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Trending Speakers & Topics For Fall 2018 Meetings

Trending Speakers and Topics for Fall 2018 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 2018 meetings:

New Female Speakers

Unbelievable True Stories

Inspirational “Comeback” Stories

Experts on the Economy, Trade, & Tariffs

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

Annie Duke

Former Professional Poker Player & Decision-Making Strategist

Annie Duke is a former professional poker player, decision strategist who teaches audiences to embrace and make the most of uncertain times, and author of the new book, Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts. Annie really gets into the behavioral science of good and bad decision making. She also touches on the reasons why poker is usually the best anecdote for success and failure in life, and not chess, saying that sometimes the best hand loses and other times the worst hand wins.

Dawn Hudson

Former Chief Marketing Officer of the NFL   

Dawn Hudson assumed her role at the NFL during a climate of controversy and change. Charged with steering the massive brand back on track, Hudson worked to bring more humanity, laughter, and a younger focus to the League through industry-leading advertising efforts (including her many well-received Super Bowl campaigns), an overhaul of events programs to generate fan engagement, and partnering with institutions to develop brand encounters for fans—like the “NFL Experience” operating out of Times Square in New York City. In speeches, Hudson shares lessons about reinvention, growth, smart business strategy, and pushing further, using stories from her time working for one of the world's best-known and most-loved brands.

Hector Monsegur and Chris Tarbell

Cyber Security Experts

What happens when you combine the experience of a former FBI cyber crimes leader with the perspective of one of the world’s most-wanted hackers? You get a heart-pounding talk on the day their worlds collided and the current cyber threat landscape. With experience on both sides of the cyber security equation—Tarbell as a former law enforcement official and Monsegur a former black hat hacker who led the Anonymous/LulzSec collective—they deliver one of the most jaw-dropping and informative presentations on the lecture circuit today.

Robert O’Neill

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.’ 

Chris Gardner

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.

Ambassador Michael Froman

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.

Evelyn Farkas

Foreign Policy and Global Trends Expert & NBC National Security Contributor

Evelyn Farkas is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, and a top choice for groups interested in global trends. The former advisor to three secretaries of Defense, who was considered the DOD's top Russia expert, Farkas expertly discusses the state of U.S. foreign affairs and the scope of security challenges America faces, how our changing relationships with allies and adversaries will affect the global order and businesses, and what companies and individuals should be thinking about now to stay ahead of global trends.

Shon Hopwood

Associate Law Professor at Georgetown University, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate, & Motivational Speaker

Shon Hopwood was sentenced to 11 years for robbing five banks in Nebraska. Inside the prison system he cultivated a passion for the law that resulted in an extremely rare feat: two certiorari he prepared with no proper law training for fellow inmates were granted review by the Supreme Court. After Shon’s release—despite being told by 300-400 lawyers he would never join their ranks—he became a licensed attorney and well-known law professor. In speeches, Shon talks about the importance of setting goals and abandoning instant gratification, persevering, and tuning out discouraging voices.

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