Motivational Humorist Al Walker offers funny, inspiring and entertaining keynote, luncheon and after dinner speeches, workshops, seminars and concurrent sessions. He draws on his skills and background as a successful businessman and his humorous approach to life to deliver speeches and training programs to convention and meeting audiences across the world. His reputation as a trainer, facilitator and workshop/seminar leader has brought him international recognition. It's impossible to hear Al Walker give a speech and not get more excited about your own business and life. His delivery is as powerful as his message. He is outspoken, direct and humorous, but most of all he is effective.
Manny Scott is one of the original "Freedom Writers" whose story is told in the Hollywood movie Freedom Writers, starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hillary Swank and Grey’s Anatomy’s Patrick Dempsey. Manuel Scott has devoted his life to equipping others with proven tools to succeed. With a tireless, selfless dedication, he enlightens, empowers, and revitalizes others with life-changing messages.
As a child, Mawi fled civil war in Ethiopia and survived a Sudanese refugee camp for three years. After being resettled in The United States, Mawi overcame welfare, language barriers and personal tragedy to graduate from Harvard University, where he delivered the commencement address to an audience of 30,000.
Troy Evans is an inspiring and upbeat motivational speaker- and a former bank robber. He's an ex-con who was sentenced to 13 years in federal penetentiaries for a string of armed bank robberies, but he went on to earn two degrees with top honors and has taken the world of corporate speaking by storm. In his new book, From Desperation to Dedication, Troy shows you how, by taking responsibility for your own choices, you, too, can change your life. Troy’s story proves that what seems like the end of the road may actually be a new beginning, and that no situation is ever without hope. Whether you’re seeking inspiration for yourself or someone close to you, whether you want to make a big change or a small one, Troy’s story will move and motivate you and put you on your own path from desperation to dedication.
Would you respect a man who came to the United States as a teenager with little knowledge of English, no contacts and only $50 in his pocket, yet ended up a mega success story? Would you listen to what he has to say about success? Meet Nido Qubein, chairman of an international consulting firm and recipient of the highest awards given for professional speakers including the Cavett (known as the Oscar of professional speaking), the Speakers Hall of Fame, and Sales and Marketing International's Ambassador of Free Enterprise.
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 Business Development for the Greater China Region in order to found Room to Read. He has never looked back.
Growing up poor and one of fourteen children in rural Louisiana, Bob Love had a dream to play in the NBA. Not able to afford a basket or basketball, Bob nailed a coat hanger to the side of his grandmother’s house and used his imagination. Despite his great success as an athlete, Bob was not able to do something we all take for granted: speak without stuttering. As a child, he dreamed of speaking without a sever stutter; to overcome the long periods where he could not speak at all and not stumble over his words. Forty years later, Bob would realize his dream not only to speak clearly but also to become a professional speaker.
Gary W. Moore is the author of "Playing with the Enemy" currently being made into a film starring Oscar-winning talent. The film cast includes Gary's son, Toby Moore, who will play Gary's father. The film and the book is about Gene Moore, a baseball prodigy who lost his dream of becoming a major league ballplayer to war and injury, but overcame heartbreak and adversity to become a successful businessman and father. Gary's father taught him so much but hid his baseball career from Gary until the day before he suddenly passed away from a heart attack. It is often said that we are the product of all our experiences- Gary's honest portrayal of his father reminds us about the importance of communication.
Considered one of the most dynamic, “high octane” speakers in America. Harvey Alston has been a full-time speaker since 1989. He has spoken to millions of people throughout the United States who have benefited not only from his knowledge, but also from the wisdom that Harvey Alston brings to the finish line.
Muhammad Yunus is the recipient, with Grameen Bank, of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, for his efforts to create economic and social development from below. As the Nobel Committee announced, "Lasting peace can not be achieved unless large population groups find ways in which to break out of poverty."
Inspirational and motivational speaker, international bestselling author and cancer survivor, Alan Hobson reached the top of Mt. Everest on his third expedition only to face an even bigger mountain. He was diagnosed with acute leukemia, a cancer of the blood, and given less than a year to live -- unless he survived intensive chemotherapy cancer treatment, a perilous adult blood cell transplant and climbed back to share his triumphant cancer survivor story with the world. As it turned out, that is exactly what he did.
Larry Csonka and power running became synonymous in the NFL of the 1970's. As a player with the powerhouse Miami Dolphins he charged so tenaciously through defenses that his name became a household word and his nickname, Zonk, became a new American verb. From 1971-1973, he led theDolphins to three Super Bowl appearances, earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors along the way.
