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Motivational - Keynote Speakers

John Amatt

For over 30 years, John Amatt has climbed to the peaks of such famous mountains as Mount Everest, the Troll Wall and Mount Muztagata. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for the hard work and dedication John has showed. His mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others. In his latest book, "Straight to the Top and Beyond", he uses the metaphor of adventure to develop a nine step approach for scaling the heights in today’s unpredictable and rapidly-changing global business environments. An educator by training, John established One Step Beyond WorldWide in 1984 and he has since delivered more than 1,500 keynote presentations and seminars to total audiences of over 750,000 people in 35 countries around the world. Some of his presentations include; No Mountain Too High: Challenging Change with the Adventure Attitude, Straight To The Top and Beyond: Nine Keys to Meeting Challenges of Changing Times, and Climbing Your Own Everest. John has been described by International Celebrity Management (Australia) as “The world’s best adventure speaker."

Jim Murphy

Jim "Murph" Murphy, the Founder & CEO of Afterburner, Inc., has demonstrated a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills in both the military and business worlds. Murph joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15. Through his leadership, Afterburner has been listed on Inc. Magazine's "Inc. 500 List" twice. Murph was also named as one of Atlanta's top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. Murph and Afterburner have shared the podium such notable speakers as Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Marcus Buckingham, Colin Powell, J.W. Marriott, Sr., and Terry Bradshaw. He is the author of the groundbreaking books Business Is Combat and Flawless Execution and has spoken at many of the world's most notable business schools, including Harvard, Wharton, Cornell, Emory, Duke and Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

Heidi Hanna

Dr. Heidi Hanna is a New York Times best selling author, CEO and founder of Synergy, a consulting company providing brain-based health and performance programs to organizations, and the Executive Director for the American Institute of Stress. As a global speaker she has been featured at the Fortune Magazine’s Most Successful Women in Business Summit, the ESPN Women in Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table. Her clients have included Microsoft, GE, Google, Starbucks, Morgan Stanley, Ameriprise, Nationwide and many more. Dr. Hanna's current research explores the connection between stress, brain health and performance. She is passionate about educating and empowering others to transform their relationship with stress in order to bring more energy, attention and intention to the moments that matter most to them. For fun, Heidi is a national board member for Blessings in a Backpack, a volunteer speaker for the Alzheimer’s Association, and recently started a non-profit called Beyond Funny that provides resources related to humor and the brain. She has recently been appointed to a faculty position with the International Brain Health Education Institute and will be teaching a new course on the Applied Neuroscience of Stress and Health in the spring of 2018.

Chad Hymas

When Chad rolls out on stage, your audience will have an immediate respect for his circumstance. His disability and what he is overcoming is a true example of, “set your mind to it and you can accomplish anything.” Through his unique sense of humor and his emotional story, he helps organizations and individuals have a purpose driven approach to leadership and a life that will lead them to prosperity and happiness. Chad is a bestselling author, president of his company, Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., and is a recognized world-class wheelchair athlete. He is also one of the youngest ever to receive the Council of Peers Award for Excellence and be inducted into the National Speaker Hall of Fame. The impression Chad leaves with those who hear him is genuine. They will gain the knowledge of achieving what some say is unachievable. His words are heartfelt, sincere, and honest. Let Chad’s story impact your group to “fly high!”

Peter Hillary

With great adventures comes great stories, and with great stories comes Peter Hillary the ever inspiring motivational speaker. Like his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter has climbed Mt. Everest and has reached the South Pole overland. Through his dynamic public speaking he takes his audience “with him” on one of his many extraordinary experiences: the summit of Mt Everest; traversing Antarctica to the South Pole; feeding a pod of sharks; or making a terrifying descent in a vicious storm on K2. His presentations combine humor and heart-stopping excitement with practical applications, relevant to the client’s requirements. Re-live Edmund’s adventure and be inspired to have your own.

