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Motivational - Keynote Speakers

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Tom Flick

Dynamic leadership expert Tom Flick has garnered a reputation around the world as an authority on developing leaders, leading effective change and accelerating personal, team and organizational performance. Tom has the unique gift to connect with the audience’s heart as well as their head. He understands that people, not programs, help organizations change and grow. Tom has worked with a list of clients that includes Microsoft, Google, American Express, Amazon, NASA and the Pentagon. Tom draws on his leadership experience as a former NFL quarterback for seven seasons, his extensive work in corporate America, and his alliance with leadership guru, Dr. John Kotter. Tom provides actionable solutions to develop leaders, lead change, and drive performance. Tom has an exceptional ability to communicate clear business solutions combined with humor, wit and razor-sharp insight.

John Cassis

John Cassis brings a rare blend of humor, entertainment and content to being a motivational speaker. He shares his own experiences to show how to embrace change, face adversity and meet the daily pressures of life head-on! From being a professional baseball player to a minister, and the former inspirational speaker for the Chicago Bears, John uses his wide-ranged background and numerous stories to inspire listeners. He is a genuine and passionate professional speaker that truly wants to change the lives of his audience and guide them toward a path to re-energize their lives, careers and relationships.

Thomas Winninger

Thomas Winninger is one of the most in-demand business speakers in the North America today. He is the founder of Winninger Visionscope, a Minneapolis based Think Tank. Thom is also the author of many best selling books, which include; " MarketQuake", "Price Wars", and "Full Price and Sell Easy". Thom has applied his strategies to his own companies as well as others, to capture and sustain market leadership in challenging economies. His market strategies have been featured on CNBC, First Business, Boardroom Reports, Venture and Success Magazine and he is published in over 300 other trade journals, publications, and newspapers. Thom is frequently referred to as America's Leading Market Strategist and the man who is reinventing the way companies create Differentiation.

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is America’s Peak Performance Coach with over 30 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry. As the founder and CEO of On Target Living. Chris travels around the world speaking and training people to live a healthier lifestyle “One Step at a Time”! Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, certifications from ACSM, NASM, ACE, CNHP, and is a faculty member of A4M, teaching physicians and health professionals around the world his REST/EAT/MOVE training program. Chris is a change leader in health and fitness--”nobody makes a greater impact in a person’s health than this guy”! His clients include Fortune 500 companies all over the world.

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.

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