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Motivational - Keynote Speakers

Deborah Norville

Deborah Norville is a two-time Emmy winner and New York Times Best Selling author. She is known to millions as the anchor of Inside Edition, the nation’s top-rated syndicated newsmagazine. Deborah is also the author of a number of books including the New York Times Best-Seller, Thank You Power: Making the SCIENCE of Gratitude Work for YOU, which was followed by The Power of Respect, detailing the measurable benefits that result from respectful behavior. In 2016, Deborah, the longest serving anchor on American television, was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. A lifelong crafter and seamstress, she markets the Deborah Norville Yarn Collection. The line of high-quality yarn for knit and crochet enthusiasts has grown 678% in sales since its introduction five years ago. Deborah is a Director of the Viacom Corporation where she serves on the Compensation Committee. She regularly addresses businesses about the power of gratitude increasing the bottom line- both in literal dollars increased, as well as in enhanced productivity and creativity.

Loretta LaRoche

For over 30 years Loretta LaRoche has raised the humor potential in all her audiences as an international stress management and humor consultant. She is the founder and president of The Humor Potential, Inc., a company offering programs and products for life style management and was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award. As a business speaker, Loretta shows her audiences how to use humor to reframe a stressful situation by thinking about it in a different way. She enables people to see their lives in a new and happier perspective so that they can deal with stressful situations in a better way. Her wit and entertaining speeches keeps audiences laughing their way to a more optimistic life.

Caroline Miller

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, is the author of the best-selling book, “Creating Your Best Life,” which is the only mass market book written on the science of goal accomplishment and its intersection with the science of happiness. She is one of the first graduates of the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Applied Positive Psychology Program (2006) which makes her one of the very few authentic “happiness experts” in the world with that specific educational training. Ms. Miller is regularly interviewed and quoted in the media all over the world and is considered one of world’s experts on how to set and accomplish goals from an evidence-based perspective, as opposed to a “Law of Attraction” perspective. Ms. Miller is a graduate of Harvard University, and has authored four other books, all of which have sold for almost twenty years and have been translated into multiple languages. Ms. Miller teaches in the Executive Management School of the University of Texas – Dallas, and was the first Positive Psychologist to be on satellite radio with her XM Radio “Positive Tip of the Day” on their channel 155.

Robert Kriegel

One of the most in demand business speakers, Dr. Robert Kriegel teaches bold, innovative, “out of the box” strategies for keeping ahead of the changes, challenges and competition in today’s dynamic marketplace. Author of the international bestseller, If it ain’t broke...BREAK IT!, Dr. Kriegel has been called by U.S. News & World Report one of this country’s leading authorities in the field of change and human performance. He is the author of several bestselling books on innovation, including Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers and his latest title, How to Succeed in Business Without Working so Damn Hard. In his customized presentations, Dr. Kriegel will teach your audience how to develop and lead Change- Ready© people and organizations as well as how to round up sacred cows that cost money and inhibit both change and new opportunities. He will also outline actionable strategies for gaining the competitive edge--not by competing, but by rethinking rules, redefining roles, and reinventing the game.

Jack Mitchell

The very word “hugging” implies all sorts of fuzzy, touchy-feely behavior. That’s not exactly what Jack Mitchell means by it. He defines hugging as a mindset more than a physical act. It’s a way of thinking about customers and delivering over-the-top service. Jack is Chairman of the Mitchell Stores, and has been recognized as one of the top ten retail visionaries by the Daily News Record. As one of the country’s most respected retailers in his third-generation family business, he has a long, proven record of providing exceptional, personalized customer service and maintaining employee loyalty and longevity. His personalized presentations provide specific techniques on how to get to know and better service customers, how to hire employee and make them happy and productive, and how to run a successful family business that passes from generation to generation.

Harvey Mackay

Harvey Mackay offers insightfully powerful tips as a corporate speaker on how to outsell, out-manage, out-motivate, and out-negotiate their industry’s competition. Harvey has written five New York Times bestselling books including “Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and “We Got Fired!.... And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Us.” He is also a nationally syndicated columnist, has been named the top five speakers in the world by Toastmasters International, and is the chairman of the $100 million Mackay Envelope Company. From his experience as a Minneapolis entrepreneur and prominent community leader, Harvey offers powerful and compelling advice on salesmanship customer service, leadership and negotiation.

