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Author - Keynote Speakers

Jim Davidson

Jim has climbed high mountains around the world. He’s led expeditions and rescues in perilous conditions. As a keynote motivational speaker, Jim distills the lessons he’s learned on the mountains and applies them to challenges in business and life. Jim’s experience as a resilience expert, mountain climber, and co-author of the bestselling and award winning memoir “The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival”, provides his audiences with relatable lessons to be used in the workforce. On April 25, 2015, Jim was at Camp 1 on Mount Everest when the earthquakes tragically struck Nepal. His intense reporting, photos and videos from Everest were closely covered by CNN, CBS, BBC, ABC and other news agencies.
Jim’s passion for teaching resilience and his aptitude for storytelling will inspire you. Jim becomes not just your normal keynote speaker, but a man who truly sparks your desire to improve. There is no event that has had Jim as a speaker that has not left feeling prepared to face any challenge that comes their way.

Maddy Dychtwald

Maddy Dychtwald brings more to her keynote speeches than just facts. Her vivacious attitude and multi-media presentations transform a time usually spent just listening to a speaker into an experience that seems to fly by. Maddy is a nationally recognized author, public speaker, marketing executive and entrepreneur. With over 20 years as an expert on the lifestyle, marketing, and retirement implications of the “age wave” Maddy brings her innovative research to the stage.

Barbara Corcoran

As a motivational and business speaker, Barbara Corcoran inspires her audience by leading them through her life and experiences. Barbara began her career when she left her waitressing job to start her own real estate company and in twenty-five years Barbara turned that company into a five-billion-dollar business. Barbara then moved on to create her own television production and business consulting company, Barbara Corcoran Inc. She is now the real estate contributor for NBC’s Today Show and CNBC and writes weekly real estate column for the Daily News and monthly columns for MORE Magazine and Redbook. Barbara’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude brings a refreshing approach to her motivational talks, which leaves the audience at the edge of their seats.

Bob Garfield

Bob Garfield has never worked in advertising or marketing a day in his life. He has no relevant education, experience or data. He owns exactly one dark suit. He is also the most prominent commentator and analyst of advertising and marketing who has ever lived. For 25 years, his AdReview column in Advertising Age evaluated, vetted, parsed, deconstructed and offered uncanny prognostications for thousands of ads from hundreds of agencies worldwide. Over the past decade, he has also famously – and presciently — chronicled the digital revolution, culminating in his landmark 2009 book, The Chaos Scenario. His previous book, the 2003 manifesto on advertising And Now a Few Words from Me, is published in eight languages. His new Ad Age column, "Listenomics," explores the frontiers of 21st-century marketing and media.

Tom DeFrank

Long-time, award-winning journalist, Tom DeFrank, is one of the most respected members of the political press corps. His depth of experience in covering Presidents, Congress and elections gives him a unique vantage point to give audiences not only the backstory of today's events but the historical context and perspective needed for a complete understanding of current events. DeFrank began his career at Newsweek serving as White House Correspondent and Deputy Bureau Chief of the magazine's Washington bureau (1970-1996) and then served as Washington Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News (1996-2013). Today he is Contributing Editor for the National Journal. He has reported on the activities of Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama. DeFrank provides audiences a glimpse of the executive office very few get to see, with a highly anecdotal and conversational look at presidential personalities revealing the human—and humorous—side of the office.

Hugh Downs

Hugh Downs is the former co-anchor of ABC News' "20/20" , and one of the most familiar American television figures in the history of the medium. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in radio and television as a reporter, newscaster, narrating and hosting. Mr. Downs lectures at Arizona State University and throughout the country on a wide range of subjects. In 1985 he was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as holding the record for the greatest number of hours on network commercial television. His record of over 10,000 hours still holds. Additionally, Mr. Downs has chaired the Research and Education Committee of the Geriatrics Advisory Council of Mount Sinai Medical Center, is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College, chairs the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, abd is chair emeritus of the United States Fund for UNICEF. Hugh is indeed a sought out lecturer on a variety of topics such as; “Science”, “Aging”, and “Broadcast and Media”.

Gail Evans

Gail Evans is a female motivational speaker who has helped women be influential in the workplace and provides the tools for them to succeed. She takes from her book Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman and her experience as Executive Vice President of CNN to bring insight and knowledge to her audiences. Gail’s newest book, She Wins, You Win as well as her weekly radio segment "It's Not Just A Man's World," which is syndicated to 1900 CNN Radio affiliates across the United States, has made her wisdom one that is sought-after by major corporations. Her revolutionary keynotes will help your organization implement new strategies to encourage creativity and create a thriving work environment.

Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran provides data and strategies to inspire leaders to drive transformation in a fast paced world and to create the future workplace TODAY! The future workplace Cheryl envisions is one of shared leadership, innovative collaboration, where everyone is consistently adding value for employees and customers. Cheryl's research focuses on the future of work, change management, and technological innovation. Cheryl is the author of six books including, the newest, “The Art of Change Leadership – Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced World”. Cheryl has worked with global brands such as AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, Gartner, TEDX, Bell, Mass Mutual, Manulife, and more. In choosing to work with Cheryl, audiences will learn to take action towards creating an extraordinary future. Clients enjoy increased engagement, increased leadership abilities and increased business results.

Rowan Gibson

Rowan Gibson is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on business innovation. The media have labeled him “Mr. Innovation”, “the Innovation Grandmaster”, “the W. Edwards Deming of innovation” and “a guru among the gurus”. He is the internationally bestselling author of two major books on business strategy and innovation – Rethinking the Future and Innovation to the Core – which have been published to date in 25 languages. His latest book, Innovation to the Core, explains – for the first time – how to build and sustain a deep, company-wide innovation capability that drives continual growth and strategic renewal. Rowan Gibson is one of the world’s most in-demand public speakers. In just the last four years alone, he has delivered his keynote speeches, innovation masterclasses and public seminars in 55 countries around the world. Rowan Gibson’s keynote speeches, executive sessions and innovation masterclasses are always tailor-made to fit each audience, industry sector and event format. He endeavours, wherever possible, to use business cases and examples that are relevant to the specific audience. Gibson uses very graphic PowerPoint slides – each typically features just one powerful image and a single statement – which makes his presentations extremely dynamic. He is constantly updating his slides with cutting-edge material and up-to-the-minute business news.

Tim Gard

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is a tears-in-your-eyes funny keynote speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful, and coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm. He is a Hall of Fame Speaker, CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence), an elite honor shared by 150 people worldwide and a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). Tim has spoken at over 2,000 events worldwide from Texas to Tasmania and was selected by Meeting Planners Magazine as one of the “Best speakers ever seen or heard on the main stage.” Tim’s down-to-earth style and real-life humor leaves a lasting impression that you will benefit from for years to come. His skillful use of ordinary items in extraordinary ways and extraordinary items in everyday ways make him one of the most popular main stage speakers on the platform today. During the past two decades, Tim has traveled almost two million miles to perform, is the author of 4 books, and an inventor of stress reduction tools that are marketed & enjoyed worldwide.

Jeffrey Gitomer

Jeffrey Gitomer is the author of Jeffrey Gitomer's "Little Red Book of Selling, The Sales Bible, and Customer Satisfaction is Worthless, Customer Loyalty is Priceless". He is a creative, on the edge writer and speaker whose expertise on sales, customer loyalty and personal development is world renowned. Jeffrey is well known for his insightful presentations that are funny, insightful, real world, and in your face, he gives audiences information that they can immediately take back to their jobs and turn into sales revenue. Jeffrey's syndicated column, "Sales Moves", appears in scores of business journals and newspapers in the United States and Europe, and is read by more than four million people every week. He is known for presentations, seminars and keynote addresses that are funny, insightful, and in your face. He'll gives audiences information they can take out in the street one minute after the seminar is over and turn it into money.

Ted Fishman

The secrets of how the People’s Republic of China has developed as a world powerhouse over the years lies in the keynote of Ted Fishman. Ted's bestselling book China, Inc., How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World, has helped describe for the world the effects of China's momentous change on the lives and businesses of people everywhere. With Ted as your management speaker he will reveal how China has emerged and the impact the country has on the lives of Americans as consumers, workers, managers, and citizens. His customized and lively keynotes are focused on helping your company make an impact that can revolutionize the world just like China did.

Sue Hershkowitz-Coore

Internationally recognized communications expert with multiple degrees and honors from prestigious universities, Sue Hershkowitz-Coore helps audiences increase their profitability, professionalism and productivity through improved communications. She has authored Power Sales Writing(McGraw-Hill) and How to Say It to Sell It! (Prentice Hall/Penguin) and has been quoted in USAToday, CEO Insights and Selling Power. A prolific blogger and tweeter, Sue has thousands of friends, fans and followers. Sue is a past officer and board member of the National Speakers Association, a founding member of Meeting Professionals International's Women's Leadership Initiative, has been designated an MPI "Platinum" speaker for 9 consecutive years and was named "Best in Class - 2009-2010" by the Professional Convention Management Association. Sue's educational degrees include a Masters of Counseling and a Fellowship supported by the University of California at Berkeley.

