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20 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. Take a look at these 20 keynote speakers for your next leadership meetings board of directors meeting. 

20 Speakers For Your Next Leadership Meeting

The following are several of the most in-demand and top-rated keynote speakers for leadership and board of directors meetings: 

  1. Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Former CEO of Flywheel Sports, Former Global President at Gatorade, and Former Marketing Director at Nike
  2. General Stanley McChrystalWorld-Renowned Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan
  3. General John Allen, Former Commander of NATO and US Forces in Afghanistan, Former Presidential Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, and President of the Brookings Institution
  4. Susan O’Malley, First Female President of a Professional Sports Franchise
  5. Jake HarrimanFounder of Nuru International
  6. Jim Donald, President and COO of Albertson's, Former CEO of Starbucks, Haggen Food & Pharmacy, and Extended Stay Hotels
  7. Chris FussellManaging Partner at the McChrystal Group, Former US Navy SEAL Officer, & Best-Selling Author
  8. Rob O'Neill, Former SEAL Team Six Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and New York Times Best-Selling Author
  9. Dawn Hudson, Former CMO of the NFL and Former President and CEO of Pepsi-Cola North America
  10. Matthew "Griff" Griffin, Former US Army Ranger & Founder/CEO of Combat Flip Flop
  11. Admiral Michael RogersFormer Director, National Security Agency & Former Commander, US Cyber Command
  12. Jeff EggersOrganizational Performance Expert and Executive Director of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute
  13. Rear Admiral Scott Moore, Former Commander of Navy SEAL Team Six, Naval Special Warfare Development Group
  14. Carla Harris, Vice Chairman Of Global Wealth Management & Senior Client Advisor At Morgan Stanley
  15. Steve RobinsonLegendary Chief Marketing Officer and EVP, Chick-fil-A 
  16. Col. Nicole Malachowski, America's First Female Thunderbird Pilot & Combat Veteran
  17. Vernice Armour, First African American Female Combat Pilot
  18. Angie Bastian, Founder of BoomChickaPop
  19. Laila Ali, World-Class Athlete, Fitness & Nutrition Expert, & TV Host
  20. Kristin Beck, Former Navy SEAL & Decorated Civil Rights Activist

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

Sarah Robb O'Hagan

Former CEO of Flywheel Sports, Former Global President at Gatorade, and Former Marketing Director at Nike

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. | See more on Sarah here

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. | See more on Gen. McChrystal here.

General John Allen

President, The Brookings Institution & 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, General John Allen 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. | See more on Gen. Allen here

SUSAN O'MALLEY

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

Susan O'Malley 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. | See more on Susan here

Jake Harriman

Founder of Nuru International

A visionary and innovator whose new approach to leadership has been recognized by the White House and the Dalai Lama, Jake Harriman has a story that 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. | See more on Jake here

Jim Donald

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

Jim Donald has 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. | See more on Jim here

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. | See more on Chris here

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.’ | See more on Rob here

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. | See more on Dawn here

Matthew "GRIFF" GRIFFIN

Former US Army Ranger & Founder/CEO of Combat Flip Flop

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. | See more on Griff here

admiral michael rogers

Former Director, National Security Agency & Former Commander, US Cyber Command

Admiral Michael Rogers is one of the most-knowledgeable cyber security experts on the lecture circuit today. Rogers served under both Presidents Trump and Obama and oversaw the NSA, from 2014 to 2018, and Cyber Command responses to both the Snowden leaks and Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election. He helps groups answer questions like, “What do we need to do to evolve and protect our assets?” and “What will the future look like and how will that change affect my business?” | See more on Adm. Rogers here

jeff eggers

Organizational Performance Expert and Executive Director of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute

Jeff Eggers is a senior policy advisor, security professional, executive coach, and leadership consultant with more than 20 years experience leading high-performing teams for the White House, Department of Defense, and US Navy. A trusted advisor to senior US government officials, Eggers served as President Obama’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs, where he oversaw critical and sensitive aspects of US foreign and national security policy. Eggers explains why humble leadership is more important than heroic leadership, why leadership’s role is to cultivate rather than control, how a sense of “we” is the common thread amongst all high-performing teams—ranging from Formula One Racing to the Tokyo String Quartet to Navy SEALS—and why the most significant risk factors to a corporation are internal. | See more on Jeff here

rear admiral scott moore

Former Commander of Navy SEAL Team Six, Naval Special Warfare Development Group

Having served 30 years as a SEAL leader, retired Rear Admiral Scott Moore is a master in organizational leadership and team-building. He served in every leadership position in the SEAL teams, including the former commander of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and closed out his career as the number two leader in the entire SEAL organization. Moore shares what it takes to lead high-performing teams. Believing that the art of leadership is empowering an organization’s ground-level employees to drive solutions and results, he focuses on how to tailor leadership to different groups, build truly cohesive teams, and develop real trust – the ultimate key to success. | See more on Adm. Moore here.

