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Often our team will hear from clients who are looking for speakers who are affiliated with major, global brands. Sometimes they want an expert with high-pressure, name-recognition experience, and sometimes they are looking for the buzz that a well-known brand, especially a brand that is hot at the moment, will bring to an event. 

Whatever the reason, it's clear that talent will huge brand affiliation is always a draw for audiences and therefore for meeting planners too. Leading Authorities represents an enormous roster of talented speakers who are affiliated with brands across industries including entertainment, technology, retail, luxury goods, hospitality, and more. Check out this list of speakers with big brand affiliation and click to their profiles to learn more about each individual speaker:

  1. The NFL & Pepsicola North America
  2. Morgan Stanley
  3. United Airlines
  4. Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  5. Twitter
  6. Starbucks
  7. IBM
  8. Trader Joe's
  9. Buzzfeed & Cheddar
  10. Flywheel Sports, Gatorade, & Nike
  11. Facebook, SpaceX, & Google
  12. Google & Warby Parker
  13. Louis Vuitton
  14. Walt Disney World Company
  15. Dell
  16. PARC Xerox
  17. P&G
  18. Axios
  19. Mirum 
  20. Honest Tea
  21. FUBU
  22. The Honest Company
  23. SolarCity
  24. Avon
  25. Zappos

The NFL & PEPSICOLA NORTH AMERICA

DAWN HUDSON, FORMER CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER & FORMER PRESIDENT AND CEO OF PEPSICOLA NORTH AMERICA

Dawn Hudson has led an impressive career spanning high-level posts in media, retail, consumer goods, consulting, and healthcare at some of the biggest corporations in the world including the NFL, PepsiCo, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Allergan, PF Chang’s, the LPGA, and NVIDIA. 

MORGAN STANLEY

CARLA HARRIS, VICE CHAIRMAN, GLOBAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT & SENIOR CLIENT ADVISOR AT MORGAN STANLEY

As the first African American to join Morgan Stanley’s management committee, Carla truly embodies a no-excuses persona. A well-established powerful voice in finance, Carla has practiced what she preaches for three decades. In keynote talks, Carla energizes audiences with grace and humor as she espouses the evergreen wisdom known as “Carla’s Pearls.

United Airlines

JOSH EARNEST, CHIEF COMMUNICATION OFFICER AT UNITED AIRLINES & FORMER WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY 

Josh Earnest is an outspoken and insightful voice on the biggest and most complex issues confronting lawmakers today. One of the most visible political figures of the last decade, he is highly sought-after for his experience-driven observations of the current political landscape, balanced observations, and candid insights. 

Harley-Davidson MOTOR COMPANY

KEN SCHMIDT, FORMER DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AT HARLEY-DAVIDSON

Ken’s widely known as one of the business world’s most outspoken and provocative thought leaders. He’s also viewed as a “turnaround king” for his work bringing struggling businesses back from the brink. He explains how to tap into the positive ways consumers respond to your brand and build a booming culture around that niche. In his talk on “Dominating the Marketplace,” Schmidt talks about the steps to developing a loyal corporate culture and fanatic customer base by using examples from his own life.

Twitter

ADAM SHARP, FORMER HEAD OF NEWS, GOVERNMENT, AND ELECTIONS AT TWITTER

Adam was Twitter’s first Washington employee, tasked with growing the platform into the news powerhouse it is today. He was also the longest-serving member of Twitter’s global media partnerships team and the brand’s most visible spokesperson. He talks about the impact of technology on incumbent industries and how to take advantage of new media to stay relevant and get ahead.

Starbucks

JIM DONALD, FORMER CEO OF STARBUCKS

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.

IBM

PAUL ZIKOPOULOS, VP OF BIG DATA AND COGNITIVE SYSTEMS AT IBM

A future trends, internet of things, and big data expert, Paul is an award-winning speaker known for high-energy presentations. He specializes in making sense of the latest tech advances and developments—including legislation passing through Washington—for audiences with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. Paul can speak to specific developments, like the repeal of net neutrality, as well as the latest disruptive technology trends at large and what they mean for you.

Trader Joe’s

DOUG RAUCH, FORMER PRESIDENT OF TRADER JOE'S

Rauch is known for growing Trader Joe’s from a small local chain to a national powerhouse, and for his belief that Culture is a Company’s DNA—or the only thing a company has that can’t be copied or stolen, and the most important factor in success. He talks about the practices like conscious capitalism and values-based leadership that he drew on to grow Trader Joe’s, and helps companies figure out what their cultural X factor is.

Buzzfeed & CHEDDAR

JON STEINBERG, FORMER COO & PRESIDENT OF BUZZFEED AND FOUNDER OF CHEDDAR 

Jon is the former COO of Buzzfeed, where he grew the company from $0 to $60 million in annual revenue. He’s the current CEO of Cheddar, which was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” of 2017. In his speeches, Jon talks about finding new growth opportunities, understanding new audiences (millennials in particular), and spotting consumer trends before they happen.  

Flywheel Sports, GATORADE, & NIKE

SARAH ROBB O’HAGAN, CEO OF FLYWHEEL SPORTS, FORMER PRESIDENT OF GATORADE, FORMER GM 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 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.

FacebookSpaceX, & Google

DEX TORRICKE-BARTON, FORMER HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR SPACEX, EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER AT FACEBOOK, & EXECUTIVE AT GOOGLE

Dex provides a personalized, high-level overview of the technology megatrends transforming businesses plus predictions for what will be important in the next 5 years. With unbelievable anecdotes of his time working directly with Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, he talks about the ways technology is changing how we communicate with one another, with elected officials, and with other nations. 

