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10 Speakers For Your Leadership Meetings

Leadership Meeting Speakers

Are you researching ideas for an upcoming leadership event or team meeting? If you are looking for executive leadership meeting ideas, agenda topics, or speakers, we would love to introduce you to names and topics that are trending right now.

Here are ten of the most in-demand and top-rated keynote speakers for leadership meetings or board of director meetings for you to consider:

  1. Sarah Robb O'Hagan
  2. General Stanley McChrystal
  3. General John Allen
  4. Susan O'Malley
  5. Jake Harriman
  6. Jim Donald
  7. Chris Fussell
  8. Robert O'Neill
  9. Dawn Hudson
  10. Matthew "Griff" Griffin 

Take a closer look at each of these in-demand keynote speakers for leadership meetings or board of directors meetings and check out their individual speaker profile pages by clicking the links below:

  • Sarah Robb O'Hagan

    CEO of Flywheel Sports, Former President of Gatorade, & Former Nike GM
If you have an upcoming event focusing on transforming your business from the inside out, collaborative innovation, or creating new growth runways, we encourage you to give Sarah Robb O'Hagan a look. A disruption powerhouse, Sarah speaks passionately about disrupting your own business from the inside out. She’s known for transforming Gatorade from a declining sports drink company into a booming sports fuel company, and is the author of the new book, Extreme You. Twice named to the Forbes “Most Powerful Women in Sports” list, Sarah brings leadership experience to improve your team’s performance in the work place.

  • General Stanley McChrystal

    Former Commander of US and International Forces in Afghanistan & Author of Best-Selling Books, Team of Teams and My Share of the Task

Top-reviewed TED leadership speaker, General Stanley McChrystal inspires your team to bring their best selves to work every day. From his charismatic presence and easy command of the room to his dedication to events (meticulous testing of A/V equipment, highly-personalized anecdotes, willingness to attend dinners), McChrystal delivers 110%. If you are planning for 2018 leadership meetings aimed at increasing adaptability, building momentum, or crafting a new team of empowered leaders, General McChrystal is a top recommendation.

  • General John Allen

    President, The Brookings Institution and Former Commander of NATO and US Forces in Afghanistan

Personally appointed by President Obama as the first American to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, he is a fresh and thoughtful thinker on what’s happening in the world. What General Allen does so well is translate how security challenges will likely play out while captivating audiences with powerful stories from his time leading the military. If your group is concerned with the major trends and power competitions that will influence business over the next generation, General Allen offers an incredibly in-depth and thought-provoking speech that can also be hosted as a fireside chat with a CEO or a panel discussion. We highly recommend General Allen for his professionalism, charisma, and ability to translate major issues into day-to-day takeaways for executive meetings.


    Former President of the Washington Capitals and the Washington Wizards & First Female President of a Professional Sports Franchise

Susan was the first female president of a professional sports franchise (the Washington Bullets—now Wizards), and is one of our most-popular motivational speakers. She led the largest ticket revenue increase in the history of NBA franchises by taking the season ticket holder renewal rate from 64% to 90%. Susan knows what it takes to be a leader in a tough business environment and how to create an organization from the ground up. Now a business professor, she almost always gets standing ovations. During her presentations, Susan speaks about leadership and thriving in a male-dominated field, calling on anecdotes and lessons learned from her life of unprecedented success. 

A visionary and innovator whose new approach to leadership has been recognized by the White House and the Dalai Lama, Jake’s story will make you want to get up and do something. He’s a former Marine Commander who founded a unique non-profit aimed at ending extreme poverty in war-torn areas. Run by fellow former Special Ops officers, Nuru International worked with the Obama White House to set up a new outpost in Boko Haram territory in Nigeria. Jake has combined his service as a Marine with principles learned in Grad school at Stanford to create an NGO that is committed to creating opportunities and local leadership in the world’s poorest communities. Jake talks about servant leadership, empowering a new generation of leaders, and restoring great American leadership.

  • Jim Donald

    President and COO of Albertson's, Former CEO of Starbucks, Haggen Food & Pharmacy, and Extended Stay Hotels

Jim’s been called a “Turnaround King” for his ability to take flailing brands back from the edge of bankruptcy (and was named one of the Top 25 CEOs in the world. He has a new speech all about creating a culture that forever captures the excitement you feel on your first day of work in a new job. He talks about why “the biggest threat your company faces is from inside your four walls,” how to unlock untapped “gold mines” within your corporation, and how to build better attitudes and increased execution.

  • Chris Fussell

    Managing Partner at the McChrystal Group, Former US Navy SEAL Officer, & Best-Selling Author

For leadership events focused on transforming your culture and becoming more agile, consider Chris Fussell. His new book, One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams, was released last year. It’s a road map for breaking down silos, increasing collaboration, skillfully implementing organizational change, and building a “team of teams.” It was named one of the top three books on leadership in 2017 by Strategy + Business and was on Forbes’ summer reading list. Chris shares incredible stories from his time as a SEAL to illustrate bigger points about adapting in the midst of chaos, collaboration, teamwork, and strategic leadership.

  • Robert O'Neill

    Former SEAL Team Six Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, & New York Times Best-Selling Author

Robert ("Rob") O'Neill has completed over 400 combat missions across four theaters of war and brings that expertise and leadership to every speaking engagement. He pushes audiences to find new approaches to strategic planning, offers advice for making decisions under pressure, and inspires audiences to live by his mantra "Never Quit." His powerful story of mission success, teamwork, and a refusal to quit has resonated with audiences across the country. Having trained more than 800 special operations and tactical operators, O’Neill brings this unique expertise to organizations and translates his elite SEAL team training into high-impact, actionable insights on leadership, decision-making, operating in uncertain environments, and how to become the ‘best of the best.’ 

  • Dawn Hudson

    Former Chief Marketing Officer at the National Football League (NFL) & Former President and CEO of Pepsi Cola North America

For a practical and thought-provoking look at leading through change, consider Dawn Hudson for your next leadership meeting. A veteran marketing and advertising executive, Hudson has more than 20 years of strategic brand-building experience behind some of the world’s best-known brands, and she is a champion of smart innovation and growth. Listed as one of Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” Hudson addresses marketing and branding as a leader in challenging business environments.

Matthew Griffin is a former US Army Ranger and the founder of Combat Flip Flops, a shoe and accessories brand, backed by Mark Cuban, whose proceeds help educate women in developing nations. In speeches, Griffin talks about leadership as a responsibility to better yourself and those around you, and encourages audiences to ask themselves the tough questions they may be avoiding and to take on more as they grow. 

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