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Overcoming Adversity Speakers

From “We Shall Overcome” to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to “Shake It Off,” our cultural lexicon is rife with rhetoric on facing tough times. We represent a team of Speakers on Overcoming Adversity that add substance to the songbook, having charged head-on into some of the most insurmountable and unimaginable obstacles ever encountered, and not only survived, but thrived.

The ability of our inspirational speakers to reframe and adjust perspective becomes even more salient when a culture of fear and complacency is prevalent in the workplace, and employees become limited more by attitude than perceived lack of opportunity.

Our Overcoming Adversity Speakers won’t just lift you up and over, but carry you further, going beyond motivation with the ability to ignite and inspire that inner fire in your audience as well as sustain and maintain the drive to succeed throughout your organization, long after the keynote concludes.

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Overcoming Adversity Speakers

Eric Shanteau

FEE CATEGORY * $10,000 to $15,000
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


Bernie Siegel

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

For many, Dr. Bernard Siegel—or Bernie, as he prefers to be called—needs no introduction. He has touched many lives all over the Planet. In 1978, he reached a national and then international audience when he… Full Profile


Carey Lohrenz

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

The first ever female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, Carey Lohrenz brings her experience of fast-moving, dynamic environments, where poor decision-making can lead to catastrophe, to the world of business strategy. Carey… 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


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


Mallory Weggemann

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

Mallory Weggemann is an American Paralympic swimmer who became a paraplegic following a routine epidural to treat her back pain in 2008. Less than four months later, she started training in the pool with the… Full Profile


Rene Godefroy

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

When Rene Godefroy found himself unhappy with his life, he decided to do something about it. His perseverance and resourcefulness led him from an impoverished Haitian village to the U.S. corporate stage where he is… 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


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


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


Roy Firestone

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

One of the most compelling sportscasters and interviewers of all time, Roy Firestone is a popular entertainer and speaker on the corporate circuit. The former ESPN sports journalist showcases his ability as a talented singer,… Full Profile


John Foppe

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

John Foppe has shown millions of people that the only handicaps we have are the mental and emotional ones that prevent us from participating fully in life. With three decades of speaking experience that have… 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


Roger Crawford

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

Former athlete, Roger Crawford has been teaching audiences all around the world how to achieve the impossible and redefine what’s possible through his personal success story as an NCAA Division 1 tennis player with four… Full Profile


Valorie Burton

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

Valorie Burton is dedicated to helping individuals succeed, even in the face of challenges. Ms. Burton has been called one of the top 100 thought leaders in the field of personal development and has written… Full Profile


Erin Brockovich

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

With her inspirational story of overcoming adversity, the name Erin Brockovich has become synonymous with David and Goliath battles. Portrayed by Julia Roberts in the eponymous film, she is a 20th-century icon and an enduring… Full Profile


Les Brown

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

Some motivational speakers will tell you about how to overcome adversity, but the inspirational Les Brown has lived the things he speaks of and then some. Abandoned at birth, he was lucky enough to be… Full Profile


Rocky Bleier

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

The extraordinary life story of Rocky Bleier is an inspirational one of a man who overcame terrible adversity to achieve his dreams. From the football fields of the NFL to the battlefields of Vietnam, he… Full Profile


Josh Blue

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

A highly rated stand-up comedian, much sought-after guest on TV programs, a gifted artist and star of the US Paralympics Soccer team, Josh Blue offers both entertainment and a very valuable lesson in overcoming adversity… Full Profile


Ryan Blair

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

One of the most astonishing rags to riches stories in modern business, Ryan Blair has overcome adversity in a way that few can even imagine. Growing up with Attention Deficit Disorder meant he could not… Full Profile


Robyn Benincasa

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

With a trio of Guinness World Records to her name, a CNN Hero designation and a world champion Eco-challenge Adventure Racer, few people are better placed than full-time firefighter Robyn Benincasa to talk about Human… Full Profile


Michael Beschloss

FEE CATEGORY * Contact for fee schedule
TRAVELS FROM District of Columbia, USA

Described by Newsweek as “the nation's leading Presidential historian," Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian, author of nine bestselling books and NBC News special correspondent. He recently co-authored the New York Times #1 bestseller Jacqueline… Full Profile


Jim Abbott

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

You have heard people say, “I'd give my right hand for that," meaning they'd give up the most important part of their body? Star baseball pitcher and inspirational speaker Jim Abbott was born without a… Full Profile


Stacy Allison

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

Someone who has literally scaled the peaks as the first American woman to summit Mount Everest, Stacy Allison brings the lessons of a lifetime of challenging the greatest mountains in the world to advising corporations… Full Profile


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