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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

Eric Shanteau

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

Olympic Athlete, Cancer Survivor On his way to the 2008 Olympics, Eric has ridden a rollercoaster that included being diagnosed with testicular cancer, swimming the fastest 50m breaststroke split in the history of the 200… Full Profile


Robin Sieger

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

Originally from Scotland, he studied science at the University of Glasgow before going on to fulfill a childhood ambition by becoming a successful comedian, appearing regularly on radio and having his own television show. In… Full Profile


Mike Lipkin

FEE CATEGORY * $15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM Ontario, Canada

Mike Lipkin has helped millions of people get remarkable results through the Lipkin Method for Exponential Success. An internationally acclaimed motivator, he uses evidence-based tactics to show business audiences how to leverage social values and… Full Profile


Doc Hendley

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

Doc Hendley is a CNN Hero and President and founder of the organization Wine to Water. He brings his knowledge of civil and human rights, global affairs and empowerment to his inspirational presentations. The original… Full Profile


Alan Hobson

FEE CATEGORY * $10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM Alberta, Canada

Mountaineer and cancer survivor, Alan Hobson embarked on ten high-altitude expeditions and a decade of raising millions of dollars before finally reaching the summit of Mount Everest. One of the world’s foremost adventure speakers, he… Full Profile


Dan Lothian

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

Dan Lothian is a veteran national TV news correspondent and is a co-founder of Heart Beings, a gathering point for positive news, insightful perspectives and tools to help us grow and achieve the lives that… Full Profile


Jean Houston

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

Since the 1960’s, Dr. Jean Houston has been an influential figure in spirituality, human potential, and social activism. A long-time consultant to the United Nations, she is the Chairman of the Jean Houston Foundation, a… Full Profile


Greg Louganis

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

Widely regarded as the best diver in the history of the sport, Greg Louganis is a four-time Olympic champion, a relentless voice for LGBT rights, and a powerful advocate for HIV awareness. In 1994, he… Full Profile


Todd Huston

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

For 20 years Todd Huston has turned a personal tragedy into an opportunity to help others overcome their challenges and become their best in every situation. After losing his leg in a boating accident, Todd… Full Profile


Mike Rayburn

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

Three-time Carnegie Hall headliner, keynote speaker, humorist and captivating musician, Mike Rayburn uses his multifold skills to deliver inspirational and motivational speeches that will never be forgotten. Mike synthesizes his wide-ranging life experiences as an… Full Profile


Chris Warner

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

Chris Warner began leading groups on wilderness trips when he was 17, and is still doing what he loves, more than 30 years later. He has summited Mount Everest and K2, starred in and filmed… Full Profile


Jim Lawless

FEE CATEGORY * $25,000 to $30,000
TRAVELS FROM United Kingdom

Jim Lawless’ remarkable success as a speaker and advisor stems from the fact that he has followed his own advice to achieve extraordinary results. Famous for his “Taming Tigers” talk, the international speaker became the… Full Profile


Jill Bolte Taylor

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

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a healthcare professional with an extraordinary and inspiring story of overcoming personal difficulties. An expert neuroanatomist, Dr. Taylor suffered a rare form of stroke, an arteriovenous malformation, and had to… Full Profile


LeAnn Thieman

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

LeAnn Thieman is a renowned motivational speaker and author with 30 years of experience as a nurse. During the Vietnam war, she helped rescue 300 babies as part of Operation Babylift. Her story was published… Full Profile


Dan Thurmon

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

Dan Thurmon is the president of Motivation Works, Inc., where he has helped hundreds of organizations and individuals to implement action plans and move confidently through transitions. He is a renowned speaker and recognized expert… Full Profile


Charity Tillemann-Dick

FEE CATEGORY * Contact for fee schedule
TRAVELS FROM New York, USA

Charity Tillemann-Dick grew up in Denver, CO with her 10 brothers and sisters. She received a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Regis University and went on to study music at the Peabody Conservatory at… Full Profile


Dara Torres

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

Dara Torres is a twelve-time Olympic medalist, known for being the fastest female swimmer in America. She entered her first international swimming competition at only 14 years old, and a few years later she competed… Full Profile


Dr. Farrah Gray

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

Entrepreneur and social activist Dr. Farrah Gray went from public assistance to self-made millionaire by the age of fourteen. Dr. Gray dispels fallacies about success and how to achieve it while rallying people to take… Full Profile


Chris Gardner

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

Inspirational and motivational speaker Chris Gardner draws on his extraordinary life story to share the lessons he has learned for overcoming adversity and improving performance. This life story became an autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness,… Full Profile


Yossi Ghinsberg

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

Isolated in the Amazonian jungle after his raft went over a waterfall, Yossi Ghinsberg should have perished. Instead the Israeli, a 22-year-old youth at the time, gathered his wits and embarked on a three-week-long escapade… Full Profile


Shirley MacLaine

FEE CATEGORY * Contact for fee schedule
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

Bestselling author, Academy Award-winning actress, and Broadway veteran, Shirley MacLain is one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars. The accomplished performer has appeared in more than 50 films as well as numerous TV and stage shows.… Full Profile


Warren Macdonald

FEE CATEGORY * $15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM Alberta, Canada

A catastrophic moment redefined Warren Macdonald’s life in April 1997 when a one-ton boulder fell on him during an excursion on a remote Australian island. For two days the avid environmentalist lay trapped and alone.… Full Profile


Ed Viesturs

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

Since he was a child growing up in the flatlands of Rockford, Illinois, Ed Viesturs has been fascinated by mountain climbing. When he was working as a veterinarian in the 1980s, he took months off… Full Profile


Nick Vujicic

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

Few speakers have a better claim to be regarded as inspirational than Nicholas Vujicic. Born without arms or legs, he has overcome his disability in the most astonishing ways, setting a true example of inspiring… Full Profile





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