Charles Garfield is the author of the widely acclaimed "Peak Performance" trilogy: Peak Performers, Team Management, and Second to None. Together, the three books -- which focus on high-performing individuals, teams, and organizations, respectively -- are a blueprint for managers pressured to continuously improve while doing more with less.
As an airline transport pilot and flight instructor, James Melton began his teaching career in the cockpit of an airplane. From there he joined the faculty of a Denver college. He then moved on to share his communication and leadership expertise as a professional speaker, author, and talent agent. With a PhD in management, he has shared his candid and inspiring insights worldwide for many of the top Fortune 500 companies, as a news reporter, in his books, and on his eight-part Public Television series.
Mike Rayburn is a captivating keynote artist with a presentation completely unlike any you’ve ever seen! Having been called “the World’s Funniest Guitar Virtuoso,” Mike uses his astounding guitar creations, uproarious songs, and veteran presentation skills to encourage, challenge and inspire his audiences to leap beyond their perceived limitations. He can focus his program completely on entertainment, depending on your needs.
Stanford All-American and five-time NFL All-Pro Brian Holloway excelled as the team captain of the 1985 New England Patriots, AFC Championship Team. In 1986, at age 26, Holloway was one of the principal architects of the NFL's growth strategy that produced a landmark $18 Billion TV contract in 1998.
Joel Zeff creates energy. His spontaneous humor and vital messages have thrilled audiences for years. As a national speaker and humorist, Joel captivates audiences with a unique blend of hilarious improvisational comedy and essential ideas on work and life. Corporations and organizations nationwide seek him out to motivate and energize their employees on such topics as creativity, communication, teamwork, passion and fun.
Rob ‘Waldo’ Waldman - The Wingman – is a professional leadership speaker and author of the NY Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated fighter pilot and businessman.
Erik Wahl is a recognized artist and speaker who inspires corporations to achieve greater levels of organizational performance. His consulting firm specializes in challenging professionals to implement breakthrough thinking to achieve extraordinary results. Erik has keynoted meetings for America’s top corporations, guest lectured at the London School of Business and performed for organizations all over the world. Erik's unique understanding of vision traces back to his experience as an artist. Erik earned his bachelors degree in Business Communication before embarking on an eight year career as a partner in a corporate firm. After first working in the business world and playing with his art; Erik now PLAYS in the business world by WORKING with his art. Erik’s sought after artwork can be seen hanging in executive offices around the world. And as one of the country’s top platform speakers, Erik shares his powerful message with audiences from coast to coast.
Using his striking photographs as illustrations of his metaphor about possibility and creativity, Steve inspires audiences to take advantage of his experience and vision to make any venture an adventure. In any project he undertakes, Steve's preparation lays the foundation for magic to happen; "Chance favors the prepared mind," said Louis Pasteur. After all, our eyes will only ever see what our mind is prepared to comprehend. He spends six months of the year traveling the world for his clients; the remainder teaching and delivering his presentation "Open Roads Open Minds: An Exploration of Creative Problem Solving".
Keynote speaker Mike Schlappi has an inspiring message for every American, young or old: "Just because you can't stand up, doesn't mean you can't stand out." As president of Mike Schlappi Communications, and confined to a wheelchair, he is spreading that word to audiences ranging from students to chief executive officers, from rookies to Olympic champions, and from small gatherings to major conventions.
Cary Mullen, Olympian and World Cup Champion currently holds the World Downhill Speed Record for skiing 97 MPH (151 KMH) down the world’s most famous ski course in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Cary was a non-prodigy, an underdog, who placed last in his first World Cup race. He followed 5 key winning strategies to go from ‘worst to first’ and to ultimately become a two-time Olympian and World Cup Champion.
Dewitt Jones is one of America’s top professional photographers. Twenty years with National Geographic photographing stories around the globe has earned him the reputation as a world-class photojournalist. As a motion picture director, two of Dewitt’s films were nominated for Academy Awards. In the business community, Dewitt’s work is also well known. He rose to the forefront of creative marketing by photographing national advertising campaigns for organizations such as Dewar’s Scotch, Canon, and United Airlines.
Jennifer James is a cultural anthropologist, lecturer, writer and commentator, who is known to audiences around the world for her innovative ideas. She works on an international level with corporations and associations helping people to meet the challenges of today's transitions. Her speeches and seminars deal with the human face of technological change and the development of cultural intelligence. Dr. James is a specialist in areas of cultural change, diversity and marketing intelligence.
