadyen makes teambuilding a true adventure. The youngest Australian to traverse the North Pole, Matt uses his gripping experiences… Full Profile


Albert Mensah

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

Called the “Ambassador of Opportunity”, Albert Mensah worked his way from a mud hut in an impoverished part of Ghana to the world stage. Mensah’s fantastic story of self-made success against unfavorable odds has earned… Full Profile


Dave Pelzer

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

Child abuse prevention advocate and inspirational speaker, Dave Pelzer is best known for his best-selling book, A Child Called “It”. The memoir which offered a raw account of Pelzer’s abusive childhood was on the NewYork… Full Profile


Kevin Kelly

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

Internationally acclaimed motivational speaker Kevin Kelley is a foremost authority on entrepreneurship, leadership, sales, creativity and personal excellence. Over the course of two decades, Kevin has been a keynote speaker for a multitude of events… Full Profile


Ty Pennington

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

TV personality and hardworking carpenter, Ty Pennington catapulted the home renovation industry into expansion, showcasing daring and creative works on Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. As he became a heavyweight in the entertainment… Full Profile


Jose Pinera

FEE CATEGORY * $25,000 to $30,000
TRAVELS FROM Chile

Former Minister of Labor and Social Security of Chile José Piñera is the master architect of Chile′s socio-economic transformation. While Labor Minister of Chile, from 1978-1980, Piñera won a victory for capitalism and freedom when… Full Profile


Chris Klug

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

In a truly astonishing feat of athletic ability, and as a demonstration of the remarkable resilience of the human body, snowboarder Chris Klug won a bronze medal at the 2002 Olympic games as the first… Full Profile


Lisa Nichols

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

Growing up and living in a South Central L.A. neighborhood divided between two warring gangs, single mother Lisa Nichols gave herself permission to take control of her life and get her family out of poverty.… Full Profile


Deborah Norville

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

Since 1995, Deborah Norville has been the anchor of Inside Edition, the longest running syndicated news magazine program, which covers hard news as well as crime and human interest stories. As a keynote speaker, Norville… Full Profile


Vince Papale

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

In the course of a few months, Vince Papale went from being a part-time bartender, nightclub doorman, and substitute teacher to an NFL star and national inspiration. The football player was discovered when newcomer coach,… Full Profile


Betty Nguyen

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

The first Vietnamese-American to anchor a national newscast, Betty Nguyen has reported major stories around the world for CNN, CBS, and NBC. She can currently be seen breaking stories on NBC’s Early Today, MSNBC’s First… Full Profile





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