Trending Speakers & Topics For Fall Meetings


Are you looking to book a keynote speaker for your fall meeting? Need fresh ideas to wow your audience and stakeholders? We've got you.

We recently put together this list of fantastic keynote speakers across various topic areas that are trending with our clients and audiences now.

Here are several great options for keynote speakers in the hottest topic categories for fall meetings:







Here's more information about each of these talented speakers:


Olympic Champion Swimmer; 10x Olympic Medalist, 15x World Champion, 14x World Record Breaker

Katie Ledecky, the most decorated U.S. female Olympian of all time in individual events, blows away audiences with her perspective on developing a winner's mentality and swimming past adversity to achieve goals. Ledecky’s success has earned her USA Swimming’s Golden Goggles Award as Female Swimmer of the Year an unprecedented six times, AP Female Athlete of the Year, and countless other accolades. She has been featured in leading publications and news outlets worldwide, and was the youngest person named to the Time 100 list in 2016.


Founder & CEO, GRAVITAS, Former Associate Principal in McKinsey’s Global Fashion Practice

Lisa Sun, founder and CEO of GRAVITAS, seamlessly blends stories from her data-driven insights from 11 years at McKinsey & Company and from her experience as an entrepreneur launching an innovative retail brand to offer talks that encourage audiences to choose self-confidence, work to harness their “superpower,” and use gravitas to advance personally and professionally. Sun explores why it’s vital to push past your potential, how to transform an idea into a movement, and why you’ve got to bet on yourself every single day. Sun has always had a passion for style, for inclusivity, and for helping people look and feel their best and was named one of Washingtonian Magazine's Best Dressed Women.


Astrophysicist, Space Science Education Lead for NASA, and Inspirational Speaker

Dr. Hakeem Olyuseyi has three degrees, 8 U.S. patents, four E.U. patents and has hosted shows on the Science Channel and on Discovery. But more impressive is his life story. Olyuseyi grew up in the roughest neighborhoods of America, learned to survive on the street, and still taught himself Einstein’s theory of relativity from an old set of encyclopedias. At every turn he was presented with a compelling option to quit and yet he persevered. Today, he is a NASA astrophysicist, a global educator, and the author of a highly-anticipated upcoming memoir The Stars in My Soul: My Unlikely Journey through Space and Time where he recounts his journey from the streets to the stars.


World-Class Blind Adventurer

Erik Weihenmayer is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers in the world. Despite losing his vision at age 14, he is an accomplished climber, paraglider, skier, and kayaker who never allows blindness interfere with his passion for pursuing an exhilarating and fulfilling life. Erik brings audiences a powerful message about harnessing the power of adversity as fuel for greatness, emphasizing the importance of building a strong “Rope Team,” and illuminating how to develop a “No Barriers Mindset.”


Inspiration For The movie, The Pursuit of Happyness & Former Wall Street Stockbroker and Investor

If you’ve seen the Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith, then you’re familiar with Gardner’s story of going from homelessness to Wall Street. But what you may not know is that in person, he is one of the most warm and impressive speakers I’ve seen in a while. He came by our office a week ago and talked about the three most important decisions he ever made, why Plan B “sucks,” and his belief that you can always turn things around. The team left feeling excited and inspired.


Legendary Business Leader, CEO of EXOS, Former CEO of Flywheel Sports, Former Global President of Gatorade, Former Marketing Director at Nike, Founder & Author of "Extreme You: Step Up, Stand Out, Kick Ass, Repeat"

Described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to “The Pied Piper of potential,” Sarah Robb O’Hagan is an executive, activist, entrepreneur, and founder of Extreme Living—a company designed to help individuals, teams, and organizations play to their highest potential. She is now the CEO of EXOS, the world leader in elite performance training that helps people reach higher and achieve more.