Sheila Murray Bethel

Dr. Sheila Murray Bethel's client list reads like a Global Who's Who of Business, Trade Associations, Education and Government. With over 3,000 presentations to over two million people in 20 countries, she brings; a broad view of current trends and relevant issues that maximize human resources, solve people problems and increase bottom line results. Business savvy and people smart, Sheila understands how and why people perform at their best and what it takes to build and sustain a successful business. She is a thriving entrepreneur, a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame and CEO of Bethel Leadership Institute whose mission is "…expanding the global dialogue about 21st century leadership and change." She is a currently a member of the Advisory Council for Amsted University based in Malaysia. Her books are used as course material and are in libraries in 127 universities and colleges worldwide. Her latest of five books, A New Breed Of leader, 8 Qualities That Matter Most In The Real World, What Works, What Doesn't and Why is published in English and Chinese and is winning global praise.

Paul Assaiante

Coach Paul Assaiante knows how to motivate teams for success. As the current coach of the Men’s Squash team at Trinity College and the former Men’s Tennis team coach, Paul has motivated top athletes from around the world. He is known for his unique achievement as the “winningest coach in college sports history”, winner of 16 NCAA Championships titles, and 22-year dedication as squash coach. Paul’s core belief is the need to embrace fear in order to remove obstacles blocking success. He shares his experience and lessons on building teams of champions in his book, Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear. Paul brings together the best players from around the world and demonstrates how teammates from diverse cultures, religions, and ethnicities can unite as a winning team year after year. He uses his experiences to help leaders in any field embrace collaboration, cultural diversity, and leadership models that encourage employees to give everything they have- every day, and build winning teams.

Roger Crawford

Roger Crawford impacted the game of tennis and does the same as a motivational speaker when he instills passion into each of his audience members. His compelling storytelling skills tell the journey of becoming an NCAA Division I college athlete despite having four impaired limbs. Sports Illustrated calls Roger one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world and he holds certification from the United States Tennis Association. Roger’s speaking skills are perfect to motivate and captivate any audience and help them realize they can achieve goals they never thought possible. With Roger as your keynote speaker you have the opportunity to break through your industry’s barriers and revolutionize the way your company does business.

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.

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.

Terry Bowden

Known for his outstanding ability to build champion college football programs, Terry Bowden shares with his audiences the leadership lessons he has learned through his exceptional career as a football coach. Over his career he has compiled a career record of over 150 wins as a head coach. He has turned four losing football programs into winners, and continued a winning tradition at a fifth. This past season, Coach Bowden led the Akron Zips from being one of the weakest programs to being a Bowl Game winner. Terry also has 10 years of experience as a college football broadcaster for ABC, ESPN, Westwood One, as well as writing for Yahoo! Sports. Terry shares his knowledge and insights into building a winning team or organization through motivation, leadership and teamwork. Using a balanced mix of his unique humor, relatable and entertaining stories, Terry leaves his audiences with real world skills to implement in their own businesses, careers, and lives.

Joan Brock

Author of 'More Than Meets the Eye', Joan Brock won the hearts of the insurance industry's 'Million Dollar Round Table' and the NBC 'Today Show' audiences with her heart rendering and uplifting story of courage, perseverance and acceptance. Joan draws parallels between her own story and the challenges which face organizations. Her extraordinary life story moves audiences to accept their own personal and professional hardships with Courage and Humor. As Joan puts it, "Life is full of irreversible opportunities, and you have a choice to see them as assets or obstacles." Urging audiences to "play the hand you're dealt," Joan helps organizations see corporate challenges from a new perspective. In June 2003, a Lifetime Original Movie "More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story" premiered to much acclaim.

Pat Croce

Pat Croce graced the cover of Success magazine as the first person to ascend from the training room to the boardroom of a professional sports team. His remarkable success as a physical therapist and pioneer in the sports medicine field, to the colorful leader responsible for the resurrection of the Philadelphia 76ers as a NBA championship contender, has been defined as one of the most amazing stories in sports history. Through his business savy, dynamic personality, and emphasis on customer service, Croce created Sports Physical Therapists, a sports medicine empire of 40 centers in 11 states. Croce continues to fill requests as a nationally-renowned motivational speaker, and is the author of the New York Times bestseller, "I Feel Great and You Will Too!", the motivational tome and the business book "Lead or Get Off the Pot!" Croce was the proud recipient of the “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award and was featured on the cover of Inc magazine as “The Dale Carnegie of the 21st Century.”

