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Motivational - Keynote Speakers

Melissa Wandall

With the delivery of their daughter a few weeks away, Melissa Wandall’s husband, Mark, was killed in a tragic car accident when another driver ran through a red light, leaving her family with an uncertain future. Melissa’s determination for a better life for her and her daughter compelled her to accept this hardship and make the choice to be happy. Her willpower resulted in founding two foundations and assisting in the passing of the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, to establish uniform standards for use of Red Light Safety Cameras in Florida. Melissa uses her talent as an inspirational insurance speaker to educate and influence insurance professionals regarding the priceless value of planning so that they can provide protection and financial assurance to clients. Hearing Melissa’s story first-hand will transform the way your employees sell insurance by enabling them to connect with potential customers to sell them on the necessity of life insurance.

Tracy LaTourrette

Tracy "JackieO" LaTourrette, one of the first female fighter pilots in the world, has flown missions globally as a combat mission-ready F-16 fighter pilot. JackieO has accumulated over 1,200 total flight hours, 4 Aerial Achievement Medals, and over 2,000 hours as an AWACS Air Weapons Controller. JackieO brings her expertise in discipline, flexibility, and process improvement to the thousands of participants she trains both nationally & abroad. JackieO’s customization is best in class. She is known for her ability to readily assess the most complicated of businesses, accurately speaking their language and addressing company specific real world issues from the stage and in breakouts. Her energetic style creates an environment where clients learn the Flawless Execution Model, the pitfalls of channelized attention and task saturation, and depart motivated and focused. JackieO arms her clients with powerful tools that they can immediately apply for accelerated results.

Garrison Wynn

With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to show how anyone can help create a culture of safety. He is authentic – a guy who's been there. Wynn is a chemical plant explosion survivor with a background in industrial instrumentation. For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients such as Exxon, BASF, the National Safety Council, Behavioral Science and Technology (BST), the NFL, and NASA. In his teens, he debuted the world’s first video gaming system with baseball legend Hank Aaron; and as a young man, Wynn spent six years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business before going on to create industrial products still being sold in 30 countries.

Matt Oechsli

Matt Oechsli is one of the leading authorities regarding marketing, selling, servicing and developing loyalty with affluent clients. His firm has conducted numerous research projects on the affluent. Matt knows what is required to become a “rainmaker” within the world of the affluent. Matt’s value as a consultant and coach is his more than 30 years of experience. All of Matt’s topics are research based, street tested, and action oriented - they include ‘gems’ that can be used today. Besides studying the affluent, his research has ranged from uncovering the 15 criteria that separate high performance Wealth Management teams from the rest, to discovering the criteria that differentiate preferred wholesalers from the rest, to identifying the high impact affluent sales and marketing activities that work in today’s world. Matt has authored eleven books, a number of industry best-sellers. One of his recent books, The Art of Selling to the Affluent published by John Wiley & Sons, has been adopted by Sotheby’s as part of the core curriculum for their graduate training program. His book, Becoming a Rainmaker, based on their research on affluent client acquisition, is quickly becoming an industry best-seller. Matt has presented to groups from Sydney to Wall Street - bringing his dynamic and practical message to executives, managers, sales people and teams.

Adam Christing

As one of the world's premiere interactive entertainers, Adam Christing has amused, mystified, and delighted more than 3,000 audiences across North America. Hailed as a "meeting planner's dream", Adam has become a favorite guest performer, emcee, and after-dinner entertainer/speaker for hundreds of the top companies and organizations in the world, including Toyota, Microsoft, Stanford University, and scores of others. He has been ranked among the top 5 after-dinner speakers in America. Success magazine highlighted him as "one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in America." Adam is the author of "Comedy Comes Clean: A Hilarious Collection of Jokes, Quotes, and One-liners". Adam also holds a degree in public speaking and is a master at customizing his message around event themes. His keynote topics include: 'Say YES to Your Dreams', 'Laughing Your Way Through Difficult Times', 'Dynamic Diversity' and 'It's a Sin to be

Freddie Ravel

From his GRAMMY-winning releases to his internationally-acclaimed corporate keynotes, Freddie Ravel has produced #1 hits in America and performed worldwide with Madonna, Prince, The Boston Pops, Earth, Wind and Fire and Carlos Santana. As one of the world’s leading music-applied-to-business experts, he brings a proven track record of wowing audiences and transforming creative and corporate cultures that include AIG, AIA, Morgan Stanley, Citi, American Integrity, Google, Apple, IBM Analytics, Wal Mart, NASA and Red Bull.