GOOGLE & WARBY PARKER

ANJALI KUMAR, FORMER GOOGLE EXECUTIVE & FORMER HEAD OF SOCIAL INNOVATION AT WARBY PARKER

Anjali Kumar is a former Google executive and the former Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker. Now an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, she is as an advisor to prominent technology companies, luxury fashion brands, consumer products, and non-profits. She talks about “transforming the norm” using lessons from her time at two of the world’s most innovative companies.

Louis Vuitton

PAULINE BROWN, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF NORTH AMERICA FOR LVMH MOËT HENNESSY LOUIS VUITTON

Pauline is former Chairman of North America for luxury goods powerhouse LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and a Harvard professor. She talks about the breakthrough strategies that build consumer demand and loyalty, and explains why creating desirability should be a main focus in the age of Amazon. She also has a unique talk on “The Business of Aesthetics,” which explains why focusing on the way consumers experience your brand is the only way to win in today’s market.

WALT DISNEY WORLD COMPANY

DENNIS SNOW, CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERT & 20-YEAR VETERAN OF WALT DISNEY WORLD COMPANY

Dennis Snow is a 20-year veteran of Disney and a customer service expert. At Disney, Snow launched a division that consulted with Fortune 500 companies including ExxonMobil, American Express, Nationwide, Johns Hopskins Medicine, and Coca Cola. Today, he helps organizations rethink customer experience, employee development, and leadership. Dennis is an enthusiastic and talented speaker who can seamlessly adjust his presentation for your specific business

Dell

ELIZABETH GORE, FORMER ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE OF DELL AND FOUNDER OF ALICE

In addition to serving as EIR at Dell, where she’s responsible for helping the company pull new ideas out of an engaged workforce, Elizabeth Gore also recently founded Hello Alice, an AI-based resource for female entrepreneurs. In talks, Gore breaks down the importance of empowering your coworkers to solve problems, and fostering an inclusive culture that’s receptive to ideas, wherever they may come from. 

PARC Xerox

MIKE STEEP, FORMER SVP OF GLOBAL BUSINESS OPERATIONS AT PARC XEROX

Organizations that are focused on the question “What can I do now to get ahead of disruptive technologies?” should take a good look at Mike Steep. Steep formerly led PARC’s global business operations, where he helped companies including BMW, Google, and P&G leverage technology to deliver new products. Now, he heads up a center at Stanford devoted to understanding and predicting the effects of new technologies on society and businesses. His speech is a blend of insight and practical examples, and he has received rave reviews from high-level clients to date.

P&G

DUSTIN GARIS, FORMER “CHIEF TROUBLEMAKER” AT P&G

Dustin Garis has an innovative approach to brand-building and corporate entrepreneurship that he shares with audiences. His deep insights and charismatic persona keep audiences captivated while helping organizations embark on the next frontier of innovation.

Axios

JIM VANDEHEI AND MIKE ALLEN, CO-FOUNDERS OF AXIOS

Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen are the co-founders of innovative news site Axios. An incredible duo full of energy, Jim and Mike are completely plugged into the Washington scene and offer reporting on nitty gritty issues combined with anecdotes drawn from their personal relationships.

Mirum

MITCH JOEL, FORMER PRESIDENT OF MIRUM

Mitch talks about how technology is creating disruption in almost every industry. His presentations focus on why not to view disruption as destruction—but rather as opportunity—and how to find “micro-transactions” to invest it. Mitch has 100% new content in every speech he gives, meaning you get an up-to-the-minute overview of what’s changing in technology now and how you can use it to create new opportunities.

Honest Tea

SETH GOLDMAN, CO-FOUNDER OF HONEST TEA

Seth Goldman is TeaEO Emeritus and Co-Founder of Honest Tea. Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling organic bottled tea and is carried in more than 100,000 outlets. It was repeatedly recognized as one of Inc. magazine’s fastest growing companies and has grown (organically) from five thermoses to well over 100 million bottles a year.

FUBU

DAYMOND JOHN, FOUNDER OF FUBU

A young entrepreneur, industry pioneer, highly regarded marketing expert and a man who has surpassed new heights of commercial and financial success are just a few ways people have described Daymond John. Over the last 20 years, Daymond John (The Shark) has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation to a highly sought after branding expert, author, consultant, and as a speaker in business and motivational genres.

The Honest Company

CHRISTOPHER GAVIGAN, FOUNDER & CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER AT THE HONEST COMPANY

Designer, eco-friendly diapers. Non-toxic laundry detergent. Plant-based lotion and shampoo. A host of clean, sustainable personal care and home products. And, a commitment to a happy, healthy life with family products that are “effective, safe, beautiful, accessible, and responsible.” Christopher Gavigan is a best-selling author and the Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of iconic lifestyle brand, The Honest Company.

SolarCity

JON WELLINGHOFF, CHIEF POLICY OFFICER OF SOLARCITY

Jon Wellinghoff is the Chief Policy Officer of SolarCity, the number one provider of distributed solar energy in the United States, and the former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Today, Jon advises SolarCity chairman Elon Musk on federal and state policy issues, and oversees SolarCity’s regulatory and legislative affairs. 

AVON

ANDREA JUNG, FORMER CEO OF AVON PRODUCTS & CURRENT CEO OF GRAMEEN AMERICA

Andrea Jung is the former CEO of Avon Products and the current CEO of Grameen America. The longest-tenured female Fortune 500 CEO, she shares stories of how she tripled Avon’s profits and created an unparalleled corporate culture, plus the seven qualities of successful leaders.

Zappos

JENN LIMM, CEO & Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness, Culture Book Creator, & Consultant at Zappos

Jenn Lim is the CEO and Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness, a company she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos.com) co-founded to inspire science-based happiness, passion, and purpose at work, home, and everyday life.

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