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Storyteller - Keynote Speakers

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!

Mike Schlappi

There has never been such a powerful story to change so many people’s perspective on life than when Mike Schlappi is your motivational speaker. Mike shares his jaw-dropping experience of getting shot at point blank range in the chest and becoming paralyzed at the age of 14. His battle through recovery brought him to play basketball from a wheelchair and become a standout athlete. Mike’s thought-provoking keynote presentations challenges individuals of all ages that despite difficult circumstances, you can take response-ability and be empowered. Mike’s mission to help people get through difficult times has inspired thousands to be a stronger and better person and continues to do so.

Jim Craig

Olympic history would not been made if it was not for Jim Craig. In 1980 Jim was the goal tender for the “Miracle on Ice” Team that brought the gold medal to America beating out the Soviet Union and Finland. His accomplishments did not stop there though. Jim then went on to be a professional hockey player and when retiring from the sport moved on to a career in marketing and later became president of Gold Medal Strategies, a promotion and marketing firm and a motivational speaker that inspires people from around the world. As a keynote speaker Jim uses his storytelling skills to motivate those around him. His topics on his Olympic Gold experience and current business success motivates his listeners and provides examples of how successful teambuilding can create more opportunities.

Seth Davis

Seth Davis is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and bestselling author who has distinguished himself as one of the nation’s foremost experts on college basketball. He is currently a Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated, and contributor to SI.com where he writes his popular “Hoop Thoughts” column during college basketball season. Since 2004, Seth has served as an on-air analyst for CBS Sports’ coverage of college basketball. Seth is also the author of two New York Times best sellers, Wooden: A Coach’s Life, and When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball. Seth draws upon his own experiences to provide audiences with a heartfelt and humorous motivational message on what it takes to become successful.

Steve Gilliland

Steve Gilliland, CSP, is a motivational speaker who challenges his audiences and inspires them to better their life. Steve is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the United States and Canada, and is one of the seven percent of speakers in the world, who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers. He has helped people grow their business and expand their lives by sharing his motto, “If you take care of people, the business will follow.” As a master storyteller, he uses the power of humor to help people understand and embrace serious issues, and in a brief span, he both entertains and empowers his audience.

Jim Davidson

Jim has climbed high mountains around the world. He’s led expeditions and rescues in perilous conditions. As a keynote motivational speaker, Jim distills the lessons he’s learned on the mountains and applies them to challenges in business and life. Jim’s experience as a resilience expert, mountain climber, and co-author of the bestselling and award winning memoir “The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival”, provides his audiences with relatable lessons to be used in the workforce. On April 25, 2015, Jim was at Camp 1 on Mount Everest when the earthquakes tragically struck Nepal. His intense reporting, photos and videos from Everest were closely covered by CNN, CBS, BBC, ABC and other news agencies.
Jim’s passion for teaching resilience and his aptitude for storytelling will inspire you. Jim becomes not just your normal keynote speaker, but a man who truly sparks your desire to improve. There is no event that has had Jim as a speaker that has not left feeling prepared to face any challenge that comes their way.

Larry Csonka

Larry Csonka and power running became synonymous in the NFL of the 1970's. As a player with the Miami Dolphins he charged so tenaciously through defenses that his name became a household word and his nickname, Zonk, became a new American verb. Larry continues to work in the “public eye” as host and producer of the outdoor adventure series, “North to Alaska". Larry has a tremendous story to tell and backs it up with a warm sincere and motivational approach that will have listeners on the edge of their seats. Larry will speak about the game, the players, coaching and starring moments of a great career. His audiences delight in his humor and leave feeling that they have always known him. Larry is more than a retired football player; he is a legend. He will leave your group with a renewed confidence to strive for perfection in any endeavor.

Joel Sartore

There’s no clocking out early when you’re a photographer for National Geographic. Joel Sartore has been with the magazine for over fifteen years, building teams everywhere from Alaska to the Atacama Desert. With guidance from the magazine’s editors, Sartore works independently in the field to deliver the goods despite language barriers, tightening budgets, skittish subjects, and loitering killer pigs. Nature doesn’t give many second chances so attitude, teamwork and creativity are as essential as the camera in creating good pictures. The far corners of earth aren’t all that different from the conference room, the sales presentation or the cubicle; going the extra mile can and does mean the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. As a speaker, Sartore uses humor and candor to energize audiences and empower them to take pride in and excel at their work.