Alvin Law

Due to a prenatal exposure to the infamous medication Thalidomide, Alvin Law was born with no arms. You may assume that this is your typical motivational speaker who overcame a disability, but if you ask Alvin he’d say he never had to “overcome” anything because he never had arms. Rather, Alvin's insights from living through such a dynamic period in history have made him one of the foremost experts on adaptation, change, and perspective. His customized and enthusiastic presentations bring together humor and stories that are unforgettable. During his keynotes Alvin shows audiences how to put their own obstacles into perspective as he plays the keyboard and drums! Alvin not only provides an experience but changes your view of facing challenges forever.

Ross Shafer

Ross Shafer is a 6-time Emmy award-winning comedian, writer, and TV host. In 1994, Ross began studying the cultural influences that cause some organizations to experience wild success – while others suffer embarrassing failures. Human nature and the human condition have always been fascinating to Ross, and as a result, he specializes in the study of customer urgency and empathy, personal motivation, leadership, and business relevance. Ross is also the author of nine business books, his most recent being Behave Like a Start-Up and Success: It’s On You. Ross is a National Speaker Association Hall of Fame recipient and has spoken at over 2,500 events worldwide. Unconventional and engaging, Ross can educate and motivate employees from all job types and levels.

Neal Petersen

With his help as a business coach, Neal Petersen has driven thousands of people to overcome their insurmountable barriers. As a motivational speaker Neal has changed the lives of many through his enthralling life story of growing up in poverty with a physical disability and excelling in a single-handed yacht race around the world with a boat he built. Neal alters people’s attitudes by sharing his powerful message that, “in life there are no barriers, only solutions!” In today’s business world people feel like a solo sailor, alone with all their problems but after listening to Neal’s keynotes they no longer feel abandoned but are empowered to be triumphant in their journey.

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.

Michel Neray

A naturally dynamic, fun and engaging speaker, Michel Neray has held a variety of leadership positions in the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, and has spoken professionally in more than seven countries. He is passionate about helping his audiences discover and communicate what he calls their ‘Essential Message’. That’s the most basic building block that enables individuals and companies to be the best at what they do; to have stronger relationships and better rapport with customers, colleagues, family and friends; to stand out from the crowd and make a difference; to provide exceptional customer service driven by a genuine desire to help; and above all else, to lead a more fulfilled, more effective professional and personal life. Michel co-authored The Great Crossover, which made it to Jack Canfield’s Achiever’s Recommended Reading List. Michel encourages companies to differentiate in a competitive world with his educational, inspiring, and thought provoking presentations.

Heidi Marble

It has been 12 since Heidi was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Her original prognosis was 18 months - a death sentence. At 34 years old, mother of a two year old son and wife of a devoted husband, Heidi fought with unflinching determination. The sacrifices were many: loss of both breasts, a full hysterectomy, burns from radiation, hair loss from chemotherapy, coupled with years of hormonal injections/pills. After a few miracles, Heidi crawled back with a heart full of purpose. Her metamorphosis from near death to life is documented in her book, WAITING FOR WINGS, which chronicles Marble’s journey through diagnosis, treatment, survival and healing. It includes poetry she has written as well as personal journal entries, illustrations and photographs. Her second book TAKING FLIGHT explores life after cancer. Additionally, her team has created a unique form of art called the DONATE & CREATE PROJECT. Thousands of pieces of unwanted jewelry, button, buckles, watches and bling have been donated to create life size art pieces. The art is used for auction, display and community projects to raise money for research. Apparel patterned from the art is now available in the form of shirts, men's ties and silk scarves. As Heidi states, "Healing is a gritty, messy and exhausting series of ups and downs, what matters is that we find our own way."

