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25 Heroes, Adventurers, and Pioneers Who Inspire

by Whitney Sayce
Heroes, Adventurers, and Pioneers Who Inspire

From building great teams and battling business challenges to getting energized and persevering in the face of adversity, I’ve got a great list of speakers I thought you’d enjoy who offer hard-hitting takeaways and feel good advice for audiences across the nation.

Heroes

  • Rob O’Neill, SEAL Team Six leader/operator on refusing to quit and successful missions
  • General Stan McChrystal, Former head of JSOC and author on leadership and teamwork
  • Rear Admiral Scott Moore, Former ST6 commander on building and leading “no-fail” teams
  • Eric Greitens, Former SEAL, author, and one of TIME’s “most influential” on resilience
  • Dakota Meyer, Medal of Honor recipient and best-selling author on seizing opportunity
  • Greg Gadson, Disabled Army colonel on teamwork and camaraderie in facing obstacles
  • Michael Durant, Author and inspiration for Black Hawk Down on growth and adaptation
  • Admiral Eric Olson, First four-star Navy SEAL on leading peak performing teams
  • Jeff Skiles, Co-pilot of “The Miracle on the Hudson” on training, preparation, and teamwork

Adventurers/Athletes

  • Joby Ogwyn, Legendary wing-suit pilot and mountain climber on fully committing to a goal
  • Ben Saudners, Record-holding polar explorer and TED speaker on achieving the impossible
  • Erik Weihenmayer, First blind adventurer to summit Everest on leading a “no barriers life”
  • Amy Purdy, Amputee, Olympian, and best-selling author on pushing past limits
  • Matt McFadyen, Record-holding yachtsman on teamwork and testing human potential
  • Martina Navratilova, Tennis legend on overcoming adversity and keys to continued success
  • Tim Howard, Superstar men’s national team goalie on harnessing internal courage

Pioneers

  • Daymond John, FUBU founder and Shark Tank star on working to accomplish your dreams
  • Mick Ebeling, TED speaker, innovator, and author of Not Impossible on recalibrating thinking
  • Johnny Earle, Founder/CEO of Johnny Cupcakes on motivating fanatical customer loyalty
  • Leroy Chiao, Astronaut and entrepreneur on reaching for the stars and problem solving
  • Chris Gardner, Real-life Pursuit of Happyness inspiration on overcoming adversity
  • John Ondrasik, Platinum-selling Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik on “what if”
  • Hugh Herr, Biomechatronics head at MIT on advancements for pushing human possibility
  • Ann Romney, First Lady of MA and author on what happens when life throws a curve ball
  • Patricia Wilson, TED speaker and Make-A-Wish mastermind on inspiring a nation

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