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Motivational - Keynote Speakers

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.

Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement. He advises audiences that instead of trying to become smarter, leaders and organizations need to shift their focus to becoming healthier, allowing them to tap into the more-than-sufficient intelligence and expertise they already have. He defines a healthy organization as one with minimal politics and confusion, high degrees of morale and productivity, and low turnover among good people. He is the author of eleven best-selling books with nearly five million copies sold. Named in Fortune magazine as one of the ‘ten new gurus you should know,’ Pat and his work have been featured in USA TODAY, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review, to name a few. Pat shares his insights and inspires his audiences through his accessibility, humor and story-telling.

W Mitchell

Undefeated by a blazing motorcycle accident and a paralyzing plane crash four years later, W Mitchell learned to take responsibility for the countless changes in his life. Whether coping with devastating burns over 65% of his body or being sentenced to life in a wheelchair, this once robust Marine firmly held on to his feisty nature and quick wit. It was "his" uphill journey and he was determined to maintain control, cope with the changes, and prosper. Without a doubt, Mitchell understands what it takes to rebuild and eventually reach the top. His life clearly illustrates his philosophy -- that most limitations are self-imposed. Step by step, Mitchell moved forward with his life. He became an internationally acclaimed mayor "who saved a mountain," a successful businessman who put thousands of people to work, a congressional nominee from Colorado, and a respected environmentalist and conservationist who repeatedly testified before Congress. Mitchell captivates and stuns audiences with his story and then empowers them to accept challenges, embrace change, and take action – not only at work but in everyday life. His tenacity and credibility are indisputable as he so obviously lives his message. Mitchell proves that unexpected changes can become exciting new starting points.

Ken Blanchard

Few people have impacted the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, gregarious, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Ken is universally characterized by friends, colleagues, and clients alike as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate men in business today. When Ken speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone together. He is a polished storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand. Some of his topics include; Leadership in Tough Times: Ethical Dilemmas, Whale Done!, Teambuilding—High Five! and Creating Raving Fans. Ken is innovative, and insightful, with the ability to make meaningful and lasting impressions on his clients.

Rick Barrera

Rick Barrera is a nationally acclaimed marketing consultant and author, known throughout the financial services industry for his extraordinary speaking skills and his ability to help advisors differentiate their practice, generate referrals and retain clients. He is a partner at Prosperous Practice, the practice management firm that defined fully comprehensive financial services and teaches advisors how to consistently deliver the highest levels of service in the industry. His consulting focuses on delivering unique client experiences that drive high levels of referrals. His newest book, “Overpromise and Overdeliver: How to Design and Deliver Extraordinary Client Experiences” is both a Wall Street Journal and Business Week bestseller.

Gail Alofsin

As a sales & marketing executive, university professor, humanitarian, and founder of Authentic Measurable Performance (AMP!), Gail “walks the walk” when it comes to work life balance! From her earliest memories, her parents would counsel Gail and her three siblings to “LIVE every heartbeat” and create a life where you CAN do it all! With over two decades of real life experience in the industries of sales, marketing, hospitality, and project management, Gail is passionately committed to helping organizations build long term, profitable relationships with their customers and employees through leadership, customer service, time management, and communication skills. Her educational content and proven methods for success are shared through keynotes, workshops, and seminars. Gail’s presentation style is energetic, warm and educational, offering unique perspectives focused on both personal and professional success!

Cary Mullen

Former Olympic athlete, World Cup Ski Champion, author, and serial entrepreneur, Cary Mullen’s unique presentation transcends the world of sports and helps organizations succeed at a higher level. Motivating and entertaining, Cary provides a talk that energizes your event and inspires different thinking. His "5 Winning Secrets" leave your team with concrete tools that will move any organization forward and beyond any adversity they may face. In addition to his engaging and energetic delivery, Cary challenges attendees to innovate systems and processes and get new results through “team captain” leadership.

Laura Stack

Award-winning keynote speaker and bestselling author of seven books, Laura Stack is a noted expert in employee and team productivity. Her engaging personality, combined with nearly 25 years of experience helping organizations achieve results, have made her one of the most sought-after experts and keynote speakers in her field. Laura is the president and CEO of The Productivity Pro, a past president of the National Speakers Association, and is a member of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. Her latest book, Doing the Right Things Right: How the Effective Executive Spends Time, details how today’s leaders can be more successful by managing their effectiveness and efficiency. Funny, engaging, and full of real-life strategies that work, Laura will change mindsets and attitudes. With Laura's help, your team can maximize its productivity, increase market share, strengthen performance, increase sales, and get the job done right!