Yossi Ghinsberg

In the midst of the uncharted Amazon, after losing his 3 companions, a young Israeli traveler is tested to the extreme through 21 harrowing days of sheer survival. A riveting storyteller, Yossi Ghinsberg relives his ordeal, sweeping audiences into the depths of the primordial jungle. He draws from his rich life experiences as a daring explorer and visionary entrepreneur, breathing new perspectives into individuals and organizations worldwide. Yossi's presentations ignite the human spirit to overcome challenges and celebrate life. He brings his audiences on a journey far away from their everyday reality and gives them a different perspective on what change really is and how to use it. His insights help everyone see change in a positive way – not as an obstacle to be overcome, but an opportunity to be grasped. Jungle, based on his book, is now a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Lance Secretan

As a speaker, retreat leader, teacher, and coach, Lance Secretan inspires executive teams with new ways of thinking. He is the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company and the author of 15 books about leadership, emphasizing the connection between high performance and the heart, the mind and the soul, and inspiration and leadership. He is pioneering the integration of corporate life and spiritual integrity. Lance's most recent bestselling business book is The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch: Inspire Self. Inspire Others. Inspire the World. In his presentations, Lance blends wisdom, timely and provocative knowledge, and awesome multimedia visual imagery and sound with just the right amount of humor, inspiration, and personal engagement He is a master storyteller who tailors his presentations to meet the needs of his audiences. In every keynote his aim is the same: to change the lives of participants and make the world a better place.

Mike Jaffe

Mike Jaffe is a nationally-recognized speaker, seminar leader, business and personal coach, and author of WAKE UP! Your Life is Calling. Why settle for FINE when so much more is possible? A 9/11 survivor who has transformed his life, Mike Jaffe serves as The Human WakeUp Call™ by using his own brush with tragedy as a message of self-discovery and empowerment. As a result of his own wakeup call, Jaffe radically changed directions in his career, leaving a secure corporate job in Manhattan and reinventing himself as an entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Mike Jaffe Company, whose program helps individuals and organizations unlock their potential and create new possibilities for growth and success. Mike has appeared as a featured expert on CNN, Fox News, New England Cable News and has been published and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, MSN, US News & World Report, Crain’s NY Business, Entrepreneur Magazine Radio and other national and regional media outlets. Mike is ready to benefit your company by providing your executives, managers and teams a powerful, life-changing, success-oriented wakeup call of their own.

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.

Matt McFadyen

Record-breaking polar adventurer, sailor, and inspirational speaker Matt McFadyen takes audiences on powerful leadership adventures. After a dangerous and storm-riddled 54-day ocean voyage to Antarctica at age 22, Matt learned the true meaning of perseverance and teamwork. This harrowing experience and the raw power of nature inspired and motivated Matt to further adventures and formed the foundation for his leadership journey. Matt has since become the youngest Australian to ski to the North Pole and even returned on two more occasions as an expedition leader. Using the latest in interactive technology, Matt's presentations engage audiences by asking them to make critical decisions as they vicariously live through his unique and compelling journey. Pushing toward the ends of the earth, Matt led his team--just as he now leads his audience--through the emotional highs and lows and to the extremes of human potential. His presentations inspire audiences to challenge themselves and their teams to think differently and push for success both personally and professionally.

Marilyn Sherman

Marilyn Sherman believes that an inspired, motivated workforce is a more productive workforce. With a practical, motivating message of living life in the front row, delivered with high energy and humor, your audience will walk away feeling like they can accomplish more at their work and in their life. Marilyn delivers a dynamic opening keynote presentation followed by a high-content workshop on reducing stress and conflict in the workplace. After hearing her talk, your people will be ready to take on new challenges with optimism and hope. Marilyn has been motivating corporate audiences for more than 18 years. Her corporate background as a training officer for a major finance company gives her the experience necessary to motivate employees at companies large and small. She is the author of three motivational books and is dedicated to inspiring each and every audience to be more productive with no more excuses!

Dayna Steele

Dayna Steele is a leading authority on business and success trends including social media, networking and customer service as well as a rock radio Hall of Famer, and author of the 101 Ways to Rock Your World book series. She writes for FastCompany.com, consults Fortune 500 companies and is a popular keynote speaker for companies and universities. Her business card sums it up: Dayna Steele, Creates Rock Stars.

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.

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