At the age of 27, Chad Hymas' life changed instantaneously when an accident left him a quadriplegic. Since that time Chad has been recognized by the state of Utah as the Superior Civilian of the Year. He is the president of his own communications company and an Internet marketing company. As a member of the National Speakers Association Chad travels as many as 150,000 miles a year speaking to hundreds of professional and civic organizations such as Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, Rainbird, IHC, American Express, Prudential Life, Vast FX, Zion Securities, and others.
Suzie's background is as varied as her audiences...from administrative secretary to Television Talk Show Host, to 20 years in radio. She has hobnobbed with movie stars and politicians, interviewed the great and the "near" great. She has made hundreds of commercials, done musical comedy and motion pictures. She has been fired, been broke, been disappointed, been a petrified expectant mother at 40 years old and lived her life with a passion for learning not only how to be better, but to see things differently.
Focused solely on helping people from all walks of life reshape their vision of what’s possible, no one is better respected in the area of human potential than Mark Victor Hansen. Creating powerful change in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide for over 30 years, Mark Victor Hansen delivers proven messages of possibility, opportunity and action.
Amanda Gore is one of America and Australia's most popular professional speakers. She holds a degree in Physiotherapy, a major in Psychology and is a Master Practitioner of neurolinguistics. She was an ergonomics and occupational health consultant before she started speaking. Amanda is an expert on communications, leadership, and group dynamics. More importantly, perhaps, she has a unique ability to entertain, educate and involve simultaneously.
LaDonna Gatlin believes one defining moment can redefine our lives. She knows firsthand that we can’t live someone else’s dream…that in order to be our personal best, we must find our own voice and “sing our own song.”
At the age of 22 Steve Donahue had his life all mapped out. He was living his dream as a professional disco dance teacher. Steve had it all; money, fame and plenty of dance partners. Then disco died. But Steve learned a valuable lesson; never bet your life on shiny shirts and tight pants. He also remembered not to trust maps. Just two years previous Steve crossed the Sahara Desert. Battered by relentless sandstorms, tormented by searing heat and freezing nights, never knowing if the speck on the horizon would be a friend or foe, Steve found his way in the world’s largest desert.
Charles Petty is a funny, educational and inspirational professional speaker. He has the rare ability to package profound, life-changing truths in humor. He has a soft southern accent and uses original humor that is never off-color.
Allison Massari, after running a thriving fine arts career for more than 25 years,suffered extraordinary personal tragedies: two devastating car crashes- and has now dedicated herself to employee engagement and well-being, inspiring employees with tools to more effectively manage their lives. She enjoys delivering keynotes to healthcare audiences – to heal burn-out in medical workers and to enhance patient-centered care. Her message focuses on the power of the human connection. In her own words, “Compassion heals the places that medicine cannot touch.” Her mission is to bring transformation to individuals, businesses and communities.
A longtime resident of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, John Amatt is President of One Step Beyond WorldWide, an innovative educational and motivational company, whose mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for the results of their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others.
Rocky Bleier's life story - a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam - has held audiences in rapt attention for years. Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century.
Scott Burrows is a Murder Ball Athlete and Author of "Conversations on Success". Scott has used his powerful success formula - Vision, Mindset and Grit – during his entire life to maximize untapped potential, excel and surpass the competition. He played college football at FSU under Head Coach Bobby Bowden and was a # 1 ranked kick-boxing champion having his last fight broadcast by ESPN.
Cuban defector and successful technology consultant Ariel Coro presents a compelling and motivational keynote on imagination and ingenuity under difficult circumstances. His experiences will help your audience learn how to adopt a “never give up” attitude, and to appreciate the resources at our disposal many take for granted.
Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride. Christine Cashen delivers a fast –paced, hilarious program with useful content that makes her a sought after speaker worldwide. For more than 10 years, she has jazzed an amazing variety of audiences throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa and Australia. Christine is an authority on sparking innovative ideas to handle conflict, reduce stress and energize employees.
An award-winning inspirational speaker and athlete who equips audiences to break through self-imposed limitations, embrace change and reach new levels of achievement. Best-selling author and inspirational speaker, Roger Crawford has helped more than 3,000 organizations break through self-imposed limitations and reach levels of achievement previously thought to be impossible.
Alan Bean, the fourth man to set foot on the moon, was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1963. During his 18-year NASA career, he achieved a number of accomplishments, including Apollo 12 Lunar Module Pilot and Skylab Mission II commander. Bean was also selected as backup spacecraft commander for the joint American-Russian Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975.