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Motivational - Keynote Speakers

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.

Will Miller

Dr. Will Miller’s unique background as a professional stand-up comedian, television personality, psychotherapist, educator, and best-selling author - along with his five graduate degrees - make him one of the most popular and insightful presenters you’ll ever invite to your stage. His presentations are packed with a shrewd understanding of the human psyche supported by delightfully humorous stories that turn critical concepts into applicable ideas that stick. A recognized authority on modern life and culture, Dr. Will’s gift is helping audiences negotiate the staggering changes brought about by media, technology, and the loss of close relationships. Don’t expect another typical “stress management and work/life balance” presentation here. Dr. Will’s expertise backed by decades of research will help your audience rediscover the value of creating meaningful connections and restoring relationships to excel in work and after hours.

Janet Lapp

Over the past 25 year, Dr. Janet Lapp has established a global reputation for turning problems into opportunities, and is called on for the most challenging of change efforts. From the government of the city of St. Petersburg Russia, to executive CFO’s in Argentina, Dr. Lapp’s firm has had a 100% success rate in meeting client objectives. Dr. Lapp is a specialist in areas of fast personal and cultural change, well known to audiences around the world for her challenging, in-your-face ideas and her endless humor, energy and ability to connect with audiences. Her presentations outline bold, innovative strategies and practical guidelines for excelling in rapidly changing, intensely competitive times. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, internationally known speaker and author, and creator and host of the award-winning CBS series 'Keep Well.' As editor of the Change Letter and author of three best-selling books: "Dancing with Tigers," "Plant your Feet Firmly in Mid-Air," and "Positive Spin," she has received critical acclaim for her forward-looking ideas. As one of North America’s most in-demand presenters, she has been admitted into the prestigious Speakers Hall of Fame, and has been rated by TI as one of the top three speakers worldwide. The powerful messages in her high-impact, humorous and inspirational programs, is sure to inspire any audience to turn fast change into competitive advantage.

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.

Connie Podesta

Connie Podesta motivates audiences DIFFERENTLY by fueling them with exciting new ideas, mindsets, attitudes and solutions that will empower them to tackle even the toughest challenges in today’s crazy 24/7 world! Her humor allows her to confront the toughest issues organizations face with substance and style. Connie’s contagious sense of humor enables your audience to dig deeper and learn so she can keep those “ah ha” moments coming fast and furious. Most keynote speakers simply teach audiences WHAT to do. A few speakers show audiences HOW to do it. Connie does all that and MORE. She helps your team understand WHY it’s important to change behaviors, re-think attitudes, re-assess old ideas and get on board so they can make things happen!

Nido Qubein

Dr. Nido R. Qubein is an accomplished university president and a nationally recognized author, speaker, and leader. Dr. Qubein came to the United States with $50 in his pocket and a few words of English in his vocabulary … yet went on to become one of America’s most sought-after speakers and consultants. As a university president, the story of his tenure at High Point University is known to many. In less than a decade, he led the institution to phenomenal growth and significant academic advancement, tripling its size and moving it to the number one spot among Best Colleges in the South. As a business leader, he is the chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company with 220 stores in 43 states. He serves on the boards of several national organizations including BB&T (a Fortune 500 company with $210 billion in assets) and the La-Z-Boy Corporation (one of the largest and most recognized furniture brands worldwide). President Qubein is the author of a dozen books and scores of leadership audio and visual recordings translated into many languages. The Biography Channel televised his Emmy-nominated life story titled “A Life of Success and Significance.”

Vince Papale

Philadelphia through and through, Vince Papale is a true local hero. His story - that you should never give up and always continue to pursue your dreams - embodies the spirit of Philadelphia and serves to empower anyone who has ever been told they can’t achieve their goals. In 1976, at the age of 30, Vince tried out for the Philadelphia Eagles, made the team, and became the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL. He still holds that record! He was with the Eagles for four seasons as a wide receiver before a shoulder injury ended his career in 1979. While active, he was voted special teams captain by his teammates and in 2007 he was voted the most outstanding special teams player in the 75-year history of the Eagles. In 2006, Disney released a movie about Vince called "Invincible" that opened to rave reviews finishing #1 at the box office two weeks in a row! Vince's inspirational journey from humble working class beginnings and troubled home life, to successful professional athlete and businessman is a story that audiences of all demographics will relate to. His topics include “Hold Fast to Dreams”, which explores Vince Papale's Cinderella rise from 30-year old Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holder to Philadelphia Eagles football player, the stuff that dreams are made of. Vince's story will certainly inspire anyone who is privileged enough too hear one of his motivational speeches.


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