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Celebrity - Keynote Speakers

Carol Leifer

A groundbreaking star marking her mark in the late 1970's as one of the few female stand up comedians, Carol Leifer was also a writer of many hit shows including the long-running sketch comedy "Saturday Night Live," wrote and co-produced the late night fictional talk show "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), and 75 episodes of "Seinfeld."Over the course of her career, Lefier has been nominated for an Emmy 4 times for her writing and won a Writers Guild Award in 2012 for her work as a writer on the show Modern Family. In 2009, Leifer released When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win, a collection of humorous essays about life after 40, and most importantly, the moment she discovered that she was gay and how her life changed for the better after coming to terms with her sexuality. Her latest bestselling book, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying is part memoir, part guide book on getting ahead in the show-biz world and laugh out loud fun.

Dean Karnazes

An internationally recognized endurance athlete and New York Times bestselling author, Dean Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. He has run 350 continuous miles (foregoing sleep for three nights) as well as a run across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures and a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. In 2006, Dean accomplished the (seemingly) impossible by running 50 marathons--one in each US state--in 50 consecutive days. As a speaker, Dean has captivated and inspired audiences all over with his stories of persistence and perseverance. His dynamic, engaging, and rousing presentations focus on going beyond perceived limitations to be the best that you can be. He examines and discusses the essential ingredients necessary for high-achievement and developing the ability to prevail and preserve against staggering odds. In addition to his athletic achievements, Dean is an accomplished businessman who has worked for several Fortune 500 companies and startups and is uniquely able to demonstrate how the lessons learned from athletics can be applied to business. He is also the author of five books, including his most recent release, Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss.

Terry Savage

Are you ready to talk about money? Terry Savage is a nationally recognized expert on personal finance, the economy, and markets. Her expertise comes from experience as she started her career as a stockbroker, and became a founding member and first woman trader on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Terry is the author of four best-selling books on personal finance, including The Savage Truth on Money and The Savage Number. She currently writes a weekly personal finance column syndicated by Tribune Content Agency, and blogs regularly on the Huffington Post. Terry is also seen frequently as a money expert on CNN and other national television and radio programs, commenting on the financial markets and current economic events. Her innovative ideas about the global economy, investing techniques, and personal finance inspires her audiences to secure their own financial future.

Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell is one of NBC's lead political correspondents covering the 2008 campaign. Andrea is the Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News, a position she's held since November 1994. She reports on evolving foreign policy issues in the United States and abroad for all NBC News broadcasts, including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today” and on both CNBC and MSNBC. In addition to reporting on a variety of foreign affairs issues in 2004, Mitchell also covered the 2004 presidential campaign for NBC News and was a regular panelist on MSNBC’s “Hardball.” Mitchell’s extensive and varied reports include a series of exclusive interviews over the years with Cuban President Fidel Castro. Her unprecedented access resulted in a one-hour documentary on Cuba that aired in December 2003. In September 2005, Mitchell's first book “Talking Back,” a memoir about her experiences as one of the first women to cover five presidents, congress and foreign policy, was published. In 2005, Mitchell also received the prestigious Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, gaining the respects of millions and adding to her already impressive résumé.

Tommy Lasorda

Lasorda's ability to speak to motivation, leadership, loyalty, team building and his love for this great country are rivaled by none. Tommy incorporates personal anecdotes that make the audience roar in laughter, cry and feel like they are in the locker room while riveted on this American Icon. Lasorda says "there are times when everyone in this country needs to be motivated...from the President of the United States on down to the working person on the street". He has led his teams to World Series Championships and Olympic Gold by getting his players to believe they're the best and motivates them to beat the competition. Like Van Gogh, this Hall of Famer, will paint a canvas through his words that will leave you and your colleagues with a lifetime of inspiration and memories.....sure to change some lives.

Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman is one of the most influential journalists in the US. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning column appears in over 400 newspapers, making her the second most widely read columnist in the country. Ellen is an American original. A gifted writer who senses emerging shifts in our public and private lives, Goodman specializes in illuminating the cultural debates that become national obsessions. A truly innovative force in American journalism, she is widely acclaimed as a voice of sanity, and readers depend on her to help them make sense of their changing lives and relationships. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, Ellen Goodman has won many other awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the President's Award from the National Women's Political Caucus.

