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Motivational - Keynote Speakers

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.

Bill Bartmann

America loves a “rags to riches” - an “underdog” – an “against all odds come-back”, a “survivor”! Homeless at age 14, a member of a street gang and a high-school dropout – he took control of his life by taking the GED exam and putting himself through college and law school. In 1998, tragedy struck when Bill's former business partner committed fraud and sent the company into bankruptcy. This experience would have embittered most people, but not them. Bill and Kathy now travel the country, sharing their stories of how they created their successes and how they dealt with their challenges. It is their life's goal to do for “failure” what Betty Ford did for alcoholism and Susan Komen did for breast cancer. Bill Bartmann understands success and failure. He made corporate history by creating companies that transformed him from poverty to millionaire - to bankruptcy - to billionaire - to bankruptcy - to indicted - to acquitted - to the top again.

Gary Bradt

Change happens – faster than ever. The challenge is to adapt, ignite and win! Psychologist, author, coach and speaker, Dr. Gary Bradt has devoted his career to providing organizations and people with practical and powerful tools that increase their capacity to adapt quickly and keep moving in a positive direction – professionally and personally. As a clinical psychologist and C-Suite executive coach, Gary knows how to engage the heads and the hearts of his audiences for maximum effectiveness using masterful storytelling, humor, simple exercises and solid content. He is also the author of The Ring in the Rubble: Dig Through Change and Find Your Next Golden Opportunity, which has earned high praise from reviewers and fellow change and leadership experts. Gary will help your organization rise to the big challenge of today’s world- near constant change- and find the hidden opportunities within that change!

Shawn Achor

Recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that Happiness fuels success. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, teaches organizational leaders how to increase happiness and meaning for their employees. Shawn spent over a decade at Harvard University where he won over a dozen teaching awards. He then went on to be founder of Good Think Inc. which allows him to share his research. Shawn speaks to his audiences on how to create a positive transformation that can have a rippling effect on an organization’s culture. He explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive, helping us achieve the extraordinary in work, in our lives, and in our organization's bottom lines. Shawn has spoken to many types of audiences that have all benefited from listening to his research on organizational achievement and happiness.

Boris Brott

Boris Brott is one of the most internationally recognized Canadian conductors, holding major posts as music director in Canada and the United States. He enjoys an international career as guest conductor, educator, motivational speaker and cultural ambassador. Thousands of people across corporate America have heard Boris Brott's interactive presentation — he draws comparisons between business organizations and symphony orchestras. Both have common goals, each must perform in harmony to achieve those goals, and each continually strives for perfection. Often, both attempt to be innovative and creative. Boris draws out the juxtaposition of teamwork and leadership, the need for creativity within an organization; the joy of communication and the achievement of success, all which are also explored through the medium of music. The audience is thrilled to be playing a significant part and to make music under the direction of a symphony conductor. Boris delivers nothing but memorable and unique presentations, sure to captivate any audience.

Ross Bernstein

The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance business speaker who has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. He’s spent the better part of the past 20 years studying the DNA of championship teams and his program, “The Champion’s Code: Life Lessons of Ethics and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World,” not only illustrates what it takes to become the best of the best, it also explores the fine line between cheating and gamesmanship in sports as it relates to values and integrity in the workplace. There are reasons certain teams win consistently, whereas others come up short, and Ross explains why — in an engaging and visually entertaining style that’s designed to improve productivity, morale and bottom-line profitability.

Bertice Berry

As a sociologist, an award-winning entertainer, comedienne, and lecturer with 20 years of experience, Dr. Bertice Berry has touched the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. Dr. Berry was the host and co-executive producer of her own nationally syndicated talk show, "The Bertice Berry Show," and hosted "USA Live," a four-hour live interview and entertainment show on the USA Cable Network.
She's been featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," and "BET Live". She is also the author of her best-selling inspirational memoir; I'm On My Way, But Your Foot Is on My Head. Each organization she speaks to is given a tailor-made speech designed to address the specific needs of their group. She takes a humorous approach to serious subjects that have her audiences laughing and thinking at the same time. Topics include: Redefining Diversity, Change & Transformation, Finding Your Purpose, Wellness, Self Esteem and Gender Issues.

