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Personal Growth - Keynote Speakers

Tom Sullivan

Tom Sullivan, known to many as an actor, singer, entertainer, author, and producer, lives and works by “Sullivan’s Rules.” One of Sullivan’s first rules is that “Any negative can be turned into positive.” In 1975, Tom’s autobiography, If You Could See What I Hear, co written with Derek Gill, took him on yet another journey this time as an author. The best-selling book has been called “…a testament to courage, the competitive spirit and delight in life.” If You Could See What I Hear became a major motion picture in 1982. In his latest title, “Adventures in Darkness”, Tom takes readers through his monumental eleventh summer. This book is a hair-raising, heart-warming experience that culminates in Tom’s determination to realize his dreams of a “normal” life. It is only fitting that with his wealth of experience and commitment he would become one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the country.

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.

Rory Vaden

Award-winning business leader Rory Vaden MBA is the Co-founder of Southwestern Consulting™, a multi-million dollar global consulting practice that helps clients in more than 14 countries drive educated decisions with relevant data. He’s also the Founder of The Center for the Study of Self-Discipline (CSSD) and as a "Self-Discipline Strategist", his book Take the Stairs is a #1 Wall St Journal, #1 USA Today, and #2 New York Times bestseller. Rory is the world’s thought-leader on modern day procrastination, called Priority Dilution™ - in fact, he coined the term. He speaks and consults on how to say no to the things that don’t matter, and yes to the things that do. His insights have recently been featured on/in: Fox News, CNN, Wall St Journal, Fast Company, Inc, Fortune, Wall St Journal and the New York Times; and his articles and insights average more than 1 million views every month. Additionally, he hosts The Rory Vaden Show which is the only nationally syndicated weekly radio show for “movers and shakers in the world of business™”

Paul Vitale

By following his dream of helping others find their niche in life, expert Paul Vitale has become one of America's most sought-after motivational speakers and trainers. With a range of topics that include leadership, customer service, sales, and achievement, Paul brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the stage. His abundance of enthusiasm, passion for life, and unparalleled ability to relate to individuals through his own personal experiences empower his audience to act on the ideas and lessons he offers. Paul is also the author of the best-selling books, Are You Puzzled by the Puzzle of Life?, Sell With Confidence, Pass It On, and Discover the Now. His presentations will rejuvenate your organization and motivate your group to perform at their very best.

Rosemary Verri

Find the funny side. Appreciate the ridiculous. Practice safe stress. Since 1986, Rosemary Verri has taught hundreds of people—in every industry and organization, from every walk of life— to learn how to harness the power of humor. At your breakout session, dinner presentation or as the featured keynote speaker at your next annual event, Rosemary will entertain, educate and bring your people together with the gift of laughter. You’ll leave feeling renewed, rewarded, rejuvenated—and if necessary, revived! With over 20 years of experience as a sales manager in one of the largest direct sales companies in the world, a social worker with the blind, and a mother of four, Rosemary Verri learned early on how a humorous approach to life (as well as a smile) helps us all cope in a fast-changing, tensionladen world. Throughout the US and Canada, Rosemary has educated and entertained audiences with a lively, funny, sometimes uproarious, then quietly subtle, dynamic presentation. You’ll learn how to use humor to bring people together, how to gain trust and approval, and how to make people more receptive to your ideas.

John Medina

DR. JOHN J. MEDINA, a developmental molecular biologist, has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. He is the author of nine books including the New York Times bestseller "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School" -- a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed. His latest book is a must-read for parents and early-childhood educators: "Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five." Dr. Medina has the rare gift of making science fun and accessible. He is an extraordinary speaker -- perhaps one of the most energetic and engaging speakers you will ever encounter. And he has a message that every leader needs to survive and thrive. In a keynote presentation or dynamic workshop, Medina guides you through his 12 Brain Rules, things you should know about how the brain works. With fascinating stories and his characteristic sense of humor, he'll explain: why multi-tasking is a myth—and what happens when you try to type an e-mail and talk on the phone at the same time; that every employee and every customers’ brain is wired differently; how exercise, sleep, and stress affect the brain; just what makes PowerPoint presentations so very boring that we have a Jennifer Aniston neuron. Really!

Chris Waddell

Chris Waddell is a phenomenal motivational speaker who is the epitome of his message: It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you. Waddell was a promising young skier at Middlebury College when a skiing accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Addressing his disability with determination to get back on the slope brought him skiing one year later on a monoski. In two years Waddell was named to the US Disabled Ski Team and went on to become the most decorated male skier in Paralympic history. After 11 years on the ski team, his ambitions lead him to become the first paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro with little assistance. After hearing Waddell’s thought provoking story people will refer to his message for years to come to trigger their own drive for success and inspire new ambitions. Chris’ One Revolution Foundation helps to create social change through its mission of changing the way that the world sees people with disabilities by demonstrating the common experience of challenge.

Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins is a motivational speaker who provides practical strategies that inspire people and teams to bring out the best in themselves and others; and generate measurable results! He is the author of three books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken, and his latest, Nothing Changes Until You Do. He delivers keynotes and seminars that empower people and organizations to be more successful, appreciative, and authentic. Prior to his speaking and writing career, Mike played baseball at Stanford University and then professionally with the Kansas City Royals organization. After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, he worked for two internet start-ups, before starting his consulting business in 2001. His clients include Google, Wells Fargo, eBay, Gap, Twitter, the San Francisco Giants, and many others. His unique approach and ideas empower people with the knowledge that success can be achieved no matter what the obstacles.

Hendrie Weisinger

Dr. Hendrie (Hank) Weisinger is a world renowned psychologist, pioneer in the field of pressure management, and a New York Times bestselling author. His informative and interactive presentations address various topics, including giving and taking criticism, managing emotions, motivating oneself and others, and resolving conflict. He is a leading authority in the application of emotional intelligence, an expert in anger management, and the originator of the highly regarded techniques of criticism training. Dr. Weisinger has spent three decades helping individuals and organizations enhance their personal and work effectiveness through innovative applications of clinical, social, organizational, and evolutionary psychology. He has taught at Wharton, UCLA, NYU, Cornell, Penn State and MIT. Dr. Weisinger’s experience and expertise provides the tools for your organization to achieve excellence.

Adri Miller-Heckman

Adri Miller-Heckman is a Senior Executive financial services expert with extensive nationwide training experience in business development. Her 22-years in the industry and 13-year tenure with Smith Barney/Citigroup included positions as a financial consultant, national training officer, and the Director of National Sales for Women and Co., a division of Citigroup. In addition to training financial advisors, Adri led multiple workshops addressing the issues unique to being a female advisor. In March 2010, Adri launched her first annual Breaking the Mold workshop designed specifically for the female advisor. Adri has been a keynote speaker for corporate conferences and independent firms. She is also an approved Financial Advisor coach at Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, UBS and Bank of America. Adri authored the book Seminars for the Financial Advisor, based on her own experience of building a successful practice. She also developed and copyrighted The Thematic Wealth Program, a process that systematically addresses total wealth management.

Joel Weldon

As a former construction worker who turned down a four-year college scholarship because he thought he wasn't "smart enough" to go to college, Joel Weldon is living proof that human potential can be tapped, and your entire life transformed, when even one good idea is accepted and acted upon. For the past 37 years he's been one of the most highly respected and sought-after corporate speakers in North America, and has been an Idea Consultant, Sales Trainer and Executive Speech Coach for many of the world's leading organizations and businesses for over three decades. Joel is a Charter Member of the National Speakers Association. He’s earned the distinguished CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame designation, as well as The Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International in 1989, "for his profound impact on Corporate America." In 2006 he was named “Legend of the Speaking Profession.” His unique corporate logo is known worldwide—it’s a heavy 8-ounce can that sits on the desks of over half a million people as a reminder to think in CANS, not in cannots!

Jonathan Edison

“Success Strategist” Jonathan Edison is one of the most compelling thought leaders and Motivational Business Speakers today. As an expert in human development he delivers strategies, methods and tools filled with insight and humor that consistently move people and organizations to their highest potential. Jonathan's early years were very difficult. At age 5 his mother was removed from the household due to a drug problem. Two years later Jonathan’s father abandoned him. His grandmother Cloraine took on the challenge of raising him then died of cancer when he was 14. Despite a terrible start in life, Jonathan worked hard to go to college. After earning a degree in education and teaching for four years, at age 27 Jonathan became the youngest assistant principal in the history of Detroit Public Schools. In 2002, he was named Wayne County Spokesman for Success. Since then Jonathan has shared his “Strategies for Success” with over 500,000 people, authored four books and has spoken in over 40 States.

David Rutherford

David inspires audiences and individuals across America and around the world with his high-energy, high-impact style of motivational speaking reflective of his Navy SEAL training and operational experiences. As a Behavioral Training Specialist and self-help author and blog talk radio host, David delivers incredible insight into the human condition and outlines what it takes for individuals and teams to achieve elite levels of personal and professional success. David combines his incredible personal story with the proven track record of Navy SEAL Teams, creating an elite performance program that exposes corporate teams and individuals to 3 unique concepts designed to help gain the competitive edge, deal with stress, elevate performance, strengthen teamwork, embrace chaos and forge leadership. Hire David today and learn to embrace your fears, forge your self-confidence and live the Team Life.