John Naber

John Naber became America’s most decorated athlete at the 1976 Games in Montreal, winning four gold medals and one silver medal. He set four world records in swimming at those games, which lasted an amazing seven years after his retirement. He was also the first swimmer in history to win two individual Olympic medals on the same day of competition. After his retirement from swimming, Naber quickly entered the broadcasting field, serving as expert analyst, play-by-play host or sideline reporter for over 35 different sports, filing reports at eight Olympic Games. He has worked for all major networks and most cable outlets during the past twenty-five years. For over a quarter century, Naber has delighted audiences with his stories of ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary results in the area of life that is most important to them. Standing ovations attest to his ability to customize his remarks with humor, personal anecdotes and “Power Paragraphs” appropriate for every occasion. Naber consistently receives “gold medal reviews” from each of his clients.

Patrick Kuhse

Patrick Kuhse became an expert ethics speaker the hard way - by taking part in his own criminal acts and suffering the consequences. Patrick’s book, “Seduced by Success”, tells the true story of his personal journey from successful stockbroker and entrepreneur to international fugitive and federal inmate. After four years in prison, he now devotes himself to speaking to audiences worldwide about the importance of ethical behavior. Speaking with high energy and passion, Patrick has the remarkable ability of capturing and holding the audience's attention as he describes his descent down the "slippery slope" of unethical behavior, his critical thinking errors, his gradual lapse into unprofessional ethics and the "greed is good" philosophy he encountered.

James Mapes

An extraordinary keynote speaker for the uncertainty of 2017, James Mapes defies categorization. A true Renaissance man, James is considered the world’s foremost authority on applied imagination, having studied human behavior for more than 30 years. Since childhood, James wanted to make the impossible into the possible. This has led to a life-long fascination with the subconscious and the power of the imagination. Speaker, coach, best-selling author, clinical hypnotist and performer, Mapes is recognized for his ability to inspire, motivate, educate and guide others to develop and enhance the unlimited potential of their creative imagination and incalculable powers of the mind. His programs address creativity, motivation, leadership, change, wellness and peak performance. His engaging, enlightening new book, IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance is the first web-enhanced volume of its kind. A provocative adventure of the mind, IMAGINE THAT! is a cutting-edge roadmap showing readers how to lead an exceptional life by learning to apply their imagination for productivity.

Loretta Malandro

Loretta Malandro is a dynamic communications speaker who is known for captivating, educating and inspiring audiences to excel at their highest levels. As a worldwide top communications expert and CEO of Malandro Communications Inc. Loretta brings her experience and leadership principles to help every organization she is speaking to succeed. Loretta helps clients improve earnings through increased organizational efficiency and effectiveness as a result of collaborative, aligned, and energized people. Her keynotes are packed with inspiring messages and content to enlighten every employee in the room.

Frank Miles

Forget the PowerPoint. Frank Miles uses juggling, magic, gymnastics and humor to make his keynotes unforgettable. Juggling half-million volt stun guns, knives and torches, he makes a dramatic point about what they have in common. His fear-busting message is this: grab life by the handle, and the other end takes care of itself. He brings to life the simple ideas that help shatter the self-imposed limits of fear. He inspires audiences while using concrete examples of facing and overcoming fears and obstacles. Frank recently appeared multiple times on the hit show America's Got Talent. His performances went out live to fifteen million viewers, and were praised by the judges as amazing, funny, unique, and death defying.

Gary Kunath

Gary M. Kunath is a highly sought after keynote speaker. His most recent book, Life…Don’t Miss it, shares with people of all ages the secrets to achieving maximum joy and contentment in life and guidance for how to live your life to the fullest. Due to the success of his book, Gary has been speaking extensively on this topic of how companies can positively impact their employees’ lives OUTSIDE of the office walls to elevate their natural productivity and company loyalty. It is no longer about work/life balance; it is about work/life fulfillment and loving your whole life. Gary's highly energetic, humorous and authentic delivery style makes him one of the most successful and recognized leadership speakers on the circuit today.

Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers. In addition to fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction (History Decoded), Advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), Children’s Books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln), and even comic books (Justice League of America), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award. He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. How does Brad thrive in these different professions? His belief that ordinary people change the world. It is this core belief that runs through every one of his projects. He shares with audiences to dream big, work hard, and stay humble.

Michael McKinley

Mike McKinley is a businessman, motivational speaker, consultant, author, business owner, and developer of a showcase garden destination. For over 25 years, he has been involved in the daily operations of the multi-million dollar educational publishing house that he founded. Presenting hard-hitting business content delivered in a fun way, Mike entertains while he teaches – presenting as the keynote speaker, at corporate trainings, to in-house programs, and for professional association meetings. Business Entrepreneur, Mike McKinley uses a fun-but-results-oriented approach to transform today's challenges into tomorrow's business. From owning his own garbage-hauling business at the age of 15 to becoming president of a manufacturing chain to owning and serving as president of a multimillion-dollar publishing house and professional-speaking and consulting business, Mike's experience and expertise will help you succeed. Mike wants you to recognize the challenges to success and to open your mind to new ideas and methods to maximize performance and profitability.