Bob Beaudine

Bob Beaudine manages the nation’s leading executive search firm in sports and entertainment. He has helped shape the leadership teams of some of the world’s most innovative and dynamic businesses: NBA, Major League Baseball, Hockey, Tennis, Rodeo, PGA Tour, Arena Football, US Olympics, NASCAR, Horse Racing, and Ultimate Fighting Championships. He has interviewed and coached senators, governors, generals, CEO’s, university presidents, top athletic coaches, and studio presidents. Sports Illustrated named Bob "the most influential man in sports you've never heard of." Bob is the author of The Power of Who and The Power of Who Workbook, which provide a step-by-step plan to help you find your dream through the Power of Relationships. Based on his books, Bob's dynamic presentations will challenge your audience to rethink, rework, and enhance their abilities to network, connect, sell, and succeed!

Walter Bond

Walter Bond is called “Mr. Accountability” because as a leadership and motivational speaker he forces each of his listeners to learn to be responsible for whatever situation they are in. Through his programs, workshops, and books he teaches that personal accountability, confidence, and success are possible for all who desire it. Walter will captivate your audience through his unique and memorable personal stories, teaching them the lessons learned from his experience in selling, as an entrepreneur, and being an NBA team player. He helps his audience see how they can transform challenges into opportunities, obstacles into testimonies, and that success is a matter of personal choice. In 2013, Walter became the host on the Food Network's Giving You the Business – a new reality show featuring exceptional employees who vie for the chance to win their own food franchise.

Barry Asmus

Dr. Barry Asmus is a Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis. He has been named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speaking in the United States. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Asmus has spoken to thousands of companies and associations throughout the United States. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee regarding our income tax system and was a featured speaker in a conference on privatizing Social Security for Western European leaders. On recent trips to Romania, Albania, China, and Peru, he encouraged government leaders to pass free-market, low tax, protected property rights and free trade policies. Dr. Asmus is the author of nine books, including Crossroads: The Great American Experiment, which was nominated for a H.L. Mencken Award. Dr. Asmus is an effective advocate of free market economics and is a recognized thinker who delivers his ideas and sharp analyses in enthusiastic and energetic presentations.

Norm Bossio

As a speaker, Norm Bossio combines content with comedy to create a unique mix that ensures audience participation. Unlike many traditional speakers who use podiums, Norm isn't confined to such formalities; he would much rather walk around the audience to get a feel for who he is speaking to. Norm has been a teacher, principal, and superintendent in public schools and he often draws upon his experiences in these fields for content in his speeches. Since Norm began speaking in 1980, he has spoken in front of over 2 ½ million audience members in venues ranging from an American Indian Village Tribunal to the Hoosier Dome. His audiences have included clients ranging from Bill Clinton to Steven King. Some of Norm's topics include: Motivation, Leadership, Team Building, Time Management, Change, Stress and Conflict Management, Problem Solving, Performance Appraisal and Decision Making.

Jim Carroll

As said by BusinessWeek, Jim Carroll is “a leading source for innovation insight.” He is one of the world’s leading futurists, trends & innovation experts. Through his keynote and leadership speeches, Jim transforms his audience’s way of thinking to help them discover opportunities in an era of high-velocity change. He helps his listeners meet the challenges of the economic contraction by concentrating on innovation and aligning their strategy of fast-paced future trends. Jim’s deep understanding and unique insight makes him a sought out presenter for organizations.

Joe Calloway

Joe Calloway takes from his ground-breaking books to create highly interactive keynotes and workshops that challenge assumptions and establish new ways of thinking. He has authored five outstanding business books, including the bestselling Becoming a Category of One: How Extraordinary Companies Transcend Commodity and Defy Comparison and his most recent Be the Best at What Matters Most: The Only Strategy You Will Ever Need. Joe discusses the high performance mind set and pushes audiences to think beyond their typical boundaries, challenging them to take their businesses to new heights. There is nothing traditional about Joe’s customized keynotes as audience members roll up their sleeves to participate in workshops that revolutionize the way they do business to become the best in the industry.

