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TED Talk Speakers For Your Event

TED speakers for your 2018 events

Each year, leading technology, entertainment, and design experts gather at TED to discuss new, groundbreaking ideas changing the way we relate to our world now. Leading Authorities speakers bureau is proud to represent many former TED and TEDx speakers. If you’re looking for a speaker to generate buzz at your next big meeting, look through this list.

Our Top TED Talk Speakers

  1. Four-star General Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of US and international forces in Afghanistan and the four-star general who is credited for creating a revolution in warfare that fuses intelligence and operations, is one of our most impressive and most popular keynote speakers covering topics such as leadership, teamwork, and organizational innovation. Wired magazine said that “to hear McChrystal talk about leadership is like hearing Steve Jobs talk about innovation.” In his popular TED talk entitled, "Listen, Learn,...then Lead," which has been translated into 33 languages, General McChrystal covers building a sense of shared purpose, and he shares what he learned about leadership over decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? He thinks you can do so by listening and learning and addressing the possibility of failure. | Watch McChrystal's TED Talk
  2. Acclaimed broadcast news anchor, journalist, tireless advocate for women in the workplace, and one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” for 2017, Gretchen Carlson, gave a TED talk this past fall about the three things we can do to create safer places to work. “We will no longer be underestimated, intimidated, or set back,” Carlson said of the #MeToo movement in this motivational and inspiring talk on the future of the modern workplace. | Watch Gretchen's TED Talk.

  3. Salim Ismail is the former VP of Yahoo! and the founding executive director of Singularity University. In Salim's TED talk, he focuses on “educating, inspiring, and empowering a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.” | Watch Salim's TEDx Talk.

  4. Only 12 people have been on the moon and 5,000 people have climbed to the top of Mount Everest in the history of the world, but world record-breaking polar explorer, Ben Saunders, is the only person ever to successfully complete the 1,800-mile trek from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back, unsupported. A repeat TED Talk speaker, Ben's presentations focus on his belief that “No one else is an authority on your potential.” | Watch Ben's TED Talk.

