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:
NEW FEMALE SPEAKERS
UNBELIEVABLE TRUE STORIES
INSPIRATIONAL “COMEBACK” STORIES
EXPERTS ON THE ECONOMY, TRADE, & TARIFFS
- Ambassador Michael Froman
- Marci Rossell
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Here's more information about each of these talented speakers:
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.
Angie Bastian, entrepreneur, co-founder and namesake of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, took a kernel of an idea and popped it into one of the fastest growing brands of natural popcorn. She and husband Dan founded their snack company in their Mankato, MN garage in 2001 as a means of creating a college fund for their children. Their gluten free, non-GMO, whole grain popcorn is proudly sold in natural food, grocery, club and mass retail outlets nationwide with a product presence in Canada, South Korea, Peru, Japan, the Caribbean and Mexico. The company is constantly innovating and is one of the fastest growing and most successful popcorn brands in the market today. Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP is loved by fans as an empowered, spirited brand that represents authentic, real food that delivers on the attributes of clean, transparent labeling and great taste experience. In speeches, Bastian shares her secrets on building a company from the ground up, empowering her team, excelling in a competitive marketplace, and leadership lessons learned along the way.
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.
Former Navy SEAL Team Six Leader & Author of the Best-Selling Book, The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
Rob 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.’
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.
Pro Endurance Athlete, 4x World Record Holder, and First Person to Cross Antarctica Solo, Unsupported and Unaided
Colin O'Brady is a professional endurance athlete who has achieved four world records. He grew up exploring the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and cultivated a passion for adventure in the outdoors. Incredibly, his world records only came after his life was tragically derailed by a fire in Thailand, leaving him so badly injured that doctors warned he might never walk again normally. Determined to overcome his injuries and inspired by his mother's unrelenting positivity, he trained as a professional triathlete and he returned to his first love - the mountains. In 2016 Colin conquered the speed records for the Explorers Grand Slam and Seven Summits, a global mountaineering challenge to climb the tallest mountain on every continent including Mt. Everest and ski to the North and South Poles. In 2018 Colin shattered the speed record for the 50 High Points Challenge when he summited the highest point in each of the 50 states in just 21 days. On December 26, 2018 he became the first person to cross the landmass of Antarctica solo, unaided by kites or resupplies. He accomplished the feat in 54 days, covering more than 930 miles along the way, including more than 77 miles in the final 32-hour window where he went without sleep. Throughout the nearly two-month journey, O’Brady never took a full day off.
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.
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