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Vote Speakers into the Top25 for 2018!


PrintVisitors at SPEAKING.com vote speakers into the Top25. Votes are dynamically tallied so the Top25 changes according to live votes throughout the year. You can vote for as many different speakers as you like (a vote button is located on each speakers’ profile webpage). Just one vote per speaker.

The final vote tally will be counted on New Year’s Eve 2017 at midnight (Pacific time). At that time, speakers who have received the most total votes during the course of the year will be distinguished as 2018’s Top25 speaker honorees.

Thank you for voting and helping your favorite thought leaders reach the Top25!

Click here for a list of the Top25 speakers for 2017.

Here are the speakers currently in the running for 2018’s Top25 status:

  1. Barry Asmus

    If you're looking for indicators for the quality of a speaker, how does being invited to speak at the rededication of the Statue of Liberty sound? This is exactly what happened to Dr. Barry Asmus; it's just one of the many prestigious events to which he's been invited in the course of his more than 25 years of speaking experience. Dr. Asmus is Senior Economist at the National Center for…

  2. AmyK Hutchens

    AmyK Hutchens turns smart leaders into brilliant leaders. The engaging coach and speaker draws from decades of working with thousands of executives worldwide, sparking their creative problem solving capabilities and helping them build better performing companies. A veteran of the corporate world, AmyK served as Senior Executive Vice President, Operations for one of the largest sales and marketing firms in the U.S. Today she is known for her intense Think…

  3. Elizabeth Holmes

    Tech visionary and genius Elizabeth Holmes is changing the medical landscape through her biotech company Theranos and its revolutionary laboratory testing methods. The world’s youngest self-made female billionaire, Elizabeth seeks to make medical testing more accessible to ordinary people so that they can detect diseases earlier, get the care they need faster, and avoid having to say good-bye to loved ones all too soon. When her uncle died of cancer,…

  4. Billy Riggs

    At the age of 29, Billy Riggs founded one of America’s fastest-growing churches. Since 1995, he has been delivering his secular presentation, “The Magic of Attitude,” which combines comedy, music, magic and motivation to spread his positive attitude to more than a million people on five contents. In 2002, the National Speakers Association named him a Certified Speaking Professional. Mr. Riggs has been called “The Dr. Phil of Magic” due…

  5. LeVar Burton

    In the past 30 years, LeVar Burton has done it all - from acting to directing and even producing. He has appeared in numerous television movies, films and television shows. Burton is probably best known for his roles as Kunta Kinte in the award-winning miniseries Roots, Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in the Star Trek franchise, as well as being the host and executive producer of the long-running PBS children's…

  6. Robert Van Arlen

    Jazz pianist and speaker to over 250,000 salespeople across the world, Robert Van Arlen takes the title of his book, Focused Synergy, and shows you how developing synergy is the key to success in life, in teams and in organizations. His inspirational message can help anyone who is looking to improve teamwork, work through change management or who is struggling to achieve customer satisfaction. Working in CCH Legal Publishing, Robert…

  7. Duncan MacPherson

    Professional branding and client acquisition expert, Duncan MacPherson has been coaching financial professionals for over 20 years. His company Pareto Systems is at the forefront of improving productivity and practice management in financial advisors. As CEO of Pareto Systems, Duncan travels extensively throughout North America and around the world, conveying dynamic and fact-rich presentations that have made him a popular spokesperson for the knowledge-for-profit sector. Along with his team of…

  8. Nick Vujicic

    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 success to any who have ever doubted their ability to achieve their goals. During his childhood in Melbourne, Australia, Nick had to cope with feelings of loneliness and depression as he questioned just what purpose…

  9. Immaculee Ilibagiza

    Immaculée Ilibagiza has an astonishing story to tell of the most horrific experience imaginable being transformed into a story of faith and forgiveness. During the 1994 Rwandan genocide a local pastor hid her and seven other women in the bathroom of his house for ninety-one days. A university student, she emerged having lost nearly half her body weight only to find that most of her family had been murdered. Ilibagiza…

  10. AnnMarie Thomas

    Dr. AnnMarie Thomas works (and plays) to empower, support, and inspire today's innovators, engineers, and inventors, as well as those of tomorrow. A seasoned maker, tinkerer, and educator, Dr. Thomas heads the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas, where her research group explores how to integrate joy into learning and working as they partner with an eclectic network of collaborators that includes chefs, circus performers, and pre-schoolers.…

  11. Christian Rangen

    Christian Rangen is an entrepreneur, business school lecturer, author, strategy and innovation consultant and a lifetime adventurer who loves kitesurfing deserted Brazilian beaches, trekking across rain forests and snowboarding steep mountains. Christian holds an MBA from Copenhagen Business School, and he has taught extensively on strategy, innovation, leadership and change at BI – Norwegian Business School. Along with Elisabeth Ovstebo, Christian founded Engage // Innovate and Engage // Innovate Ventures.…

  12. Elon Musk

    One of the most creative geniuses of the 21st century, Elon Musk has proven time and time again that the impossible can be achieved. The CEO and architect of Tesla motors, Elon is a pioneer in transportation, renewable energy resources, space travel, and multi-planetary expansion through his role as an inventor, investor, and entrepreneur. Often cited as the real life “Tony Stark” (Ironman), the self-made billionaire became a familiar name…

  13. Willie Jolley

    Rated the “ #1 Motivational & Inspirational Speaker and Singer in America” by Get Motivated Seminars, Dr. Willie Jolley became speaking sensation after being fired from a nightclub where the professional singer was replaced by a karaoke machine. Since then, he has helped millions of people change their thinking, change their actions, and change their results by making their breaks instead of waiting for them. Dr. Jolley gained national attention…

  14. Sheila Johnson

    Sheila C. Johnson is a successful entrepreneur and impassioned philanthropist. As CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, a hospitality company she founded in 2005, Ms. Johnson oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties, including three Florida golf and family resorts reaching from the Gulf to the Atlantic—Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, Reunion Resort in Orlando, and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast. Ms. Johnson’s equestrian-inspired and luxurious Salamander Resort &…

  15. Les Brown

    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 adopted by a very caring woman, but problems came throughout his education as teachers repeatedly and incorrectly judged him “mentally retarded." Despite not having any education beyond high school, Les Brown decided that he would…

  16. Bill Nye

    Mechanical engineer and television personality Bill Nye got a generation of Americans hooked on science. A master of “edutainment”, Nye became a household name in the 1990s thanks to his fast-paced PBS children’s show Bill Nye the Science Guy, in which he translated science into fun hands-on experiments and demonstrations throughout 100 episodes. During its five year run, Bill Nye the Science Guy received 18 Emmy Awards for writing, performing,…