Former US Trade Representative & Vice Chairman and President of Strategic Growth, MasterCard

Ambassador Michael Froman is an expert on trade and its effects on our relationships globally. He was formerly President Obama’s chief advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade and investment issues. Ambassador Froman’s experience and insight has never been more valuable given the current emphasis on trade. He helps audiences understand America's new role in the global economy, as well as what the Trump Administration's stances on various trade agreements mean for businesses. Currently the Vice Chairman and President of Strategic Growth at MasterCard, he is perfectly positioned to provide businesses with a 360-degree overview of how our global relationships will evolve.


Former Chief Economist for CNBC

Marci Rossell is a world-renowned economist and financial expert known for her ability to take complex economic issues, often dull in the button-down press, and make them relevant to people’s lives, families, and careers. Her animated style was honed when she served as the popular and lively Chief Economist for CNBC and Co-Host of Squawk Box, where she became a household name and a must-watch source of financial news. An expert on investing, globalization, and trade, she uses her media and courtroom experience coupled with her expertise in business and government to address the current state of our economy, including economic recovery, restructuring, and revitalization.


CNN Anchor and Host of “The Wonder List with Bill Weir”

Bill Weir is a rare combination of brilliant reporter and passionate adventure enthusiast. Known for his front-line reporting and constant exploration of the unknown, Weir is host and executive producer of CNN’s The Wonder List with Bill Weir, which takes him around the world in search of unique people, places, cultures and creatures on the brink of seismic change. With an infectious personality and zest for life, Weir’s talks are eye-opening and inspiring. Weir shares lessons learned from his travels and insight gleaned from developing nations and the Western world alike—like why Bhutan is the happiest nation on Earth, or why marriage rates are falling in Iceland—coupled with thrilling stories and practical tips for leading a well-lived life. Weir’s live shots have come from atop the Golden Gate Bridge and below the waters of the Great Barrier Reef while his signature adventure reporting includes jumps from hot air balloons, hikes deep into the Amazon, and one fun night spent lashed to the side of Yosemite’s El Capitan.


CNN Anchor, Chief White House Correspondent, and Host of “The Lead with Jake Tapper” and “State of the Union”

Jake Tapper is a hugely-influential and award-winning American journalist who currently serves as Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN and the anchor of the network’s weekday television news show The Lead with Jake Tapper and Sunday morning affairs program State of the Union. Tapper has been recognized for being a fair and balanced commentator and critic whose unbiased reporting makes him—as media power rankings site Mediate put it—an “equal opportunity skeptic—confronting Democratic politicians just as toughly as he would Republican ones.” According to The New York Times, Tapper’s The Lead “proved that it’s possible to create an afternoon news show that is intelligent, non-ideological and not horribly boring.” He comments on daily news, elections, and popular culture items and brings an unabashedly honest, smart, and to-the-point reporting style to presentations and panels that breaks down tough issues while getting to the heart of the stories that drive American culture today. Likeable, consistent, and up-to-the-minute, Tapper’s no-spin commentary makes you think while keeping you entertained.


Former COO and President of Buzzfeed, Founder of Cheddar

Jon Steinberg is the former COO and president of Buzzfeed, the former CEO of Daily Mail North America, and currently the founder and CEO of Cheddar, a video-based media company launched in 2016 that caters to millennials. Fast Company named Cheddar one of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” in spring 2017, around the same time the booming video brand received a valuation of $85 million. Having led or worked with many of the major brands shaping millennial content consumption, Steinberg is the content and trends expert to turn to when it comes to understanding the next generation of consumers. Steinberg discusses the challenges facing modern businesses, what it takes to retain a competitive edge, how to spot trends before they happen, and how to grow exponentially by accessing the millennial consumer. Now in the early stages of developing Cheddar, Steinberg is able to relate to audiences that are both established in and new to the digital space.


Former President and COO of Nintendo of America Inc.

An award-winning innovator and disruptor, Reggie Fils-Aimé is a proven expert on transforming companies, re-vitalizing brands, and reshaping industries to solve daunting challenges and achieve ‘the impossible.’ Most recently, he was the president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America – the first American and African-American to hold this position.

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