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Personal Growth - Keynote Speakers

Cindy Novotny

Cindy Novotny is recognized by Training & Development Magazine as one of nine most powerful and innovative speakers. Cindy has been branded the “Radical Mentor” by thousands of executives around the world for her straight forward, no nonsense approach to leadership. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Training Magazine, Successful Meetings, and broadcast live on the BBC. Energy, passion, and drive guarantee Cindy’s message will hit home with every audience. Her targeted message and popularity has no boundaries as she addresses groups around the world. Cindy's charismatic, humorous, no nonsense approach, combined with in-depth knowledge, bring an audience alive with reality-based skills and cutting edge training technology. As the author of the book “Living With No Balance…And Loving It!” Cindy challenges people to feel good about trying to do it all and living in a less than balanced world. Her message applies to anyone interested in having a fulfilling life.

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.

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.

Roger Nierenberg

After a distinguished career at the helm of two American orchestras, Roger Nierenberg has emerged as a creative force for innovation in the presentation of symphonic music. He led the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida for 14 years and has guest conducted many of America's most distinguished orchestras and opera companies. Now, Nierenberg is the creator of the highly successful experiential learning event, The Music Paradigm, in which an orchestra is used as a metaphor for any dynamic organization. With participants seated among the musicians, Nierenberg leads a series of exercises that are carefully crafted to address the sponsoring organization's specific themes and issues. The Music Paradigm provides a creative framework for rethinking leadership style, philosophies, teamwork, and effectiveness. Nierenberg addresses these same issues in his recent book, Maestro: A Surprising Story about Leading by Listening.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joe Navarro

Not many can say they were personally approached to join the FBI, but this is exactly what happened to Joe Navarro while he was working as a police officer at the tender age of 23. He accepted their offer and became one of the youngest agents ever to join the renowned investigative agency. Joe spent the next 25 years at the FBI, working both as an agent and supervisor in the areas of counterintelligence and counterterrorism. Through his work he was able to study, refine and apply the science of non-verbal communications. Joe is also the author of several books including the international bestseller, What Every Body is Saying, and his most recent book, Dangerous Personalities. Joe’s presentations can be immediately applied, and will enhance interpersonal communications, increase confidence, and elevate the understanding of the universal language of body language.

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.

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.

Jim Stovall

People across the nation consider Jim Stovall as one of the most inspiring speakers that they have heard. He causes his audiences to overcome their fears and to realize their true potential. Jim lost his eyesight at an early age and shares humorous and relevant stories about overcoming obstacles in his life. His audiences walk away challenged and inspired with hope. Jim is the president and founder of Narrative Television Network, which makes movies and television accessible to the blind and visually impaired. Jim Stovall has been a national champion Olympic weightlifter, the President of the Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Network, and a highly sought after author and platform speaker. He is the author of the best selling book, The Ultimate Gift, which is now a major motion picture starring James Garner and Abigail Breslin.

Diane Smith

Diane Smith draws from her diverse experiences in journalism, personal health, and as a TV veteran to inspire her audiences to better their lives in a variety of ways. To promote a healthier living, she also takes from her knowledge as co-author of Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction and My Own, which was written with MSNBC Morning Show co-host Mika Brzezinski. Through Diane’s dynamic keynotes, audiences are ignited with motivation to implement her innovative tools to reinvent the way they live.

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.

Wayne Sotile

Dr. Wayne Sotile is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers and consultants today. A pioneer in the field of health psychology, he combines common sense explanations of cutting-edge research with compassion, humor, and targeted advice that empowers audience members to let go of what's holding them back, take charge of themselves, and make a difference at work and home. Dr. Sotile has consulted with over 400 organizations, corporations, medical practices, and health care systems. He has delivered over 4,000 addresses to professional and lay audiences worldwide, including invited addresses to the Million Dollar Roundtable, the Entrepreneurship Institute, the National Wellness Institute. His topics include: The New Stress Management: Practical solutions for busy people, Understanding and Managing our Differences; and Are We In This Together? Keys to Shaping Collaboration and Collegiality.

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!

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”.

Sean Sullivan

Employees make up the heart of any organization and without them the body would no longer pump sales. In order to have a healthy company you must begin by improving your employee’s well-being, which is why you need expert Sean Sullivan. Sean is co-founder, President and CEO of the Institute for Health and Productivity Management, a global enterprise working with employers to improve their employees’ health. With Sean as your health and wellness speaker you have the opportunity to not only revamp your employee’s lives but learn ways to maximize its impact on business performance. His innovative techniques and life changing suggestions will make any organizations heart beat stronger than it ever has.

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