CARLA HARRIS 

Vice Chairman Of Global Wealth Management & Senior Client Advisor At Morgan Stanley

Carla Harris is the Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. Carla Harris speaks powerfully about the proven strategies that have helped her get ahead on Wall Street. With this presentation, she shares her hard-won "Pearls" to help audiences maximize their chance for success in the seat they are sitting in as well as their odds of reaching the seat they aspire to sit in. | See more on Carla here

STEVE ROBINSON

Legendary Chief Marketing Officer and EVP, Chick-fil-A 

Steve Robinson led Chick-fil-A’s global marketing efforts for three decades, overseeing a transition from a small chain of mall outposts to a booming nationwide fixture (and one of America’s most-loved brands). He takes audiences behind-the-scenes at Chick-fil-A, talking in great detail about how the organization weathered identity crises, carefully stewarded wildly-successful product launches and partnerships, flipped the script on industry standards in marketing and corporate culture, and created an ecosystem of happy employees, raving fans, and leaders who serve more than the bottom line. | See more on Steve here

COL. NICOLE MALACHOWSKI

America's First Female Thunderbird Pilot & Combat Veteran

Col. Nicole Malachowsk(USAF, Ret.) defies stereotypes. Yes, she was a jet fighter pilot, but if you think you know her based on that, you’d be wrong. A leader, a combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, a White House Fellow, and an inductee into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, Nicole’s distinguished 21-year Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams. But the dream came to an end when a devastating tick-borne illness left her unable to speak or walk for ten months. An indomitable spirit, Nicole fought back against overwhelming odds and prevailed. Drawing on stories from her career and personal life, Nicole inspires audiences to rethink the challenges they face every day.  | See more on Nicole here

VERNICE ARMOUR

First African American Female Combat Pilot

Leveraging her “Breakthrough Mentality” and “Get Gutsy” mindset, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years and became America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. Her fresh, edgy style, high, contagious energy and unique, gutsy essence jump off the stage, page, and screen to move people to action. Since 2007, she has inspired countless organizations and individuals to make gutsy moves and create breakthrough results. | See more on Vernice here

ANGIE BASTIAN 

Founder of BoomChickaPop

Entrepreneur, co-founder and namesake of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, Angie Bastian took a kernel of an idea and popped it into one of the fastest growing brands of natural popcorn. She founded the snack company out of her Minnesota garage in 2001, and it’s now one of the fastest-growing and most-successful popcorn brands in the market. Bastian talks honestly about what it takes to differentiate a product and make a powerful connection with the consumer. Speaking from experience, Bastian also talks about changes in the retail space, why authenticity matters, and how to weigh big marketing, sales, and branding decisions. | See more on Angie here

LAILA ALI

World-Class Athlete, Fitness & Nutrition Expert, & TV Host

Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness and nutrition expert, TV host, cooking enthusiast, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand and mother of two. The daughter of late beloved global icon and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali, she is a four-time undefeated boxing world champion, whose stellar record includes 24 wins (21 of which were "knockouts") and zero losses. Laila is heralded as the most successful female in the history of women’s boxing.She motivates young women to find their strength, spirit, and power from within and uses her life experiences as examples of how to achieve success through courage, passion, and a positive mindset. | See more on Laila here

KRISTIN BECK

Former Navy SEAL & Decorated Civil Rights Activist

Kristin Beck, is a former Navy SEAL and civil rights activist. Kristin shares the incredible story of her life with audiences across the country, and touches upon themes of courage, leadership, and standing up for what’s right. Kristin explores the links between strong leadership and being an ally to those who are disenfranchised, and inspires audiences to find their voices and create better worlds for their selves, their teams, and future generations to come. | See more on Kristin here

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