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward is a legendary two-time Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist, bestselling author and associate editor for the Washington Post. Bob is the most famous investigative journalist; he delivers the ultimate inside scoop about the behind-the-headlines wrangling of Washington and its leaders. He is the author of 12 #1 bestsellers, including All the President’s Men and The Final Days. He captivates audiences with stories that are sometimes surprising, at times shocking, and always fascinating. Bob engages his audiences by blending stories that are both up to the minute and from the past. In an age of 24-hour news, social media, and snarky politics, Bob helps people get behind the spin to understand what’s really going on in the halls of power.

Jay Jacobs

Jay Jacobs lost an amazing 181 pounds in 8 months as a contestant with his daughter, Jennifer, on NBC's hit show, The Biggest Loser. He was the only guy standing in the Final 4 at the Season 11 finale. Since then, Jay has become a health and wellness ambassador. He has appeared on TV and radio programs such as Today, Good Morning America, and Fox & Friends. Plus, he has appeared in Time, The New York Times and Readers Digest. Jay's journey and message inspires individuals to embrace healthier lifestyles. Healthier lifestyles lead to better overall corporate health and greater productivity for organizations. Jay's personal journey motivates others to tackle their own health challenges and live the rest of their lives as the best of their lives! When Jay’s not inspiring others through his speaking engagements, he is an active managing partner of Shurn Group: Wellness Matters, his family-owned, health and wellness branding and marketing firm.

George J. Mitchell

Senator George Mitchell has an international reputation for always being willing to take on tough jobs and uses his expertise to help settle challenging situations. He has led a distinguished career in public service, spending 15 years in the Senate. More recently, Senator Mitchell served as a US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from January 2009- May 2011. He is also the author of five books, the most recent, a memoir entitled The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life. For six consecutive years he was voted “the most respected member” of the Senate. Committed to fairness, Senator Mitchell is the man called on to handle delicate issues, to straighten out disagreements, and help solve the most challenging investigations. He customizes his presentations for audiences and speaks on a range of topics including global politics, foreign policy, US politics, business leadership, conflict resolution and negotiation. His experience is unparalleled and his intellect captivates all audiences.

Jack Trout

Instrumental in developing the vital approach to marketing known as “positioning,” Jack Trout is responsible for some of the freshest ideas to be introduced into marketing thinking in the last several decades. Jack is president of Trout & Partners, one of the most prestigious marketing firms with headquarters in Old Greenwich, Connecticut and offices in 13 countries. Jack manages and supervises a global network of experts that apply his concepts and develop his methodology around the world. Jack Trout started his business career in the advertising department of General Electric. From there he went on to become a divisional advertising manager at Uniroyal, then he joined Al Ries in the advertising agency and marketing strategy firm where they worked together for over twenty-six years. Trout has over 40 years of experience in advertising and marketing. He has gained an international reputation as a consultant, writer, speaker, and proponent of leading-edge marketing strategies.

Ken Blanchard

Few people have impacted the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, gregarious, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Ken is universally characterized by friends, colleagues, and clients alike as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate men in business today. When Ken speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone together. He is a polished storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand. Some of his topics include; Leadership in Tough Times: Ethical Dilemmas, Whale Done!, Teambuilding—High Five! and Creating Raving Fans. Ken is innovative, and insightful, with the ability to make meaningful and lasting impressions on his clients.

Rocky Bleier

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. With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Rocky Bleier takes audiences from his early years through his professional career and talks about the lessons he learned along the way...lessons that we all can benefit from. His message consistently brings audiences to their feet and re-energizes them for personal and work challenges ahead. His advice is not only about avoiding life's twists and turns but conditioning one's self to lean into them and to incorporate the resulting energy in realizing goals. Once they have heard Bleier's message, audiences understand why he is able to move so easily from one challenge to the next.

Daymond John

Daymond John has evolved from a man who sold his own hand made hats to his neighborhood friends into a well-known fashion designer and one of the most sought after branding experts and motivational speakers in the country. Daymond shares his knowledge and vast experiences as author, creator of FUBU clothing, and cast member of ABC’s entrepreneurial business show, Shark Tank, with his audiences to inspire and motivate them to overcome their challenges. Daymond tells his stories with the desire to transform people’s lives and help them succeed and reach their goals either personally or as an organization.

Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway is more than "just another" professional athlete. He is an inspirational speaker and an expert futurist. A former All-Pro football player, Brian understands how to attain optimum results and, most importantly, he can communicate it. Brian excels at providing transformational outcomes for organizations and companies who must break through to an extraordinary future. A 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. Brian is direct, frank, and does not waste words. He brings a level of "intensity" and "focus" to the table - that moves, inspires and changes people.

Michael Treacy

Michael Treacy shows leaders how to innovate, grow, and lead in a globalizing economy by looking at competition, customers, people, finance, and markets in new ways. A veteran voice on such issues, Treacy’s books, The Discipline of Market Leaders and Double Digit Growth, established him as one of the best minds on competition and growth. His radically different thinking is again leading the way—helping leaders to assess the global opportunity and face an unprecedented globalizing marketplace that brings with it an assault by upstart competitors who are smart, motivated, and take the long view. Companies that lean into the future and focus will dominate and increase scale, scope, and power. Those who do not are at risk. Treacy’s presentations offer clear strategies to help leaders in businesses large and small lay out the pathways for global growth and market leadership.

Calvin Trillin

Trillin Calvin is acclaimed in fields of writing that are remarkably diverse. He has published pieces in The New Yorker for forty years and his wry commentary on the American scene and his comic novels have earned him renown as "a classic American humorist." His books include three comic novels (most recently, "Tepper Isn't Going Out") and a collection of short stories, a travel book and an account of the desegregation of the University of Georgia. Three of his antic books on eating "American Fried", "Alice, Let's Eat" and "Third Helpings" were compiled in 1994 into a single volume called "The Tummy Trilogy". He lectures widely and has appeared often as a guest on such television programs as "Good Morning America", "The Today Show" and "Latenight with David Letterman". He has written and presented two one man shows at the American Palace Theatre in New York- both of them critically acclaimed and sell-out. In reviewing the second show, The New York Times called Trillin "the Buster Keaton of performance humorists".

Les Brown

As a renowned professional speaker, author and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Les Brown has learned from his own life and one he is helping others apply to their lives. Les Brown's passion to learn and his hunger to realize greatness in himself and others, ultimately helped him to achieve greatness. He rose from a hip-talkin morning DJ to broadcast manager; from community activist to community leader; from political commentator to three-term legislator; and from a banquet and nightclub emcee to premier keynote speaker. In 1989, Les Brown was the recipient of the National Speakers Association's highest honor: The Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE). In addition, he was selected one of the World's Top Five Speakers for 1992 by Toastmasters International and was a recipient of the Golden Gavel Award. Les Brown is one of the nation's leading authorities in understanding and stimulating human potential. Utilizing powerful delivery and newly emerging insights, Les' customized presentation will teach, inspire, and channel your audience to new levels of achievement.

Craig Crawford

Craig Crawford is one of today’s most exciting political analysts who is well known for his thought provoking blog which covers a wide range of national issues, his lively discussions with Imus in the Morning, and his regular appearances on television as a political commentator. The Washington Post called Craig “one of the capital’s most celebrated journalists.” He is a veteran Washington journalist, and recently worked as the communications director for Jim Webb for President. Craig is also the author of Attack the Messenger, The Politics of Life, and co-author of Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do. Craig is a diverse speaker who has the ability to discuss many topics: politics, the media, current events, presidents, political campaigns, and other Washington areas of interest.

Robert Ballard

The Titanic may have sunk, but Robert Ballard was able to discover the ship and float its history back to the world. His expeditions and findings have revolutionized our understanding of the origin of life on our planet and are shared to rally company teams to take on their biggest aspiration. Robert’s motivational speeches bring audiences onboard his underwater adventures and immerse them into the waters of his riveting stories. Once your employees hear Robert’s keynotes your organization will be compiled of innovative and passionate people who will steer your company to Success Island.

Jim Abbott

Famed baseball pitcher Jim Abbott uses his past experience of battling the odds to be an inspirational motivational speaker. Born with only one hand, Jim had to adapt to his own style of baseball in order to play. With his determination he was able to exceed by winning the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland in 1993. Through his stories and anecdotes Jim motivates people with his ADAPT acronym to relate to every type of audience. Jim inspires people to overcome adversity and limitations so they can reach their dreams.

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