  5. Mitch Joel has been called upon by Google to explain digital marketing to Silicon Valley’s top executives. He is an expert at coaching brands on how to innovate and meet the needs of today’s wired consumer—with digital experiences. | Watch Mitch's TED Talk.
  6. Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, co-founder of Singularity University, and author of best-selling Abundance, is a dynamic speaker who shows his audience how to drive and incentivize breakthrough thinking to achieve clear, measurable results. | Watch Peter's TED Talk.
  7. Mel Robbins is a repeat TED Talk speaker, serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, internationally-recognized social media influencer, CNN legal and social commentator, and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the world. In her globally-praised TED talk, Mel introduced the world to the science-backed secret to change—"The 5 Second Rule". Over ten million views later, "The 5 Second Rule" has become a best-selling book and a life-changing movement inspiring people around the world to quit procrastinating, become more courageous, accomplish goals, and change for the better. Watch Mel's TED Talk.
  8. Best-selling author, sought-after entrepreneur, and 3D printing expert, Rick Smith, counsels organizations on seamlessly adopting new technologies, including the booming, $100-billion 3D printing market, and successfully managing historic technological disruption. 
  9. Hugh Herr heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab. Herr, who is himself a double amputee, works to create bio-hybrid smart prostheses that improve the quality of life for thousands of people across America. An incredible presenter and repeat TED speaker, Herr’s story of overcoming his own tragedy is highly inspirational and his insights on innovation, technology, and the future of the human body are out of this world. He discussed his team’s pioneering research at this year’s TED conference.
  10. Navi Radjou, innovation and leadership expert and author of the book, Frugal Innovation, discusses hows how companies and entrepreneurs can unleash and harness the grassroots ingenuity of employees, customers, and partners to co-create simple but effective solutions that deliver greater value at a lower cost. More recently, Navi has been expanding on the concept and practice of frugal innovation well beyond the economic realm to solve our toughest social, environmental, and public policy challenge. He received the prestigious Thinkers50 Innovation Award—given to a management thinker who is reshaping the way we think about and practice innovation, and is ranked as one of the 50 most influential persons shaping innovation in France. His TED talk on frugal innovation has garnered over 1 million video views to-date. | Watch Navi's TED Talk.
  11. Mick Ebeling, the CEO of Not Impossible Labs, two-time winner of SXSW Innovation Award, and author of the book, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done.
  12. Not only is Amy Purdy an unbelievable snowboarder who overcame serious obstacles to achieve success, but you probably recognize her from watching ABC's hit show, Dancing with the Stars, seeing her must-watch TED talk, viewing her incredible 2015 Super Bowl ad, seeing her tour with Oprah, or reading her New York Times best-selling book named, On My Own Two Feet. Her message is a powerful testament about using our challenges to push past our limits and living a life without barriers. After losing her legs to bacterial meningitis when she was only 19 years old, Purdy overcame her obstacles and went on to become the top-ranked adaptive snowboarder in the US. An incredible motivational speaker who knows no bounds, in her speeches, Amy shares her personal story of facing your fears, overcoming adversity, and perserving in the face of immense challenges, Amy injects some of her life and spirit into your audience.
  13. Dr. Daniel Kraft, who has done two TED Talks, is a physician, scientist, entrepreneur, as well as an inventor and innovator. He explores the impact of developing technologies on health and medicine. Watch Daniel's TED Talk.
  14. Joe Pine is the author of best-selling book, The Experience Economy, a consultant to executives and entrepreneurs, and an expert at creating what modern consumers really want: Authentic experiences. Customers want to feel what they buy is authentic, but Pine says selling authenticity is tough because, well, there's no such thing. He talks about a few experiences that may be artificial but make millions anyway. Watch Joe's TED Talk.
  15. Neal Petersen is an award-winning author and global investor who shares real life examples of how to overcome insurmountable barriers by turning “perceived” disadvantages into opportunities. Watch Neal's TED Talk.
  16. Benjamin Zander is the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and the author of best-selling book, The Art of Possibility. He shares insights on the transformative power of music, passion, and leadership. Watch Benjamin's TED Talk.
  17. Srikumar Rao is the author of the best-selling books, Are You Ready to Succeed and Happiness at Work. He shares insights on discovering your purpose and plugging into your hard-wired happiness. Watch Srikumar's TED Talk.
  18. Leroy Chiao is an astronaut and entrepreneur. He shares enthralling stories and photos about space as he addresses technology, space exploration, and the power of changing your perspective. Watch Leroy's TED Talk.
  19. Jill Bolte Taylor is an author and brain scientist. She recovered from a stroke, rebuilding her brain from the inside out, and wrote The New York Times best-selling book, My Stroke of InsightWatch Jill's TED Talk.
  20. Haiyan Wang is an expert on global strategy and the co-author of the books, Getting China and India Right and The Quest for Global Dominance. She shares insights on globalization and emerging economies. Watch Haiyan's TED Talk.
  21. Vijay Govindarajan is a strategic management expert, the best-selling author of the book, Beyond the Idea, a world-renowned professor, and a Thinker50 Global Business award-winning expert on strategy and innovation. Watch Vijay's TED Talk.
  22. Warren Berger is a journalist, innovation expert, and the best-selling author of the book, A More Beautiful Question. Warren believes the most creative, successful people are expert questioners. His TED talk reveals the four key steps to innovation. Watch Warren's TEDx Talk.
  23. Helder Guimarães is the world champion of card magic. He is enthralling as he combines magic and insights on the power of deception and the wonder of coincidences.
  24. Ramez Naam is a leading expert on innovation and disruptive technology who spent 13 years at Microsoft leading teams on AI, big data, and internet search. His TEDx talk on human connection and communication as enabled by emerging technology will have you optimistic and excited about our shared future. Watch Ramez's TEDx Talk.
  25. Sheryl Connelly is the Manager of Global Trends and Futuring at Ford Motor Company, where she helps company leadership track, analyze, and predict consumer and lifestyle trends that will impact their industry. | Watch Sheryl's TEDx Talk.
  26. Mike Rowe is the former host of the hit Discovery Channel TV series, Dirty Jobs. He tells always compelling and sometimes horrifying real-life job stories that reinforce the importance of hard work and how it’s sometimes been unjustifiably belittled in modern society. Watch Mike's TED Talk.
  27. We all struggle to make the best decisions possible. But what if we could make every important decision with the help of the smartest people in the world? Sound impossible? Surprisingly, we can all access the collective wisdom of hundreds or even thousands of people who together are as smart as any expert advisor. Lior Zoref, former VP of Microsoft, researcher, author, and crowdsourcing expert, discusses this and more of the topics covered in his best-selling book, Mindsharing: The Art of Crowdsourcing Everything. | Watch Lior's TED Talk.
  28. Philip Mudd was as the first Deputy Director of the National Security Branch (NSB), the former Deputy Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center at the CIA, and the senior intelligence advisor at the FBI. In his TEDx talk, Philip Mudd discusses thinking backwards to solve problems versus traditional methods, and he uses his experience in counterterrorism to prove these methods work. Mudd spent 25 years in the federal government working on national security issues, especially counterterrorism at the CIA, FBI, and White House. He left government in 2010 and now speaks, writes, consults, and teaches. His most recent book, The HEAD Game, a guide to critical thinking and problem solving, was published in 2015. He appears frequently on CNN as the network's counterterrorism analyst, and he speaks to universities, law enforcement officials, and companies about issues such as decision-making and national security | Watch Philip's TEDx Talk.
  29. Anjali Kumar is a Brooklyn born, first generation Indian American author, advisor, attorney, and “idea acupuncturist”. During her career as an attorney, she was the Founding General Counsel and Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand offering designer eyewear at affordable prices while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. Anjali’s lectures often deal with questions around innovation and diversity. her talks also deal with redirecting the conversation around diversity and gender equality in the workplace by embracing ideas of non-absolutism. Anjali wants to stop framing diversity in business from a moral obligation to start thinking about diversity as an untapped and proven means for businesses to increase creativity, jumpstart innovation, and produce higher revenues. Anjali has been featured as a keynote speaker at TEDX, and in November 2017, she spoke at TEDWomen. Her “beautiful inspiring, and funny” talk, entitled My Failed Mission To Find GodAnd What I Found Instead, based on her book, Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search For Something To Believe In, has been watched by over two million people from around the world and translated into over a dozen languages. | Watch Anjali's TED Talk. 

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