Dan Clark

When Dan Clark recovered from a paralyzing football injury, he started a Multi-Million Dollar Corporation and became one of the most in-demand motivational speakers in North America. Since 1982, he has been inspiring change in organizations by reinvigorating passion, building strong connections in the workplace, and transforming their workforce into high performance thinkers! His latest book, The Art of Significance, will help you and your organization Achieve The Level Beyond Success by inspiring you to live the Twelve Highest Universal Laws of Life Changing Leadership. With powerful, emotionally stirring, and entertaining illustrations from business, sports, education, and the military, Dan’s speaking eloquence will take you from where you are to where you want to be!

Linda Ellerbee

Linda Ellerbee is an outspoken journalist, award-winning television documentary producer, writer and anchor, best-selling author, breast cancer survivor, mom, grandmother and one of the most sought-after speakers in America. Ellerbee began her career 40 years ago at the Associated Press and soon moved into broadcast news as a reporter and anchor. In 1987, Ellerbee and her partner, Rolfe Tessem, quit network news to start Lucky Duck Productions, a New York-based company that produces news, documentaries, and other specials for broadcast and cable. In 2011, the Lucky Duck-produced show, Nick News, celebrate its 20th anniversary—making it the longest running children’s show in television history. Ellerbee is also the author of several books, including a fiction series for kids and the non-fiction adult titles And So It Goes (a humorous look at television news) and Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table. Ellerbee offers informative and dynamic presentations on change, success, work/life balance, media education, cancer survival, and her groundbreaking career in journalism.

Scott Burrows

Scott Burrows’ unforgettable story of turning a paralyzing setback into a powerful comeback through a clear Vision, a determined Mindset, and unstoppable Grit inspires. In 1984, Scott’s life took a dramatic turn when he was involved in a serious automobile accident that left him diagnosed a quadriplegic. As a Keynote Motivational Speaker on change and overcoming adversity, and Bestselling Author, you will find that his captivating message is one of hope, courage, and perseverance. The true measure of success is how well you adapt to change, doubt, uncertainty, and fear. Scott’s real-life experiences and eloquent storytelling move people into action! In addition, he gives them the tools they need to stand up to any challenge in their life, their work and in the marketplace.

Richard Campe

Richard Campe began his entrepreneurial endeavors at age 15 by starting a company to pay for his college education. In 1991 he graduated from North Central College in Naperville, IL with a double major in Marketing and Communications. A successful entrepreneur and business owner, Rich has 18 years of international and domestic Sales and Sales Management experience, however, his real passion lies in helping people reach their true potential. Campe graduated as a Certified Coach with Tony Robbins in 1991 and he is currently part of the Jim Rohn International Coaching team. Because of his innovative and captivating speaking style, Richard has been invited to speak at multiple business conferences where he has shared the stage with world and business leaders such as; President George Bush Sr., Les Brown, Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar and a host of other CEO’s.

Larry Brudnicki

Captain Larry Brudnicki was the leader of the US Coast Guard ship that performed two dramatic rescues during the worst storm in over 100 years - the storm that became known as “The Perfect Storm,” inspiring the book and blockbuster movie. As a leadership speaker, Captain Brudnicki reflects on his experience managing teams through challenging circumstances to help organizations become more successful. He delivers steps that can help audiences make decisions under pressure and risk management tactics that help them avoid pitfalls. He has a perfect balance between humor and real-life drama that keeps his audiences intrigued till the end.

Andy Core

Real science, real success, and really fun is what Andy Core brings to his audiences as a motivational speaker. His “research scientist meets standup comic” style gives audiences the proprietary information and inspiration needed to accomplish more at work, live healthy, and still have a life. Andy ignites every audience to be motivated to live a better life by combining stories from his experiences as a successful consultant with his humor. Andy has field tested his concepts working directly with hundreds of top performers within Gillette, Intel, Ernst & Young and Clorox to name a few. Listeners leave with the tools to accomplish more at work, live healthier, while still having time for the things they love. His latest book, Change Your Day, Not Your Life: A Realistic Guide to Sustained Motivation, More Productivity, and the Art of Working Well, was released in March 2014.


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