Leo Pusateri

Leo Pusateri’s passion and insight as an insurance speaker has helped senior leaders and top advisors discover, articulate and capitalize their values. His highly acclaimed book, Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Am I the Most Valued of Them All?, describes his proprietary and powerful Value Ladder™ process, which continues to be requested by senior executives, managers and advisors alike. Leo’s keynotes go deep into teaching professionals his time-honored and proprietary programs to help companies live their values. Leo continues to help businesses exceed their expectations by engaging them in his thought provoking keynotes and providing truly innovative ideas.

Bill Acheson

As a keynote speaker, Bill Acheson is an expert in nonverbal communication. He uses his knowledge of body language to teach professionals on how to project themselves with a greater impact. Many professionals from companies such as American Express, AIG, Bank of American, and Citigroup have gained valuable tips that they use once they leave the room. Bill’s engaging personality ability to present academic research through humor keeps the audience engaged. His presentations will have an impact on the effectiveness of both your sales force and executives.

Eric Boles

Eric Boles is President of The Game Changers, Inc., a training and consulting company whose leadership, team, and personal development processes are used by some of the most recognized and successful companies in the world and have helped to shape over a half a million successful leaders, managers, and employees. Eric is a highly acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant, and executive coach who addresses thousands of men and women each year. His clients include Starbucks Coffee Company, Boeing, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, AFLAC, Dunkin Brands, State Farm Insurance, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Army Rangers--to name a few. Prior to becoming an authority on teamwork, leadership and personal development, Eric learned many principles of team dynamics, leadership, and peak performance from his experience as a player in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers. His presentations draw on both his sports and business backgrounds to deliver dynamic, inspiring, and practical messages for success.

Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world champion adventure racer, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller, How Winning Works, and has been honored multiple times as a top speaker by Fortune 1000 meeting professionals and MeetingsNet.com. It is through her harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of World Class Teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that win as one in times of great challenge and change. Robyn inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that makes all of us better together than we ever would have been alone!

Michael Broome

Michael Broome is one of our nation's most inspiring, original and comedic speakers. His audiences rolls with laughter & applauses with inspiration, at this man who does more than entertain & educate; he touches people's lives. More than a speaker, Broome is also the founder and president of the Broyhill Leadership Conference, where over 28,000 participants throughout North America have attended. These weeklong conferences help teach the principles of success, a truly life changing experience for all that attend. He chose a career in professional speaking because he has a sincere passion to inspire people to maximize their potential, serve others, enhance their sense of gratitude, and achieve a life balance. Michael believes that "success is when we have some of the things that money can buy and lot of the things that money can’t buy." As a speaker, his topics include: A Humorous Look at Personal, Professional and Family Success; You’ll See It When You Believe It, Be a People Power Person!; and Killing Stress Before It Kills You.

Kate Adamson

Author and speaker Kate Adamson shares her unique perspective on the relationship between healthy habits and survival from the most acute medical crisis. Kate recovered from a serious stroke, including a period of hospitalization during which she suffered total paralysis, also known as Locked-in Syndrome. Only able to blink her eyes, she managed to communicate messages through a system of blinking the alphabet, which allowed her to set up a rehabilitation program that almost everyone thought would be impossible. Kate used her training, determination, and persistence to do the impossible. Partially paralyzed as a result of her stroke, Kate has developed her own unique capabilities and has discovered and proven that "paralyzed" does not have to mean "powerless." Kate’s experience will fascinate and inform anyone involved with health care. Her incredible pre-morbid level of fitness and health allowed her to survive one-in-a-million odds. She learned how your health can work for you even in the most severe medical crisis.

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.

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