Peter Guber

As one of the most successful executives in the entertainment and communications industry, Peter Guber is the founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, the visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports, and news media. He has also produced films such as Rain Man, Batman, Flashdance and The Color Purple and is author of Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, which reach #1 on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists. Guber has dedicated himself to empowering current and future leaders by showing them how the influence of oral narrative can bring you further in business. You will be able to learn the power of your own story and be prepared to share it once you leave the room.

Doc Hendley

Doc Hendley never set out to be a hero. In 2004, Hendley - a small-town bartender - launched a series of wine-tasting events to raise funds for cleanwater projects and to bring awareness to the world’s freshwater crisis. He planned to donate the proceeds through traditional channels, but instead found himself traveling to one of the world’s most dangerous hot spots: Darfur, Sudan. There, Doc witnessed a government-sponsored genocide where the number-one weapon wasn’t bullets-it was water. With limited funds, Doc realized that he couldn’t build new wells costing $10,000 a pop, but he could hire local workers to restore a damaged well for a mere $50 each. He’d found his mission. Doc was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2009 and has written a book about his experience, Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World. He is an expert on the immense power of relationships to transcend perceived barriers. Today, Doc and Wine to Water continue to help stricken peoples repair and maintain water- containment systems in places like Darfur, Cambodia, Uganda, and Haiti.

Dick Hoyt

This is not your typical motivational experience when you have Team Hoyt as your keynote. The father son duo of Dick and Rick has transformed the lives of many. They tell their compelling story of how they have completed over 1,000 athletic events around the world while fighting the challenges they faced with Rick’s disabilities. Rick was born as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and as a non-speaking person, but his spirit and mind have always been strong. Rick’s father, Dick travels the country with him to speak for corporate and community events to educate them about disability awareness and to promote their inspiring motto: “Yes You Can.” After hearing their motivational seminars you will walk away with a greater desire to achieve.

Don Hutson

Don Hutson, CPAE, CSP, is in the business of making people believe they can do better--and he gives them skills to do it. For over 30 years, Don has energized his audiences into action. Throughout the business world, he is known as one who delivers real solutions for business professionals. Don's dynamic and engaging programs have garnered him many honors and awards over the course of his career. He is the author of The Sale, The Contented Achiever, The One Minute Entrepreneur (co-written with Ken Blanchard) and The One Minute Negotiator (co-written with George Lucas). Don has addressed over two-thirds of the Fortune 500 companies, and has been selected by a number of them to help develop their own corporate university. Currently, Don is the Chairman and CEO of U.S. Learning, the Chairman of Executive Books, and has been featured on both PBS and Fox News.

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.

Frank Miles

Forget the PowerPoint. Frank Miles uses juggling, magic, gymnastics and humor to make his keynotes unforgettable. Juggling half-million volt stun guns, knives and torches, he makes a dramatic point about what they have in common. His fear-busting message is this: grab life by the handle, and the other end takes care of itself. He brings to life the simple ideas that help shatter the self-imposed limits of fear. He inspires audiences while using concrete examples of facing and overcoming fears and obstacles. Frank recently appeared multiple times on the hit show America's Got Talent. His performances went out live to fifteen million viewers, and were praised by the judges as amazing, funny, unique, and death defying.

Tom Koulopoulos

Tom Koulopoulos is acknowledged as one of the industry’s leading futurists. He is the author of ten books and founder of Delphi Group, a 20-year-old Boston-based think tank, which was named one of the fastest growing private companies in the US by Inc. Magazine. Delphi provides advice on innovation practices and methods to Global 2000 organizations and government agencies. Tom is also a columnist for Inc.com, an adjunct professor at Boston University Graduate School of Management, an Executive in Residence at Bentley University, the past Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Business Innovation, and past Executive Director of the Perot Systems Innovation Lab, which was acquired in 2009 by Dell Computer. Named one of the industry’s most influential consultants by InformationWeek magazine, his articles and market insights appear frequently in national and international print and broadcast media such as BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, CNBC, CNN and NPR. Come prepared for an enlightening and life-changing discussion with Tom to take a hard look at how cultures, generations, and leadership impact the way we innovate.

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.

Lisa Ling

As the field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News' Nightline and National Geographic's Explorer, Lisa Ling has reported from dozens of countries, covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India and the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, among other issues that are too often ignored. Lisa got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age. She later went on to become a co-host of ABC Daytime's hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show. In 2011, Lisa began her own series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, titled Our America with Lisa Ling. Lisa was a special correspondent for CNN's Planet in Peril series and is a contributing editor for USA Today's USA Weekend magazine. She is the co-author of Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood and Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home, which she penned with her sister, Laura. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Museum.

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.

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