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Storyteller - Keynote Speakers

Frank King

Even the cheap seats in the back leave Frank King’s hilarious keynotes with cramps from laughing so hard! Frank has opened for Adam Sandler, Pauli Shore, Jerry Seinfeld, and The Beach Boys, and has written for Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, and Dennis Miller. His customized performances as an entertainment, motivational, or wellness speaker have livened and enriched every event he is a part of. Your mundane meeting will be transformed into a talked about experience for years to come.

Karl Mecklenburg

Karl Mecklenburg rose from a college walk-on and twelfth round draft choice to an NFL career that included three Super Bowl and six Pro Bowl appearances. The former Bronco’s captain spent his entire twelve year career in Denver and makes Colorado his home now. Mecklenburg was arguably the most versatile player in the NFL playing all seven defensive front positions often in the course of a single game. Karl was selected as the AFC Linebacker of the Year, AFC player of the Year, and since retiring from the NFL has been enshrined in the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. A favorite keynoter for associations, corporations, and fundraisers, Mecklenburg’s stories of teamwork and leadership are humourous and inspiring. Each presentation is tailored to your organizational needs. He approaches his speaking career with the same intelligence, passion, and intensity that punctuated his great football career.

Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner- who started his career as a jazz guitarist- personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million. Josh is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups. Josh has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. He is a regular columnist for Forbes, The Detroit Free Press, and Inc. Magazine. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times. And yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.

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.

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.

Stefan Swanepoel

Stefan's inspiring and captivating book, Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life, reached the New York Times bestseller the week it was released and was later also ranked a bestseller by 18 other resources including the Wall Street Journal. The companion “Skills Quiz” has been taken by 250,000 people since its release in early 2011. This has now evolved in an captivating and engaging keynote that transports attendees into an “Africa Safari” with awe-inspiring visuals, invigorating stories and revealing breakthroughs. Stefan Swanepoel is also widely regarded as the country’s leading real estate trends analyst and tracker. Stefan has been on more than 20 safaris in five countries, holds four degrees and diplomas, and has given over 900 talks ranging from 50 to 10,000 people.

Polly LaBarre

For two decades Polly LaBarre has used her writing and speaking to help make organizations more resilient, innovative and inspiring – and to embolden and equip leaders at every level to make a meaningful impact. Polly began her career at Fast Company magazine and is also co-author of the bestselling book, Mavericks at Work. She also has a widely syndicated blog, Fresh MIX, which delivers agenda-setting ideas about 21st-century organizations. She has field-tested insight on the crucial question facing every leader and organization today: How do we change the way we change? She reveals the most practical and high-impact ways to innovate, adapt and succeed -- redefining how leadership, change, innovation, collaboration, employee engagement, organizational culture, accountability, and disruptive strategy are done. Polly provides an action plan to help leaders make their organizations fit for the future.

Ruben Gonzalez

From the insights of Four-time Olympian and peak-performance expert Ruben Gonzalez, comes a motivational keynote about taking control of your business and your life. Ruben is an internationally recognized award-winning keynote speaker.
He will inspire your people to reach their full potential, to make bold decisions and to take action - creating long lasting success for your organization. Ruben will move your people showing them what is possible if they will make a decision to commit fully to their goals. Ruben’s story of overcoming incredible challenges on the road to competing in four Olympic Games over the span of four decades goes right into the core of his audiences psyche, filling them with the inspiration and self-belief they need to achieve their goals. Unforgettable, fast paced, fun, and packed with information that will help your people achieve extraordinary results. People walk out of Ruben’s keynote presentation knowing they have what it takes to achieve sustained success. His keynote is an Olympic Experience your audience will NEVER forget!

DeDe Murcer Moffett

Voted Favorite Speaker of Meeting Planners 2014 -Meetings & Conventions Magazine
DeDe is an enthusiastic larger-than-life speaker and trainer who grabs the hearts and minds of audiences through powerful content and high-energy Broadway-style entertainment. She is known as the “Snap Out of It Woman.” After overcoming 24 years of alcoholism and igniting the courage to breakthrough to success, DeDe is inspiring She inspires audiences to take personal responsibility, make lasting changes and ignite the courage to start living consciously applying their strengths and talent. In her keynote speech and training sessions, DeDe draws upon her extensive career in corporate sales and her in-depth research into breaking free of limiting habits that dull creativity, cripple drive and derail dreams. She then delivers a step-by-step methodology wrapped up in Broadway-caliber entertainment and do-it-now exercises.
Through fun and humor she shares the knowledge, emotional fuel and daily steps you must take if you want to unleash your best work, ignite massive creativity, do the unlikely, and keep going when life gets tough.

Karyn Buxman

Audiences love Karyn’s message of laughter and leadership. Karyn is a neurohumorist, one who researches the neurobiology of humor, and then translates these cutting-edge findings for professionals. She shows how they can harness applied humor to improve and empower themselves. Karyn’s presentations inspire cultural change within organizations that result in better customer service, greater productivity, enhanced morale, and employee loyalty. Karyn is committed to teaching as many people as possible to transform their lives with laughter. In addition to speaking to thousands of people every year, she is the author of Amazed and Amused, Lead with Laughter, and has an online training program. Karyn shows all audiences that change within an organization is possible- and it can be fun!