Rudy Ruettiger

Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, in twenty-seven seconds, carved his name into the history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. In 1993, Tristar pictures immortalized his life with the blockbuster film "Rudy." Today, as a highly sought after motivational speaker, Rudy entertains international corporate audiences with a unique, passionate, and heartfelt style of communicating. Rudy will re-ignite the fire for 'The Dream" in your group, inspire your people to develop goals and work together as a team. Rudy's personal experiences of adversity and triumph together with his captivating personality and powerful message of "Yes I Can" will stay with your audience forever.

Erik Qualman

#1 bestselling author and motivational speaker Erik Qualman has performed in 44 countries and reached 23 million people this decade. His books have propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. His entertaining, educating, and empowering approach reaches audiences of all ages with an inspiring message around maximizing your leadership, reputation, and innovation potential. His video-storytelling style captivates audiences and showcases how successful and happy people are able to find the right offline & online balance in their over-scheduled lives. Interwoven in this inspirational message are practical tips and takeaways that directly impact the bottom line for your organization. His Socialnomics work has been on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. What Happens in Vegas Stays on Youtube was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and his books are used in over 200 of the world’s top universities. His latest book, How to Sell on LinkedIn is launching Q4 2016. He was formerly a sitting professor at Harvard and MTI’s edX labs.

Rick Pitino

Rick Pitino, one of the most brilliant minds in coaching, ushered in a new era for the University of Louisville men's basketball team when he was named head coach of the Cardinals in 2001. His coaching successes make it clear that there couldn't have been a finer choice to continue to lead Louisville to its place among the nation's elite teams. Pitino holds the distinction as the only men's coach in NCAA history to lead three different schools (Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville) to a Final Four championship. But Pitino's impact goes beyond the teaching, motivation, and X's and O's of his on-the-court skills. His incredible charisma, tireless work ethic, captivating speaking skills, and widespread appeal not only mesmerize the Cardinal faithful, but have inspired others in the college basketball world and beyond as well. Aside from his hoops prowess, Pitino has achieved success off the court as well in such realms as broadcasting, publishing, motivational speaking, and horse racing. He is an accomplished author of several books, including the bestsellers Success Is a Choice and Lead to Succeed. Pitino's most recent title is Rebound Rules: Success 2.0.

Bob Paff

A firm believer that we are all in sales, Bob Paff motivates professionals from all walks of life to tap their inner salesperson. Direct, unfiltered and always full of wit, Bob is equal parts motivational speaker and business communications specialist. His expertise, insight and “real world” solutions will propel your team to newfound success in work and beyond. In 1990, Bob launched his financial services career with Mass Mutual. Yet it was only a matter a time before he founded Integrated Benefits Corporation (IBC), a full-service financial services boutique for individuals, families, and small businesses. Bob passionately believes you must protect your greatest asset in life — your ability to earn a living. This belief and a desire to help others were the driving forces behind IBC and continue to compel Bob to educate on the importance of planning for your future. Nationally recognized in the field of insurance and benefits, Bob is a highly sought-after speaker at hospitals and leading academic institutions on a variety of topics. Over the years, his passion and motivational message have grown to encompass effectively empowering the success of not only those in business but in all facets of life through his platform “Communicating To Win”.

Steve Rizzo

Steve Rizzo uses laughter to help audiences around the world embrace change, experience happiness and be successful – no matter what the circumstances are! Knowing we all absorb more content through laughter, Steve uses his experience as a headline comedian to engage the audience and capture their attention before delivering strong content. Steve draws from his own personal journey, overcoming the dubious high school honor of “Least Likely to Succeed” to share the stage with Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres as a comedian. Today, Steve is a talented keynote speaker known for his unique gift of combining humor with content. Whether he’s delivering a keynote, being Emcee for a conference, or providing after dinner comedy, audiences leave Steve’s performances with the tools to remove the boundaries that keep them from living the lives they truly desire.

Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith is an internationally recognized fitness and lifestyle expert in the Wellness community. For over 40 years, her unique brand has earned her iconic stature in the home fitness market. Kathy has reached millions of people. She has made national media appearances on “The Today Show,” “CNN,” “Oprah,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and many others. In addition, Ms. Smith is frequently sought out by major corporations, health and medical conglomerates, and prominent universities. Kathy’s brand has reached far beyond individual workouts into a philosophy that has inspired millions of people. With countless life-changing success stories, Smith is committed to helping others live healthfully and in the best shape of their lives. She is seen lecturing and leading workshops around the country, bringing her message of “Inspire the Best in All People” to those around her.

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