Amanda Gore

As a keynote speaker for over 25 years, organizations and individuals hire Amanda Gore to help people reconnect to what really matters- the energy and emotional layers that drive performance, innovation, relationships, engagement and creativity in business and life. Taking the stance that business has been paralyzed by its own over-analysis, her presentations break down the barriers that separate people in an invigorating, action-packed ride towards self-discovery and ultimately, real and lasting change. People who are happy at work make better team players, handle change more effectively, become more positive and are much more engaged. Amanda uses the latest research in neuroscience, positive psychology, epigenetics, and emotional intelligence to help businesses achieve the results they need to align with their goals.

Shep Hyken

Shep Hyken is a speaker and author who works with companies who want to build loyal relationships with their customers and employees. He is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. His books are Moments of Magic®, The Loyal Customer, The Cult of the Customer, The Amazement Revolution and Amaze Every Customer Every Time. He is also the creator of The Customer Focus ™ program, which helps clients develop a customer service culture and loyalty mindset. Shep mixes important information with humor and magic to create exciting programs for his audiences. Shep’s energy and enthusiasm will motivate and teach audiences the important lessons of customer service.

Bruce Judson

Bruce Judson is a best-selling author, Internet business innovator, and successful entrepreneur. Currently, he is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Judson served as a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Yale School of Management. He is the former General Manager of Time, Inc. New Media and co-founder of Time Warner's initial Web activities. Judson's business experience and varied interests have made him one of the nation's leading experts on the evolution of media and advertising; how to use Web-based services for entrepreneurial success; and the impact of rising economic inequality on our society and economy.

Rob "Waldo" Waldman

In today’s highly competitive and constantly changing business world, Waldo teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experience as a combat decorated F-16 fight pilot and sales manager. Waldo is a Hall of Fame leadership speaker and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Never Fly Solo. He was also voted one of the Top Speakers in 2015 by Meetings & Conventions Magazine. Waldo has real world sales and business experience and is an expert on creating cultures of commitment, collaboration and trust. The key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen- those who help you overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and break performance barriers. He believes that by placing trust in your wingmen and by being a wingman to others, there is no mission you can’t compete.

Tim Sanders

Wireless communication transformed the way our world operates today, and through the quality, marketing, and sales expertise of Tim Sanders--once we were exposed to it we haven’t been able to put it down. Tim is the maverick CEO of Los Angeles tech start-up Net Minds, founder of research firm Deeper Media Incorporated, and author of four books including the global best seller Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business & Influence Friends. He is such a unique leadership speaker that rather than call him a speaker, Time Magazine referred to him as "a public consultant" – someone who uses keynotes as a means to elicit changed behavior in his audiences. Tim achieves this through his rare hybrid of business expert, motivational speaker, and people expert.

Neil Howe

Neil Howe, best-selling author and national speaker, is a renowned authority on generations in America. He gives readers and audiences powerful insights into who today’s generation are, what motivates them as consumers and workers, and how they will shape our national future. A historian, economist, and demographer, Howe is a founding partner of the consulting firm LifeCourse Associates. Neil is also a recognized authority on global aging, long-term fiscal policy, and migration. He is a marketing, personnel, and government affairs consultant to corporate and nonprofit clients, and has spoken and written extensively on the collective personalities of today’s generations—who they are, what motivates them, and how they will shape America’s future. Howe’s broadly cyclical perspective—oriented around familiar generational life stories—will put “the long term” into a stunning yet personal focus that will not soon be forgotten. He is a great choice for any forward-looking organization that wants to grasp the big picture.

Michio Kaku

As one of the most widely recognized scientists today, Dr. Michio Kaku is an international authority in Einstein’s unified field theory and in predicting trends that affect business, commerce, and finance based on the latest research. He is an international bestselling author of Hyperspace and Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century and Physics of the Impossible. Dr. Kaku speaks on radio and TV shows including appearances on Larry King Live, Nightline, 60 Minutes, and many others. As a business speaker Dr. Kaku brings in his fascinating research to revamp the way you do business and help you to make more of an impact in your field. His keynotes look at the next 20 years and how science will revolutionize medicine, business, and our way of life.

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