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Inspire: Leading Authorities' Day of Ideas

Event Overview & Agenda

Doing speaker research or planning a keynote event in 2019 or 2020? Join us at INSPIRE!

Leading Authorities, Inc. is hosting a day-long event featuring some of the hottest keynote speakers on the circuit today. Our 2019 Inspire Day of Ideas event is designed to give meeting professionals and other key event stakeholders a unique opportunity to preview great speakers on a wide array of topics all in one place, all in one exciting day.

Attendees can expect:

  • Abbreviated and engaging presentations from ten of our best-selling keynote speakers
  • Insights on the biggest industry trends and the topics your stakeholders will be focused on next year
  • A chance to network with Washington, DC's top meeting and event planners and our team of sales professionals



Event Details & Travel Logistics

Event Date & Time

  • Friday, March 8th, 2019
  • 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Event Location

The Watergate Hotel – Moretti Ballroom 
2650 Virginia Avenue NW 
Washington, DC 20037

Event Transportation & Parking

  • For self-parking, use the North Drive entrance located off the Virginia Avenue access road. It’s the first right after the Watergate West apartment building. 
  • Valet is available in the Front Drive. Please mention the Leading Authorities’ event so you get the discounted valet rate. 
  • We'll have staff at both entrances when you get to the hotel to direct you to the Moretti Ballroom. 


Inspire 2019 Speaker Lineup

See The Remarkable Speakers Who Will Make Inspire 2019 So Special

We're excited to announce the incredible keynote speakers who will be presenting at our Inspire Conference on March 8th, 2019. Check out our 2019 Inspire speaker lineup and click on the links below their photos to view each of their individual speaker profile pages, read about their speaking topics and expertise, and watch video footage from their recent keynote talks.

Our Featured Speakers
Carla Harris Lior Zoref Sekou Andrews   Hakeem O'Luseyi   Charlotte Pearce  

Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management & Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley

 Lior Zoref

Crowdsourcing Expert, TED Speaker, & Best-Selling Author


Laila Ali

Undefeated Boxing World Champion, CEO, TV Host, Motivational Speaker, & Author

   Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi

Astrophysicist, Space Science Education Lead for NASA, Inspirational TED Speaker, & Author

John Ondrasik

Platinum-Selling, Grammy-Nominated Singer / Songwriter, Five For Fighting 

Charlotte Pearce Ondrasik-John-Speaker Jeff Kreisler, Behavioral Economics Expert, Best-Selling Author, & Former Stand-up Comedian   Kate Darling   Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Television Personality  

Charlotte Pearce

Award-Winning Tech Entrepreneur and CEO & Founder of InkPact
Sekou Andrews

Creator of "Poetic Voice" & Inspirational Speaker
 Jeff Kreisler

Behavioral Economics Expert, Best-Selling Author, & Columnist 

Dr. Kate Darling

Social Robotics Expert, MIT Media Lab Research Specialist, & TED Speaker
 Jonathan Capehart

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Television Commentator

We will continue to update this page as we announce more updates about our fantastic lineup of speakers and share more details about the hot-button issues and trending topics that these experts will be covering on the Inspire stage in the coming weeks, so please check back to stay up-to-date on the new additions we make to our Inspire speaker lineup.


Why Attend?

Find Out What Makes Inspire So Special

Watch our Inspire 2019 teaser video below to see why you won't want to miss out on joining 250+ of the top meeting and event professionals for one of the most inspiring days of the year:

Best Of Inspire 2018 

Our Favorite Moments

See what we covered at our inaugural Inspire conference last year and get a better feel for what you can expect from Inspire 2019.

      • Check out our Inspire event recap blog to see some of the most inspiring moments and highlights from Inspire 2018, including presentation and Q&A recaps from each of the keynote speakers
      • Listen to the compelling podcast episodes we recorded with our incredible keynote speakers featured during this event which can be found on Leading Authorities' official podcast, Speaking Of
      • Visit the LAI Video portfolio page to find out how out how Leading Authorities, Inc.'s video team leveraged video to take the Inspire event to the next level
      • Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Inspire show came together thanks to the creativity and hard work of the LAI Live team who flawlessly produced and managed Inspire from start to finish

Still need convincing? Don't take it from us, hear what attendees had to say about last year's Inspire event. We've compiled a list of our favorite moments captured on Twitter by the hundreds of senior event and meeting professionals and keynote speakers who joined us at our 2018 Inspire conference. Read what our attendees had to say.

Our Event Sponsors

We would like to thank our event sponsors for Inspire 2019.
Visit AnaheimALHI Global Luxury Sales Event SponsorGreater Fort LauderdaleLas VegasSea Island Company

Want To Become A Sponsor?

If you have any questions about event sponsorship or if you're interested in becoming a sponsor, please email Daniel Chase or call 202-416-4668.

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