Victoria Arlen

Victoria Arlen’s powerful story of overcoming a rare neurological disorder that left her paralyzed from the waist down ignites audience’s passion for achieving goals. In 2010, after almost four years being in a vegetative state, Victoria began the nearly impossible fight back to life. Although she faced the devastating reality of paralysis from the waist down, she went on to defy the odds and not only recovered but has since become an accomplished speaker, actress, model, and swimmer. In April 2015, Victoria made the transition from professional athlete to sportscaster and joined ESPN as one of the youngest on-air talents hired by the company, reporting for espnW, X Games, and Sportscenter. Victoria also recently defied the odds after being told she would never walk again. She took her first steps in March 2016 and has not stopped since. Victoria has become world famous not only for her story and accomplishments but for her message: “Face It, Embrace It, Defy It, Conquer It". She inspires audiences to have a new perspective on life and to see the world full of possibilities rather than limitations.

Molly Fletcher

Nicknamed “the female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, Molly Fletcher has recruited and represented hundreds of top athletes, coaches and media personalities. As a CEO, she shares her unconventional and unique techniques that made her one of the first female sports agents in the high stakes, big ego world of professional sports and now a successful entrepreneur. Molly is also the author of three books, the most recent being, A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating: How Conversation Gets Deals Done. Molly has spoken at hundreds of events for Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and associations across the country on topics related to leadership, team building, sales, business and personal development. It is impossible to leave Molly’s keynotes without feeling fueled with energy and ready to take on any obstacle that is in the way of your success!

Janine Shepherd

Janine Shepherd, an elite ski racer whose bid to represent Australia in the Olympics was cut short by a tragic accident. For ten days she hovered between life and death. After six months in hospital battling to rehabilitate her permanent disabilities, she not only taught herself to walk again—she earned her wings as both a pilot and an aerobatics instructor. Janine Shepherd is an internationally renowned speaker whose inspiring TED talk, “A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person.” has garnered over 1.5 million views. She’s been featured on “60 Minutes”, “This is Your Life”, and recognized with her country’s highest honor, The Order of Australia. Through powerful and emotive storytelling, Janine provides the tools that enable us all to take bold action, and transform whatever challenges we currently face into outstanding growth and change.

Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of faith, determination, health, and hope. Born into a family of surfers on February 8, 1990, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany began surfing at a young age. At the age of thirteen, on October 31, 2003, Bethany was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauais North Shore. The attack left Bethany with a severed left arm. After losing over 60% of her blood, and making it through several surgeries without infection, Bethany was on her way to recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude. Miraculously, just one month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water to continue pursuing her goal to become a professional surfer. In October 2004, Bethany shared her life story in her autobiography entitled Soul Surfer. Seven years later, the book was made into a major motion picture bearing the same title. Other books Bethany has written include Devotions for the Soul Surfer, Rise Above, A Soul Surfer Bible, Ask Bethany, and Clash, Burned, Storm, and Crunch. In 2007, Bethany realized her dream and turned pro. Since losing her arm, Bethany's story has been told in hundreds of media outlets and she has been recognized with numerous awards, public appearances, and various speaking engagements.

Jenny Evans

Jenny Evans is a speaker, author and on-air expert on resiliency, stress, performance, exercise physiology, nutrition and health. She is the founder and CEO of PowerHouse Performance and author of the best-selling book The Resiliency rEvolution: Your Stress Solution for Life — 60 Seconds at a Time. Working with thousands of C-suite executives, leaders and employees worldwide, her dynamic presentations inspire and educate audiences to increase their capacity for stress and to recover from it more quickly and effectively. Clients improve their performance and productivity, all while enhancing their health. Jenny’s corporate client list includes Procter & Gamble, The Estée Lauder Companies, Yale School of Management, AT&T, Target, Comcast, Nationwide, Ameriprise Financial and many other Fortune 500 companies. She is also the creator of PowerHouse Hit the Deck™—the ultimate tool for combating stress and increasing fitness.

Beau Lotto

Beau Lotto helps businesses build great brands by creating a strong relationship with audiences through meaningful narratives. But what makes a narrative meaningful? Beau is the founder of Lottolab, a hybrid art studio and science lab, which researches human perception and how it underpins creativity and innovation. His ongoing research shines a new light on human nature and allows for businesses to discover the principles behind information, not just the information itself. Beau focuses first on asking good questions--the right questions, and then sets about uncovering the answer. "A GOOD question is where success lives," says Beau. By combining our collective expertise in design, engagement, neuroscience and behaviour we are better able to work with companies to create narratives that are truly meaningful to their audiences … and in doing so establish a sense of loyalty that wouldn't be possible otherwise.

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