Ty Bennett

When Ty was 21 years old, he and his brother Scott started a business in direct sales, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. As a young entrepreneur, Ty continues to engage his team's focus to grow sales. He has developed over 500 sales managers globally with sales and leadership in 37 countries. In his talks, Ty uses the power of influence and storytelling to provide audiences with tangible techniques that will increase their influence and their impact as leaders and as salespeople. With a natural ability to engage and empower others, Ty draws on his experience in the trenches to share real and tangible techniques about the principles of leadership that continue to create his success. The founder of Leadership Inc., who has been featured as one of the Top 40 Under 40, Ty is a young fresh voice providing interactive presentations that are engaging, dynamic and inspiring. Ty’s best-selling books - The Power of Influence: Increase Your Income and Personal Impact and The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication - are used in graduate courses at multiple universities including MIT, as today’s version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

Michael Hoffman

Michael helps people become #1 on purpose! He teaches individuals how to become a “person of influence,” by giving them the knowledge, tools and processes they need to enhance their own skill-sets during times of challenge and change. Michael also helps entire organizations shift toward a more customer-centric culture, by teaching people – employees and leaders alike - how to deliver the BEST services and experiences. He will leave your group energized, motivated, and ready to handle any given challenge and all “tornadoes” that come their way!

Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most popular voices on contemporary life. Employing a first-hand approach to his work, Bruce is known for living the experiences he writes about, both in his beloved “This Life” column in the Sunday New York Times, and is his six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible, Abraham, and The Secrets of Happy Families. He’s also the host of two primetime series on PBS and a frequent commentator on television and radio. Bruce is dubbed the “modern-day Indiana Jones,” Bruce has a zeal for life and a humorist’s ability to tell a good story. He leaves audience both entertained and uplifted, with practical takeaways that prompt discussion and action in the communities, businesses, and institutions he visits.

Jay Hewitt

Jay Hewitt will get you to your Finish Line. An elite Ironman triathlete, Jay is the only person with Type 1 diabetes to race for the U.S. National Triathlon Team. He balanced years of grueling physical triathlon training, racing and world travel, managing his blood sugar and hourly insulin dosage, and maintaining a demanding full-time law practice. In 2004, he began public speaking while racing and practicing law. After numerous engagements and repeated requests, he followed his passion and launched a full-time professional speaking career in 2011. His balance of work, life and pursuit of goals has taken remarkable focus and discipline, converting physical and mental challenges into motivation for success. That is exactly the message he shares with rapt audiences all over the world. Jay’s principles translate perfectly into life as well as business, inspiring improvement in everyone—from leadership and management to everyday employees, from athletes and non-athletes to students and adults.

Jeremy Poincenot

Jeremy describes the dramatic experience of shifting from fully-sighted, happy-go-lucky college sophomore, to legally blind, World Blind Golf Champion in his engaging program, "My Life's a Blur." While initially feeling depressed about his vision loss, Jeremy soon realized that he needed to focus on what remained possible, rather than dwell on what he had lost. Through his honest and moving account of learning to not only accept but embrace his blindness, Jeremy delivers memorable insights the audience can easily implement to become more resilient in the face of adversity. Hearing Jeremy speak will make everyone in your audience respond to life’s obstacles in a different way.

Elizabeth McCormick

Elizabeth supported UN peacekeeping operations in Kosovo as the S-4 Logistics Officer in Charge at the Battalion level, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for her excellence in service. As a Blackhawk Helicopter pilot she has completed Air Assault/Rappelling training missions, transport for VIPs like Generals, Governors and Congressmen and women, executed Command & Control battlefield management operations, and flown military intelligence missions. With her empowering, energizing delivery, Elizabeth is a sought-after keynote speaker. She is author of The PILOT Method- the 5 Elemental Truths to Leading Yourself in Life. She inspires audiences with her experiences and stories from her years as a Black Hawk Helicopter pilot and turns them into relatable lessons that any audience can put into immediate action.

Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, The Katie Show, and Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday. Brené is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Gotham, 2012). In Daring Greatly Brené dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. Fast Company Magazine named Daring Greatly one of the top ten business books of 2012. Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top ten most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 9 million viewers.

David Horsager

David Horsager, MA, CSP, is a business strategist, keynote speaker and author of the National Bestseller, The Trust Edge. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. David has worked to develop trusted leaders and organizations on six continents, with clients ranging everywhere from Wells Fargo and the New York Yankees to Goodyear and the Department of Homeland Security. David has enjoyed serving in a number of leadership roles, from ethics commissioner to executive producer to director on a variety of boards. David’s new book, The Daily Edge: Simple Strategies to Increase Efficiency and Make an Impact Every Day is his newest release. David delivers life-changing presentations by combining humor, illustrations, and memorable stories with research and insight. He sheds light on the confusion and misconceptions surrounding the cornerstone of personal and professional success.

Kyle Maynard

Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete. Despite being born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees, Kyle’s wrestled for one of the best teams in the Southeast, set records in weightlifting, fought in mixed martial arts, and most recently became the first man to crawl on his own to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, which awarded him his 2nd ESPY for the Best Male Athlete with a Disability. His story has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, ESPN’s Sportscenter, HBO’s Real Sports, ABC's 20/20 and Good Morning America, and as a cover story in USA Today. He continues to inspire as the author of his book, No Excuses (2005), a New York Times bestseller.

John O'Leary

Expected to die. John O’Leary now teaches others how to truly live. In 2008, John O’Leary began speaking about his personal life experience of being burned as a nine-year-old. His story, previously kept private, was showcased when his parents wrote a book to share with family and friends about their amazing journey of healing. This book led to organizations around the world requesting to hear first-hand from John how he defied the odds. A movement began. John, recognizing his calling to become a change agent of overcoming adversity, continues to ignite life – and the world around him - with possibility. His first book, On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life, will be published in March 2016. John is consistently given industry-defying gold stars across the board for his emotional storytelling, genuine humor and ability to empower his audiences to take back their lives and change their worlds. Given less than one percent chance to survive, John intimately illustrates how your greatest challenges can be transformed into outstanding growth.

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