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Motivational - Keynote Speakers

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.

Peter McLaughlin

Peter has developed a toolbox of great ideas both ancient and new to help people and companies move through the maze of 21st century challenges and opportunities. Peter McLaughlin’s mission in life is to help people maximize their productivity and quality of life. A poll conducted among top corporations named Peter McLaughlin, along with Tom Peters and Peter Drucker, as one of the best business speakers in the nation. (Source: Journal of Business Strategy). Peter is author of the book CatchFire: A 7-Step Program to Ignite Energy, Defuse Stress, and PowerBoost Your Performance, and co-author of the book Mentally Tough: The Principles of Winning at Sports Applied to Winning in Business. For twenty years, he has studied the leading research on individual and team performance, and created programs to help businesspeople improve their effectiveness.

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.

Mark Scharenbroich

Mix thousands and thousands of black leather, bandana wearing, tattoo bearing Harley-Davidson riders with a 100th Anniversary and one beige rental car and the end result will be the perfect metaphor for connecting with others: “Nice Bike.” Nice Bike acts as a powerful catalyst to help build stronger, more unified teams. The message inspires audience members to be more engaged and passionate about connecting with others. Join Emmy award-winning speaker, Mark Scharenbroich as he takes you for a fun ride on how to be effective at making meaningful connections in both your professional and personal life. His Nice Bike principle is supported by three strong actions: Acknowledge, honor and connect. Part motivational speaker, part thought-provoker and pure comedic entertainer – Mark Scharenbroich will inspire, teach and engage you with Nice Bike.

Jeanne Robertson

Jeanne Robertson reached her 6’2” stature at age thirteen. Perhaps it was an indication of a future speaking career that would soar to great heights. No, professional speaking might not have been predicted when Jeanne was in the seventh grade in Graham, North Carolina, when and where she would have been voted most likely to make the basketball team and least likely to be a contestant in the Miss America Pageant. She did make the team—averaging more than thirty points per game in her junior and senior years—but as Miss North Carolina 1963 she also competed in the Miss America Pageant where she was named Miss Congeniality. It was her participation in and perhaps even her losing of the Miss America title that turned Jeanne’s life into a succession of events which led her to be one of the funniest, busiest and most popular professional speakers in America today. With the flexibility to speak more often, Jeanne’s rise in the speaking profession was nothing short of phenomenal. Clients and speakers alike were quick to recognize her ability. In addition to a full speaking schedule year after year, she has been awarded every top honor and designation in her profession including the Certified Speaking Professional designation (CSP) in 1980 and being inducted in the CPAE Speaker Hall Of Fame in 1981. While she enjoys making people laugh, Jeanne views the role of a humorist as more than eliciting laughter. As audiences are holding their sides and wiping tears from their faces, she makes her point clear.

Greg Schwem

The Chicago Tribune recently proclaimed Greg Schwem “king of the hill in the growing world of corporate comedy." If your company or association wants to laugh at today’s fast-paced business world, and learn that laughter motivates employees in good times and bad, look no further than Greg's timely and hilarious programs. Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Cisco and McDonald’s have laughed themselves silly over Greg’s program, “Work, Laugh, Repeat” while his latest keynote, “Rock, Roll & Laugh Your Way to the Top” has garnered raves for its ability to intertwine comedy and music with a powerful business message. Need an emcee or moderator? Greg will keep your audience energized and laughing throughout a multi-day event. Greg’s presentations are heavily researched and stay within the parameters of the corporate environment. That means no profanity or politically incorrect material (and a guaranteed good time for all). Greg is also an award-winning, nationally syndicated humor columnist for the Chicago Tribune and author of two Amazon bestsellers: Text Me If You’re Breathing and The Road to Success Goes Through the Salad Bar.

Dennis Perkins

Rigorous waves, unpredictable weather, and life threatening experiences are the stories that Dr. Dennis Perkins shares in his leadership keynotes to help companies survive on the waters of business. While a faculty member at the Yale University School of Management, Dr. Perkins developed a breakthrough leadership approach based on the study of groups facing The Edge, or the outer limits of human endurance. By combining these fundamentals and latest research with his own experience in some of the world’s toughest conditions he applies the lessons in survival to today’s business environment. Dr. Perkins is the author of several books, recently Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition and CEO of The Syncretics Group, a firm devoted to effective leadership and teamwork. Bring your life-vest because Dr. Perkins is going to show you how to lead your team through the tsunami business waves and come out winning.

Mark Sanborn

Leadership speaker Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is also an international bestselling author and noted authority on leadership, team building, customer service and change. His current release, You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader, inspires leadership at every level, while his other bestseller, The Fred Factor, delivers an insightful guide to creating value and meaning in your work, life and the lives of those you impact. Mark helps his clients build employee competence, motivation, and commitment to excellence while adhering to core values and ethics. Mark teaches that our highest impact as leaders comes when we transcend the organization and bring leadership into our homes and communities as well.

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.

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