Daymond John

Daymond John has evolved from a man who sold his own hand made hats to his neighborhood friends into a well-known fashion designer and one of the most sought after branding experts and motivational speakers in the country. Daymond shares his knowledge and vast experiences as author, creator of FUBU clothing, and cast member of ABC’s entrepreneurial business show, Shark Tank, with his audiences to inspire and motivate them to overcome their challenges. Daymond tells his stories with the desire to transform people’s lives and help them succeed and reach their goals either personally or as an organization.

Connie Dieken

For more than 20 years, Connie Dieken dedicated herself to journalism as a television news anchor, reporter and talk show host of ‘The Morning Exchange,’ America's longest running television talk show. The winner of 6 Emmy® awards and 1 Telly® award, this excellence in journalism resulted in her induction into the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame. A sought-after spokesperson, Connie is the voice of talking ATM machines in the US and has ‘spoken for’ more than 50 companies. For the last 12 years, she has been highly in-demand as an executive coach and advisor to many leaders who run the world's most recognizable brands. The author/co-author of five books, she is recognized worldwide as an authority on the skills needed to become a person of influence in all forms of leadership and communication. Her bestselling book, Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen, is a fast-paced, no-nonsense guide to teach anyone to be an influential communicator. Packed full with Connie’s knowledge, research and experience from coaching high-powered leaders, this bestseller helps you reach you’re a-game in interpersonal communication, giving you more power to change minds and inspire remarkable results, while talking less.

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.

Mitch Anthony

Mitch Anthony is the founder and president of Advisor Insights and the Financial Life Planning Institute, the leading provider of financial life planning tools and programs for the financial services industry. For almost two decades, Mitch and his team have provided training and development for both individual advisors and major organizations throughout the world. Mitch personally consults with many of the largest and most-recognizable names in the financial services industry on both financial life planning and relationship development. He has been named one of the financial services industry’s top “Movers & Shakers” for his pioneering work, and is interviewed by the media on a regular basis. Mitch is also the author of many groundbreaking books for advisors and consumers, including StorySelling for Financial Advisors, The New Retirementality (now in its 4th edition), Defining Conversations, and several others. Mitch is one of the most trusted guides for financial planning as he fills his presentations with compelling stories and wise counsel.

Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. He has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 4,000,000 people in 4,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 40 other countries worldwide. He has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. Brian is the top selling author of over 45 books that have been translated into dozens of languages. He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of America's largest corporations. His exciting talks and seminars on Leadership, Selling, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success Psychology bring about immediate changes and long-term results.

Carey Lohrenz

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. She is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging Leadership, High Performing Organizations and Diversity Training that directly impacts a company's ROI. In her motivating and engaging presentations, Carey shares the story of her journey to the cockpit along with her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world's most challenging environments. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world and feel inspired to move to higher levels of performance. She uses the processes of Planning, Briefing, Debriefing and Adjusting to help businesses manage risk while becoming High Performing Organizations. In October 2014, Lohrenz released her book, Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck. Lohrenz provides bottom-line expertise, clear takeaway items, and an ability to connect with the audience to make her a highly sought after speaker.

David Allen

David Allen is an author, consultant, international lecture. He is widely recognized as the world's leading authority on personal and organizational productivity. His thirty years of pioneering research, coaching and education of some of the world's highest-performing professionals, corporations and institutions, has earned him Forbes' recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the United States, and as one of the "Top 100 thought leaders" by Leadership magazine. Fast Company hailed David Allen "One of the world's most influential thinkers" in the arena of personal productivity, for his outstanding programs and writing on time and stress management, the power of aligned focus and vision, and his groundbreaking methodologies in management and executive peak performance. Time Magazine labeled his first book, Getting Things Done as "the defining self-help business book of the decade." David Allen is the author of three books; the international bestseller, Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity ("GTD" as the method is popularly known), Ready for Anything, and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life. Getting Things Done has been a perennial business bestseller since it's publication in 2001, and is now published in 28 languages.

Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway is more than "just another" professional athlete. He is an inspirational speaker and an expert futurist. A former All-Pro football player, Brian understands how to attain optimum results and, most importantly, he can communicate it. Brian excels at providing transformational outcomes for organizations and companies who must break through to an extraordinary future. A Stanford All-American and five-time NFL All-Pro, Brian Holloway, excelled as the team captain of the 1985 New England Patriots, AFC Championship Team. In 1986, at age 26, Holloway was one of the principal architects of the NFL's growth strategy that produced a landmark $18 Billion TV contract in 1998. Brian is direct, frank, and does not waste words. He brings a level of "intensity" and "focus" to the table - that moves, inspires and changes people.

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